State Policy Network

Careers and Internships

About State Policy Network

State Policy Network (SPN) catalyzes thriving, durable freedom movements in every state, anchored by high-performing, independent think tanks. We support the growth and success of a collaborative and entrepreneurial network of 65 independent state think tank affiliates and over 90 partners, connecting talented state leaders so they can learn, challenge, and grow together, while advancing state policy reform initiatives.

Current Openings:

Development Coordinator


The State Policy Network seeks a highly organized individual with a background in the operational side of fundraising to serve as our Development Coordinator. This individual will play a critical role on the SPN development team, supporting the SPN’s frontline fundraisers.

This individual should enjoy both the variety that comes with short-term projects and the predictability of ongoing, process-oriented tasks.

The Development Coordinator will report to the Director of Advancement.

Note:  This is an evolving role.  For the right candidate, the position has room to grow well beyond the core responsibilities outlined below, particularly in the areas of donor events, donor communications, moves management, and/or back-end fundraising.


Core Responsibilities

  • Execute key components of the donor giving experience, including revenue handling and gift acknowledgement.
  • Utilize Salesforce to generate reports that help SPN plan, analyze progress toward, and achieve fundraising goals.
  • Assist the Director of Advancement with revenue reporting and reconciliation efforts.

Other Responsibilities

  • Manage donor suppression list and other donor mailing requests.
  • Manage functional logistics for the Development Team, such as scheduling internal meetings and preparing internal team reports.
  • Manage data changes and select reporting in SPN’s CRM (Salesforce).
  • Manage special projects as needed to increase the development team’s overall efficiency and success.
  • Conduct donor and prospect research as needed for major gift officers.


  • 2-3+ years of relevant experience; a background in fundraising is preferred
  • 5-10% travel, less if located in DMV.
  • Strong interest in advancing State Policy Network’s mission and impact
  • Interest in the strategic and analytical components needed for the operational side of fundraising
  • 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 analytical skills, organizational skills, and superb attention to detail
  • A customer service mindset with internal and external partners
  • A team player that can work in a fast-paced, high volume environment in professional manner
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Knowledge of MS Office, Word, Excel and Outlook (advanced Excel knowledge or experience with Salesforce a plus)

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file with your name in the file:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter detailing your interest in the position, including what regional hub(s) you are applying for, your preferred location(s), and why you are excited to work for the State Policy Network

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

Questions can be directed to Katy Gambella, Network Engagement Manager 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.

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.

Program Director (Incubator Plus)


State Policy Network is seeking a Program Director to join our fast-paced, growing SPN LaunchPad team. This position is ideal for a market-oriented, entrepreneurial candidate, with prior business or consulting experience in organization development, innovation, and growth strategies.

The Incubator Plus Program Director is a senior-level position responsible for developing programming that supports high-potential entrepreneurs in strengthening and scaling early-stage concepts following an intensive two-day incubation event. The director will be responsible for developing the methodology and approach to the incubator program, as well as management of the day-to-day program operations. Blending strategic thinking with business expertise, the director will work alongside entrepreneurs to develop and implement strategies that accelerate their project’s implementation, growth, and outcomes.

The Incubator Plus Program Director will also assist with recruitment and engagement of experts, mentors, and coaches in the LaunchPad community.

We have retained the Executive Search Practice group RobertHalf for this search.

About SPN’s LaunchPad Project

State Policy Network’s LaunchPad is an ecosystem where social and business entrepreneurs hone innovative solutions to address pressing problems related to human freedom and civil society in the states. A Brain Trust of transformative thinkers, like-minded innovators, and veteran entrepreneurs help create this ecosystem.

We invite up to 10 idea entrepreneurs to advance their project in an exclusive, intensive two-day LaunchPad in-person event, where participants pitch their idea to the Brain Trust.

In the months leading up to the two-day event, the SPN team will work with each project and project owner to prepare for the in-person event. This preparation process is called the DISCOVERY phase.

The two-day intensive is our INCUBATOR EVENT. Using a co-creation process, assumptions are tested, ideas improved, and an action plan is developed in concert with Brain Trust members.  Up to 50 Brain Trust members will be at the work session. These individuals are experts in their fields, successful entrepreneurs, and transformative thinkers. A handful will be grant-makers and investors. Brain Trust members are self-organizing and are free to choose where they lend their expertise.

Idea entrepreneurs who successfully complete the INCUBATOR EVENT, and who need key resources to successfully launch, advance to the INCUBATOR PLUS. There the project owner is provided the type of intense structure, training, mentorship, and investor networking required to potentially move toward remarkable success.


  • Creating and managing the implementation of the programming schedule, which will include trainings, individualized coaching and intervention, as well as regular cohort meetings.
  • Developing a customized needs assessment for each entrepreneur and project and craft an individualized plan and related connections to assist the entrepreneur in execution.
  • Providing targeted 1-on-1 support to project owners to clarify policy obstacles, review progress, and provide additional resources and support as needed.
  • Connecting idea entrepreneurs with mentors, coaches, and experts as needed, using the existing LaunchPad team and Brain Trust members as appropriate.
  • Providing strategy consulting to each idea entrepreneur in areas such as vision development, market research, business model, growth strategy and tactics, client acquisition, financing, fundraising, operations, contract negotiations, and other areas.
  • Developing a plan and assistance for project owners that have participated in the two-day Incubator event but did not move into the Incubator Plus.
  • On a continual basis, tracking projects to note marketing and fundraising opportunities related to individual projects and providing information to key team members to capitalize on opportunities.
  • Developing and building a coaching and mentorship bench, utilizing LaunchPad Brain Trust members. Building strong relationships with these existing partners and resources.
  • Working with other SPN team members, assisting with recruitment and selection of LaunchPad projects (Note: They anticipate 20-25 projects throughout the year, with at least 10-15 of those projects moving forward into the Incubator Plus or some level of engagement with the Incubator Plus Program Director).


  • 8-10+ years previous work experience in business and project management, including scenario planning, and using optimization techniques to solve project and business problems.
  • A passion for social innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Entrepreneurial experience across multiple industry sectors preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in policy, advocacy, business, marketing, and finance.
  • Strong knowledge of fundamental business concepts and excellent problem-solving skills with ability to set benchmarks and measures; evaluation methods; identify root causes related to positive or negative results; and recommend solutions and experiments to test project viability.
  • Able to cultivate, build, and maintain strong working relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Management, Public Administration is required.
  • An advanced degree like a M.B.A., M.P.H, M.P.A., J.D. is preferred.

This job can be virtual.

How to apply

If interested, please contact:

Kevin Hicar, Senior Principal, (202) 572-8312 or

Event Manager


State Policy Network (SPN) 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. Our mission is to catalyze thriving, durable freedom movements in every state, anchored with high-performing, independent think tanks.

SPN is seeking an Event Manager to join our fast-paced, growing events team. This position is ideal for a pro-liberty, entrepreneurial candidate with an interest in gaining valuable event planning experience and learning more about the state-based free-market think tank network.

The Event Manager will work directly with our Director of Events on event preparation, planning, and on-site execution for multiple events. The Event Manager will also assist with SPN’s Annual Meeting, which is one of the largest, premiere events in the Liberty Network, with more than 1,300 attendees, particularly with contributing content ideas for the meeting.

The Event Manager’s role advances SPN’s mission and strategic objectives by planning events that communicate SPN’s key priorities and training and build stronger relationships with our constituents. This position will require management of the event from concept to successful completion.

The Event Manager can be based in SPN’s Arlington, VA headquarters or in a virtual office.


  • Develop and drive event strategy for each assigned programmatic event. For each event, develop key objectives, measurable goals, and target audience to further advance organization mission.
  • Ensure brand consistency of SPN and high-quality execution of each event.
  • Ensure the highest level of customer service to reflect SPN brand to both internal and external customers.
  • Drive overall event execution timeline, including all event-related activities from logistics (including food/beverage needs, travel, and venue) to marketing timeline and program development.
  • Track event performance and metrics to evaluate event effectiveness.
  • Calculate, track, and report event budget. Recommend adjustments as necessary throughout planning process to ensure event effectiveness and adjustments that may need to be made to achieve event goals.
  • Maintain and develop key vendor relationships in coordination with other event team members.
  • Provide logistical support and coordination for SPN’s Annual Meeting.


  • 3-5 years of experience, including lead management experience in event planning.
  • Preferred knowledge with content planning
  • Ability to travel 30-35% (or more; this is dependent on the candidate’s location).
  • Strong interest in having a role that will further State Policy Network’s mission and impact.
  • Problem-solving and management in time-sensitive situations.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic.
  • Team player with upbeat personality.
  • A strong ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects effectively.
  • Extensive logistical expertise.
  • Registration and communications best practices with a high degree of customer service (experience with event registration platforms, including Cvent, is preferred).
  • Venue and vendor sourcing and management.
  • Contract negotiation skills and experience.
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills.
  • Proficient knowledge of Excel, Power Point, Word, Salesforce, and cloud-sharing programs.
  • Understanding of social media in event settings.

This is a full-time position that includes travel (35%).

Some events will require on-site execution that will occur outside of normal business hours.

This job can be virtual.

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, compensation requirements, location preference, and travel availability.

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

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 Katelynn Barbosa, Talent Engagement Manager 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.