Director, The DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society

  • Washington, DC
  • Full Time
  • DeVos Center
  • Manager/Supervisor

Title:                                 Director, DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society

Reports to:       Vice President for the Institute for Family, Community and Opportunity

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."  Within the Foundation and based on those principles, the principal objective of the Institute is to build, through research, publication, and other activities, the intellectual foundation for Heritage conservative public policies to promote the conditions and institutions necessary for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Consistent with the Heritage mission and that objective, the Director of the DeVos Center supervises assigned staff, with particular emphasis on achieving the Heritage long term and annual objectives established by the Heritage leadership, including those relating to protection of marriage, family, life, religious liberty, and civil society.

Job Duties:

  • Maintain quality of Center’s scholarship and research products.
  • Work with Vice President for the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity to develop an annual research agenda to guide the Center’s work.
  • Use Center’s scholarship to effectively engage the current debate over the protection of marriage, family, life, and religious liberty.
  • Work with Center scholars to ensure its overall research effort is focused both on short- and mid-term issues confronting policymakers at a particular point in time and long-term questions upstream of a particular policy debate.
  • Guide development of innovative research products that facilitate engagement with targeted audiences and key stakeholders.
  • In support of the Heritage mission, supervise assigned staff and engage in: (1) professional research, analysis, and writing for publication; (2) organization of meetings and events; and (3) representation of Heritage in many settings. 
  • 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 for America, and other organizations, the public, news media, and, as appropriate, Federal, State, local and foreign officials.
  • Develop, for approval, resource budgets and plans; attract, retain, appraise the performance of, and develop employees of superior expertise, judgment, communication abilities, and effectiveness; and apply effectively the assigned personnel, property, and funds.
  • As a member of the management team, lead the departments overall planning activities, developing specific and measurable department goals that advance Heritage’s vision and mission and complement or support the goals of other departments.
  • Establish department priorities, prepare and monitor the department budget, provide overall direction for staff activities, and lead by example. Use department resources effectively to achieve Heritage objectives.
  • Enhance the professional and career development of department staff through effective training, mentoring, and performance evaluations. Reward and motivate staff by using bonus and merit increase budgets effectively, and by developing promotion opportunities.
  • Recommend department staffing levels, recruit qualified staff to fill approved positions. Prepare job descriptions and advertisements and handle interviews.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Vice President.


Education:             Graduate degree (PhD or masters) in relevant field, or progress towards degree, preferred.

Experience:           7-10 years of experience in public policy organizations engaged in research, publication, and education, including on issues involving marriage, family, life, religious liberty, or civil society.

Management:        Key management skills including strategic planning and 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.

Technology:          Microsoft Office and Outlook

Other Requirements:

  • Understand and support the Heritage mission, vision for America, True North conservative principles, and the department’s goals and objectives.
  • Ability to communicate across differences to stimulate greater understanding of the importance of protecting marriage, family, life, religious liberty, and civil society.
  • Synthesize myriad lines of inquiry into a coherent narrative in support of Heritage’s larger work.
  • Professional, with high integrity, sound judgment, initiative, and discretion, and ability to lead, motivate, and work effectively with employees at all levels.
  • Supervises effectively top-quality research, analysis, writing, and publication, with emphasis on accuracy, insightfulness, persuasiveness, and timeliness.
  • Communicates and advocates effectively, both verbally and in writing, in a variety of settings, including public speaking and mass media appearances.
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