State Policy Network

Beacon Center of Tennessee

Director of Development

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Discipline: Development
  • Location: P.O. Box 198646 Nashville, TN 37219
  • Application Deadline: October 23, 2018


The Beacon Center is Tennessee’s premier free market public policy organization. Beacon is pound for pound the most effective and efficient state-level think tank on the planet. With a staff of just nine, Beacon has achieved remarkable policy victories that have empowered Tennesseans to reclaim control of their lives. Our recent accomplishments include:

  • Repealing the state death tax and phasing out the Hall Income Tax, becoming just the second state in history to eliminate an income tax. These tax cuts have cumulatively saved taxpayers more than $2.5 billion to date.
  • Enacting the nation’s fourth education savings account program, Tennessee’s first private school choice program.
  • Blocking an unaffordable and immoral expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare…twice.
  • Advancing free market healthcare reforms, including direct primary care, an overhaul of Tennessee’s certificate of need laws, Medicaid work requirements, and Right to Try.
  • Helping usher in the nation’s first Right to Earn a Living Act to bring about occupational licensing reform, and successfully repealing multiple licensing laws, resulting in Tennessee leading the nation in the reduction of licensing barriers over the past five years.
  • Establishing a high profile and broad-based coalition to advance sensible criminal justice reforms.

As a result of our efforts, thousands of Tennesseans can now realize the American Dream. But we’re still not satisfied, and we won’t be until Tennessee becomes and remains the freest, most prosperous state in the nation.

That’s why we are looking for new talent. Beacon seeks a Director of Development who will help take our organization—and the freedom of our fellow Tennesseans—to the next level. The Director of Development is responsible for leading Beacon’s donor relations, including managing relationships with existing individual, corporate, and foundation donors, and identifying and cultivating relationships with new donors who support our mission.

The Director of Development will lead a two-person development program and report directly to Beacon’s Executive Vice President.

Beacon is a lean, innovative organization that operates like a start-up. We are not afraid to take risks and develop new ways to solve old problems. And neither should our Director of Development. He or she should have an entrepreneurial spirit and a high velocity of work, and be results-oriented, optimistic, and curious.

We believe that the principles of free markets, individual liberty, and limited government are the foundation of a prosperous and opportunity-laden society. So our Director of Development must believe in and abide by these core principles.


  • Lead the development efforts for the Beacon Center
  • Create and execute an annual development plan in coordination with Beacon’s CEO & Executive Vice President
  • Acquire, develop, and sustain long-term individual, foundation, and corporate donor relationships
  • Work with our Board of Directors and senior leadership to exceed our current budget of  $1.6 million and, as a result, increase the output and impact of Beacon
  • Oversee the drafting of grant proposals on Beacon’s key policy priorities and Legal Foundation cases
  • Grow our planned giving program with new legacy and multi-year gifts
  • Manage a development associate whose main responsibilities include scheduling and preparing for all donor meetings; building a low-dollar donor program, particularly via email and social media; administering Beacon’s donor database; and executing our direct mail program for both existing and prospective donors


Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 3-5 years of development experience, preferably in private sector business development, free market movement fundraising, or wealth management
  • Strong management, organizational, and people skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Affinity for liberty and free market principles

Preferred Experience:

  • Understanding of public policy and knowledge of political processes
  • Database management experience, specifically with SalesForce

How to apply

How to Apply:

To apply, qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing your philosophical interest in our mission and your salary requirements

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Beacon Center of Tennessee
Nashville, TN