This is a once-in-lifetime opportunity for an experienced, exceptional, multi-faceted individual to contribute to the national movement for democracy reform.
The Senior Fellow (SF) is accountable, along with other senior leaders, for the success of the Institute for Political Innovation; above all else, that means the creation of highly credibly and influential Theory & Scholarship, the passage of Final-Five Voting in multiple states across the country, and substantive changes to Congress’s legislative machinery.
The SF reports to the Executive Director, and manages a full-time Fellow as well as partners in research-and-development projects, e.g., think tanks, universities, reform groups, consultants, etc. The SF is primarily responsible for establishing and furthering IPI as a thought-leading institute and producing new research and scholarship.
The Senior Fellow will be accountable for:
• Theory: A top IPI priority is to further and fortify the usable knowledge base around Final-Five Voting (FFV), Legislative Machinery, and all elements of Politics Industry Theory. Through researching, developing, and writing white papers, policy reports, articles / op-eds, explainers, infographics, etc., the SF will build a polished library of academically supported theory and scholarship. Note: Final-Four Voting, a partner to Final-Five, passed in Alaska in 2020, and IPI is incubating and supporting state campaigns for 2022 and beyond, presenting a critical moment to evaluate the requirements and success of FFV implementation in Alaska and conduct the necessary inquiries to understand its anticipated impact on legislative behavior and delivering results for the American people.
• Partnerships: IPI has active and building relationships with think tanks, academic institutions, and other political reform organizations interested in studying and evaluating Final-Five Voting and other aspects of Politics Industry Theory. The SF will accelerate, solidify, and manage these partnerships.
• Media & Events: From national media to public events, the SF will manage, in partnership with IPI’s marketing-communications team and public affairs consultants, the in-house usage and public release and promotion of IPI’s theory and scholarship materials and cultivate an audience of people engaging with Politics Industry Theory. The SF will support ideation and production of journalism, and persuasively explain FFV and Politics Industry Theory, representing IPI in print and broadcast media, network-development meetings, seminars/panels, and conferences to advance awareness of and demand for Final-Five Voting. The SF will work closely with the marketing-communications, and network-development teams, to build IPI’s profile as the “organization of record” for Final-Five Voting and Legislative Machinery.
• Public Narrative: The national debate on politics, partisanship, and representative governance is ripe for IPI and FFV inclusion. The SF will build systems for monitor this debate and in coordination with the communications team and other partners proactively identify, seek, and advance opportunities to inject IPI and Politics Industry Theory into the public narrative.
The character sketch of the ideal candidate is as follows:
• A serious academic and pragmatic thinker, particularly on electoral and political change
• An excellent written and oral communicator, with precision and high attention to detail
• A confident leader who gravitates toward problem-solving
• Adept at building buy-in around a plan or idea, and drive to completion
• A natural at making technical and complex subject matter relevant and consumable to any audience by identifying their key interests, concerns, and considerations and crafting an argument that engages them in meaningful ways
• A deep familiarity with and/or a gravitational pull toward nonpartisan political innovation¬—in theory and toward building campaigns—particularly around structural change to elections and lawmaking
• A dynamic personality who can engage effectively with audiences of different types, both one-to-one, and one-to-many
• A manager who identifies and hones talent and creates exceptional environments
• Experience in media management, both strategically (toward setting agendas) and actively (writing, and appearances)
• A strong backbone: ability to work at a fast pace, with a positive attitude, and manage coolly through a crisis
• Intrinsically motivated; a self-starter who seeks out and thrives in fast-paced environments with the highest expectations for accuracy and efficacy
• Ability to assess opportunities and create systems to execute on strategic priorities
• A collaborator, excellent strategic thinker, and outstanding project manager.
• Exhibits a positive attitude and executes tasks with ease and a calm demeanor.
• Willingness to engage at all levels, doing whatever it takes to get the job done
The qualifications for the ideal candidate are as follows:
• Graduate-level degree or equivalent technical research and writing skills
• At least 3 years of experience in policy research and writing as well as traditional and social media and communications, including a track record of driving measurable results and successes
• Proven track record of using theory and scholarship to influence public policy and/or public opinion outcomes
• Excellent sense of and ability to use academic resources and research processes, as well as experience writing in nonacademic styles.
• Ability to break down complex bodies of work into compelling and digestible messages and talking points. Comfort and familiarity with presenting to a variety of types and sizes of audiences across multiple mediums such as prepared speeches, panel discussions and debates, podcast appearances, and television media interviews, whether in-person or over video conference.
• Prior experience briefing senior decision makers such as corporate CEOs, elected officials, and philanthropists on technical policy issues
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint
• Willingness to travel as required for the position
• English proficiency
• Able to work legally in the United States
• Willing to take post-offer pre-employment psychological profile, and, if requested, a drug screen
While this profile is intended to be an accurate reflection of the most significant duties of the current position, it is not necessarily exhaustive of all responsibilities, duties, efforts, requirements, or expectations. Other duties may be assigned as necessary.
IPI strives to be an inclusive organization that fosters learning, collaboration, and respect. We actively recruit for diversity in the workplace, believing that a range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences contributes to our mission.
IPI is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any applicants for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability; or on any other basis prohibited by law.
We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate who needs reasonable accommodations to apply for this position, please contact us.
TO APPLY: Please submit cover letter and resume to Solomon Lieberman, co-Executive Director of IPI, at [email protected] with “Senior Fellow” in the subject line.