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, 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 10/30/20 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 10/14/20 Read More

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.

In this entry-level position, the ideal candidate will possess event management experience and 2 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 their questions about programs
  • Prepare materials and event preparations including classroom and catering setup
  • Assist with projects as needed

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to Patricia Rausch, 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 12/07/20 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 05/08/20 Read More

Donor Services Officer

The Leadership Institute seeks a Donor Services Officer (DSO) to join our fast-paced and growing Development team. He or she will work to research and build personal relationships with mid-level donors.

This is a robust entry-level position for someone determined to rapidly acquire non-profit fundraising skills as a member of the Leadership Institute’s donor services division.  This role provides a unique opportunity to learn all aspects of relational fundraising and donor cultivation techniques.

Numerous professional development opportunities exist through LI’s political training programs (e.g., High-Dollar Fundraising, Public Speaking, Online Fundraising, and Direct Mail) and one-on-one mentoring by LI Development staff.

The Leadership Institute is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 non-profit educational foundation that trains principled conservatives to become effective leaders. The purpose of LI’s DSO position is to increase donor retention and upgrade donors to major giving levels to achieve our mission.

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

Job Posted 01/11/21 Read More

Reporter/Media 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 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 01/08/21 Read More

Finance and HR 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 200,000 conservative activists, leaders, and students.

About the Opening

LI seeks a friendly, detailed-oriented, and organized individual with the highest levels of personal integrity to serve as Payroll and HR Coordinator. This person will serve as the project lead for all organizational payroll and HR-related issues.

Most importantly, the person we are looking for is a servant leader, a team player, and a “doer” who is motivated by the Institute’s mission to form the next generation of conservative leaders.

Job Responsibilities

  • Payroll: Execute LI’s twice monthly payroll including any updates to employee status and benefits. Ensure compliance with state and federal tax requirements. Serve as an organization-wide point of contact to answer staff questions related to payroll and benefits.
  • Benefits Management: Monitor LI’s health and retirement benefit plans; make necessary changes; and process with each payroll. Manage new benefit enrollments. Coordinate COBRA with departing employees. Serve as the annual coordinator for the renegotiation of LI’s benefit plans and serve as project manager for the annual open enrollment period.
  • Onboarding/Terminations: Process the onboarding of new employees and terminations of departing employees. Coordinate with organization stakeholders to ensure employees have all necessary resources to begin their employment.
  • Human Resources: Serve as a point of contact for all payroll, benefits and HR related-issues within the organization.
  • Misc: Provide executive admin support to the VP for Finance as needed and other tasks as determined by the VP for Finance.
  • Special Projects
    • Payroll Processor: Serve as project coordinator for the selection and implementation of a new payroll system.
    • HR File System: Serve as project coordinator for the implementation of a new HR file retention system.
    • Retirement Plan: Serve as project coordinator for the selection and implementation of a new retirement plan.

Job Posted 01/09/21 Read More