Careers at LI

Field Representative

The Leadership Institute seeks Field Representatives for the 2024-2025 Academic Year. 

This position is for the 2024-2025 school year from August -May including 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 in July 2024.

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-

  • $28,000 base salary

  • An Additional $6,890 per semester in overtime pay

  • $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 an earning potential up to $54,000, 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.

We are looking for candidates to travel to college campuses in the following states: OH, TX, FL, MN, PA, MA, NY.

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:

Apply via Conservative Jobs

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

Finance Coordinator

About Leadership Institute 

Founded in 1979 by its president, Morton C. Blackwell, Leadership Institute (LI) -- a non-partisan 501(C)3 nonprofit -- provides training in campaigns, fundraising, grassroots organizing, youth politics, and communications.  The Institute teaches conservatives of all ages how to succeed in politics, government, and the media. Since its founding, LI has trained more than 300,000 conservative activists, leaders, and students.  

About the Opening 

LI seeks a friendly, detail-oriented, and organized individual with the highest levels of personal integrity to serve as Finance Coordinator. This person will provide support for Finance and HR-related issues.  

Job Responsibilities

  • Process check donations and cash gifts

  • Manage accounts payable and accounts receivable

  • Coordinate benefits enrollment for eligible employees

  • Monitor payroll data to maintain compliance with state and local regulations

  • Facilitate onboarding and offboarding process for new and departing employees

  • Assist HR & Finance Manager with payroll tax registrations

  • Providing administrative support for HR-related tasks, such as maintaining employee records and preparing documentation

  • Provide support to HR & Finance Manager for various administrative tasks

Required Skills

  • High degree of integrity and professionalism

  • Detail-oriented

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

  • Strong commitment to the mission of the Leadership Institute

Preferred Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

  • 1+ years experience in office administration, human resources, and/or accounts payable and accounts receivable

This position is in-office only; remote applicants will not be considered. 

Job Posted

Leadership Institute Fall 2024 Internship Program

Jump-start your career in politics! Join the Leadership Institute staff team as a fall 2024 intern.

The internship will run from September 9, 2024 through December 13, 2024.

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.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and a letter of recommendation through Conservative Jobs.

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

Cover letters and letters of recommendation should be addressed to the Intern Program Coordinator, Arin Steiner.

Job Posted


About the Reporter Opening:

The Leadership Institute is hiring a Reporter for its campus news website Campus As America's leading source for conservative college news, Campus Reform serves as a watchdog to our country's higher education system, with a mission to expose liberal bias and abuse on college campuses.

As Reporter, you will work on a team of professional journalists and a network of roughly 200 conservative student journalists with a passion for reforming American higher education by reporting on the conduct and misconduct of administrators, faculty, and students. The ideal candidate will have at least one year of professional media experience. Strong speaking, writing, and research skills will be imperative.

This is a full-time in-office, remote, or hybrid position that reports directly to the Deputy Editor.


• Pitch daily stories to the Executive Editor

• Write timely, accurate articles in compliance with in-house style and standards

• Coordinate original research and analysis projects with the editorial team

To Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document to Deputy Editor Adam Sabes at

•  A cover letter detailing your philosophical interest in the organization, the Reporter/Assistant Editor position, how your experience has prepared you for this position, and your salary requirements

•  Résumé

•  One professional (not academic) writing sample that is 500-1,000 words. Excerpts from longer pieces are acceptable.

Job Posted

Senior Editor

About the Role

The Leadership Institute is hiring a Senior Editor for its campus news website Campus As America's leading source for conservative college news, Campus Reform serves as a watchdog to our country's higher education system, with a mission to expose liberal bias and abuse on college campuses.

As Senior Editor, you will assist the Deputy Editor in editing and publishing breaking news and investigative reports. The role is also responsible for brand management and ensuring all copy and media comply with Campus Reform's style. The Senior Editor will also manage a team of full-time professional editors who work with Campus Reform's freelance Young Journalists.

The ideal candidate will have at least two years of professional editorial and/or news writing experience. This is a full-time, salaried position.


•  Write, edit, and publish breaking news and investigative reports.

• Manage the homepage to ensure compliance with Campus Reform's editorial style.

• Supervise and quality-control junior editors' output.

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document to Deputy Editor Adam Sabes at

•  A cover letter detailing your philosophical interest in the organization, why you’re interested in this position, how your experience has prepared you for this position, your academic and vocational background, and salary expectations

•  Résumé

•  One professional (not academic) writing sample that is 500-1,000 words. Excerpts from longer pieces are acceptable. 

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 Aron Railey at

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

Career Programs Training Coordinator

The Career Programs Training Coordinator routinely seeks out and recruits participants to various Leadership Institute DC-based training programs. The Coordinator will continuously communicate with participants who have questions about the programs and encourage their attendance at Leadership Institute training.

The ideal candidate will possess event management experience and 3-5 years professional experience. Equivalent experience in internships or volunteer experience in areas specific to events, marketing, or human resources will be considered. It is highly desirable that the candidate will be able to represent the Leadership Institute in a professional manner as they will develop new networks throughout the country to recruit attendees for online and DC-area trainings.

Applicants should be the epitome of professionalism and be able to prioritize in a fast-paced environment, work independently or with others, possess the ability to market and recruit attendees, have strong public speaking skills, and be very personable. 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 other divisions to provide support for upcoming training programs

  • Recruit attendees and advocate for Leadership Institute trainings

  • Manage attendee correspondence and answer questions about programs

  • Prepare materials and event preparations including classroom and catering setup

  • Assist with projects as needed

Job Posted