Careers at LI

Digital Fundraising Manager

Digital Fundraising Manager (updated 2022-12-13)

The Leadership Institute is the conservative movement's premier training organization and works to create leaders for America.

The Leadership Institute’s Development department seeks an individual highly skilled in online fundraising to cast a vision and strategy for our digital efforts.

For the last several years, our Donor Communications team has steadily built our online communications with donors. Today, it’s an integral channel to report success to our supporters and raise new revenue.

Your role will be to increase, expand, optimize, and maximize our online fundraising efforts, with a focus on growth in new and existing channels.

You’ll build successful, scalable plans. We care greatly about our donors – they are the ones responsible for fueling our mission through their partnership – and we want to grow long-term relationships with them, not a short-sighted “churn-and-burn” model.

We need a team player. You’ll collaborate with your colleagues in Donor Communications, across the multiple Development teams, and between departments at the Leadership Institute to learn what our organization is accomplishing and report it back to donors. You’ll work with the leadership of Donor Communications to form and execute fundraising strategy.

You’re also a self-starter. Once we have the plans settled, you know how to hit the ground running and drive projects.

This role is not remote. We work cohesively as a team and thrive on the free flow of communication internally so you get to know your colleagues, your organization, and can stay on top of developments.


  • Make an account at and fill out the PPQ (Public Policy Questionnaire) section of My Profile. No need to fill out the other sections of the Profile except your name.
  • Send a cover letter and resume to Mitch Nozka mnozka [at] leadershipinstitute [dot] org

We read all cover letters! It’s an opportunity for us to get to know how you, your skills, and your experiences will fit in with what we’re looking for and what your goals are. Your salary requirements in your cover letter are helpful.

Thanks for your interest!

Day to day oversight of:

  • Executing digital marketing campaigns from conception and strategy to implementation and reporting
  • Supporting the Development department broadly with digital solutions to innovate and increase efficiency in processes
  • Drafting emails and other marketing materials for donor acquisition, cultivation, and solicitation
  • Implementing marketing campaigns across the digital fundraising tech stack
  • Occasional conversion documents to HTML (basic HTML knowledge)
  • Deploy emails in our marketing platform
  • Create and maintain donation pages on our giving website
  • Data management in our CRM
  • Managing paid advertising on Facebook, Google Ads, and Microsoft Ads
  • Coordinating online donor correspondence with the operations and donor services teams
  • Analyzing engagement and donation data to report on the success of the program and test into growth strategies

Outstanding Candidate:

  • 5+ years of digital marketing experience
  • Someone who will drive the growth potential of the program -- who has a vision for what makes a program successful
  • Experience managing direct reports and taking lead on major fundraising projects
  • Significant experience with Salesforce, HubSpot, WordPress, Stripe, and Facebook Ads
  • Excellent writing ability
  • Bonus qualities:
  • Proficient in HTML and CSS
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel

Job Posted

Regional Field Coordinator

Job Summary:

The Leadership Institute is seeking a Regional Field Coordinator (RFC) to work in our Campus Leadership Program. This RFC will be based in DC and will be responsible for organizing the student groups in their assigned region.

Day-to-day tasks of an RFC will have you constantly thinking on your feet and using creativity to tackle problems. This job will require you to travel and interact with various conservative organizations to build a coalition on campus.

The duties of an RFC include:

  •    Recruiting and organizing students.
  •    Providing student groups with advice to help them grow and sustain their organizations.
  •    Assisting students with exposing liberal bias on campus.
  •    Working with student activists to engage in activism projects on their campus.
  •    Coaching students on handling the media and message development.
  •    Offering advice for dealing with administrators.

An RFC should possess a strong commitment to conservative values and understand the dynamics of college/youth activism on campus. Working knowledge of student government, on-campus organizations, student newspapers, and field team management is crucial. A passion for conservative activism is required.

Applicants should apply by emailing your resume to Celtin Clardie, Deputy National Field Director, at

Required Qualifications:

  •    Past involvement in a conservative campus organization
  •    Youth organizing experience
  •    Experience with campus activism
  •    Strong reading, writing, and editing skills
  •    Working knowledge of conservative politics
  •    Strong oral communication abilities
  •    Public speaking/training experience
  •    Willingness to travel
  •    A valid U.S. driver's license

Bonus Qualifications:

  •    Experience with student government
  •    Experience with student publications
  •    Campaign experience
  •    Sales/management experience
  •    Event planning/recruitment experience
  •    Proficiency with new media

To apply: Email your resume to Celtin Clardie at

Job Posted

Development Operations Officer

The Leadership Institute is growing! We are actively hiring for a Development Operations Officer.

This is an outstanding position for anyone looking to learn the ins and outs of fundraising.  

Easy to learn and lots of room to grow.

You will be a crucial member of the Operations team - which processes millions of dollars in donations every year. 

Your day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Processing donor correspondence
  • Processing donations
  • Maintaining donor records
  • Data hygiene 
  • Receipting and thank you letters

Our ideal candidate is:

  • Hard-working
  • Curious
  • Ready to learn and grow quickly
  • Detail-oriented
  • Personally Organized
  • Driven
  • Professional 
  • Experience with a CRM

Fundraising is one of the most important skills you can learn. It's the art and science of building an organization.

If you know how to raise money, you will always add value.

As mentioned before, this position has tremendous room for growth. Many of our top producers now have leading roles in other divisions within development and across the organization. Our leadership will work with you on identifying your passions and help you grow in your areas of interest.

How to apply

Complete the Public Policy Questionnaire:

Email a one-page resume and personalized cover letter in PDF format to Kristen Railey at 

Job Posted

Donor Events Coordinator

The Leadership Institute is growing! We are actively hiring for a Donor Events Coordinator.

This is an outstanding position for anyone looking to learn the ins and outs of event planning and hospitality.  

You will be a crucial member of the Development team - working cross-divisionally to coordinate events that create opportunities to honor some of the Leadership Institute's finest donors.

Your day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Maintain event inventory
  • Assist the planning and execution of donor dinners, and other special events
  • Maintain relationships with vendors
  • Provide support with internal and external promotion of events

Our ideal candidate is:

  • Hard-working
  • Creative
  • Ablility to multitask
  • Experience with spreadsheets (or translatable organizational skills)
  • Attention to aesthetic details
  • Enjoys organizing

This job also comes with paid travel! You'll be able to travel the country hosting memorable experiences for Leadership Institute donors, guest faculty, and staff.

How to apply

Complete the Public Policy Questionnaire:

Email a one-page resume and personalized cover letter in PDF format to Kristen Railey at 

Job Posted

Field Representative

To apply, email your resume to Celtin Clardie at 

The Leadership Institute seeks Field Representatives for the 2023-2024 Academic Year. 

This position is for the 2023-2024 school year from July 24th, 2023 to May 3rd, 2024. With five weeks of paid vacation in between the Fall and Spring semesters. Before employment all required training is compensated, and will begin in Arlington, VA on July 6th, 2023. 

If selected for the LI Field Representative program, you will travel to college campuses within your assigned region through the end of the academic year. At each college, you will recruit, train, and inspire students to promote and defend conservative principles on their campus. 

This position is remote and based in an assigned state/region.

LI Field Representatives help students start conservative student organizations or publications on campus and provide them with the skills they need to help their group succeed. 

Field Reps will receive a company card for approved travel and business expenses and receive per diem and paid mileage. 

Field Representatives will earn the following-

  • $3,033 base monthly salary
  • An Additional $5,000 per semester in overtime pay during peak recruitment periods  
  • $4,000 as a contract completion bonus to be paid in May 
  • Two, semesterly performance bonuses of $3,000 
  • Paid training  
  • Travel costs covered 
  • Tech stipend   
  • 100% employer paid HMO health insurance plan for employee and family 
  • Employer HSA contribution; ability to contribute additional funds to HSA and FSA 
  • 100% employer paid vision plan for employee and family 
  • 100% employer paid dental plan for employee and family with optional low-cost orthodontics coverage upgrade 
  • A 403(b)-retirement plan  
  • Short-term disability insurance, long-term disability insurance, $50,000 life insurance plan. 
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) eligible employer 
  • Access to all Institute training and career development programs 

In total, after 40 weeks, a Field Rep can expect to earn up to $48,000, plus travel expenses.  

After completing the LI Field Representative program, former Field Reps have gone on to work for conservative think tanks, consulting firms, congressional offices, and national and state political parties. 

Some have even started their own conservative non-profits or have run for political office. 

Being an LI Field Rep opens doors to the political world. 

Don’t miss this great opportunity to launch your political career today! 

Apply now -- this may be the most exciting job you’ll ever have, and spots go FAST. Over 1,200 inquiries were made into the program last year. 

Required Skills 


Candidates for this position must have a knowledge and understanding of conservative philosophy with a dedication to grassroots activism and organization.  


Candidates should also have strong interpersonal skills and should excel in both written and oral communication. 


This position involves re-location and a great deal of travel. Candidates for this position must be willing to relocate anywhere in the continental United States for the 2023-2024 Academic School Year.

Due to the travel requirements of this position, interested candidates must have the following items to be considered: 

  • Valid U.S. driver’s license 
  • Auto insurance 
  • Automobile 
  • Laptop computer 
  • Cell phone 
  • Willing to relocate 

How to apply 

To apply, email your resume to Celtin Clardie at 

Bonus Qualifications: 

- Experience as a leader or member of a student organization

- Experience building a grassroots organization 

- Experience running for office or working on a political campaign 

- Strong public speaking skills 

- Experience shooting video 

- Active social media presence 


Job Posted

Office Administrator

The Office Administrator operates a multiline telephone system at the Leadership Institute’s headquarters to answer incoming calls and directs callers and visitors to appropriate personnel. The ideal candidate for this position is mission-driven, people oriented, has a very pleasant and clear speaking voice, takes time and care to learn about the Institute and all its resources, and is willing to go the extra step to be helpful. Extra-competent people in this role often are hired for another position at the Institute.

Office Administrator Responsibilities:

-Retrieves messages from voicemail and forwards to the appropriate personnel.

-Answers incoming telephone calls, determines purpose of callers, and forwards calls to appropriate personnel or department.

-Takes and delivers messages or transfers calls to voicemail when appropriate personnel are unavailable.

-Answers questions about the organization and provides callers with addresses, directions, and other information about LI’s trainings and resources.

-Welcomes on-site visitors, determines nature of business, and announces visitors to appropriate personnel.

-Receives and disperses UPS, Fedex, office supplies, and similar deliveries and notifies appropriate person of delivery.

-Preforms other adminisirative duties as needed.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Candidate must also be able to keep a strict 8:30am-5:30pm business day schedule, in-office, with scheduled one hour lunch breaks.

Desired Candidate Attributes:

-Experience with spreadsheets (or translatable organizational skills)

-Excellent interpersonal skills

-Attention to detail

Compensation: starting $40,000 salary. Includes benefits and paid time off.

Start Date: ASAP

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Sarah Stewart at

Job Posted

Deputy Director, Grassroots Division

Arlington, VA 

Full Time 

Salary: DOE 

Grassroots Deputy


The Leadership Institute 

Does the opportunity to develop the foundation of the conservative movement interest you? Do you want to join a small dynamic fast paced team? If

so, the Leadership Institute may be the place for you.   

 The Grassroots Division is looking for a solid conservative with a background in center-right campaigns and grassroots engagement who can teach fellow conservatives to be more effective in campaigning and advocacy. 

Background: Founded in 1979, The Leadership Institute’s (LI) mission is to

increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in

the public policy process. 

As the conservative movement’s premier training organization, the Institute teaches conservatives of all ages how to succeed in politics, government, and the media. Our programs primarily focus on campaign management, fundraising, communications, voter. contact, grassroots lobbying, and youth


Since its founding LI has trained more than quarter million conservative

candidates, activists, and students. To learn more about the Institute go to

Summary: The Grassroots Division is responsible for delivering in-person and online training programs.

The Division is growing rapidly to meet demand for our programs. We are a small,

close-knit team of political operatives, each with a strong entrepreneurial

drive. We operate equally well as a team and independently.  

The Deputy Director of Education is responsible for Developing, organizing, and leading training programs outside the Institute’s Arlington,

Virginia offices.  

Duties: The successful candidate will be responsible for recruitment, organization, and facilitation of grassroots training programs held throughout the United States. This is a teaching position that requires applicants to possess relevant campaign and activism experience. The Leadership Institute's programs target current elected officials, candidates, campaign staff, public policy organizations, and grassroots activists. 

The Grassroots curriculum covers all aspects of political campaigns including campaign management, activism, communications, fundraising, and voter contact. Each Deputy Director is responsible for training at least 750 individuals

each year. The position requires significant travel for short periods

of time. The successful applicant should expect to travel two to three weekends a month with occasional midweek travel. Roughly 40-50% of your time will be devoted to planning and administrative work. The balance of your time will be spent on short-term travel and training, much of which occurs on weekends.  

The successful candidate will be responsible for updating course curricula and presentations, attendee recruitment, coordinating program logistics, research,

and regular reporting. At least two political cycles as paid staff on significant

campaigns and/or political entities.  

Position Location: This position

is based in the

Leadership Institute’s Arlington,

VA headquarters; remote work options may be considered. 




· A minimum of four years

as paid campaign or party staff.  

· Demonstrable experience in campaign management,

fundraising, communications,

and coalition building 

· Excellent written and oral

communication skills including public

speaking and teaching. 

· Self-motivates with the

capability to work and think independently 

· Ability to develop relationships with conservative


leaders, elected policy makers and grassroots activists across the country 

· Ability to travel as needed 

·  Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft

Desirable Skills

and Experience:  

· Experience working on issues campaigns, local political organizing, or public policy  

· Prior experience designing and

delivering educations


· Training experience 

· Established conservative political network and/or relationships with

center-right organizations. 

Compensation: Salary is dependent on experience.

A generous compensation package consisting of healthcare, retirement, and

transportation benefits is available. Additionally, performance bonuses may be

issued as organizational goals are achieved. 

Qualified candidates

should email their resumes to Robert Arnakis, and complete

the Leadership Institutes PPQ:

Job Posted

Leadership Institute Internship Program

Jump-start your career in politics! Join the Leadership Institute staff team as a spring, summer, or fall intern. This intensive program allows you to gain professional experience in a real working environment, further your knowledge of the conservative movement, and sharpen your skills for future success. Leadership Institute interns receive free housing, an $825 monthly stipend, priority access to the Institute’s Employment Placement Service, free tuition to all Leadership Institute schools and workshops, weekly private lunches and dinners with conservative VIPs, and the opportunity to build public policy references. For more information, please visit us on the web by clicking here.

Job Posted

Program Operations Coordinator

The Program Operations Coordinator will have a wide range of administrative duties that include event planning, data management, program operations, and hospitality. A very motivated and self-starting individual is sought that has strong organizational and interpersonal skills with the ability to juggle multiple competing priorities. This job requires being on your feet as much as sitting behind a desk. This role also has room for growth and provides opportunities to develop new skills.

Program Operations Coordinator Job Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate LI’s in-house training programs
  • Facility maintenance: includes scheduling cleanings, security, and inventory of supplies
  • Assist the planning and executing happy hours, donor events, staff events, and the yearly National Fourth of July Conservative Soirée
  • Maintain relationships with partner organizations and vendors
  • Provide support with internal and external promotion of events

Desired Candidate Attributes:

  • Experience with spreadsheets (or translatable organizational skills)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Attention to aesthetic details
  • Enjoys organizing
  • Bonus: familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite

Position includes benefits and room for growth. Starting salary is $40,000/year.

Start Date: ASAP

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to KJ Lynum at

Job Posted

Software Engineer

The Leadership Institute is looking to grow our Tech Solutions team! The right qualified candidate is key to migrating legacy application to modern infrastructure. We are currently working on several projects that will significantly increase our ability to advance the Leadership Institute's mission. We are looking to complement the team with a professional developer familiar with both JavaScript and relational database experience. Huge plus for any ColdFusion experience, though not required!

Position Responsibilities:

  • Ability to function as a full stack developer.
  • Designing user interfaces.
  • Develop back-end website applications.
  • Design and develop REST APIs.
  • Stay current on developments in web applications and programming languages.

Full Stack Developer Requirements:

  • Experience in the full stack development process.
  • Experience in implementing site security and reliability.
  • Experience deploying to AWS.
  • Degree in Computer Science, Coding Bootcamp certificate, or equivalent experience.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Proficiency with fundamental front end development such as HTML and CSS.
  • Familiarity with JavaScript frameworks such as NextJS, React, and NodeJS.
  • Proficiency with JavaScript.
  • Familiarity with relational databases, MSSQL, postgreSQL.
  • Attention to detail.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $60,000.00 - $80,000.00 per year


  • SEP-IRA Eligibility
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Training Budget
  • Equipment stipend


  • Monday to Friday, infrequent overtime

Supplemental Pay:

  • Bonus pay


  • Relational Databases: 1 year (Preferred)
  • JavaScript: 2 year (Preferred)
  • APIs: 2 year (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • Arlington Virginia, or Remote

Job Posted Coordinator

The Coordinator manages the day-to-day customer-facing aspects of, Leadership Institute’s free, personalized job bank connecting recruiters and job seekers of all experiences across America. The Coordinator will communicate with both jobseekers and recruiters, create content for, aggregate job listings, and complete other responsibilities assigned by the Director of Professional Services, who oversees the division.

The ideal candidate will be highly organized and detail oriented with 2-5 years’ professional experience. Equivalent experience in internships or volunteer experience in areas specific to marketing, writing, and content creation will be considered. Ideal applicants will also possess some experience with workflow processes and/or experience for platforms such as WordPress.

Applicants should be the epitome of professionalism and be able to prioritize in a fast-paced environment, work independently and with others, possess the ability to troubleshoot basic technical issues, and serve as the product owner for To perform this job successfully, an individual must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and be able to manage multiple projects at once.


Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Work with the Director of Professional Services and Tech partners to improve the quality of
  • Quickly troubleshoot jobseeker and recruiter issues
  • Create blog and other content for
  • Identify and aggregate publicly-listed job opportunities onto the platform
  • Assist with projects as needed

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to Matthew Hurtt, at You must have a completed Conservative Jobs profile to be considered for an interview. Please indicate the profile is complete as well as a desired salary in your cover letter.

Job Posted

Grassroots Director

Director at The Leadership Institute

Are you interested in working at the intersection of politics, elections, public policy, and education? Do you love to travel and meet new people? If so, the Leadership Institute's Grassroots Director position may be a place to continue on your career path. We are looking for a solid conservative with a background in center-right public policy and activism knowledge.

Summary: The Grassroots Division is responsible for coordinating all aspects of grassroots education for the nation's leading conservative public policy training organization. Previous leadership experience and a background in political organizing are necessary. In addition, having prior instructional expertise in designing and delivering training materials is essential. 


The candidate should have eight years of demonstrated paid campaign, activism, and public policy experience, not including previous volunteer or internship positions. In addition, the candidate must have strong public speaking and teaching skills.

The job also involves approximately 30% of administrative duties.

Position Location: The Director is based at the Leadership Institute's Arlington, VA, national headquarters; however, remote work options may be available.


Duties: The candidate is responsible for recruiting, organizing, and facilitating grassroots training programs held throughout the United States. This teaching position requires applicants to possess relevant paid campaign and activism experience. The Leadership Institute's training programs educate elected officials, candidates, campaign staff, public policy organizations, and grassroots activists.

The Grassroots Programs include a curriculum that teaches campaigns, activism, communications, fundraising, and get-out-the-vote tactics and strategies to center-right organizations and individuals. Therefore, the candidate must possess strong oral and written communication skills. 

Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required; specifically, high proficiency in PowerPoint is needed. The candidate will also be responsible for updating course curricula, attendee recruitment, and coordinating program logistics for workshops. Several years of previous campaign experience with a demonstrated increase in responsibility is necessary. It is highly desirable that the candidate has established political networks and can develop new networks.


Required Skills: Individuals must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Prior public speaking experience is essential to the coordinator position as the audience ranges from 40 to 200 people.  


Desirable Skills: Campaign Experience, Teaching, Communications, Curriculum Development, Leadership Coalition Building, Fundraising, and Development


Required Certifications: None

All interested candidates should email their resumes to Robert


and complete the Leadership Institutes PPQ:

Required Travel: The candidate can expect approximately 40-50% short-term travel, with most of the travel taking place on weekends.

Compensation: Salary is dependent on experience. A generous compensation package consisting of healthcare, retirement, and transportation benefits is available. Additionally, performance bonuses may be issued as the organizational goals are achieved. 

Job Posted

Studio Fellow

The Leadership Institute seeks individuals interested in careers in media or content production to join the studio's team to become a Studio Fellow.

The Studio Fellowship Program will teach and train those interested in how to produce video, podcasts, photographic content, and graphic design. Work will be in coordination with all departments of the Leadership Institute, including campus, events, programs, and external affairs as well as other conservative groups that will benefit from the Studio Fellows work.

The candidate should possess an interest in graphic design and video editing or marketing. They will assist with the daily content needs of both LI and partner organizations. They will help develop social media graphics, marketing materials, presentations, and videos. The position requires becoming familiar with the studio space in the Leadership Institute for the purposes of external rentals and for recording video and podcast content in-house. They will become fluent in the Leadership Institute’s branding language.

Candidates for this position must have a knowledge and understanding of conservative philosophy and possess strong interpersonal skills, excelling in both written and oral communication. This position involves relocation to Virginia and a moderate amount of travel. At the completion of the program, qualified individuals will receive an equipment stipend to purchase necessary gear to help jumpstart their careers.

Interested individuals should apply here and then send a link to their portfolio and cover letter to


Fellows will receive the following.

  • $23,000 salary for six months with the potential to extend to one year
  • at the completion of the program, they will receive 7,000 to purchase equipment.

Position Responsibilities:

-      Determine production requirements by reviewing client requirements and considering internal scheduling factors.

-      Develop content strategies by examining project objectives and planning, scheduling, and completing design and production requirements.

-      Improve creative standards

-      Media and production file storage, including backing up all media, creating and maintaining file storage solutions, transferring files to external clients and LI departments

-      Travel with the team for live streaming events and taking footage of various LI training

-      Attended training to help better develop skills

Job Posted

Graphic Design Fellow

Leadership Institute seeks an individual interested in a graphic design career to join the External Affairs team as a Graphic Design Fellow.

The External Affairs team will develop the Fellow’s ability to produce print and digital media through graphic design, which will also help the Fellow build their professional design portfolio.

The candidate should possess an interest in graphic design and marketing, and understand the Leadership Institute’s mission. They will become fluent in the Leadership Institute’s branding and writing guidelines.

Position Responsibilities:

The Fellow’s primary responsibilities are:

-Design print publications (flyers, booklets, cards, etc.) and digital graphics (email banners, social media graphics, website icons, etc.) using Adobe Creative Cloud applications

-Design infographics and PowerPoint presentations

-Create branding and identity materials including visual look and feel

-Maintain and update publication inventory

-Order new publications and work with external vendors

-Create and maintain file storage solutions for media

-Pack conference materials for Leadership Institute events

-Foster positive relationships with coworkers and other departments

-Ensure on-time delivery of quality projects

-Attend Leadership Institute training to help better develop skills


$23,000 salary for six months with the potential to be extended to one year


Interested individuals should apply via and send a cover letter to Please include “Graphic Design Fellow Application” as the email title. Portfolios and any graphic design work can be sent as an attached PDF.

Job Posted

Donor Services Officer

The Donor Services Officer (DSO) is an early-career position for anyone looking to quickly develop strong communications and relational fundraising skills. You will work alongside other gift officers on the Donor Services team to cultivate lasting relationships with donors to steward their support and upgrade their giving. Your day-to-day responsibilities will include researching donor background and financial information, managing relationships with an assigned caseload of donors, soliciting gifts, and serving as the front lines of the Leadership Institute's Development Team.

This role entails a wealth of professional development opportunities through the Leadership Institute's training programs and one-on-one mentoring by LI Development staff. As a DSO, you'll have the opportunity to learn the tactics and strategies for high-dollar, online, and direct mail fundraising in addition to public speaking and political organizing.

Our ideal candidates for this role are highly personable, professional, warm, and excited to learn and grow quickly. All applicants must have strong interpersonal skills, be comfortable on the phone, and enjoy working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. The strongest applicants will have customer service experiences, a working knowledge of issues in the conservative movement, and an appreciation for LI's mission.

How to apply

Complete the Public Policy Questionnaire:

Email resume and personalized cover letter to Laurel Clark at

Job Posted

Partnership Advisor

About Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute creates strong conservative leaders for America, helps them gain positions of influence, and teaches them how to use their positions of leadership to keep America grounded in our founding principles. Led by the legendary Morton C. Blackwell, since 1979 the Leadership Institute has trained more than 250,000 conservatives how to defend freedom in America.

About the Role

Leadership Institute is searching for a Partnership Advisor to cultivate donor relations and raise funds to achieve the Institute’s $89 million strategic plan through 2024. This person will serve as a representative of the Leadership Institute to top-tier donors critical to the foundation and continued momentum of the conservative movement. The role can be based at Leadership Institute headquarters in Arlington, Virginia or it can also be executed virtually near California, as the majority of the travel for this role will be in California. This person reports to the Director of Major Gifts.


•  Cultivate long-term relationships with a caseload of 100 major donors and prospects in California, Nevada, and Hawaii.

•  Solicit gifts above $10,000 to maximize LI’s mission and programs and the philanthropic goals of the donors

•  Travel throughout the region to participate in donor meetings

•  Build strategies to upgrade giving from existing major gift donors and prospects through in-person meetings, proposals, mailings, phone contact, and events

•  Manage and execute stewardship plans for donors’ giving

•  Enthusiastically communicate the Institute’s mission and goals to foster long-term partnerships

•  Maintain a focus on improving customer service

To Apply

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

•  Resume

•  Cover Letter detailing your interest in the position, the mission of Leadership Institute and your salary requirements

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.

Questions can be directed to Katy Gambella, Director of Network Engagement at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:

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

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise. 

Job Posted