State Policy Network

Careers and Internships

State Policy Network is a national nonprofit organization pursuing a vision of an America where personal freedom, innovation, opportunity, and a more peaceful society help all Americans flourish. State Policy Network was founded to support the growth of a collaborative and entrepreneurial network of state think tanks including 65 independent state think tank affiliates and over 90 associate partners. SPN works side-by-side with these leaders to catalyze thriving, durable freedom movements in every state, anchored with high performing independent think tanks. We do this by:

  • Incubating think tanks and accelerating their development through strategic planning, training, and coaching;
  • Connecting talented state leaders so they can learn, challenge, and grow together, with the aim of cultivating state solutions that collectively yield national impact; and,
  • Defending the 50-state think tank network by disseminating best practices, critical resources when members are attacked, and fighting assaults on free speech and donor privacy.

Full-Time Openings

Development Officer

SPN seeks a Development Officer to join our team. This position is ideal for a pro-liberty, entrepreneurial candidate with an interest in growing long term, sustainable relationships with major donors.

The Development Officer will report directly to our Senior Director of Development. The Development Officer’s role advances SPN’s mission and strategic objectives by working closely with donors to align the donors’ goals with SPN’s mission.

The Development Officer can be based in SPN’s Arlington, VA, headquarters or in a virtual office. This is a full-time position that includes 50% travel.


  • Manage a major gifts portfolio: Responsible for developing and managing a successful moves management strategy for your portfolio of 75+/- prospects with the capacity to make gifts of $50K and over. 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 $50K and over.
  • Build and advance strong personal and professional relationships with current donors and prospects that result in philanthropic contributions.
  • Work independently and creatively to 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.
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of SPN’s funding priorities.


  • 5-7+ years of experience, including at least two years in fundraising (SPN may consider a very talented but less experienced candidate).
  • Preferred experience in the free market but not required.
  • Strongly prefer experience closing major gifts ($50,000+).
  • Strong interest in having a role that will further State Policy Network’s mission and impact.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic.
  • Team player.
  • Strong ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects effectively.
  • Strong analytical skills, outstanding organizational skills and superb attention to detail.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, high volume environment.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of MS Office, Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Experience using Salesforce is a plus.
  • Advanced Excel or database experience helpful.
  • Ability to communicate with co-workers and business contacts in a courteous and professional manner; exhibit grace under pressure.


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, location preference, and travel availability.

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link.

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

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.

Senior Research Fellowship (One Year)

State Policy Network seeks a Senior Research Fellow to join our Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) and the Advance Policy Team (APT). This role will help to ensure our programs appropriately track, measure, and analyze critical trends in the states.


  • Writing reports of analysis and trends observed in data sets.
  • Gathering and organizing data from multiple sources including conducting FOIA requests as needed.
  • Respond and fulfill data requests.
  •  Communicate analysis regularly and clearly through visual tools and reports.
  • Proactively seek data that will further SPN objectives and projects.
  • Perform data quality checks and correct errors to ensure accuracy.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Data aggregation, organization, and analysis.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience in MS Word, Excel with functions, pivot tables, graphs and charts.
  • Conducting FOIA requests.
  • Strong attention to details.


Virtual Office


To apply, qualified candidate should submit the following application materials by clicking “Apply” below.

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the position/SPN’s mission and compensation requirements.

Send questions to Denise Stevenson via email: While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those whom we can offer an interview. SPN is an equal-opportunity employer. Only direct applicants will be considered. No phone calls, please.

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