Careers at LI

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, a $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 VIP’s, and the opportunity to build public policy references. For more information please visit us on the web at:

Job Posted 11/08/19 Read More

Field Representative

This position is for the 2020 Fall semester. Training will begin the week of July 20nd, 2020.

The Leadership Institute is seeking Field Representatives for the Fall 2020 semester.

Since 1997, The Leadership Institute has recruited and trained the best and brightest young conservative activists for its National Field Program. Leadership Institute Field Representatives are the face of the conservative movement on college campuses across the country.

If selected for the LI Field Rep program, you will travel to college campuses within your assigned region through the end of the fall semester. At each college, you will organize, train, and inspire students to promote and defend conservative ideas and values on their campus.

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

In addition to a base salary of $14,000, Field Reps have the opportunity to receive a $3,000 performance bonus at the end of the semester, the finest training in youth organization, mobilization, and activism prior to being deployed to their assigned region.

After completing the LI Field Rep 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 a LI Field Rep will open 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. Contact Kristin Dobson at or 703-647-3385 for more details.

Only applications submitted through will be accepted. Applications will not be processed until applicants Conservative Jobs profile is completely filled out. This includes a fully completed Public Policy Questionnaire, references requested, and resume uploaded.

If an applicant would prefer to send in letters of recommendation rather than request references on, they can mail them to

The Leadership Institute
Attn: Kristin Dobson
1101 N. Highland St
Arlington, VA 22201

or emailed to:

Job Posted 12/18/19 Read More

Youth Leadership School Coordinator

The Youth Leadership School Coordinator plans, executes, and recruits for Leadership Institute’s flagship training, The Youth Leadership School (YLS).

As the YLS Coordinator, you will solely manage and execute all logistics for assigned trainings, as well as present lectures about political technology.

You must have proven ability to effectively recruit students and speak publicly. Additionally, the YLS Coordinator must also proactively foster long lasting relationships with partner organizations in an effort to coordinate future trainings.

Why work at LI?

  • Work within a fun, ambitious organization
  • Have the unique opportunity to mentor conservatives at a grassroots level
  • Travel the country to further the conservative movement
  • Speak publicly and build your personal profile

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter to Alexandra Knowles at

You must have completed the Public Policy Questionaire on your account to be considered. 

Job Posted 10/17/19 Read More

Reporter with media potential/ability

Campus Reform, a project of the Leadership Institute, is looking for a Reporter to write an average of 3-4 stories per day for covering liberal bias and abuse on America's college campuses. 

The ideal candidate would be equipped and trained to appear on televised media interviews, or have the potential to do so with appropriate training, be well-versed in identifying stories, interviewing sources, obtaining exclusive content, and able to identify ways to advance stories from competing outlets. 

He or she should have a firm grasp of the 24/7 news cycle, be accustomed to consistently meeting deadlines in a fast-paced, detail-oriented newsroom environment, and have a working knowledge of AP Style. 

The ability to edit video is a plus.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Job Posted 11/20/19 Read More

Correspondent Editor

Campus Reform, a project of the Leadership Institute, is looking for a Correspondent Editor to help train and assist our dozens of campus correspondents across the country as they cover liberal bias and abuse on America's college campuses. 

The ideal candidate would be able to see a story through from pitch to publication, working closely with the managing editor to identify which sources to interview and the relevant documents needed to verify the accuracy of a story.  

He or she should have a firm grasp of the 24/7 news cycle, be accustomed to consistently meeting deadlines in a fast-paced, detail-oriented newsroom environment, and have a working knowledge of AP Style. 

The ability to edit video is a plus.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Job Posted 11/02/19 Read More

Digital Donor Communications Officer


(Updated January 16, 2020)

The Leadership Institute seeks a Digital Donor Communications Officer to join our fast-paced and growing Development team. We’re looking to take our digital communications with donors to the next level. This is an amazing position for someone who can bring their online marketing skills to non-profit fundraising.

This team member will report to our Digital Communications Manager and be responsible for creating and executing online fundraising campaigns for the Leadership Institute using email, social media, and other tools.

If you have lots of digital experience and little or none on the fundraising side, our team will fill in those gaps if you're a good fit.

Duties including, but not limited to:

  • Draft copy for and implement fundraising and cultivation emails, donation landing pages, social media advertising, along with other online advertising.
  • Draft copy for acquisition emails, advertisements, and landing pages.
  • Seek out avenues to prospect for new donors.
  • Develop strategies for increasing retention and recurring donations.
  • Report on and develop insights from the results of fundraising campaigns, cultivation efforts, and A/B tests, with a particular focus on the lifetime value generated by online initiatives.
  • Monitor performance of automated marketing programs like welcome series emails and thank-you messages.
  • Implement improvements to automated marketing programs to boost relevance to recipients and the results of campaigns.
  • Manage online customer service by replying to customer service emails and Facebook messages and fulfilling donor’s requests.
  • Maintain the frequent synchronization of online and offline marketing data.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and experience required:

Ideal candidates will be hard working, curious, ready to learn -- and have a strong appreciation for conservative principles and the Leadership Institute's mission.

Preferred candidates will have at least 2-3 years of experience in online marketing or direct response fundraising. Familiarity with Salesforce, HubSpot, WordPress, or similar tools desirable but not required.

More experience means you can bring more robust skills to the position. Compensation is commensurate with your experience.  A no-kidding excellent benefits package.  

To apply:

Please fill out the Public Policy Questionnaire on and apply to the position through the same website. Then, submit your cover letter and resume to Mitch Nozka at

Job Posted 01/16/20 Read More

Development Operations Officer

The Leadership Institute seeks a Development Operations Officer to join our fast-paced and growing Development team. This is an amazing entry-level position for someone interested in rapidly acquiring non-profit fundraising skills. Primary responsibilities are to process mail and donations, read and record the mail sent by the Leadership Institute’s 45,000 donors, update donor records, maintain database hygiene, and assist in the process of quickly thanking donors for their donations. More projects and opportunities will come up as your skills develop.

Opportunities to draft emails to donors and articles for our donor newsletter are available for those with creative skills. Similarly, opportunities to build relationships with donors and cultivate giving increases are available for those with high levels of interpersonal communication skills. 

Ideal candidates will be hard working, curious, and ready to learn. The best applicants will have professional experience, preferably in development, be familiar with Salesforce, and possess an appreciation for our mission. Candidates must be detail-oriented, have excellent organizational skills, be capable of meeting hard deadlines, and have flexibility in schedule.

To apply, fill out the Public Policy Questionnaire on and apply to the position through the same website. Then, submit your cover letter and resume to Laurel Clark at

Job Posted 01/16/20 Read More

Accountant 1

The Leadership Institute is hiring an entry-level accountant who is consistent, accurate, reliable, and timely. As Accountant 1, you will be joining LI’s dedicated, fun, and energetic team. You will help the Accounting department with essential functions that allow the Leadership Institute to run efficiently.

This role is at the Leadership Institute’s headquarters in Arlington, VA and applications should reside within commuting distance. The salary is $21/hour for the first 90 days. Part-time or full-time opportunity available.

Essential Responsibilities:

· Assists in managing corporate credit cards

· Prepares vouchers, invoices, expense reports, and other records, and reviews for accuracy

· Assists employees, vendors, clients, or customers by answering questions related to accounts, procedures, and services

· Works with the Comptroller to develop and document new accounting policies and processes

· Makes bank deposits

· Posts transactions and deposits in accounting software

· Other activities assigned by Comptroller and CFO

Why it’s great to work at the Leadership Institute:

· Opportunities to improve your skillset through LI’s investment in your professional development

· Free access to all Leadership Institute trainings (time permitting)

· Fun workplace with a great mix of energy and teamwork

· Team building exercises every quarter

· Wonderful coworkers who are always happy to lend a helping hand

· Become part of the Leadership Institute’s vast conservative network

· Opportunity for advancement

How to apply: Please send a resume and cover letter detailing your interest in the position/mission of the Leadership Institute and salary requirements to Melissa Blume at Get creative and tell us why you're passionate about helping conservatives. We will review your resume and contact you for further information if we feel your background and skills are a good match for this position.

The Leadership Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 1979 by its president, Morton C. Blackwell. LI 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.

The Institute offers 47 types of training schools, workshops, and seminars; a free employment placement service; and a national field program that trains conservative students to organize campus groups.

Since 1979, LI has trained more than 176,000 conservative activists, leaders, and students. The Institute's unique college campus network has grown to more than 1,700 conservative campus groups and newspapers.

Job Posted 01/20/20 Read More