Regional Development Officer

Office Assistant

Internship Program


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.follows

Regional Development Officer

National Review Institute seeks a full-time Regional Development Officer who will be responsible for meeting targeted fundraising goals, actively identifying and helping pursue all giving opportunities with individual donors and major donor prospects in the defined targeted region. The ideal candidate for this position has a minimum of three to five years fundraising experience and is organized, self-motivated, entrepreneurial, and fervently supportive of the conservative principles that William F. Buckley Jr. championed. Knowledge of and a commitment to the broader conservative movement, an understanding of William F. Buckley Jr.’s legacy, and familiarity with NR magazine—its writers, content, and historical significance—are also important. As a representative of NRI, the Regional Development 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 establish and cultivate donor relationships.

The Regional Development Officer will report to Lindsay Craig, President of National Review Institute, and work closely with NRI’s development team, including Francisco Gonzalez, Director of Philanthropy, and Doug Schneider, Managing Partner with American Philanthropic (NRI’s development consultant). The Regional Development Officer will be responsible for managing a portfolio of 100+ individual donors and is expected to travel at least two weeks out of each month as necessary within the targeted region to manage donor relationships.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage an active caseload of donors and major donor prospects;
  • Create individual goals and communication plans for each donor and major donor prospect;
  • Execute individual plans so that existing donors are retained and upgraded, and new major donors are acquired, to reach the Institute’s annual fundraising goals;
  • Review, edit, and/or write meeting request and solicitation letters/proposals, as needed;
  • Conduct one-on-one cultivation and solicitation meetings with donors and major donor prospects;
  • Facilitate with the execution of NRI’s donor club, the 1955 Society, and Legacy Society;
  • Create regular call reports and ensure that all donor records and profiles are updated in NRI’s database;
  • Ensure that all gift tracking is up-to-date and regularly analyze giving results and report on those results;
  • Collaborate with the development team and contribute 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;
  • Plan and attend donor events, including events in collaboration with NRI’s Regional Partnership Events and NRI On Campus programs;
  • Manage attendee follow-up after donor events; and
  • Assist, where necessary, with other various development-related tasks.

Location and Travel:

This position will be based in a virtual office preferably in the Southwest or Midwest. The average travel requirement will be 4-8 days a month (2-3 trips).


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

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF file with their name in the file title:

  • Résumé
  • A cover letter detailing:
    • your philosophical interest in the National Review Institute,
    • how your experience and strengths will enable you to excel in this position,
    • your salary requirements, and
    • your preferred location for a virtual office and your availability for travel.

Please include “Development Officer, 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.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.

Office Assistant

NRI is seeking an Office Assistant who will be responsible for assisting office operations and offering assistance to senior management. Applicants should be self-starters who can anticipate the needs of a busy office and enjoy working in a professional, fast-paced environment. The Office Assistant will report to the Manager of Finance and Operations. This position will be based at NRI’s headquarters in New York City and key responsibilities will include:      

  • Serve as office liaison at front desk; cordially receive guests, manage guest check-ins through coordinated online portal with building security; provide courteous assistance for meetings;
  • Co-ordinate schedules for conference rooms, appointments for key personnel; manage office maintenance appointments;
  • Provide professional communication answering main phone lines: forwarding calls, screening phone calls appropriately, as well as answering questions and addressing complaints;
  • Assist with general office upkeep; maintain the tidiness of reception, pantry, conference rooms, and communal spaces; manage the stock of office supplies;
  • Coordinate ordering business meals, prepare materials, and set-up and clean-up for in-office corporate meetings, events, and evening receptions;
  • Assist with the performance of various executive, managerial, and administrative tasks.

QUALIFICATIONS: The Office Assistant should ideally have at least two years prior office experience and feel comfortable in a support role. Ideal candidates will demonstrate professionalism, excellent communication, organizational, time management, and multi-tasking skills, and a strong attention to detail. The Office Assistant must have facility with basic computer software programs.

COMPENSATION: Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

APPLY: Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to info@nrinstitute.org, subject line: “Office Assistant.” The cover letter should explain how your skills, experience, future goals relate to the position and organization.

Internship Program

Applications for Spring 2017 semester are currently open.

National Review Institute offers a competitive internship program with openings during the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Internships at NRI provide undergraduate students with hands on experience in its unique journalistic think tank environment, allowing them to develop a wide array of professional skills and gain valuable experience for future endeavors. Those interested in writing or editing for National Review should apply directly to NR.

Summer Interns’ responsibilities in the past have included, but are not 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
  • Content creation and management for social media
  • Attending and/or watching events and taking notes for NRI Fellows
  • Providing administrative support to staff
  • Contributing to design projects and website maintenance

NRI Interns should be enrolled in an undergraduate program and have strong research and writing skills. Interns in the Fall and Spring should be available to work 15-20 hours per week, with flexible scheduling based on course load. Summer Internships entail full time work for 8-10 weeks.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. Experience with WordPress, and a familiarity with and interest in the work of WFB is a plus. 

How to Apply:

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 nate@nrinstitute.org with the subject line: NRI Office Intern. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please use the contact info above for any further questions. NRI often partners with the Charles Koch Institute, and The Fund for American Studies when hiring interns, and applicants can choose to apply through either program, as well. 

More information on NRI’s year-round Internship programs can be found here.

 National Review Institute is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), journalistic think tank, established to advance the conservative principles William F. Buckley Jr. championed, and complement the mission of the National Review magazine by supporting and promoting NR’s best talent. All contributions to it are deductible for income, gift, and estate tax purposes. EIN# 13-3649537