State Policy Network

Beacon Center of Tennessee

Director of Government Relations

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Discipline: Government Affairs
  • Contact:
  • Location: 201 4th Avenue North, Suite 1820 Nashville, TN 37219
  • Application Deadline: June 30, 2021


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 11, Beacon has achieved remarkable policy victories that have empowered Tennesseans to reclaim control of their lives.

Our 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 $3 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, 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.
  • 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.

The Position

That’s why we are looking for new talent to grow our team. Beacon seeks a Director of Government Relations who will help take our organization—and the freedom of our fellow Tennesseans—to the next level. The Director of Government Relations will expand our capacity and take advantage of several unique opportunities on Beacon’s horizon.

The main role of the Director of Government Relations will be to build out Beacon’s already-successful advocacy capacity and drive our policy and legislative agenda at the state Capitol and in local communities across Tennessee. This will be a senior-level team member that reports directly to our 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 Government Relations. He or she should have an entrepreneurial spirit, strategic agility, and a high velocity of work, and be persuasive, 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 Government Relations must believe in and abide by these core principles.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work side-by-side with Beacon’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President to advance Beacon’s mission.
  • Oversee Beacon’s government relations arm, turning Beacon’s policy ideas into action through advocacy at the state and local levels.
  • Collaborate with our Director of Policy to develop annual policy initiatives, and then establish and execute a legislative or executive strategy around those initiatives.
  • Serve as Beacon’s chief liaison to the governor and his administration, as well as members of the General Assembly and their staff on all legislation in which the organization is involved, including meeting with and advising policymakers within the governor’s administration and legislature.
  • Serve as Beacon’s chief liaison to local government officials in communities across Tennessee.
  • Coordinate with our Director of Outreach to identify external partners, coalitions, and individuals to assist in our government relations strategy at both the state and local level.
  • Collaborate with other members of Beacon’s team to advance their overlapping core priorities.

Preferred Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 4+ years working in or around the Tennessee General Assembly, another state legislature, or for a state or national public policy organization
  • In-depth understanding and respect for free market principles

How to apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Cover letter, which should detail your philosophical interest in Beacon’s mission and your salary requirements
  • Résumé

Applications should be submitted to Stephanie Whitt at

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Beacon Center of Tennessee
Nashville, TN