Senior Fellow, Toleration and Free Speech

Senior Fellow, Toleration and Free Speech

Policy and Research

The Charles Koch Institute seeks an individual to join its policy team to help foster critical national conversation about U.S. toleration and free speech. The institute aims to stretch the boundaries of research and inquiry by promoting ideas that often go unheeded in our nation’s capital.

Toleration is essential for human flourishing and a truly free society. It means not using or advocating for the use of force against those who hold beliefs or engage in practices we think are wrong but that do not violate the equal freedom of others. In a tolerant society, wrong or potentially harmful ideas, speech, and non-coercive practices are countered with good and true ideas rather than violence or censorship.

Freedom of speech and expression are essential for individual flourishing and a truly free society. They allow us to explore, learn, and innovate in ways that challenge both ourselves and the status quo. Free speech and academic freedom are at the core of a thriving marketplace of ideas and are essential to lasting freedom from oppression.

The ideal candidate will share an excitement for the discussion of freedom of the press, free speech and open inquiry on campus, arts and anti-censorship, and the concept of a market place of ideas in the 21st century. He/She will also be an experienced scholar and have a solid body of publications in topics related to these issues. Responsibilities will include driving the strategy behind the policy team’s engagement on these ideas as well as a unique outreach responsibility to identify and maintain relationships with strategic prospects for investments in educational and partnership opportunities.

If you are excited to drive a national conversation around an issue critical to freedom and looking for an out-of-the-box policy career opportunity, apply below!

Your responsibilities include:
•Drive external partnership and public outreach plans and help lead formulation of the team’s plans and activities in the toleration and free speech issue area
•Develop and write research and policy reports that will directly contribute to the Institute’s understanding of this critical issue
•Represent the Institute through public speaking engagements at public forums, conferences, and other similar opportunities
•Publish research and opinion pieces in public outlets
•Advise and collaborate across the Institute and key partners to develop strategies which advance Institute goals
•Identify curriculum for educational programs and present lectures and other educational presentations
•Review grant proposals and make recommendations to key decision makers

Required knowledge and skills you bring to the team:
•10+ years of experience as a scholar with expertise and an established vita in toleration (including issues such as free speech and academic freedom)
•Graduate level degree in economics, political science or related field, Ph.D. preferred
•Strong writing and analytical skills
•Strong oral communicator, able to represent the Institute in public forums including seminars, scholarly panels, debates, and in print and broadcast media.
•Strategic thinker who understands the key thinkers, leaders and organizations in their field of expertise
•High level of initiative and ability to work independently and in a team setting
•Solid understanding of and passion for individual liberty and classical liberal philosophy
•Entrepreneurial spirit and high sense of urgency

All candidates will be required to submit writing samples and a C.V. Examples include substantive research papers, articles and op-eds.


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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