About the John Locke Foundation:
The John Locke Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) research institute named after the influential English philosopher John Locke. Our mission is to promote individual liberty, limited constitutional government, and free-market solutions in North Carolina. We are dedicated to conducting rigorous research, advocating for sound public policies, and fostering informed public discourse. The Foundation is funded by a diverse network of individuals, foundations, and corporations who share our commitment to upholding the principles of liberty and constitutional governance principles. We do not accept government funds or contributions that could compromise the independence of our research and advocacy.

About the Role:
The John Locke Foundation seeks a dynamic and experienced Director of Government Affairs to lead our engagement with government officials, policymakers, and relevant stakeholders. This role is crucial in advancing our mission of promoting liberty and limited government in North Carolina. The Director of Government Affairs will develop and implement strategies to influence policy decisions and cultivate relationships that align with the Foundation’s values.

This role is based in Locke’s Raleigh, North Carolina office with the option to work from home up to 2 days a week.

Key Responsibilities:
Government Relations Strategy: Develop and execute comprehensive government affairs strategies that align with the Foundation’s vision and objectives. Monitor legislative and regulatory activities, primarily within state government, and identify opportunities to advance the Foundation’s priorities.

Policy Advocacy: Represent the Foundation’s perspectives and policy recommendations to government officials, legislators, and relevant agencies. Advocate for policies that promote individual liberty, limited government, and free-market principles.

Relationship Building: Build and maintain effective relationships with elected officials, government agencies, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders. Collaborate with like-minded organizations to amplify the Foundation’s influence and advance common goals.

Legislative Analysis: Analyze proposed legislation and regulatory initiatives to assess their alignment with the Foundation’s principles. Provide timely analysis and recommendations to internal teams and external partners.

Coalition Building: Collaborate with external partners, allies, and coalitions to build consensus and support for the Foundation’s policy positions. Participate in relevant events, conferences, and working groups to strengthen relationships and broaden the Foundation’s reach.

Public Outreach: Contribute to public education and awareness efforts through media interviews, public speaking engagements, op-eds, and other communication platforms. Articulate the Foundation’s positions and engage in informed discussions on policy matters.

Policy Research Support: Collaborate with the Foundation’s research teams to provide insights and guidance on policy research projects. Ensure policy recommendations are well-informed, evidence-based, and aligned with the Foundation’s mission.


  • 3+ years of proven experience in government affairs, public policy, or advocacy, with a strong understanding of the legislative and regulatory processes
  • Degree in Political Science, Public Policy, Law, or a related field preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of North Carolina state and local government structures, political landscape, and policy issues
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal. Ability to articulate complex policy issues clearly and compellingly
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with diverse stakeholders, including government officials, policymakers, and advocacy groups
  • Strategic thinker with the entrepreneurial ability to develop and execute effective advocacy strategies
  • Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and principles of individual liberty, limited government, and free-market solutions

To Apply
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter detailing your relevant experience, interest in the position and the John Locke Foundation’s mission and goals, and your salary requirements
  • List of three professional references, including email addresses, telephone numbers, and relationship to the reference

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/.

Questions can be directed to Stephanie Keaveney, Senior Manager of Outreach at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected].

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.

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.