Position: CEO.  Employer: The Atlas Society.  Location: Washington, D.C. or Remote office 

The Atlas Society seeks the right leader to work arm in-arm with founder and Chief Intellectual Officer David Kelley, the staff, and the board. We have a great opportunity for someone to take the fantastic intellectual base we’ve built, and dramatically increase our effectiveness and impact. Candidates must have extensive knowledge of and a strong commitment to Objectivism. The ideal candidate will have considerable energy and entrepreneurial drive, solid business and management experience, and a strong interest in marketing, sales and fundraising.

The Atlas Society

The mission of The Atlas Society is to promote the ideas and ideals of Objectivism: the philosophy of reason, individualism, achievement, and freedom founded by Ayn Rand. We provide the moral defense of freedom needed to win against today’s assaults on individualism, liberty, and capitalism. We provide a guide beyond politics, to using Objectivism as “a philosophy for living on Earth” that applies to every aspect of our lives, from art to innovation, heroes, and the achievements of free rational people in a global community.

We connect through regular commentary on current affairs, an annual Summit conference and other events, and a state-of-the-art web site with thousands of articles and videos on philosophy, culture, and personal life.

The Atlas Society pioneered the open approach to Objectivism: the view that the philosophy is open to further development on the basis of Rand’s great insights; and that it should be practiced and promoted in a spirit of open discussion and debate. We advocate uncompromising but civil discourse, aimed to engage and persuade rational minds. We recognize Rand’s heroic achievements, but we separate the person from the philosophy in the pursuit of truth above all else.

The Atlas Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1990. Headquartered in Washington, DC, we now operate largely with remote staff collaborating by digital means. Relocation to Washington, DC is not essential.


  • Alignment with TAS’s philosophy and mission.
  • A record of success; strong leadership, business, finance, management, and strategic planning skills.
  • 10+ years of experience, at least 5 of which should be in a management role.
  • Small team marketing and sales management preferred.
  • Non-profit experience is a plus but not required.
  • Passion and entrepreneurial zeal, looking to grow TAS through public engagement (op-eds, media, lectures, Web-based outreach) and membership recruitment.
  • Ability to formulate and pursue a disciplined strategy of bringing our ethical perspective to bear on political, cultural, and personal issues that engage a wide public.
  • Highly organized, with solid team building and communication skills. Success in fundraising for non-profit organizations promoting liberty is a strong plus but not required.


As chief executive, you will have overall responsibility for managing the organization and growing its impact, and the commensurate authority to apply your best judgment in pursuit of the mission set by the Board of Trustees. By the nature of the CEO position, your responsibilities will depend on the needs and priorities of the organization over time, but they will definitely include

  • Fundraising and marketing—a current priority;
  • Financial management; and
  • Strategic planning and oversight on the execution of programs.

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF file:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing your philosophical interest in this position, your background in Objectivist ideas and movement, why your experience is a good match for the role, and your salary requirements

Materials should be sent to David Kelley: dkelley[at]atlassociety.org.

While we thank all applicants for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.