Development Operations Coordinator

William F. Buckley Jr. Journalism Fellowship

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. 

Development Operations Coordinator

Job Description: 

NRI seeks a full-time Development Operations Coordinator who will be solely responsible for maintaining the Institute’s Salesforce database and the various software and payment integrations. Together, these systems serve as the information hub for all fundraising and event operations. The Development Operations Coordinator is also responsible for executing the direct mail program, providing financial reporting and campaign analysis, and assisting the development staff in outreach, logistics, marketing, follow-up, and event support. The ideal candidate for this position has a start-up mindset, a knack for innovation, a penchant for creative problem solving, 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—is also important. The Development Operations Coordinator will always be looking for ways to improve on operations efficiency, data integrity, and list performance. A strong grasp of database fundamentals and statistical analysis is key.

The Development Operations Coordinator will report to Lindsay Craig, President of National Review Institute, and work closely with NRI’s development team, and Doug Schneider, Managing Partner with American Philanthropic (NRI’s development consultant). NRI is a fast-paced, dynamic work environment and is currently experiencing rapid growth and programmatic expansion. The Development Operations Coordinator is central to all NRI development and fundraising operations.


Database Administration

  • Oversee NRI’s Salesforce administration, including onboarding users, setting and maintaining security and user privileges, creating workflows, and integrating and managing other systems (Marketing Cloud, Soapbox, iATS Brickwork, ClickNPledge);
  • Manage all Salesforce related data, including, but not limited to, uploading and inserting data, merging accounts and contacts, creating campaigns to track various revenue streams, events, and donor pools;
  • Keep donor information and donations up-to-date; and
  • Create reports and dashboards (daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and ad-hoc) for financial and revenue tracking, donor list management, and development officers’ follow-up activities.

Development Coordination

  • Maintain updated, accurate donor and prospect portfolios for NRI’s President, NR’s Vice President, and Regional Development Officers;
  • Work closely with Events Coordinator and Regional Development Officers to pull and segment lists of donors, prospects, and coalition members as part of general list management;
  • Provide regular updates and timely accounting of donors, giving amounts and histories for both calendar and fiscal years;
  • Track $1K+ donors to determine membership status and giving level in NRI’s 1955 Society, distribute and coordinate member benefits, and assign to individual portfolios; and
  • Assist, as needed, at fundraising and donor cultivation events, the annual William F. Buckley Jr. Prize Dinner, and biennial Ideas Summit.

Direct Mail Management

  • Manage both house-file and prospecting direct mail campaigns, digital campaigns (including website and emails), and various other mailings;
  • Pull mailing segments from Salesforce to test on each mailing, and track performance of each segment;
  • Coordinate production timeline, printer, mail house, and caging service for each mailing, including pulling and cleaning matchback lists; and
  • Help format and edit copy, and assist with the design, editing, and proofing of all mail package components.

Required Technical Skills: Salesforce and SOQL, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, HTML, WordPress

Qualifications: Two to three years’ work experience in a technical or fundraising field, Salesforce Certified Admin status appreciated, but not required

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

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to hr@nrinstitute.org and list “Development Operations Coordinator” in the subject line. The cover letter should explain how the applicant’s skills, experience, and future goals relate to the position and National Review Institute.

William F. Buckley Jr. Journalism Fellowship

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 May/June.

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.”

NRI is currently accepting applications for the 2018/2019 Fellowship. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis and all applicants will be notified by March 1st. 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
19 West 44th Street, Suite 1701
New York, NY 10036
or via email to buckleyfellowship@nrinstitute.org

Internship Program

Applicants for internships in Summer 2018 will be notified by April 1st .

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. Please note that this is not an internship with National Review. Those interested in writing, editing, or publishing with National Review should apply directly to NR. 

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 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 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