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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 Director of Foundation Relations

SPN is seeking a Senior Director of Foundation Relations to lead their foundation strategies and relationships. This person will have the opportunity to work with philanthropists and their representatives—people who want to make the country a better place for all Americans—and advance SPN’s mission in all 50 states. This person will also lead and grow a team to fulfill all functions of the foundation lifecycle, ensuring all of the essential details of the process are complete.

This position is ideal for a pro-liberty, entrepreneurial candidate with grant-writing/reporting experience and success in building long-term relationships with foundation partners. The Senior Director of Foundation Relations’ role is to share the critical work SPN is doing in the states with the country’s leading foundations so that together, we can help more Americans prosper.

The Senior Director of Foundation Relations will report directly to the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and will be responsible for growing SPN’s portfolio of foundation donors, both by deepening their relationships with existing partners and inspiring prospective supporters to partner with them. They are looking for a candidate that has excellent written and verbal communications skills, a strategic mindset, and the drive to expand their foundation partnerships. This candidate should also have experience leading a team.

In 2022, SPN raised more than $22 million from the generosity of their supporters because they believe in their mission, are inspired by their results, and feel confident in their investment because of their trusted relationships with SPN staff. This role is essential in helping to steward these relationships and connecting their work with potential new funders who also share their passion for individual liberty, limited government, and equal opportunity for all.

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

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute a moves management strategy for a portfolio of current and prospective foundation donors with the capacity to make major gifts. Territory may be nationwide.
  • Originate and edit foundation deliverables, such as proposals, reports, budgets, key measurements, and letters of inquiry, on a variety of policy issue areas, programs, and projects.
  • Find opportunities to think “bigger picture” and creatively package and connect SPN’s work to the interests of their foundation partners.
  • Travel to meet with foundation partners and share how their investment has changed the country. Provide coaching to SPN program staff when they engage foundation staff.
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of SPN’s funding priorities, the case for support, and successes.
  • Grow and manage the foundation relations team.

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of fundraising experience with a primary focus on foundation relations and grant-writing/reporting.
  • Experience managing and growing teams is preferred.
  • Strong interest in advancing State Policy Network’s mission and impact.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to travel at least 30%, including air travel. Candidate also must possess and maintain a current, valid driver license.
  • A team player that can work in a fast-paced, high-volume environment in a professional manner.
  • Highly organized—the capacity to prioritize and balance multiple projects, plan ahead, and effectively meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical skills, organizational skills, and superb attention to detail.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of MS Office, Word, Excel and Outlook. Experience with Salesforce a plus.

How to Apply

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

  • Résumé
  • 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: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/.

Questions can be directed to Lydia Ocampo, Outreach Specialist at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: lydia@talentmarket.org.

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. 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.


Manager of Engagement

State Policy Network seeks an experienced development professional with donor relations experience who embraces a customer-focused mindset to fundraising. SPN is looking for an entrepreneurial person who is a strong relationship builder and program manager to manage and execute three donor loyalty programs: a midlevel donor program, a legacy program, and a program designed to steward and celebrate those donors who have been giving consecutively to SPN for 10+ years.

The Manager of Engagement works closely with all aspects of the development team to ensure a “Stewardship+” mindset when it comes to our loyal supporters. While a midlevel donor program and legacy society exist, we are seeking a candidate to fine-tune both programs, look for ways to optimize and create efficiencies in the programs to better serve our donors and take our customer experience to the next level. We see this position as critical to building a future pipeline for potential major gift donors and donors who include SPN in their estate plans.

The Manager of Engagement may work in a virtual office and will be expected to travel up to 30% of the time. The Manager of Engagement will report to the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships.  

Responsibilities include:

Mid-level donor program (75% of time)

Own and manage the mid-level donor program.  The purpose of the mid-donor level program is to 1) Take a Stewardship+ approach with our loyal donor base and 2) Qualify any mid-donors who may have major gift or legacy capacity. The mid-donor level program should serve as a pipeline for the major gift team. Success of the program will be based off the retention and upgrade rate of the mid-level donor program, as well as how many donors are “qualified” and moved into the major gift and/or legacy pipeline.

Management of the program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Conducting at least 10 qualification calls a month with mid-level donors to understand where there might be major gift and/or legacy potential.
  • Cultivate and steward these donors by ensuring they are receiving personalized touches and communications throughout the year in addition to our Development Communications.
  • Utilize Salesforce to create reports to maximize the efficiency of the program.
  • Create a scoring system used to rate and qualify donors as to whether they show qualities and characteristics of making a potential major gift or planned gift.
  • Oversee a personalized stewardship process that includes making personalized thank you phone calls and writing handwritten notes to donors in a timely manner.
  • Work in partnership with development officers to ensure giving anniversary cards are mailed out monthly.
  • Organize, recruit, and attend regional gatherings with mid-level and legacy donors as a cultivation and stewardship tool.
  • Participate in strategy calls and conversations with the frontline fundraising team.
  • Build and launch a new program designed to celebrate and steward our donors who have been giving to SPN consecutively for the past 10+ years.

Legacy program (25% of time)

Oversee and manage the Thomas Roe Legacy Society (TRLS), SPN’s legacy program for individuals who’ve shared their intention of including SPN in their estate plans. Managing the program will include prospecting and recruiting new legacy society members, stewarding current legacy society members, and partnering with our Development Communications team to manage communication projects and mailings to legacy society members and prospects.

Management of the Thomas Roe Legacy Society includes, but not limited to:

  • Cultivating, stewarding, and recruiting new members to join the Thomas Roe Legacy Society.
  • Stewardship of a portfolio of existing TRLS members for all their SPN giving.
  • In partnership with the development communications team, oversee the communications and mail to legacy prospects and legacy society members.
  • Working closely with the development officers on a strategy for incorporating legacy conversations into their moves management plans.
  • Organizing, recruiting, and attending regional events for mid-level and legacy donors.

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of relevant fundraising or related experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience with managing a donor loyalty program and/or strong project management skills a plus.
  • Up to 30% travel would be required.
  • Strong interest in advancing State Policy Network’s mission and impact.
  • Comfortable spending up to 50% on the phone cultivating, stewarding, and qualifying donors.
  • Comfortable being in a donor-facing role and with managing details behind the scenes.
  • A customer service mindset with internal and external partners.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • An ability to think strategically and creatively.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, strong work ethic, and capacity to prioritize and balance multiple projects and effectively and meet deadlines and goals.
  • Strong organizational skills, superb attention to detail and an appreciation and respect for following internal processes.
  • A team player that can work in a fast-paced, high-volume virtual environment in professional manner.
  • Knowledge of MS Office, Word, Excel and Outlook (experience with Salesforce a plus).

This role will require using Salesforce effectively to manage the donor programs and candidate must be comfortable working with Salesforce (training will be provided).

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document to Amanda Meyer at meyer@spn.org: 

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

Manager of Strategic Partnerships

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

The Manager of Strategic Partnerships will report directly to our Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships 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

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of fundraising or related experience. Strong preference for candidates who have experience being donor-facing and managing a portfolio of individual donors.
  • 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

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document to Amanda Meyer at meyer@spn.org:

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

Salesforce Administrator

SPN seeks a Salesforce Administrator to oversee the CRM capability of State Policy Network (SPN). The Salesforce Administrator will primarily be responsible for managing projects related to our Salesforce CRM, including automating business processes and configuring integrations. This position will play a pivotal role in designing data processes that will allow SPN to take it’s measurement systems to the next level.

Additionally, a smaller portion of this role will be devoted to general IT support. The Salesforce Administrator will liaison with our IT contractor and manage administration of our various technology platforms.

Primary Responsibilities

Salesforce Administration

  • Salesforce configuration changes, including fields, page layouts, record types, dynamic layouts, apps, actions, custom settings, dashboards and reports
  • Automate processes using Salesforce tools including Flow, Process Builder, approval processes, validation rules, and Nonprofit Success Pack features
  • Proactive system maintenance including Security Reviews, Release Updates, Health Check, and Optimizer
  • All aspects of user and license management including new user setup/deactivation, roles, profiles, permissions, public groups, OWD, sharing rules
  • Identify and gather requirements, translating into best practice, scalable solutions with a focus on exceptional user experience
  • Management of integrated applications including Form Assembly/FormTitan and DocuSign
  • Manage user support requests, including quick turnaround errors as well as longer term projects and new feature requests
  • Technical documentation and change management communication

General IT Support

  • Manage technology onboarding and offboarding of all employees
  • Ensure smooth lines of communication with staff & our IT vendor
  • Provide basic troubleshooting support to employees with various technology platforms (Dropbox, Basecamp, Zoom, etc

Qualifications

Required

  • In-depth knowledge of Salesforce products and their functionalities, including 3+ years of experience as a Salesforce administrator using both Classic and Lightning
  • Creative and analytical thinker with strong problem-solving skills
  • Excellent project management skills and a positive attitude
  • A demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, and handle and prioritize simultaneous requests
  • Must demonstrate ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to critically evaluate and prioritize information gathered from multiple sources and reconcile conflicts
  • Ability to assess the impact of new requirements on Salesforce and other integrated systems
  • A demonstrated ability to understand and articulate complex processes
  • A curious nature with a strong drive to learn and grow

Desirable

  • Salesforce Administrator Certification or Salesforce Advanced Administrator Certification
  • Understanding of basic triggers/Apex code knowledge
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of classical liberal ideas

This position reports to SPN’s Director of Data Analytics

Location:

This is a full-time position based in SPN’s headquarters (Arlington, VA) or in a virtual office.

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF file to Amanda Meyer at meyer@spn.org:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter detailing your interest in the position, SPN’s mission, and your salary requirements

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.


Senior Director of Operations

SPN seeks a Senior Director of Operations to oversee and build highly effective talent, performance improvement, and operational systems. As a team leader, the Senior Director of Operations will provide day-to-day leadership and oversight of internal operations, including Human Resources, technology, and data management. The Senior Director of Operations will directly manage two staff members, the Director of Data Analytics and Human Resource Associate, and will have the opportunity to build out the team over time.

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who enjoys solving problems, building consensus, and weighing tradeoffs to create and execute excellent systems. This person will be both a strategic, analytical thinker and a disciplined, enthusiastic executor.

The Senior Director of Operations will report to the Executive Vice President and can be based in SPN’s Arlington, VA headquarters or in a virtual office.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work with staff to assess organizational needs and drive improvements in areas such as recruiting, hiring, onboarding, retention, performance management, and staff development.
  • Oversee payroll and benefits, analyzing cost and competitiveness of SPN’s benefits package.
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance across the organization.
  • Work with the Director of Data Analytics to manage SPN’s Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), driving a culture that thrives on measurable results, productivity, and performance.
  • Develop and manage scalable systems to improve operations functions for SPN and its programs, including information sharing, task management, and outcome tracking.
  • Consistently search for ways to make SPN more effective at pursuing its mission. Be on the lookout for organizational needs and opportunities, and develop solutions to ensure the organization runs smoothly and effectively.

Required Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have 7+ years of professional experience, along with demonstrated success in building and managing effective talent and operational systems. The candidate will also have:

  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills, and a desire to tackle complex challenges
  • A customer service mindset, along with excellent listening and communication skills
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Exceptional judgment; ability to weigh tradeoffs and juggle multiple priorities
  • Experience managing and growing teams
  • Willingness to travel (15%)

How to Apply

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

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter detailing your interest in this position and SPN’s mission, along with your salary requirements

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: https://talentmarket.org/candidates/apply-for-your-dream-job/

Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: claire@talentmarket.org.

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. 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.