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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.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Qualifications

  • 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.

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, 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: claire@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.


Program Associate

SPN seeks an entrepreneurial individual to join our team as a Program Associate.

The Program Associate will be a self-starter, flexible, and eager to learn more about and serve the state think tank network. The Program Associate will work with SPN’s program teams, which work closely with the state think tank network. The Program Associate will serve an important role in coordinating internal team projects, as well as helping to drive program measurement and reporting efforts. This position will report to the Director of Strategic Engagement.

Responsibilities

  • Provide project management support to SPN’s key programs and projects.
  •  Coordinate project communication and status updates between various program teams to ensure timelines are met and outcomes are achieved.
  • Track progress, measurements, and outcomes on key projects to create reports for internal audiences, including SPN’s leadership team.
  • Help drive the crafting of success stories and other written reports to support donor-related reporting efforts.
  • Collaborate with key team members to execute SPN’s Member Stewardship Program plan, including coordinating Affiliate renewals for 60+ members.
  • Conduct project research in a timely manner to help advance multi-state policy efforts.
  • Support and collaborate with SPN staff on Annual Meeting programming.
  • General program support as needed.

Qualifications

  • Entrepreneurial team player willing to take initiative to ensure goals are met.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong relationship management skills.
  • Highly proactive and organized.
  • Ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Willingness to work with virtual team members.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce helpful.

Apply

Qualified candidates 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.

Questions can be addressed by Denise Stevenson: Stevenson@spn.org.

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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Office Manager

SPN is need of an Office Manager based in our Arlington, VA office. This position is not eligible for remote work. The ideal candidate is experienced in anticipating and meeting the needs of a small office, remote staff, and our external partners.

You might be ideal for this role if you:

  • enjoy helping others accomplish their goals.
  • excel at customer service both internally and externally.
  •  have the detail orientation and numbers savvy to run our invoice processing and revenue handling processes without error.
  •  are comfortable working without constant supervision.
  • can set-up and maintain processes that improve the work life of your coworkers.

Responsibilities

Physical office management – 40%

  • Create and maintain a pleasant work environment, ensuring high levels of organizational effectiveness, communication and safety.
  • Manage procurement and inventory tracking of office supplies, stationary and equipment.
  • Ensure security, integrity and confidentiality of onsite data.
  • Responsible for implementing office policies by setting up procedures and standards to guide the operation of the office.
  • Ensure that the physical security of the office is maintained at all times and staff are educated and trained on all security measures.
  • Manage and update physical and electronic file sharing systems.

Remote staff support – 10%

  • Handle supply orders and other periodic needs of our staff working from home across the country.
  • Assist with coordinating IT issues. This role does not need technical skills, we have IT support for that.
  • Handle expense reports for select executive staff.

Revenue Handling – 20%

  • Partner with development and finance to ensure all mail is opened, processed, and deposited per standard operating procedures.

Invoice and Reimbursement Handling – 20%

  • Manage the receipt and flow of invoices through the bill pay system.
  • Assist staff and vendors with invoice payment status.

Event team support – 8%

  • Logistical support to events held in the SPN offices. This includes meals, room set-up, and A/V support.
  • Organize and maintain conference room scheduling and equipment.

Vendor Management – 2%

  • Ensure all operations related vendors are paid on time and correctly per contractual agreements.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3 years’ office/administrative experience, ideally in a nonprofit setting.
  • Confidentiality and discretion.
  • Excellent telephone manner, strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to anticipate and proactively adjust when needed.
    Punctuality and reliability.
  • Highly proactive, organized, and able to balance multiple tasks effectively.
  • Mature attitude and professional demeanor.
  • Team player who takes initiative to ensure goals are met.
  • Strong attention to details.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Self starter, able to work effectively both independently and in a team.

Apply

Qualified candidates 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.
  • In order to be considered for this position you must answer both “additional questions” on the application.

Questions can be addressed by Denise Stevenson: Stevenson@spn.org.

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.

Apply Now