Regional Development Officer
ABOUT NATIONAL REVIEW INSTITUTE
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.
National Review Institute seeks a full-time Regional Development Officer who will be responsible for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual donors—primarily, but not exclusively, members of the 1955 Society, which consists of the enterprise’s closest and most loyal donors. The Regional Development Officer will manage and facilitate donor outreach and development in one or more geographical regions assigned by NRI development team leadership. Additionally, the Officer will be responsible for meeting with and developing promising donor candidates for membership in the 1955 Society. The Officer will work to cultivate long-term donors with a demonstrated interest and investment in NRI’s mission, bringing them deeper into the life of the organization and establishing a further commitment into the future. As a representative of NRI, the Officer 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 Officer will report to Lindsay Craig, president of National Review Institute, and Jack Fowler, publisher of National Review, and work closely with NRI’s development team, including the Director of the 1955 Society. The Officer will be expected to travel up to two weeks out of each month as necessary to manage donor relationships in the Officer’s assigned region.
Primary Responsibilities Include:
• implementing key aspects of NRI’s strategic development plan;
• managing a regional portfolio of individual donors—including select members of the 1955 Society—and other long-term individual donor prospects, building and cultivating relationships with them through events, meetings, and regular personal communication;
• helping to retain and upgrade current 1955 Society members by creating and implementing individual donor fundraising plans and bringing in other donors to the 1955 Society;
• meeting with existing 1955 Society members around the country, particularly prospective members in the Regional Development Officer’s specific assigned region;
• promoting NRI’s planned giving program to donors;
• creating regular call reports and consistently updating donor records and profiles in NRI’s database;
• providing monthly activity and performance reports related to the Officer’s region of responsibility;
• assisting with NRI’s direct mail program;
• 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 other NRI development staff; and
• assisting, where necessary, with various operational and development-related administrative tasks.
Qualified candidates must first and foremost be passionate about, and committed to, NRI’s mission. They should possess a bachelor’s degree (or higher) and have at least three years of experience working in development or institutional advancement for a nonprofit organization, preferably cultivating and soliciting gifts from individual donors. Additional consideration will be given to candidates who can demonstrate considerable facility with contemporary American political, cultural, and economic discourse. Knowledge of the broader conservative movement and familiarity with NR magazine—its writers, content, and historical significance—is also important. Qualified candidates will have a portfolio that demonstrates intelligence, good judgment, an entrepreneurial spirit, and excellent interpersonal skills.
Candidates must be collegial, honest, and hardworking—exercising professionalism in all situations and circumstances—and possess the necessary skills that enable them to communicate effectively and accomplishes multiple tasks in fast-moving and dynamic environment. Being a people person, possessing an engaging personality, and demonstrating good cheer is a must. Candidates must also have facility with basic computer software programs and social-media platforms, be an excellent writer, a fast learner. Experience with a CRM software (ideally, Salesforce) is considered a plus.
NRI pays a competitive salary commensurate with experience and provides excellent benefits.
Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and list “Regional Development Officer” 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?
William F. Buckley Jr. Journalism Fellowship in Political Journalism
William F. Buckley Jr. nurtured two generations of conservative journalists. His enormous legacy includes scores of conservative editors and writers. The annual William F. Buckley Jr. Fellowship in Political Journalism, sponsored by the National Review Institute, is a unique opportunity for a recent college graduate to work as writer/reporter with National Review magazine for a one year term starting in early summer.
National Review roving correspondent Kevin D. Williamson serves as Director of the Buckley Fellowship for NRI. Kevin offers editorial feedback, guidance, and support in weekly reviews with the Buckley Fellows, as well as hosts monthly lunches with leading conservative thinkers and journalists.
Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, said “The Buckley journalism program has a proven record of training top-notch young conservative journalists.”
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, current résumé, recommendation from a former employer or professor, current transcript (unofficial acceptable), and a writing sample. The cover letter should explain the applicant’s education, work, other activities, and future goals as they relate to a fellowship working at National Review magazine. In other words- “why you and why National Review?”
Applications can be sent via mail to:
National Review Institute
WFB Journalism Fellows program
215 Lexington Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10016
or via email to email@example.com, subject line: WFB Journalism Fellows program
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.