Executive Director

NC FreeEnterprise Foundation


The Executive Director is the senior-most manager of the organization, and is responsible for planning, organizing and executing all research undertaken and conducted and for all programs/events/presentations provided by NCFEF, under the leadership of the organization’s Board of Directors.

Key areas of responsibility

• Developing and executing a strategic plan that, as approved by the Board, seeks to accomplish NCFEF’s mission and programmatic agenda;

• Fundraising sufficient resources to secure NCFEF’s annual budget;

• Hiring and managing staff and outside vendors, contractors, interns and others as may be needed to accomplish all functions of the organization;

• Building and maintaining relationships with Board members, NCEFF supporters, business leaders, government affairs professionals, association executives, elected official, media, collaborative research partners, academic experts, and others related to the mission and operation of the organization; 

• Directing and overseeing research projects including the publication of Almanac of North Carolina Politics, Legislative Business Ratings of the North Carolina General Assembly, PAC Giving Summary, North Carolina State Government Directory, Conventional Voting Behavior (CVB) District Ratings, NCFEF/Meredith College Polling Program Partnership, Post-Primary and Post-General Election Summary, Election Year Update and Insight presentations, and other communications and reports consistent with the NCFEF mission;

• Coordinating and hosting political briefings, candidate forums, events featuring noted political experts, and other events that provide relevant information, insights and analysis, and speaking frequently to business leaders, business organizations, and the media on issues related to the state’s political environment;

• Management of extensive databases containing voter demographic data, voting history, district profile data, biographical information and other data on elected officials, etc.;

• Overseeing the maintenance of the NCFEF’s website, social media presence, and related branding efforts.


• Bachelor’s degree in political science or relevant area of study required;

• Relevant graduate degree and/or background in business management a plus;

• Five or more years of association or non-profit management experience;

• Solid understanding of North Carolina’s dynamic political environment and business climate;

• Excellent writing, analytical and presentation skills;

• Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and relevant data management software;

• Self-motivated team leader who is able to maintain an objective, non-partisan approach and who possesses high standards for accuracy and clarity in their communications. 


Contact: Joe Stewart
(919) 614-0520