State Policy Network

Development Communications Associate

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Disciplines: Communications, Development
  • Location: Virtual
  • Application Deadline: July 1, 2022


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. SPN supports the growth of a collaborative and entrepreneurial Network of state-based think tanks and partners, working side-by-side with these leaders to catalyze thriving, durable freedom movements in every state, anchored by high-performing independent think tanks.

About the Role

State Policy Network is building out its development communications capabilities by seeking a strong writer, creative thinker, and project manager to create compelling content that communicates the impact of SPN’s work to our growing base of generous supporters and future supporters.

The role is ideal for someone with a few years of professional experience who wants to learn more about how communications strategies support and contribute to fundraising and donor cultivation. You will gain hands-on experience with a variety of communications, including written content, impact reports, designed materials, digital fundraising, creative products, email marketing, and donor events, as well as other new and innovative strategies.

This role reports to the Director of Development Communications and is part of SPN’s development team. The development team works very collaboratively with all of SPN’s program teams, including our internal communications team.

Qualified candidates will have an interest in free-market principles and an appreciation for the idea that states serve as an important balance of power with the federal government. Candidates should have experience in either communications, content strategy, and/or publishing, writing, and editing. Experience writing for a donor audience is preferred. The successful candidate must sign a non-disclosure agreement upon hiring, given the sensitive nature of fundraising information and concerns regarding the privacy of donors.

This is a full-time staff position at SPN, complete with healthcare benefits, generous paid time off, opportunities for growth, and the option to work virtually. The office is located in Arlington, Virginia and easy access to the office is preferred but not required. If you do not live in the area, we will ask that you travel to the office once per quarter in addition to required travel at least four times a year for: SPN’s Annual Meeting; SPN’s staff retreat; and 2 development team retreats per year.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing email communications to donors (cultivation updates, welcome campaigns, prospect emails, and event invitations) and working in SPN’s email platform to measure results and maintain our database of donors.
  • Executing the marketing for donor events including online events like the “America at Its Best” show.
  • Putting together written content for donors, including case studies, letters, progress reports, and event materials, as well as web content.
  • Assisting Major Gift Officers with necessary follow-up content after donor meetings and special communications that require a personal touch (special mailings or follow-ups).
  • Assisting the Director of Development Communications with content/editing needs around major products like the SPN Annual Report, impact reports, and major gift proposals.
  • Help manage SPN’s development communications resources (Dropbox/Basecamp, database of products to use, updates, materials to file for future use).
  • Help manage the production of SPN News, our longstanding quarterly donor magazine, and the collection of SPN member updates for the publication.



  • Strong writing and editing abilities, as well as thorough attention to detail
  • 2-5 years of communications or development experience at a policy organization, nonprofit, or similar organization
  • Experience working with basic email marketing (Mailchimp) or similar digital platforms
  • Ability to take complex issues and distill into powerful messages for donors
  • Project management skills that demonstrate you can juggle multiple tasks and keep a project moving smoothly from execution to deadline
  • Self-starter, hard worker, and a congenial team member who is proactive at communicating in a virtual environment
  • Ability to travel at least 4x per year; for the virtual candidate this will be at least 8x times each year

Preferred but not required:

  • Experience writing for a donor audience
  • Experience conducting interviews for stories
  • Digital marketing experience
  • Design skills in Adobe Acrobat, Illustrator, or Photoshop
  • Easy access to Arlington, VA, office for meetings and handling certain projects that are easier to execute in the office
  • Experience putting together personalized stewardship content, whether it be for donors, members, or customers, etc.

This job can be virtual.

How to apply

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

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing interest in position, relevant experience, and salary requirements
  • One writing sample
  • Two professional references

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 Katy Gambella, Director of Network Engagement 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.