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: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org/aboutus/intern.cfm

Job Posted 11/08/19 Read More

Grassroots Program Coordinator

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 Programs Coordinator 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.

Candidate should at least five years of demonstrable campaign and public policy experience, not including previous volunteer and internship positions.  Candidate must enjoy public speaking, networking, teaching, and approximately 50% short-term weekend travel. 

The job also involves approximately 30% of administrative duties.

The position is based out of the Leadership Institute's Arlington, VA headquarters.

Job Posted 01/27/20 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 $17,000, 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 kdobson@campusreform.org or 703-647-3385 for more details.

Only applications submitted through ConservativeJobs.com 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 ConservativeJobs.com, they can mail them to


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

or emailed to: kdobson@campusreform.org

Job Posted 02/29/20 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 aknowles@leadershipinstitute.org.

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

Job Posted 10/17/19 Read More

CampusReform.org Reporter/Spokesperson

Campus Reform, a project of the Leadership Institute, is looking for a Reporter to write an average of 3-4 stories per day for CampusReform.org 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 02/20/20 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 MBlume@leadershipinstitute.org. 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

Events Coordinator

The Events Coordinator will have a wide range of administrative duties that include operations management, event logistics, 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.

Events 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, room for growth, and a yearly salary between 30K-40K.

Start Date: February 3, 2020 or ASAP.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Deirdre Hackleman at DHackleman@LeadershipInstitute.org.

Job Posted 01/28/20 Read More

Web Developer

The Leadership Institute is in search of a Mid-level Web Developer who’s ready to help us improve our customer experience by building functional systems that bring our business to new heights. You’ll need to have strong experience in modern Javascript, moderate experience with Linux administration, and some knowledge of DevOps tooling (AWS) and containerization.

As a Web Developer, you’ll be working in conjunction with our Software Development team to develop and deploy new products, assist in managing our infrastructure, associated processes and systems. You must be detail-oriented and a skilled problem solver. You’ll also be helping us streamline our existing business processes, integrating changes and automating new process when applicable.

Job Posted 02/10/20 Read More

Digital Donor Communications Officer

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.

To apply:

Please fill out the Public Policy Questionnaire on ConservativeJobs.com and apply to the position through the same website. Then, submit your cover letter and resume to Danielle Fife at dfife@leadershipinstitute.org.

Job Posted 02/19/20 Read More