Program Officer, Free Speech and Toleration

Program Officer, Free Speech and Toleration

Academic and External Partnerships

“To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.”
– Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass left a legacy as a champion for free speech and toleration. Unfortunately, today we find these ideas under siege– from government to academia—despite being more critically needed than ever.

Join us in our search for the antidote to the current divisive climate. We are seeking a Program Officer to advance civil liberties, building strategic partnerships to promote and defend these great concepts that are so essential to human flourishing and lasting freedom from oppression.

As an integral member of the policy team, you will address threats to free expression and toleration head on, and build a legacy as an advocate for individual rights.

If hired, you will collaborate with a motivated team to shift the culture from one that fosters conflict and coercion to one that values toleration and discourse between diverse people. This includes promoting free speech on university campuses, protecting press freedom, and strengthening institutions that form the critical infrastructure of society’s “marketplace of ideas.” This role will bring you into contact with, and enable you to support, the best advocates for a free and open society.

If you want a challenging, impactful career as a champion for the cause you profoundly believe in, apply now.

Your responsibilities include:
• Manage a robust portfolio of grantees including cultivation of partnerships, driving forward recommendations for opportunities, managing the relationship throughout a grant, and ensuring opportunities meet their stated outcomes
• Develop and make recommendations on strategies to educate about and defend free speech
• Leverage existing relationships with external partners
• Proactively identify common ground between and opportunities for collaboration between the Institute and non-traditional partners in order to reach new audiences
• Share the scholarly work that the Institute supports with new audiences
• Implement process improvements to facilitate knowledge sharing as the team’s outreach efforts grow and maximize outcomes across the entire portfolio of partnerships in this space
• Conceptualize new educational programs and events to educate audiences on the value of free expression and represent CKI at various free speech events and conferences

Required knowledge and skills you bring to the team:
• Bachelor’s degree
• 5+ years of professional experience related to strategic relationship management in an outreach or external relations environment required
• Demonstrated interest and knowledge in toleration & free speech
• High level of discretion and excellent attention to detail
• Demonstrated commitment to compliance
• Superior interpersonal skills and professional polish
• Confident, skilled communicator
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate and think critically to solve problems
• Entrepreneurial spirit and high sense of urgency


The Charles Koch Institute is an educational organization focused on the importance of free societies and how they increase well-being for the overwhelming majority of people. Through the Institute’s professional education, research, and training programs, we work to prepare professionals for careers that improve well-being by advancing free societies.

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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