Careers at LI

Leadership Institute Internship Program

Jump-start your career in politics! Join the Leadership Institute staff team as a spring, summer, or fall intern. This intensive program allows you to gain professional experience in a real working environment, further your knowledge of the conservative movement, and sharpen your skills for future success. Leadership Institute interns receive free housing, an $825 monthly stipend, priority access to the Institute’s Employment Placement Service, free tuition to all Leadership Institute schools and workshops, weekly private lunches and dinners with conservative VIPs, and the opportunity to build public policy references. For more information, please visit us on the web by clicking here.


Job Posted 10/30/20

Grassroots Program Coordinator

Are you interested in working at the intersection of politics, elections, public policy, and education? Do you love to travel and meet new people? If so, the Leadership Institute's Grassroots Programs Coordinator position may be a place to continue on your career path.   We are looking for a solid conservative with a background in center-right public policy and activism knowledge.

The candidate should at least five years of demonstrable campaign and public policy experience, not including previous volunteer and internship positions.  Candidate must enjoy public speaking, networking, teaching, and approximately 50% short-term weekend travel. 

The job also involves approximately 30% of administrative duties.

The position is based out of the Leadership Institute's Arlington, VA headquarters.

Grassroots Programs Coordinator at The Leadership Institute

Summary: Responsible for coordinating all aspects of grassroots education for the nation's leading conservative training organization. A previous background in political organizing is necessary. Having prior experience in designing and delivering training materials is highly preferred. The candidate can expect approximately 40-50% short-term travel with most of the travel taking place on weekends.

Duties: The candidate is responsible for the recruitment, marketing, and organization of multiple training programs. This political skills-focused The Leadership Institute's training programs designed to educate elected officials, candidates, campaign staff, public policy organizations, and grassroots activists.

Our Grassroots Programs include a curriculum focused on teaching campaigns, activism, communications, fundraising, and get-out-the-vote tactics and strategies to center-right organizations and individuals. The candidate must possess strong public speaking skills, and high proficiency in PowerPoint is needed. The candidate will also be responsible for updating curricula, public speaking, attendee recruitment, and program logistics for both program attendees as well as adjunct faculty at workshops.

The Grassroots Programs Coordinator will routinely aid in creating, updating, and presenting the course content to participants. The candidate must possess multiple years of advanced and proven political organizing experience with a grassroots focus as well as paid political campaign experience. Several years of previous campaign experience with a demonstrated increase in responsibility is necessary. It is highly desirable that the candidate has established political networks and is also capable of developing new contacts throughout the country.

Required Skills: Individuals must have excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to be flexible. Prior public speaking experience is necessary and is an essential part of the coordinator position. The applicant should be comfortable teaching to both small and large size groups ranging from 20-200 people.

Desirable Skills: Campaign Experience, Teaching, Communications, Curriculum Development, Leadership Coalition Building, Fundraising, and Development

Required Certifications: None

All interested candidates should email their resume to Robert Arnakis, rarnakis@leadershipinstitute.org

and complete the Leadership Institutes PPQ: LeadershipInstitute.org/PPQ


Job Posted 04/16/21

Intern Coordinator

The Leadership Institute (LI), based in Arlington, VA, seeks an Intern Coordinator to manage the LI Intern Program and provide leadership, direction, and coordination for all intern functions within the organization. The coordinator will also manage LI’s career consultation program.

Duties include the following. Other duties may be assigned

  • Identifies, recruits, and places applicants for intern program and coordinates their arrival
  • Targets "Top Graduates" from Youth Leadership Schools for recruiting purposes
  • Plans and coordinates intern program; this includes speaker events with conservative leaders, weekly
  • seminars and book discussions, and other activities such as a scavenger hunt and a field trip to Jamestown
  • Plans and conducts orientation of interns by acquainting them with policies and procedures, providing
  • payroll paperwork and introduction to staff
  • Serves as an advisor to interns and staff on issues such as intern employment, evaluations, working
  • relationships, and other intern-related matters
  • Performs disciplinary actions as necessary
  • Oversees the Intern House and coordinates with house parents to ensure quality and stable living
  • environment
  • Assigns and edits intern thank you letters to designated speakers and donors


Supervisory Responsibilities: Supervise 12 interns every intern cycle: spring, summer, and fall.

Qualifications: The successful applicant will demonstrate a high attention to detail, excellent writing skills, organization skills, and a passion for mentorship. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and / or Experience: A bachelor degree from a four-year college or university and one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of both.

To Apply: Complete the Public Policy Questionnaire LeadershipInstitute.org/PPQ and send resume and cover letter to Patricia Rausch, Director of Career Programs prausch@leadershipinstitute.org


Job Posted 09/17/21

Field Representative

To apply, please email your resume to kdobson@leadershipinstitute.org  

This position is for the 2021 Fall semester. Training will begin the week of July 26th, 2021.

The Leadership Institute is seeking Field Representatives for the Fall 2021 semester.

Since 1997, The Leadership Institute has recruited and trained the best and brightest young conservative activists for its National Field Program. Leadership Institute Field Representatives are the face of the conservative movement on college campuses across the country.

If selected for the LI Field Rep program, you will travel to college campuses within your assigned region through the end of the fall semester. At each college, you will organize, train, and inspire students to promote and defend conservative ideas and values on their campus.

LI Field Reps help students start conservative student organizations or publications on campus and provide them with the skills they need to help their groups succeed.

In addition to a base salary of $15,000, Field Reps have the opportunity to receive a $5,000 performance bonus at the end of the semester, the finest training in youth organization, mobilization, and activism prior to being deployed to their assigned region.

After completing the LI Field Rep program, former Field Reps have gone on to work for conservative think tanks, consulting firms, Congressional offices, and national and state political parties. Some have even started their own conservative non-profits or have run for political office.

Being a LI Field Rep will open doors to the political world.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to launch your political career today! Apply now -- this may be the most exciting job you’ll ever have and spots go FAST. Over 1,200 inquiries were made into the program last year. 

Required Skills

Candidates for this position must have a knowledge and understanding of conservative philosophy with a dedication to grassroots activism and organization. Candidates should also have strong interpersonal skills and should excel in both written and oral communication.

This position involves re-location and a great deal of travel. Candidates for this position must be willing to relocate anywhere in the continental United States for the 2021 fall semester. Due to the travel requirements of this position, interested candidates must have the following items to be considered:

  • Valid U.S. driver’s license
  • Auto insurance
  • Automobile
  • Laptop computer
  • Cell phone

Desired Skills

  • Experience as a leader or member of a student organization
  • Experience building a grassroots organization
  • Experience running for office or working on a political campaign
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Experience shooting video
  • Active social media presence

How to apply

Complete the Public Policy Questionnaire: LeadershipInstitute.org/PPQ

Email resume to Kristin Dobson: KDobson@LeadershipInstitute.org. 


Job Posted 04/16/21

Development Operations Officer

The Leadership Institute seeks a Development Operations Officer to join our fast-paced and growing Development team. This is an amazing entry-level position for someone interested in rapidly acquiring non-profit fundraising skills. Primary responsibilities are to process mail and donations, read and record the mail sent by the Leadership Institute’s 45,000 donors, update donor records, maintain database hygiene, and assist in the process of quickly thanking donors for their donations. More projects and opportunities will come up as your skills develop.

Opportunities to draft emails to donors and articles for our donor newsletter are available for those with creative skills. Similarly, opportunities to build relationships with donors and cultivate giving increases are available for those with high levels of interpersonal communication skills. 

Ideal candidates will be hard working, curious, and ready to learn. The best applicants will have professional experience, preferably in development, be familiar with Salesforce, and possess an appreciation for our mission. Candidates must be detail-oriented, have excellent organizational skills, be capable of meeting hard deadlines, and have flexibility in schedule.

Salary is in the mid-$30k and commensurate with experience.

How to apply

Complete the Public Policy Questionnaire: LeadershipInstitute.org/PPQ

Email a one-page resume and personalized cover letter in PDF format to Laurel Clark at lclark@leadershipinstitute.org.


Job Posted 04/16/21

Web Developer

The Leadership Institute is in search of a Mid-level Web Developer who’s ready to help us improve our customer experience by building functional systems that bring our business to new heights. You’ll need to have strong experience in modern Javascript, moderate experience with Linux administration, and some knowledge of DevOps tooling (AWS) and containerization.

As a Web Developer, you’ll be working in conjunction with our Software Development team to develop and deploy new products, assist in managing our infrastructure, associated processes and systems. You must be detail-oriented and a skilled problem solver. You’ll also be helping us streamline our existing business processes, integrating changes and automating new process when applicable.

Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or 2-4 years of relevant experience in industry.
  • Experience with Linux-based infrastructures, Linux/Unix administration (Debian based).
  • Some experience with relational databases such as Microsoft SQL, PostgreSQL, and/or MySQL.
  • Experience with project management and workflow tools such as Agile and Scrum.
  • Proficiency in the following technologies:
    • ES6
    • React
    • Nodejs
    • NPM/Yarn
    • GraphQL and/or REST APIs
    • HTML
    • CSS
    • Fundamentals of unit testing
  • The Leadership Institute is currently in the process of transitioning all of our sites from ColdFusion to Javascript/React. Willingness to learn the fundamentals of ColdFusion is required to assist in the maintenance of current business processes and sites.
  • The applicant should have strong communication skills and the ability to explain protocol and processes with team and management.
  • More than two years of experience in a modern Web Development role (or similar role) as a Junior or Mid-Level developer; experience in AWS is a plus.
  • Stellar troubleshooting skills with the ability to spot issues before they become problems.
  • Current with industry trends, IT ops, industry best practices, and able to identify the ones we should implement.
  • Time and project management skills, with the capability to prioritize and multitask as needed.
  • Solid team player

How to apply

Complete the Public Policy Questionnaire: LeadershipInstitute.org/PPQ

Email resume and personalized cover letter to Chris Fries: cfries@leadershipinstitute.org.

You should also include your salary expectations in the cover letter.


Job Posted 04/16/21

Donor Services Officer

The Leadership Institute seeks a Donor Services Officer (DSO) to join our fast-paced and growing Development team. He or she will work to research and build personal relationships with mid-level donors.

This is a robust entry-level position for someone determined to rapidly acquire non-profit fundraising skills as a member of the Leadership Institute’s donor services division.  This role provides a unique opportunity to learn all aspects of relational fundraising and donor cultivation techniques.

Numerous professional development opportunities exist through LI’s political training programs (e.g., High-Dollar Fundraising, Public Speaking, Online Fundraising, and Direct Mail) and one-on-one mentoring by LI Development staff.

The Leadership Institute is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 non-profit educational foundation that trains principled conservatives to become effective leaders. The purpose of LI’s DSO position is to increase donor retention and upgrade donors to major giving levels to achieve our mission.

How to apply

Complete the Public Policy Questionnaire: LeadershipInstitute.org/PPQ

Email resume and personalized cover letter to Laurel Clark at lclark@leadershipinstitute.org.


Job Posted 04/16/21

Digital Content Coordinator

The Leadership Institute is hiring a Digital Content Coordinator to work in its External Affairs Division. The External Affairs Division provides marketing support for all the Leadership Institute’s programs and initiatives.  

The right candidate thrives in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment, enjoys independent research and learning new skills, is a good writer/communicator, and is committed to provide high-quality content to help advance the mission of the Leadership Institute.

Duties: The Digital Content Coordinator will work collaboratively with the Digital Communications Manager and other Leadership Institute staff to complete the essential functions of the role, including:  

  • Draft, edit, schedule, and send marketing emails for various campaigns that include seasonal discounts, Campus Leadership Program, Newsletters, and other divisions as requested.
  • Maintain email marketing platform maintenance and unsubscribe processing.
  • Build, draft, and schedule original social media campaigns for Leadership Institute, Campus Action, and other social media accounts as requested.
  • Photograph and video events and trainings.
  • Edit photographs and video for promotional purposes.
  • Assist with additional division and Institute projects as needed. 

Why work for the Leadership Institute? 

Leadership Institute is among the most respected and long-established organizations in the conservative movement, with more than 230,000 graduates worldwide. You will become part of a friendly team based in Arlington, VA, just a short metro ride from Washington, D.C. 

Staff enjoy benefits such as comprehensive health insurance, staff training, and more. 

It is a full-time entry-level position.  

Qualifications 

First and foremost, the ideal candidate will be a smart and ambitious team player with a commitment to LI’s mission. 

A bachelor’s degree is preferable with previous experience in either non-profits, campaigns, or marketing. 

How to apply

Complete the Public Policy Questionnaire: LeadershipInstitute.org/PPQ

Email a one-page resume and personalized cover letter, including your salary requirements in PDF format, to Sarah Morrison: SMorrison@LeadershipInstitute.org.  


Job Posted 04/16/21

International Programs Coordinator

The International Programs Coordinator is responsible for managing the Leadership Institute’s online and in-person educational programs training conservatives outside of the United States. Experience in the conservative movement and/or campaigns is preferred. Some travel is required.

Duties:The International Programs Coordinator manages the organizing, promotion, and management of training programs held outside of the United States and online, under the direction of the Director of International Programs. Specific responsibilities include working with faculty members, scheduling programs and faculty, promoting programs in coordination with LI’s marketing department, contacts management, working with meeting venues for in-person programs, coordinating travel, and related tasks.

The Leadership Institute’s international programs provide training in campaigns, communications, leadership, management, fundraising, and related subjects, aimed at international conservative audiences. Programs are conducted independently or in concert with other organizations.

The candidate must possess strong communications and organizational skills, and proficiency in public speaking is preferred. A high level of proficiency in PowerPoint is essential.

A significant portion of duties involves the logistics of conducting our international programs, online and in person. Approximately 30% of this position’s responsibilities are administrative. The position is based in our Arlington, VA offices.

Required skills: Strong written and oral communications skills and strong proficiency in PowerPoint and technologies involved with presenting in person are essential. A candidate for this position must be highly organized and possess the ability to track and manage logistical details to an exceedingly high standard.

Desirable skills/background: Campaign, the conservative movement, and public speaking experience.

Reports to: Ron Nehring, Director of International Programs

Location: Leadership Institute headquarters in Arlington, VA

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Ron Nehring at RNehring@LeadershipInstitute.org. The cover letter should describe how the candidate’s skills and background match with the position as described above.

Candidates should also establish an account at LeadershipInstitute.org then complete the Leadership Institute’s Public Policy Questionnaire at LeadershipInstitute.org/PPQ.


Job Posted 05/07/21

Program Operations Coordinator

The Program Operations Coordinator will have a wide range of administrative duties that include event planning, data management, program operations, and hospitality. A very motivated and self-starting individual is sought that has strong organizational and interpersonal skills with the ability to juggle multiple competing priorities. This job requires being on your feet as much as sitting behind a desk. This role also has room for growth and provides opportunities to develop new skills.

Program Operations Coordinator Job Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate LI’s in-house training programs
  • Facility maintenance: includes scheduling cleanings, security, and inventory of supplies
  • Assist the planning and executing happy hours, donor events, staff events, and the yearly National Fourth of July Conservative Soirée
  • Maintain relationships with partner organizations and vendors
  • Provide support with internal and external promotion of events
Desired Candidate Attributes:
  • Experience with spreadsheets (or translatable organizational skills)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Attention to aesthetic details
  • Enjoys organizing
  • Bonus: familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite

Position includes benefits, room for growth, and a yearly salary between 30K-40K.

Start Date: July 19, 2021 or ASAP

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Deirdre Hackleman at DHackleman@LeadershipInstitute.org.


Job Posted 06/28/21

School Board Training Manager

The Leadership Institute is seeking a highly organized individual to manage the Institute’s new school board training program.  

The ideal candidate will not only develop curriculum and supplemental materials, but will schedule, recruit for, and coordinate trainings online and in-person throughout the country, as well as serve as the lead spokesperson for the project.

Duties include the following. Other duties may be assigned:

  • Report regularly the progress of the initiative to the Vice President of Programs and the President of the Leadership Institute
  • Manage a multi-year marketing campaign to persuade principled conservatives to engage with local school boards and run as candidates
  • Create and maintain active relationships with top leaders of prominent non-profit and advocacy organizations throughout the country to build lasting coalitions and partnerships for school board campaign trainings
  • Schedule and organize training seminars 
  • Recruit students and faculty
  • Continual updating of training curriculum and materials 
  • Serve as the spokesperson for the program at trainings, meetings, and conferences as needed
  • Administer and coordinate the schools in person and online
  • Work with different departments, divisions, and faculty to expand the course and program offerings 
  • Develop short- and long-term plans for learning initiatives 
  • Translate strategic vision into tactical goals and establish quantitative and qualitative benchmarks of success
  • Work closely with the external affairs division to develop institutional marketing plans and support for in-person and online programs
  • Write op-eds and work with media when needed
  • Encourage conservatives to run for school board

The ideal candidate will be:

  • highly organized
  • detail-oriented
  • able to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • motivated by a challenge
  • ready to activate current network and build upon it on day one
  • very familiar with school boards and municipal elections 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent to
  • 5-10 years of related experience
  • Additional consideration given to candidates having served on a school board
  • Public speaking, training, and teaching experience appreciated  

To apply: Complete the Public Policy Questionnaire LeadershipInstitute.org/PPQand send resume and cover letter to David Fenner dfenner@leadershipinstitute.org


Job Posted 09/17/21