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?
The National Review Institute, a non-profit based in New York City and Washington, DC, seeks three to four student interns for Summer 2016, for its NYC and DC offices. William F. Buckley Jr. founded the National Review Institute in 1991 to engage in policy development, public education, and advocacy that would advance the conservative principles he championed.
Interns’ responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
• Organizing and growing an extensive archive of photos, film clips, quotations, and significant events in the life of William F. Buckley, Jr.
• Research: ranging from general fact and data-finding to in-depth issue-specific projects for NRI programs and individual NRI Fellow’s work
• Attending and/or watching events and taking notes for NRI Fellows
• Providing administrative support to staff
NRI Summer 2016 Interns should be enrolled in an undergraduate program and have strong research and writing skills. Interns must be comfortable in a support role to the NRI Fellows and staff. Interns should successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously, have a high degree of conscientiousness, excellent organizational skills, and must be proficient with basic computer software programs. Familiarity with and interest in the work of WFB is a plus. Interns should be able to dedicate 40 hours per week (for 10-12 weeks) and will be paid a weekly stipend. Interns will begin in late May or early June. Interns will be assigned specific projects to work on based on their skill sets. It is important to note that this is not a journalism internship.
Applicants should send a resume, transcript (unofficial acceptable), recommendation, and a cover letter explaining why you would like to work with the National Review Institute to Charlotte Sawyer, Programs Officer, at email@example.com with the subject line indicating which office opening he or she is applying for: [NYC or DC] Office Summer Intern. Applications should be submitted no later than Friday, February 26, 2016.
Please contact Charlotte Sawyer at the email address given above with questions.