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Careers and Internships

State Policy Network is a coalition of 64 state think tanks representing all 50 states, over 66 state allied organizations in key capacities (like litigation, journalism, and advocacy), and more than 90 national partners, all dedicated to the principles of liberty and federalism. SPN exists to make these organizations better, faster, and stronger than if each worked alone. The power of the Network is in scaling critical state and local solutions so they spread from state to state, leading to national impact.

Current Openings


Senior Development Officer/Development Officer

State Policy Network is seeking a Senior Development Officer or Development Officer to join our team. This position is ideal for a pro-liberty, entrepreneurial candidate with experience in growing long term, sustainable relationships with philanthropists. The Senior/Development Officer’s role advances SPN’s mission and strategic objectives by working closely with donors to align their goals with SPN’s mission.

The Senior/Development Officer will report directly to our Senior Director of Development and will be responsible for the results of his/her major gifts portfolio which will include a mix of current donors and prospects. We are looking for a candidate that will have fire in the belly and drive to build a portfolio primarily through prospecting.

This position can be based in SPN’s Arlington, VA headquarters or in a virtual office.

Primary Responsibilities:

Manage a major gifts portfolio: Responsible for developing and managing a moves management strategy for a portfolio of 100+/- donors and prospects with the capacity to make gifts of $25K+. Territory may be nationwide.

  • Increase SPN’s fundraising capacity through the successful qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals having the capacity to make gifts of $25K and above
  • Work to creatively match donor interests with institutional priorities
  • Develop funding proposals and structure complex gifts, including planned gifts
  • Prepare briefings, stewardship plans/letters and other correspondence for prospects, collaborating with staff as needed
  • Motivate and support leadership and volunteers to solicit gifts when appropriate
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of SPN’s funding priorities

Required Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of fundraising experience with a primary focus on closing major gifts ($25,000+) and depth of understanding of SPN to be considered a Senior Development Officer.
  • 3+ years of fundraising experience for a Development Officer.
  • Ability to travel at least 50%
  • Strong interest in advancing State Policy Network’s mission and impact
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • A team player that can work in a fast-paced, high volume environment in professional manner
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, strong work ethic, and capacity to prioritize and balance multiple projects and effectively and meet deadlines
  • Strong analytical skills, organizational skills, and superb attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Demonstrated experience with complex giving vehicles, planned gifts, and estate planning a plus
  • Knowledge of MS Office, Word, Excel and Outlook (advanced Excel knowledge or experience with Salesforce a plus)
  • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing:
    • Your interest in the position/SPN’s mission
    • Salary requirements
    • In-office or virtual office location preference
    • Travel availability

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: https://talentmarket.org/spndevo/

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.

Questions can be directed to Katy Gambella, Director of Network Engagement of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: katy@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. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.


Marketing Manager

SPN seeks a Marketing Manager to drive the execution of the organization’s content and marketing strategies. As part of a growing team, the Marketing Manager will play a key role, positioning SPN as the leading voice for federalism and the premier connector and accelerator of the best state-based, community-driven solutions that give every American access to quality education, affordable healthcare, and meaningful work.

The ideal candidate will have a sharp eye for engaging content, keen attention to organization and detail, and strong execution and project management skills. 

The Marketing Manager will report to SPN’s Director of Marketing and Communications. This is a full-time position based in either SPN’s headquarters (Arlington, VA) or a virtual office.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Implement program marketing plans, working with program owners, event staff, and the marketing team to ensure deadlines and goals are met
  • Manage editorial and production calendars for all SPN content and marketing products, including publications, website/blog content, social media, branding projects, marketing collateral, and videos
  • Manage relationships and drive project timelines with outside vendors, authors, designers, and other stakeholders to meet deliverables and deadlines
  • Assist with writing and editing original content for SPN’s blog and digital channels, especially email newsletters
  • Provide internal editing support for event materials, donor communications, and special projects as assigned
  • Ensure organization marketing and communications materials including publications, online content, and in-person collateral is consistent with SPN’s brand and style guidelines
  • Serve as website manager for SPN.org
  • Collaborate with the marketing team to facilitate timely promotion of content and publications 

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of marketing experience, preferably with an emphasis on publications and project management
  • Strong writing and grammar skills and an ability to internalize organizational brand, style, and tone
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • A demonstrated history of being able to influence others toward successful outcomes, even when you are not always the project lead
  • Strong problem-solving abilities; able to prioritize multiple projects, meet deadlines, and manage budgets
  • Results-oriented, with a commitment to delivering products that are best-in-class and focused on achieving the goals of strategies
  • Familiarity with AP Style and Chicago Manual of Style
  • Familiarity with WordPress CMS, SEO, MailChimp, and Google Analytics a plus

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF file:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter detailing your interest in the position, SPN’s mission, and your salary requirements
  • 2-3 writing samples that may include any of the following:
    • Blog post/article, preferably written with SEO best practices thoughtfully applied
    • A publication or resource developed for a specific target audience
    • Email newsletter (can provide a link to a published newsletter you have written or a document with the email copy)
    • Op-ed or press release

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: https://talentmarket.org/spn-mktg/

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.

Questions can be directed to Stephanie Keaveney, Talent Engagement Manager of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: stephanie@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. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide consulting and recruiting services at no cost to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that clearly and directly focus on advancing the principles of economic freedom, free enterprise, free trade, free speech, property rights, rule of law, and limited regulation.