Director of Policy Research

About the Philanthropy Roundtable: 

Philanthropy Roundtable is a well-established organization in the philanthropic sector, serving as a resource for hundreds of donors and foundation leaders. Its vision is to build and sustain a vibrant American philanthropic movement that strengthens our free society. To achieve this vision, the organization pursues a mission to foster excellence in philanthropy, protect philanthropic freedom, and help donors’ advance liberty, opportunity, and personal responsibility.  

Since 1991, the Philanthropy Roundtable has served individual philanthropists and foundations that are refining their philanthropic strategies to maximize the impact of their resources, as well as emerging donors and entrepreneurs who are developing their philanthropic plans. The Roundtable is the leading organization in the United States focused on promoting and defending the power of private giving and the means to create wealth to make charitable giving possible.   

About the Director of Policy Research Opening: 

Reporting to the Senior Director of Policy and Government Affairs, the Director Policy Research will serve as the policy backbone in the organization’s goal to advance philanthropic freedom in all 50 states and at the federal level.  The Director will develop and execute top-notch, mission-aligned policy and research work in support of philanthropic freedom—and he or she will communicate the Roundtable’s policy agenda persuasively and effectively with federal and state policymakers, the media, and the philanthropic community. 

This is a full-time role. We will consider exceptional candidates based in other locations for virtual employment. The ideal candidate will be able to work from the Roundtable’s Washington, D.C. office at least two days per week.  

Job Duties: (Responsibilities include, but are not limited to): 

  • Develop and execute a robust policy and research plan to promote philanthropic freedom, including white papers, op-eds, blog posts, talking points, and other collateral 
  • Identify, recruit, and collaborate with academics, policy experts, and key stakeholders in the philanthropic community to write and speak in support of the Roundtable’s policy agenda 
  • Author and/or commission original policy and research content 
  • Educate federal and state policymakers on philanthropic freedom through legislative testimony, meetings with elected officials, and other outreach 
  • Represent the Roundtable both with the media and at conferences and events 

Travel: Up to 30 percent of time during legislative sessions or at other critical months of the policymaking process. All travel will be domestic. Travel to D.C. quarterly or more as needed for staff meetings and team engagements. 


  • Seven or more years professional experience in public policy, research, or advocacy work 
  • Demonstrable experience advancing policy in the free market/liberty/conservative public policy space; tax policy a plus 
  • Endorses and is motived by the guiding principles, mission, and vision of the Roundtable 
  • Success in grasping complex ideas, making them easy to understand, and communicating them to elected officials and other high-value stakeholders 
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills 
  • Excellent analytical skills 
  • Highly organized with an ability to manage the details of multiple projects and consistently meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment 
  • High standard of honesty and strong ethical standards while protecting confidential information 
  • Communicates and collaborates well with internal and external partners 
  • Versatility to be both an entrepreneurial self-starter who takes initiative and a collaborative team player focused on achieving results 
  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Strong computer skills; excellent command of MS Office, Outlook, Teams, and Zoom; experience with a CRM database (Microsoft D365, Salesforce, Raiser’s Edge, etc.) is a plus 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree 

To Apply: 

Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file with your name in the file: 

  • Cover letter detailing interest in the position and the mission of the Roundtable 
  • Resume 

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: 

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled. 

Questions can be directed to Katelynn Barbosa, Director of Talent Engagement, at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please. 

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide consulting and recruiting services at no cost to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that clearly and directly focus on advancing the principles of economic freedom, free enterprise, free trade, free speech, property rights, rule of law, and limited regulation.