Director of Development

William F. Buckley Jr. founded National Review (NR) magazine in 1955. It was, and remains today, America’s foremost conservative publication. National Review “stands athwart history, yelling Stop.” National Review Institute (NRI) was founded by Buckley in 1991, 36 years after he founded National Review magazine. The Institute is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), charitable organization, established to support the mission of its sister organization by engaging in policy development, public education, and advocacy. NRI advances the conservative principles for which Buckley advocated throughout his life. NRI’s mission is to preserve and promote the legacy of William F. Buckley Jr. and advance the conservative principles he championed.

These two vital components of American conservatism have joined forces so that the entire National Review enterprise—encompassing both the magazine’s venerated editorial activities and the Institute’s impactful educational programs—is assured of having an even greater consequence, both now and for years to come. All aspects of the National Review family will be combined within one entity. Under the leadership of editor Rich Lowry, NR will remain America’s largest circulation and measurably influential magazine for conservative news, commentary, and opinion, while NRI will continue to live up to its reputation as a provider of high-quality conservative programming complementing NR’s mission.

Director of Development


National Review Institute seeks a full-time Director of Development who will be responsible for directing strategy and overseeing the internal workings of the Institute’s development department, meeting targeted fundraising goals, and actively identifying and helping pursue all giving opportunities. The Director will oversee NRI’s revenue budgeting and reporting. The ideal candidate for this role has strong managerial skills, fundraising experience, and is organized, self-motivated, and fervently supportive of the conservative principles that William F. Buckley Jr. championed. Knowledge of the broader conservative movement and familiarity with NR magazine—its writers, content, and historical significance—is also important. As a representative of NRI, the Director will lead donor meetings and attend and assist with NRI donor and program events, as well as attend select conferences, community events, and other organizational meetings to develop donor relationships.

The Director will report to Lindsay Craig, president of National Review Institute, and work closely with NRI’s development team, including Jack Fowler, publisher of National Review, as well as outside contractors and vendors. Over time, the Director will be expected to travel up to two weeks out of each month as necessary to manage donor relationships.

The Director’s role will involve oversight, management, and direct responsibility, in some instances, for the following tasks:

  • implementing NRI’s strategic development plan;
  • overseeing NRI’s development staff while actively collaborating with, and managing up to, the senior management team to fulfill NRI’s mission and reach the Institute’s annual fundraising goals;
  • regularly analyzing giving results;
  • managing NRI’s foundation solicitation program including grant applications and reporting processes;
  • coordinating NRI’s direct-mail program, including prospecting and house-file mailings;
  • overseeing the execution of NRI’s donor club, the 1955 Society, and Legacy Society;
  • creating regular call reports and ensuring that all donor records and profiles are updated in NRI’s database;
  • overseeing processes relating to the donor database and gift tracking;
  • reviewing, editing, and/or writing solicitation letters, newsletters, annual reports, digital communications, and other donor collateral material and communication, as needed;
  • contributing to a robust culture of development within the organization by participating in weekly development meetings and monthly prospect strategy sessions with NRI development staff and consultants;
  • conducting one-one-one cultivation and solicitation meetings with donors and donor prospects;
  • planning and attending donor events in collaboration with NRI’s regional partnership programs; and assisting, where necessary, with other various operational and development-related tasks.


NRI pays a competitive salary commensurate with experience and provides excellent benefits.

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to info@nrinstitute.org and list “Director of Development Position” in the subject line. The cover letter should explain how the applicant’s skills, experience, and future goals relate to National Review Institute. Argue the question: why you and why National Review Institute?


The National Review Institute is a non-profit organization designated under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and contributions to it are deductible for income, gift, and estate tax purposes.