Phil Kirk has his own consulting and public speaking business and is currently the Community Relations Advisor for NCICU (North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities).

Previously, he served as Director of Business and Leadership Development at Brady. Prior to that, Kirk was Vice President for External Relations at his alma mater, Catawba College in Salisbury, in addition to serving as a consultant with the Yadkin Valley Winegrowers Association, National Search & Education Consulting, and Shelco, Inc.

Kirk currently serves on the boards of Meredith College, North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching Foundation and PARTICIPATE! (formerly known as VIF International Education). He also serves on the education committee of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors of the Kiwanis Club of Raleigh, currently filling the role of President-elect. He is Chairman Emeritus of the State Board of Education where he served for more than six years and visited 750 schools in all 115 school districts.  He has also served as Vice Chairman of the State Board of Community Colleges and as a member of the Board of Visitors at East Carolina University, the Board of Trustees at Catawba College, the UNC Tomorrow Commission and the UNC-TV Board of Trustees.

He chaired the working committees for the two largest successful bond issues in North Carolina history–$2.75 billion in bonds for schools and roads and $3.1 billion for UNC System, community colleges, and UNC TV.