The 2020 Census is more than three years away, but preparations for the decennial count have already begun. The NC Counts Coalition seeks a full-time Director to organize North Carolina’s efforts to count every person. The Director will lead planning efforts as the state prepares for the 2020 Census and manage a statewide network of elected officials, non-profit and business leaders who are committed to the ensuring an accurate and representative census count.

Ideal candidates should be confident and nimble enough to navigate significant political, bureaucratic and logistical challenges and feel comfortable navigating a fair amount of uncertainty. Candidates must also be committed to our mission to count every person in North Carolina. 



Coalition Building — The Director shall build a network of civic leaders across the state who are committed to supporting the state’s census efforts, and will help align the efforts of the non-profit, business and government sectors.

State Census Plan — The Director will draft a statewide strategic plan to engage policymakers, municipalities, community-based organizations, and key stakeholders in census outreach and enumeration efforts within the first 12 months.

Underserved Populations —The Director must ensure that underserved and hard-to-count populations are represented in the statewide network and that the state census plan takes into consideration what will be needed to count those communities.

Research & Media —The Director shall research state census campaigns, understand how the census works and be the main point of contact for census questions. The Director shall create a website for state census planning.

Coordination — The Director will interface with North Carolina’s statewide census roundtable and planning committee to ensure strategic alignment of NC Count Coalition outreach and engagement with ongoing state and national census advocacy priorities and efforts.



Ideal candidates have 5 or more years of professional experience. Candidates should be able to demonstrate experience building coalitions, liaising with government and policy officials, and working with diverse groups. Experience in local, state or federal political advocacy and/or organizing is preferred.


Pay & Benefits

The compensation range for this position is $60,000-$80,000 per year, based on experience. We also offer a health benefit package. This position will be an employee of Think NC First, a non-profit state policy think tank based in Raleigh, NC.



Significant statewide travel is expected. Candidates should have their own vehicle. Most travel expenses will be reimbursed.


If you wish to apply please send a cover letter, resume and references to Justin Guillory at