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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 issue 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:


Development Coordinator

State Policy Network is growing rapidly, raising more than $25 million in 2023. We are looking for talented individuals to help us continue to scale our efforts. We are seeking a highly organized, detail-oriented, and project management-oriented Development Coordinator to support three fundraisers by efficiently managing the day-to-day operations of their donor caseloads. The Coordinator will be responsible for a range of tasks, including project managing major gift portfolios, database entry, handling major gift correspondence, and ensuring effective communication between the fundraisers and donors.

This role includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience, plus benefits. Many of SPN’s staff are remote and this position is eligible to work remotely from a virtual office anywhere in the United States. Up to 10% travel would be expected including a staff retreat, SPN’s Annual Meeting, and a team retreat.

Responsibilities

Support three fundraisers by managing the day-to-day operations of their donor caseload:

  • Partner with the fundraisers to manage their donor plans and assist the fundraisers with touches, steps, asks, stewardship, and other planned contacts for each donor.
  • Support the fundraisers as they work with a caseload of donors by handling all Major Gift correspondence and donor files of the fundraisers’ caseload, including executing personalized mailings for donors at the direction of the fundraisers.
  • Make sure each donor is thanked properly after each gift.
  • Maintain individual donor files in the database for the fundraisers recording touches, moves, interactions, asks, etc.
  • Submit and review donor research requests at the direction of the fundraisers.
  • Prepare donor research briefing packets ahead of events and work on post-event action items (including data entry and follow-up).
  • Professionally handle messages to/from the fundraisers and the caseload donors when requested.
  • Work with colleagues across the organization to incorporate appropriate project information, including budgets, offers, proposals and asks, and demonstrating donor impact to let each donor know their giving is making a difference.
  • Perform other support functions that may be required, such as occasional scheduling of meetings.

Qualifications

  • At least three years of administrative, operational or project management support experience.
  • Demonstrated record of handling calls, correspondence and internal operations with a high degree of excellence and confidentiality.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with emphasis on accuracy.
  • Strong problem solving, training and personal management skills. Must have initiative and have ability to follow through with little direct supervision.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs.
  • Detail-oriented and capable of managing multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Commitment to and passion for free market principles. 
  • CRM experience, such as Salesforce, is preferred but not required.

To Apply
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials (in order) in one PDF document:

  • Cover Letter detailing your interest in the position, SPN’s mission, compensation requirements, and travel availability
  • Résumé

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 Manager at Talent Market, who is managing the search process: 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.

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.

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Development Writer

State Policy Network is looking to expand its Development Communications capabilities by bringing on a Development Writer responsible for creating compelling content to inspire supporters and potential supporters to invest in our work. The Development Writer will be responsible for driving critical writing projects and communications channels that tell the story of the organization’s mission, achievements, and the transformative power of our 50-state Network.

We are looking for a strong writer who has a keen eye for detail and the ability to wade through depths of information to find stories, facts, and visuals that resonate with a donor audience. Experience working in development or creating impact materials for supporters is a strong plus in this position. The position reports to the Senior Director of Development Communications and resides on the Development Team. This is a full-time virtual office position anywhere in the United States. 

Key Responsibilities

Written Products for Supporters: Develop written materials that communicate SPN and our Network’s impact, including:

  • Impact reports 
  • Email marketing for donors
  • Stories for SPN.org 
  • Letters (not direct mail housefiles, but info-mailings)
  • Brochures and “about” materials
  • Our flagship quarterly donor magazine, SPN News 

Project Management: Drive the production of communications products so that they are timely and high quality.

  • Coordinating written projects to ensure deadlines are met
  • Work with other team members (designers, copy editor, program staff, and managers responsible for review) to execute the moving pieces
  • Ensure that the product is free of factual or grammatical errors and accurately reflects SPN’s voice and brand
  • Work to communicate the status of projects so that the development team knows when to expect them and how best to use them

Collaboration: Work across different teams in the organization, including development, communications, and program staff, to gather information and insights for compelling narratives. 

  • Building relationships with staff to learn stories and intel that helps build compelling narratives for SPN
  • Work with others on staff (primarily operations and foundations staff) to gather important metrics and wins that communicate impact

Attention to Detail: The products produced must meet our rigorous standards.

  • Conduct thorough fact-checking to ensure the accuracy and credibility of all written content
  • Maintain a high level of attention to detail in writing, editing, and proofreading to produce error-free materials
  • Ensure products meet SPN brand standards with an eye for what’s appropriate for a donor audience, network audience, and general audience

Qualifications

  • 5+ years working in development communications, general communications, marketing, publishing, or related field.
  • Experience writing for a donor audience or a background in nonprofit fundraising is strongly preferred but not required.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and strong fact-checking skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. The ability to tell stories and write persuasive communications.
  • Genuine curiosity and an eagerness to work across teams to find information.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Ability to travel 4-5 times a year for team meetings and events.

Application Instructions

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

  • Cover letter describing your interest in the position and qualifications, alignment with the mission of SPN, and salary requirements
  • Résumé
  • Writing sample

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 Manager at Talent Market, who is managing the search process: 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.

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.

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