Background: The Institute for Reforming Government, Inc. a 501(c)(3) based in Madison, Wisconsin (“IRG”), is hiring a director of community engagement. Since it was launched in 2017, IRG has published a series of studies evaluating the socioeconomic impact of policy reforms of the last decade, including Act 10, healthcare reform, and workforce development. These studies have been prominently featured on Fox News, the Guy Benson Show, Washington Examiner, and other outlets.

In 2020, IRG begun a limited programs focused on the next wave of free market, limited government, and education reform policies in state government. IRG’s director of community engagement, who will report to the president, CJ Szafir, and executive vice president (to be hired by 2021), will be the lynchpin for our efforts to organize, utilize, and mobilize community leaders all throughout Wisconsin.

Job Duties: 

  • Be IRG’s liaison to community leaders – business owners, school leaders, taxpayer groups, parents, etc. – which includes, but not limited to:
    • Identify community leaders to be the faces of our policy agenda
    • Travel in all corners of Wisconsin to meet with community leaders
    • Create diverse coalitions of community leaders to engage in IRG’s work
    • Assemble groups of activists based upon policy area and geographical location
  • Organize meetings and events throughout the state to discuss policy
  • Work with the president and executive vice president to create a policy agenda
  • Work with IRG staff to educate community leaders on legislative process
  • Coordinate IRG’s community engagement strategy with key stakeholders including think tanks, business leaders, donors, and IRG’s Board of Directors
  • Additional responsibilities commiserate with a newer organization building out its community engagement efforts

IRG employees currently work remotely and IRG provides compensation for remote work in accordance with applicable wage and hour laws.  The director of community engagement must live in Wisconsin and may have to travel to Madison and/or Milwaukee area on occasion (typically once a month and more frequently when necessary). The director is expected to travel extensively throughout Wisconsin on a weekly basis.

Salary starts at $55,000 and may vary depending on experience. Benefits are included and information is available upon request.


  • Work experience that deals with coalition building and organizing in the community
  • Excellent listener and facilitator of policy discussions
  • Willingness to travel in Wisconsin and have a strong familiarity with the state
  • Have a very outgoing personality and enjoy networking and maintaining and building relationships
  • Have an entrepreneurial spirit, willingness to embrace a culture of a newer, innovative think tank
  • Demonstrate an ability to write clearly and be able to discuss complex policy concepts in a simple, easy to understand manner.
  • Demonstrate a passion for public policy that ensures all Wisconsinites have an opportunity to succeed and prosper to fulfill their potential
  • Work hard with little day-to-day supervision and have a commitment to a “team-first” organizational culture
  • Understanding of the policy and political landscape of Wisconsin

Apply:  Qualified applicants should send their resume, at least two references, and a brief cover letter on why they want to work at IRG to CJ Szafir . Questions on the position can be directed to CJ.

IRG is an equal opportunity employer.