National Review Institute seeks a full-time Regional Development Officer who will be responsible for meeting targeted fundraising goals, actively identifying and helping pursue all giving opportunities with individual donors and major donor prospects in the defined targeted region. The ideal candidate for this position has a minimum of three to five years fundraising experience and is organized, self-motivated, entrepreneurial, and fervently supportive of the conservative principles that William F. Buckley Jr. championed. Knowledge of and a commitment to the broader conservative movement, an understanding of William F. Buckley Jr.’s legacy, and familiarity with NR magazine—its writers, content, and historical significance—is also important. As a representative of NRI, the Regional Development Officer will lead donor meetings and attend and assist with NRI donor and program events, as well as attend select conferences, community events, and other organizational meetings to establish and cultivate donor relationships.
The Regional Development Officer will report to Lindsay Craig, President of National Review Institute, and work closely with NRI’s development team, including Francisco Gonzalez, Director of Philanthropy, and Doug Schneider, Managing Partner with American Philanthropic (NRI’s development consultant). The Regional Development Officer will be responsible for managing a portfolio of 100+ individual donors and is expected to travel at least two weeks out of each month as necessary within the targeted region to manage donor relationships.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Manage an active caseload of donors and major donor prospects;
- Create individual goals and communication plans for each donor and major donor prospect;
- Execute individual plans so that existing donors are retained and upgraded, and new major donors are acquired, to reach the Institute’s annual fundraising goals;
- Review, edit, and/or write meeting request and solicitation letters/proposals, as needed;
- Conduct one-on-one cultivation and solicitation meetings with donors and major donor prospects;
- Facilitate with the execution of NRI’s donor club, the 1955 Society, and Legacy Society;
- Create regular call reports and ensure that all donor records and profiles are updated in NRI’s database;
- Ensure that all gift tracking is up-to-date and regularly analyze giving results and report on those results;
- Collaborate with the development team and contribute to a robust culture of development within the organization by participating in weekly development meetings and monthly prospect strategy sessions with NRI development staff and consultants;
- Plan and attend donor events, including events in collaboration with NRI’s Regional Partnership Events and NRI On Campus programs;
- Manage attendee follow-up after donor events; and
- Assist, where necessary, with other various development-related tasks.
Location and Travel:
This position will be based in a virtual office preferably in the Southwest or Midwest. The average travel requirement will be 4-8 days a month (2-3 trips).
NRI pays a competitive salary commensurate with experience and provides excellent benefits.
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF file with their name in the file title:
- A cover letter detailing:
- your philosophical interest in the National Review Institute,
- how your experience and strengths will enable you to excel in this position,
- your salary requirements, and
- your preferred location for a virtual office and your availability for travel.
Please include “Development Officer, NRI – Your Name” in the subject line of your email.
Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Lauren Skiver with Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: firstname.lastname@example.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. No phone calls, please.
National Review Institute (NR) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), journalistic think tank, established to advance the conservative principles William F. Buckley Jr. championed, and complement the mission of the National Review magazine by supporting and promoting NR’s best talent. NRI fulfills its mission by executing the Institute’s core educational and outreach programs, including the NRI Fellows program and associated policy centers, the William F. Buckley Jr. Fellowships in Political Journalism, Regional Partnership Events, NRI On Campus program, Regional Fellows program, NRI’s biennial Ideas Summit, the William F. Buckley Jr. Legacy Project, and support for National Review’s Books, Arts & Manners section. More information is available at www.nrinstitute.org.