Vice President of Development

Since 1955, National Review magazine has defined the modern conservative movement and enjoyed the broadest allegiance of American conservatives. National Review Institute is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), journalistic think tank that preserves and promotes William F. Buckley Jr.’s legacy, supports the National Review mission, and advances the principles of a free society through educational and outreach programs. These include the NRI Fellows program, the William F. Buckley Jr. Fellowships in Political Journalism, Regional Partnership events, the NRI On Campus program, the WFB Communicators’ program, the Burke to Buckley Fellowship Program, the Buckley Legacy Project, National Review Capital Matters, support for National Review’s Books, Arts & Manners section, and an array of events.

NRI events include the annual William F. Buckley Prize Dinner, the biennial Ideas Summit and Regional Seminars (alternating years), topical conferences, book launches, symposiums, salons, and partnership events, among others.

What You Will Love:

  • Promoting the conservative ideals of William F. Buckley Jr. through programs which support education, journalism, and events
  • Supporting the editorial priorities of National Review and communicating them to a loyal and growing base of donors
  • Implementing your vision for building a comprehensive development strategy that produces aggressive growth
  • Leading an exceptional team to successfully meet a current fundraising goal of over $8 million with goals to expand considerably

What You Will Do:
National Review Institute seeks a full-time Vice President of Development to oversee strategic growth in fundraising and development. The Vice President of Development will

  • Be responsible for managing a current team of 6 staff, including 4 regional development directors, overseeing their portfolios, and ensuring they are tracking towards goals
  • Manage the overall fundraising program, including foundation outreach, large projects such as targeted fundraising campaigns, and smaller projects like the creation of collateral material
  • Conceptualize, promote, execute, and follow up after a broad array of events, which serve to both advance donor relationships and enhance the overall NR brand and promote the enterprise’s editorial priorities
  • Oversee the foundation program (reviewing and approving proposals and reports), budgeting, the direct-mail program, the 1955 Society, and the Legacy Society, and manage a portfolio of high-level donors and prospects, including meetings, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship

The Vice President of Development may either work virtually from anywhere in the country or from NRI’s New York City headquarters. The Vice President of Development reports to NRI’s President.

What You Will Bring (Skills, Passion, Mission fit):

  • Strong understanding of, and appreciation for, the NR mission and Bill Buckley’s conservatism (this includes knowledge of, and relationships with, key people and organizations within the movement)
  • Extensive experience in development and major-gifts fundraising
  • Management experience, including the skill and ability to lead and inspire a remote team
  • Knowledge of and experience executing successful donor events
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (both externally, especially writing and the ability to speak publicly, and internally with colleagues)
  • A strong work ethic, entrepreneurial spirit, and willingness to take initiative
  • Ability to travel nationally 1 to 2 times per week (overnight)
  • Knowledge of best development practices with CRMs; familiarity with Salesforce is a plus


The salary range for this position is $175k to $250k. NRI pays a competitive salary commensurate with experience and provides excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, and contributions to a retirement plan.


Please send your resume to Carmen Sapara (csapara@amphil.com).

Marketing Coordinator

National Review Institute is seeking an enthusiastic, creative, professional marketing coordinator. Being able to effectively communicate and promote our work to our current supporters and broader audience will be the core responsibility of the Marketing Coordinator. The Marketing Coordinator will assist with planning communications and marketing for programs, events, and general communications. Of high importance are attention to detail in attractive design, adherence to our aesthetic, tracking traffic, and A/B testing marketing performance. Additionally, the Marketing Coordinator will assist with the general programmatic, developmental, and operational needs of NRI.

This is an entry-level position. This position is based out of our New York City office. The Marketing Coordinator will work closely with NRI’s programs and development staff. Candidates should have a working knowledge of and interest in the conservative movement, William F. Buckley Jr., and National Review magazine.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Managing various marketing and communication efforts for NRI’s core programs and events, including digital-content creation, emails, mailings (duplicating existing donation pages and labeling them for tracking purposes, then setting up QR codes linked to those pages for physical mailings), and advertising
  • Creating graphics and copy for email and social-media posts to promote events and programs
  • Sending email invitations to events, weekly email to the full subscriber list, and monthly email newsletter to high-level donors
  • Building and designing registration pages for all NRI fundraising events
  • Maintaining/continually updating NRI website
  • Assisting with NRI events (virtual and in-person) as needed
  • Building and sending surveys created on Survey Monkey
  • Collaborating with the development team to keep subscriber lists updated in Salesforce

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Social media experience
  • Digital design skills
  • Experience with email software, WordPress, Canva, InDesign, CVENT, Salesforce (or other CRMs) preferred
  • Ability to internalize an organization’s mission, aesthetic, and tone
  • Ability to work cross-functionally and manage up to superiors
  • Attention to detail
  • Willingness to learn, problem solve, and take initiative

The salary range for this position is $55k to $75k. NRI pays a competitive salary commensurate with experience and provides excellent benefits.

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to hr@nrinstitute.org. 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?