Partnerships Manager, Ideas and Education

Partnerships Manager, Ideas and Education

Curriculum Development and Education

You’re passionate about individual liberty, and well-versed in the thinkers and books of the classical-liberal tradition. You’re also an expert “translator” – synthesizing disparate concepts so they click for others comes naturally to you, and you have a knack for thinking through the best ways to design educational programs. Finally, you have a proven track record of partnering with key decision makers to help them come up with new and better ways of doing things.

Sound familiar? Our team is looking for you.

The Partnerships Manager plays a critical, behind-the-scenes role in helping to ensure that the projects we invest in are guided by the classical-liberal principles we believe lead to long-term well-being. By partnering with and acting as an advisor to the teams making these investments, you will understand what creates value for the audience we are trying to reach, help develop the educational goals of the project, and “translate” complex ideas in ways that resonate with different audiences.

The Charles Koch Institute works with an ever-growing number of staff, organizations, and partners to achieve a common vision, focusing on a wide range of topics (criminal justice reform, free speech, and economic freedom, to name a few), and working with a growing number of diverse audiences. As part of the Educational Development team, you will specialize in the principles most important to us to ensure these various efforts are consistent with our beliefs about social change, guided by our Framework for a Free and Open Society™. But this role isn’t just about ideas: you will also find new and unique ways to improve our educational programs by making recommendations about the curriculum structure, learning objectives, speakers, and overall strategy of the programs, and partnering with teams to drive projects to completion. You also frequently have the opportunity to provide guidance on a wide range of content created by senior leaders including op-eds and speeches.

This is a unique and fun opportunity for anyone who is steeped in the ideas of free societies, has strong customer focus, and flourishes when working on diverse, high-stakes projects.

Your responsibilities include:
• Synthesize and convey complex concepts to diverse audiences
• Build relationships with and assess the needs of internal and external partners
• Help partners develop learning objectives, curricula, and strategies to achieve educational goals, including the identification of speakers, readings, and activities that reinforce classical-liberal principles
• Contribute to the ideas discussed in a wide range of written, print, and video educational products
• Advise on educational solutions that create mutual benefit for us and our partners

Required knowledge and skills you bring to the team:
• 5+ years of related professional experience, including relationship management
• Deep understanding of classical liberalism, thinkers, and major works
• Proven ability to “translate” complex concepts to a wide range of audiences
• Enjoys working behind the scenes to help others innovate, and making connections between big ideas, people, and diverse strategies/projects
• Familiarity with curriculum development and pedagogical principles, including experience with adult education and training techniques
• Above-average interpersonal skills and professionalism; proven ability to forge relationships and co-create projects; experience working with executive-level decision makers
• Strong writing skills

Standout applicants may also bring:
• Familiarity with organizations advancing classical-liberal principles—including their leaders, initiatives and key decision makers


The Charles Koch Institute and Charles Koch Foundation are working to advance a free society that best achieves long-term peace, civility, and well-being. We do this by supporting universities, non-profits, and professional training programs to find the ideas and talent that will stimulate a movement and change the world.  

Because here, your life’s work matters.

Employee Benefits

Flexible and fulfilling work arrangements

401k matching

Comprehensive health, vision, and dental benefits

Full spectrum of life and disability insurance

Vacation, sick, and holiday pay

Eight weeks paid primary caregiver leave

Flexible Spending Accounts

Team-building activities

Continual professional training

Company discounts for entertainment, food, travel, sports, and more

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