The Heritage Foundation has hired the executive search firm CarterBaldwin to assist in its search for a new president, according to a notification obtained by POLITICO.
The job listing, circulated by the Atlanta-based search firm on Tuesday, notes that the next president of the conservative think tank “has a historic opportunity to build strategically on the organization’s success, to promote unity within the conservative movement, and to positively address current public policy challenges facing our nation.” A spokesman for the Heritage Foundation did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
The top job at the influential conservative institution opened up in early May when the Heritage Foundation’s board of directors unexpectedly pushed out former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, who had led the organization since 2012, citing “significant and worsening management issues that led to a breakdown of communication and trust.”
Ed Feulner, who ran Heritage for 37 years, is serving as interim president while the search is underway — a process that one of the organization’s scholars said Heritage leadership has been “assiduously trying to keep very hush hush.”
The new president will instantly become an prominent figure in the conservative movement at a time of tumult and transformation on the right. At the heart of the dispute that led to DeMint’s ouster was the question of just how political a think tank should be. Under the former senator’s leadership, the organization aligned itself forthrightly with the Trump administration despite the president’s many departures from conservative orthodoxy.
Feulner, who has described Heritage as a “$90 million business with 350 employees,” said he is looking to fill the job by the end of the year.