Director of State Relations

Cato Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Dec 19

Position description

The Cato Institute is seeking applications for a full-time position located in DC as a Director of State Relations. The Director of State Relations will work to establish the Cato Institute as a prime source for objective analysis for state policymakers and their staffs, as well as opinion leaders at state-based think tanks.

Company Overview:

The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization—a think tank—dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.

Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th- century England that presented a vision of a society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution — individual liberty, limited government, and free markets – turn out to be even more powerful in today’s world of global markets and unprecedented access to information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future. Cato Institute is an EOE.


  • Monitor trends in state policy debates to determine the greatest opportunities for Cato research products and scholars to have maximum impact.
  • Develop specific initiatives around select issues with a goal of proactively influencing those debates
  • Identify opportunities for Cato scholars to provide testimony before state policymakers on key issues
  • Interact regularly with state-based opinion leaders
  • Work with Directors of Government Affairs as appropriate on issues of interest on both state and national level
  • Meet regularly with appropriate policy staff to discuss policy proposals and schedule for research products


  • 5 to 10 years experience with an association representing state legislators or other state-level policy groups; equivalent experience at a national-level non-profit entity such as an association, think tank, or government agency.
  • Strategic, innovative and creative management style
  • Ability to delegate tasks and work in a collaborative environment
  • Working knowledge of libertarian philosophy and free market principles required

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