Director of Business and Community Operations

The Director of Business and Community Operations will be a senior leader of the organization and will play a key role in furthering its commitment to improving the quality of public policy decision-making in Wisconsin. Specifically, the Director will oversee and administer the day-to-day business operations of WPF and its 11-person staff, working in close partnership with the President and Vice President/Research Director (VP).

Daily activities include working with the President to manage the organization’s $1.6 million annual budget and financial affairs; overseeing human resources policies; building relationships with diverse groups and across the ideological spectrum, including cultivating and managing relationships with foundations, corporate and institutional leaders, and financial supporters and helping to maintain relationships with key government and school district officials and business/civic organizations in Greater Milwaukee; coordinating fund development and membership activities, including managing member communications; helping to organize and implement policy discussion events and other programming for members and the public; representing WPF on various civic projects and at civic functions; and ensuring strong relationships with members of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

To the extent that the successful candidate possesses skills or background in public policy and is a strong writer, the position also may involve developing member communications and marketing materials; working with staff and Board members to set the organization’s research agenda; and reviewing and editing reports and other research content prior to publication. Otherwise qualified candidates without such a background, however, are still encouraged to apply.

Finally, the Director of Business and Community Operations will work closely with other senior staff and WPF’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors to create WPF’s strategic goals and to develop and implement the strategies and objectives necessary to achieve them.

This position is perfectly suited to a highly motivated individual who wants to be a leader in the state’s public policy realm and Greater Milwaukee’s civic community and who will find fulfillment in helping to further the mission of one of Wisconsin’s most widely respected nonprofit organizations and one of the country’s leading public policy think tanks.

Specific Responsibilities Include:



We will offer a competitive starting salary in the low six figures that is commensurate with this senior position’s requirements and the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant. A generous fringe benefits package including health/dental/vision insurance, employer-paid life/disability coverage, employer-paid parking, and a generous matching 401(k) program will be offered.

We maintain a flexible and very family-friendly work environment that includes the opportunity to work remotely two to three days per week. The Wisconsin Policy Forum is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values candidates with diverse backgrounds and encourages all to apply.

Position Reports to

President, Wisconsin Policy Forum


Milwaukee office

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter via e-mail to Rob Henken, president, at