David J. Theroux Chair in Political Economy: Employment Opportunities: The Independent Institute

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David J. Theroux Chair in Political Economy

The Independent Institute is seeking a capable intellectual leader with a deep and energetic commitment to classical liberal principles, an ability to communicate and connect with others, and the qualities and drive to help perpetuate David J. Theroux’s vision in the research program of the organization in the decades ahead.

As part of Independent’s commitment to excellence, continuous improvement and teamwork, the David J. Theroux Chair is responsible for ensuring that all research activities have intrinsic intellectual merit and would have a significant impact in the service of Independent’s mission to boldly advance peaceful, prosperous, and free societies, grounded in a commitment to human worth and dignity.

The Theroux Chair will ensure that Independent’s scholarship, research and peer-reviewed publications adhere to the highest scholarly standards; provide leadership in support of acquisitions, peer review, author relations, and editorial quality; collaborate with Independent’s other experts to ensure that research, content, and promotional plans and activities are appropriately aligned; and in broad terms sustain Independent’s reputation as a well-respected policy institute.

The Theroux Chair will network with scholars, academic and policy organizations, and professional organizations, in leveraging and promoting mutual efforts in advancing classical liberal analytical methods and aspirations. As opportunities present themselves, the Theroux Chair will organize conferences, symposia, and other events.

The David J. Theroux Chair must be intellectually adept, possessing:

  • A clear understanding of economics (especially Classical, Austrian, Public Choice, and other schools), and knowledge in history, philosophy, law, religion (especially Judeo-Christianity), political science, and other fields
  • A thorough understanding of the scholarly purpose and mission that guides Independent’s mission
  • Comprehensive knowledge of current trends and developments in publishing and economics
  • A record of publications in academic journals, books and policy reports is desirable.

Qualifications and skills:

  • Ph.D. in economics, political science, business economics, public policy, or history
  • At least 3 years’ experience as an academic department head or director of a research center
  • Experience with managing scholarship and research in a rapidly evolving publishing environment
  • Demonstrated leadership skills including strategic thinking skills and experience in managing administrative matters
  • An ability to forge strategic alliances
  • Effective proficiency in oral, written, and electronic communication and presentation skills


  • $155,000 – $250,000, depending on credentials and experience

Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and sample publications to: [email protected]

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