The American Enterprise Institute is a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world. The work of our scholars and staff advances ideas rooted in our belief in democracy, free enterprise, American strength and global leadership, solidarity with those at the periphery of our society, and a pluralistic, and entrepreneurial culture.
About the Role
The American Enterprise Institute is seeking a Development Writer to support the fundraising department’s efforts to build, cultivate, and maintain strong relationships with donors and prospects who share AEI’s core values: free people, free markets, limited government, economic opportunity for all, and a strong American role in the world.
This position will focus on drafting and editing written proposals, reports, and other communications for individual, foundation, and corporate donors across the range of AEI’s scholarly areas of focus.
The ideal candidate has at least three years of experience in communications, grant writing, or fundraising. They possess first-rate writing and communication skills, with an excellent command of grammar, usage, tone, and other stylistic features; a strong ability to proof and edit copy; and the ability to meet tight deadlines and multitask. AEI seeks a highly organized individual who is interested in building a career in fundraising, skilled at distilling complex policy issues, and seeks to master the art of writing in another person’s voice.
This is a full-time in-office position located in Washington, DC. AEI is open to considering more senior-level talent for this role, candidates with a higher level of experience are encouraged to apply.
- Collaborate with individual, foundation, and corporate fundraising teams to draft proposals and reports for donors and prospects
- Work with AEI scholars, program managers, and research assistants to develop fundraising proposals
- Develop marketing material including one-pagers, decks, e-newsletters, solicitation letters, and book letters
- Review and edit fundraising material written by the development department including thank you notes and acknowledgments
- At least three years of experience in communications, grant writing, or fundraising
- Excellent command of grammar, usage, style, and tone
- First-rate organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
- Ability to multitask and work under tight deadlines
- Excellent proofreading and editing skills
- Comfortable with complex policy issues and skilled at distilling dense material
- A keen interest in current events, public policy, free enterprise, and AEI’s mission
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office
- Experience in publishing/design software or donor management software is a plus
How to Apply
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:
- Cover letter detailing your qualifications, your interest in this position and AEI’s mission, and your salary requirements
- Writing sample roughly 500 words in length (grant proposal, letter of inquiry, or other fundraising material preferred) *All submissions will be kept confidential
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/.
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 Stephanie Keaveney, Outreach Manager of Talent Market, who is managing the search process: [email protected].
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 consulting and recruiting services at no cost to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that clearly and directly focus on advancing the principles of economic freedom, free enterprise, free trade, free speech, property rights, rule of law, and limited regulation.