Development Director – Yankee Institute for Public Policy -Hartford, CT or Virtual Office in CT



Founded in 1984, the Yankee Institute for Public Policy develops and advances free-market, limited-government policies that offer opportunity, ensure fairness and promote prosperity for all generations of Connecticut’s people.


The Yankee Institute seeks a Development Director who is responsible for managing the identification and cultivation of the financial resources necessary to support the mission and continued growth of the Yankee Institute. We are open to a more experienced candidate who can hit the ground running or an up-and-coming candidate who would require more training.

Time Commitment:

Full-time, evenings/weekends if needed. Flexible work hours are available so long as work is excellent.


The Development Director can be located in Hartford, CT or in a virtual office somewhere in Connecticut. If outside of Hartford, the Director will need to travel to the Hartford office and around Connecticut to meet with donors. Expected travel: 20-40%.


  • Work with the President to implement an integrated fundraising strategy, as well as annual development plans to enlist the partnership of supporters across Connecticut, with particular focus on individual and prospective contributors.
  • Cultivate long-term relationships with existing and prospective supporters that transcend simple financial support of Yankee.
  • Interact with supporters through phone calls, one-on-one visits, and written correspondence to keep them informed of our work.
  • Build and execute effective strategies to develop relationships, steward investments, and solicit gifts.
  • Work with the President to steward her current and future relationships.
  • Cultivate relationships with present and prospective Yankee donors, with primary responsibility for $5,000 (and smaller) donors.
  • Work seamlessly and cordially with Director of External Affairs and Policy Director to ensure that outreach is executed in a manner complementary to and cooperative with their efforts in their spheres.
  • Ensure donors are properly thanked, receiving receipts if necessary, and are recognized and valued.
  • Drive continuous improvements in fundraising systems.
  • Plan and oversee calendar of direct mail pieces and in-house solicitation letters.
  • Work with the Operations Manager and President to implement realistic annual budgets that align with Yankee Institute’s strategic plan.
  • Ensure that Yankee Institute’s growth goals are met, if not exceeded.
  • Continue Yankee Institute’s direct mail program and outreach to grant-making organizations and foundations that share its objectives and way of thinking.
  • Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising.
  • Use fundraising database(s) to ensure current data on donors, gifts and prospects.
  • Oversee organization of fundraising events.
  • Partner effectively with allied groups in a legally-compliant manner.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 2-10+ years of work experience
  • Excellence in organizational, managerial and communication skills
  • Solid relationship building skills; affable personality; team player
  • Commitment to Yankee Institute’s mission and culture
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Consummate professionalism
  • BA (required); MA (a plus)

Optimal Additional Qualifications:

  • Background in fundraising
  • Experience in event planning and management
  • Familiarity with DonorPerfect or other donor management system

To Apply

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

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

Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director 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. No phone calls please.

Office Manager – DonorsTrust – Alexandria, VA

DonorsTrust is a cause-related donor-advised fund dedicated to promoting liberty and serving donors who share our mission.  DonorsTrust was established in 1999 as a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity.  Since then, our client donors have contributed $770 million to donor-advised fund accounts and recommended $650 million in grants to civic and liberty-oriented charities.

DonorsTrust is seeking a detail-oriented individual with strong interpersonal skills and at least intermediate computer skills to assist in offering superior service to our client donors and grantees.

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Development Manager – Empire Center for Public Policy – Albany, NY

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We are presently hiring for a development professional in our Albany, NY office. This is a great opportunity for a self-starter to build his/her own department. We seek a passionate, energetic, organized, and personable individual who can work independently and on a team.

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Director of Membership – Philanthropy Roundtable – Washington, DC

PR 380The Director of Membership is tasked with overseeing a membership program that is positioned for growth. This position will work in conjunction with the Director of Foundation Relations to coordinate development efforts for the organization. The membership program is approximately 20 to 25 percent of the organization’s contributed revenue with the remainder coming from foundation support.

The director will network with current and potential donors to solicit membership in the organization. This includes interacting with donors by phone, at one-on-one business meetings and during Roundtable events. In addition, the director will oversee the direct mail program including planning direct mail campaigns, commissioning writers, and reviewing copy to ensure that letters reflect the tone of the organizations work.

The Director of Membership reports to the Managing Director of Operations.

Job Duties

  • Visits with current and prospective donors (expect a minimum of 2 trips per month)
  • Follow up and thank you calls as part of the membership renewal process
  • Strategy for renewal and prospect mailings
  • Commission and review copy for mailings
  • Guidance on direct mail list building
  • Research in preparation for donor travel
  • Provide guidance on Presidential travel
  • Budgeting for Membership Revenue
  • Provide input on department’s expenses during the budget process
  • Assist with special projects related to the Annual Meeting
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Three to five years of work experience in development or membership with a non-profit organization
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Office products including Excel. Prefer a candidate with experience working with databases
  • Understand and support The Philanthropy Roundtable’s mission and vision
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to collaborate well with different departments of the organization
  • Strong attention to details and highly organized
  • High standard of honesty and able to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Must be able to travel 30 to 50 percent of the time
  • Bachelor’s Degree required

To Apply

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

  • Résumé
  • A cover letter detailing your philosophical interest in the organization and your salary requirements

Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director 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. No phone calls please.

Director of the Oklahoma Policy Innovation Project – 1889 Institute – Oklahoma City, OK

1889 380The Oklahoma Policy Innovation Project ( analyzes and develops state public policies based on the principles of individual liberty, free enterprise, limited government, and a robust civil society.  The Project operates as a mid-stream think tank and focuses on education, healthcare, welfare, economic liberty, and state finance.  It takes existing upstream research findings and uses them to analyze and develop public policies for Oklahoma.  The Project then disseminates its analysis and recommendations to both public policy makers and the general public. The Project does not have members or substantial advocacy activities; its downstream advocacy and educational efforts are much more limited than those of a traditional policy think tank.

The Oklahoma Policy Innovation Project believes strongly in intellectual honesty and humility.  It is willingly to dive deep into specific policies and how they would work in Oklahoma.  It tends to take an Austrian perspective to both policy and research.

The Oklahoma Policy Innovation Project is part of the 1889 Institute, a new 501c3 based in Oklahoma with initiatives in education and public policy.   The 1889 Institute provides funding and general administrative support for the Project.  The Director reports to the CEO of the 1889 Institute, Vance H. Fried.


The Director will be general manager of the Project and responsible for all its aspects except finance. Specifically, the Director’s responsibilities will include:

Set research agenda

  • Develop and maintain an extensive knowledge of Oklahoma public policies and the Oklahoma environment
  • Liaise with Oklahoma elected officials, state boards, and staff to identify research priorities
  • Stay abreast of policy ideas and policy experts around the country relevant to 1889 policy areas
  • Formalize the research agenda with the CEO of the 1889 Institute

Implement research agenda

  • Oversee production of high quality research focused on: “big Idea” whitepapers, Oklahoma policy proposals, and Oklahoma policy backgrounders
  • Identify and manage external researchers and research interns
  • Serve as project manager and editor on all research projects
  • Author or co-author papers on a selective basis


  • Provide strategic audiences with information about the Project’s research
  • Develop and maintain relations with strategic audiences and media in Oklahoma
    • Serve as the face of the Project to strategic audiences and media
    • Testifying in legislative and administrative hearings
    • Speaking at policy-issue events
    • Writing op-eds and making media appearances on a selective basis
  • Provide think tanks and policy experts outside of Oklahoma with information about the Project’s work
  • Oversee website, Youtube, printing, etc.


  • 5-7+ years of experience, including a minimum of 3 years of experience in public policy
  • Broad policy knowledge with specific expertise in at least one of the Project’s policy areas
  • Excellent analytic skills
  • Understanding of the policy-making process at the state and local level
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Basic knowledge of econometrics
  • Able to work with minimal supervision
  • Deep personal commitment to limited government, personal responsibility, and economic freedom
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in economics, policy, or related field a plus

To Apply

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

  • Résumé
  • A cover letter detailing your philosophical interest in the organization and your salary requirements

Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director 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. No phone calls please.

Director for Entitlements Reform – Niskanen Center – Washington, DC

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The Center for the American Future is the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s new litigation-based endeavor for the curtailment of federal overreach through the courts. Initially focusing upon the excesses of the EPA and related entities, the Center will in time grow to encompass a comprehensive defense of the prerogatives of the states under the Tenth Amendment.

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Development Director – South Carolina Policy Council – Columbia, SC

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The ideal candidate for the Development Director role will have the following attributes:

  • 7+ years of proven experience in a lead development position effectively cultivating and soliciting major gifts
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and executing detailed fundraising plans
  • Has successfully raised $1.5 million to $2.0 million at least
  • Solid organizational skills
  • Experience managing department staff including hiring, evaluation, and accountability
  • Aptitude to understand and communicate SCPC’s position on a broad range of public policy issues
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills for interacting with individual donors, foundations and corporate donors
  • Positive can-do attitude where goals are your motivation
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with a professional demeanor
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced, high profile, creative environment
  • Strong commitment and enthusiasm for free-market principles, including limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty, and an ability to exude enthusiasm about SCPC’s mission
  • Able to shift priorities to capitalize on a better product to share with donors

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We are looking for someone who is entrepreneurial and creative, but capable of rolling up their sleeves and grinding that millstone every day if necessary.  While we will provide guidance and aid, we want someone who can self-motivate, build his or her own action plan and work independently, completing tasks on time without constant supervision or hand-holding.  Ambition is welcome, too — a great director of development who really proves him- or herself will have unlimited growth potential.

About Think Freely Media

Founded in 2009, Think Freely Media (TFM) works to assist other nonprofits in executing policy focused, storytelling marketing campaigns and to promote liberty by increasing the ability of pro-liberty decision makers and thought leaders to communicate the benefits of liberty in a more persuasive manner.

TFM is a small, but quickly growing organization, with a hardworking and dedicated staff.  We sponsor Great Communicator Boot Camps to help decision makers and thoughts leaders better communicate why liberty and free markets are the best path to prosperity.  We host Great Communicator Tournaments to highlight people who are already making persuasive moral arguments in favor of free markets.  We award grants to other nonprofits to assist in the execution of holistic marketing campaigns.

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