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Deputy Director, Meese Center

Title:                Deputy Director, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies

Reports to:      Vice President, Institute for Constitutional Government, Director of the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial

Job Summary: The Heritage Foundation's mission is "to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense."  Based upon those principles, the Meese Center's main objective is to conduct research and educate on, and formulate and promote conservative public policies concerning, constitutional government, the law, and the judiciary.  Consistent with the mission and that objective, the Deputy Director engages with the highest degree of professionalism in research, publication, education programs, and other work concerning a broad array of issues and actively assists the Director in managing the Center, engaging in strategic planning, and reviewing the work of others.

Job Duties:

  • Engage in: (1) professional research, analysis, and writing for publication by Heritage and, as appropriate, other publications; (2) strategic planning, budget preparation and management, reviewing and editing work by other scholars; (3) organization of meetings and events; and (4) representation of Heritage in many settings, including public functions, professional conferences, and, as appropriate, legislative hearings and meetings.
  • Work with others across Heritage and in other organizations, including Heritage Action for America, to achieve Heritage objectives.
  • Communicate effectively with staff of Heritage, Heritage Action, and other organizations, the general, news media, and, as appropriate, Federal, State, local and foreign officials.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of the Meese Center, including management duties.

Skill Factors:

Education:             Juris Doctor or equivalent law degree and deep understanding of U.S. Constitution.

Experience:           At least 10 years experience at senior levels in law firm, business, government, academia, or non-profit institutions. Admitted to practice of law in at least one State or District of Columbia. Managerial experience required. Judicial clerkship preferred. Knowledge of administrative and intellectual property law preferred.

Management:        Key management skills including goal setting, budgeting, staffing, performance counseling, mentoring, and career planning are required

Communication:   Excellent writing, presentation and public speaking skills. An articulate advocate of Heritage’s vision and mission.

Computers:           Microsoft Office and Outlook


  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the department's goals and objectives
  • ·Performs top-quality research, analysis, writing, and publication in constitutional government, legal and judicial policy matters, with emphasis on accuracy,       insightfulness, and timeliness.
  • Engages in effective management of the Meese Center through strategic planning, budgeting, and supervising the work of others.
  • Engages in effective oral and written communication and advocacy, in a variety of settings, including public speaking and mass media appearances.
  • Exercises initiative, within mission and established policies, to achieve assigned objectives.
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