American Spectator LogoThe American Spectator magazine and website for more than half a century has served as one of the leading voices of conservative thought and reporting with a hallmark wit and sensibility that endures.  We are seeking a leader for publication’s 501c3 educational foundation, who has the vision, management skills, and background in development and fundraising to ensure that institutions put in place by founder R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., will continue and expand their reach and influence during this critical time for our nation and the conservative movement.

The Executive Director will be the day to day leader of The American Spectator business and editorial staff, with prime responsibility for achieving AmSpec’s development goals.  This is a senior-level position, requiring management of office staff and outside vendors and direct interaction with members of the board of directors, donors, and corporate and foundation executives.

The Executive Director will work day to day with the founder and editor in chief, but will also report to the three-member Executive Committee of the Board of Directors on a quarterly basis.


The responsibilities of the Executive Director include:

  • Oversee operations of The American Spectator Foundation, its LLC and its combinedbudget
  • Supervise general operations and the Office Manager
  • Develop and implement strategic, fundraising and campaign plans for the Foundation’s revenue goals, adapting plans as necessary to meet fundraising requirements
  • Coordinate with magazine circulation, advertising, marketing and online fundraising team on business development and revenue-streams strategies and execution
  • Plan and execute strategies for obtaining private donations; working with Board leadership to identify, cultivate and solicit major prospect gifts (individuals, corporations and foundations)
  • Produce major donor, board and special category solicitations/support materials with the intent to retain or upgrade gifts
  • Serve as coordinator and contact for members of donor clubs at the $1,000 and above level
  • Draft and assemble grant proposals for submission
  • Manage fundraising goals and reporting progress
  • Provide leadership and management for annual fundraising gala and smaller events
  • Oversee all direct mail and online fundraising campaigns
  • Supervise any event or direct mail contractors as well as the Development Associate who supports the development team with direct mail fulfillment, data entry, correspondence, research, and grant writing.



  • Minimum 7-10 years of experience, including personnel management experience and 5+ years of experience in fundraising
  • Hands-on experience in donor development, foundation-grant writing, and direct mail operations; Demonstrated ability to solicit funds, develop and maintain major donor foundation relationships
  • Background in marketing or magazine publishing a plus but not a requirement
  • Proven people/project management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Solid organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently as well as effectively manage multiple projects, tasks, and deadlines
  • Solid interpersonal skills and ability to build lasting relationships
  • Deep interest in advancing the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise
  • Background in or working knowledge of publishing or journalism is a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree


Application Instructions

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

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing your sincere interest in this position/mission of the organization and salary requirements

Materials should be emailed to Claire Dixon, executive director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:  All materials should be sent in one PDF file with your name in the file name.

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.  No phone calls, please.