External Affairs Director


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.

External Affairs Director

The External Affairs Director will be responsible for running NRI’s Regional Partnership Events program and maintaining coalition relations. The External Affairs Director will work closely with NRI’s President, the NRI on Campus officer, and the Events Officer.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Plan Regional Partnership Events across the country, including D.C. and New York
  • Attend coalition events and national conferences, such as The Heritage Foundation’s Resource Bank and State Policy Network’s Annual Meeting, to network and identify opportunities for partnership with other groups
  • Assist in planning of biennial Ideas Summit
  • Work with NRI Fellows to plan events and projects around them
  • Assist with Regional Fellows D.C. program
  • Assist with grant proposals
  • Assist with production of communications materials, including newsletters and materials for distribution

The External Affairs Director will work from NRI’s Washington, D.C. office.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal External Affairs Director candidate will possess the following attributes:

  • 6-10+ years of experience, including experience in an external affairs or program management role
  • High level of prudence
  • Motivated, self-starter mindset
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Detailed oriented while simultaneously understanding how each program and Fellow fit into NRI’s mission and complement the mission of NR
  • Strong knowledge of state policy groups and relationships with local D.C. groups
  • Organized, adaptable, problem-solver mentality
  • Ability to travel

COMPENSATION: Competitive salary commensurate with experience.
TO APPLY: Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document with your name in the file:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing:
    • How the applicant’s skills, experience, and future goals relate to National Review Institute. Argue the question: why you and why National Review Institute?
    • Salary requirements

Please include “External Affairs Director, NRI – Your Name” in the subject line of your email.

Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Lauren Skiver with Talent Market who is assisting with the search: lauren@talentmarket.org.


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.