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, a $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 VIP’s, and the opportunity to build public policy references. For more information please visit us on the web at:

Job Posted 11/08/19 Read More

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.

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.

Job Posted 01/27/20 Read More

Regional Field Coordinator

The Leadership Institute is seeking a Regional Field Coordinator (RFC) to work in our Campus Leadership Program. Regional Field Coordinators are responsible for organizing our MI, MN, WI region of our nationwide network of more than 2,030 conservative student groups. This also involves extensive travel on a monthly basis within your region to organize student activists and conduct institute training programs.

Day-to-day tasks of an RFC will have you constantly thinking on your feet and using creativity to tackle problems. This job will require you to travel and interact with various conservative organizations to build a coalition on campus.

The duties of an RFC include:

  •     Recruiting and organizing students.
  •     Providing student groups with advice to help them grow and    sustain their organizations.
  •     Assisting students with exposing liberal bias on campus.
  •     Working with student activists to engage in activism projects on their campus.
  •     Coaching students on handling the media and message development.
  •     Offering advice for dealing with administrators.

An RFC should possess a strong commitment to conservative values and an understanding of the dynamics of college/youth activism on campus. A working knowledge of student government, on-campus organizations, student newspapers, and field team management is crucial. A passion for conservative activism is required.

Applicants should apply via the one-click apply option at the top of this page. Contact Kristin Dobson, National Field Director, with any additional questions about this position. Kristin Dobson can be reached at 703-647-3385 or


Job Posted 06/17/20 Read More

Programs Training Coordinator

The Programs Training Coordinator routinely seeks out and recruits participants to various Leadership Institute DC-based training programs. The Coordinator will continuously communicate with participants who have questions about the programs and encourage their attendance at Leadership Institute training.

In this entry-level position, the ideal candidate will possess event management experience and 2 years professional experience. Equivalent experience in internships or volunteer experience in areas specific to events, marketing, or campaigns will be considered. It is highly desirable that the candidate will be able to represent the Leadership Institute in a professional manner as they will develop new networks throughout the country to recruit attendees for online and DC-area trainings.

Applicants should be the epitome of professionalism and be able to prioritize in a fast-paced environment, work independently or with others, possess the ability to market and recruit attendees, have strong public speaking skills, and be very personable. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and be able to manage multiple projects at once.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Work with other divisions to provide support for upcoming training programs
  • Recruit attendees and advocate for Leadership Institute trainings
  • Manage attendee correspondence and answer their questions about programs
  • Prepare materials and event preparations including classroom and catering setup
  • Assist with projects as needed

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter to Patricia Rausch, at You must have a completed Conservative Jobs profile to be considered for an interview. Please indicate the profile is complete as well as a desired salary in your cover letter.

Job Posted 06/24/20 Read More

Investigative Reporter is currently accepting resumes for a full-time investigative journalist. Campus Reform is a fast-growing digital media outlet with a focus on exposing liberal bias and abuse on the nation’s college campuses. Candidates must possess superior news judgment, strong writing skills, and at least one year of investigative journalism experience (including time spent writing for a student publication).

In this role, candidates have an opportunity for their work to be featured in major media outlets, including the Drudge Report, Fox News, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, and the Wall Street Journal. If you are looking for a high-impact role at a rising media outlet, please submit your resume and cover letter through Candidates also have the opportunity to take full advantage of the Leadership Institute's media training and to represent the Campus Reform brand on radio and television. is a project of the Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is a non-partisan educational organization approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a public foundation operating under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. The Leadership Institute does not endorse, support, or oppose candidates or proposed legislation.

Job Posted 05/14/20 Read More Reporter/Spokesperson

Campus Reform, a project of the Leadership Institute, is looking for a Reporter to write an average of 3-4 stories per day for covering liberal bias and abuse on America's college campuses. 

The ideal candidate would be equipped and trained to appear on televised media interviews, or have the potential to do so with appropriate training, be well-versed in identifying stories, interviewing sources, obtaining exclusive content, and able to identify ways to advance stories from competing outlets. 

He or she should have a firm grasp of the 24/7 news cycle, be accustomed to consistently meeting deadlines in a fast-paced, detail-oriented newsroom environment, and have a working knowledge of AP Style. 

The ability to edit video is a plus.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Job Posted 02/20/20 Read More

Program Operations Coordinator

The Program Operations Coordinator will have a wide range of administrative duties that include operations management, event logistics, 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.

Programs 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: September 1, 2020.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Deirdre Hackleman at

Job Posted 06/17/20 Read More

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.

Job Posted 05/08/20 Read More

Digital Donor Communications Officer

The Leadership Institute seeks a Digital Donor Communications Officer to join our fast-paced and growing Development team. We’re looking to take our digital communications with donors to the next level. This is an amazing position for someone who can bring their online marketing skills to non-profit fundraising.

This team member will report to our Digital Communications Manager and be responsible for creating and executing online fundraising campaigns for the Leadership Institute using email, social media, and other tools.

If you have lots of digital experience and little or none on the fundraising side, our team will fill in those gaps if you're a good fit.

Duties including, but not limited to:

  • Draft copy for and implement fundraising and cultivation emails, donation landing pages, social media advertising, along with other online advertising.
  • Draft copy for acquisition emails, advertisements, and landing pages.
  • Seek out avenues to prospect for new donors.
  • Develop strategies for increasing retention and recurring donations.
  • Report on and develop insights from the results of fundraising campaigns, cultivation efforts, and A/B tests, with a particular focus on the lifetime value generated by online initiatives.
  • Monitor performance of automated marketing programs like welcome series emails and thank-you messages.
  • Implement improvements to automated marketing programs to boost relevance to recipients and the results of campaigns.
  • Manage online customer service by replying to customer service emails and Facebook messages and fulfilling donor’s requests.
  • Maintain the frequent synchronization of online and offline marketing data.
  • Other duties as assigned.

To apply:

Please fill out the Public Policy Questionnaire on and apply to the position through the same website. Then, submit your cover letter and resume to Danielle Fife at

Job Posted 02/19/20 Read More

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.

To apply, fill out the Public Policy Questionnaire on and apply to the position through the same website. Then, submit your cover letter and resume to Laurel Clark at

Job Posted 07/02/20 Read More

Digital Training Coordinator

The Leadership Institute is hiring a Digital Training Coordinator to work in its digital training division. The digital training division provides online, on-demand, and in-person trainings for conservatives in digital creative, communications, and analytics.

The right candidate thrives in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment, enjoys independent research and learning new skills, and is committed to provide high-quality training to advance the conservative movement.

Duties: The Digital Training Coordinator will work collaboratively with the Director of Digital Training to complete the essential functions of the role, including:

  • Research and draft new training materials, including presentations, handouts, and/or workbooks, to complement trainings in digital creative, communications, and analytics. Teaching and speaking opportunities are available for qualified candidates.
  • Assist with the development of promotional materials for the trainings, including persuasive copy for email, social media, and print flyers, and the recruitment of attendees.
  • Manage administration for trainings, online and in-person, while proactively identifying opportunities for increased efficiency.
  • Complete day-of event preparations, including classroom and catering set-up, welcoming students, and clean-up.
  • Identify and develop relationships with other conservative organizations and leading digital practitioners to promote Institute trainings.
  • Assist with additional division and Institute projects as needed.

This position is located at Leadership Institute's headquarters in Arlington, VA. It is a full-time position. Leadership Institute offers generous benefits; salary is commensurate with experience.

To apply: Send resume and cover letter to Stephen Rowe, Director of Digital Training at All applicants must have a completed professional profile on to be considered. 

Job Posted 06/09/20 Read More

Assistant Comptroller

The Leadership Institute's Finance Department is seeking an Assistant Comptroller to provide professional accounting services and quality customer service to internal staff, contractors, and external entities.  The Assistant Comptroller works directly with the Comptroller to provide services in fulfillment of the Department's primary mission of providing consistent, accurate, reliable, and timely financial information in support of the organization’s vision. 

Responsibilities and Duties:

Process and analyze financial transactions:

  • Accounts Payable:
    • Audits invoices against departmental purchase orders, researches/identifies discrepancies, and verifies approval for payment.
    • Assist employees, vendors, contractors, and purchasing agents with AP questions and establishing new vendor accounts within the ERP system.
    • Investigates missing documents and/or problems that vendors or purchasing agents have with obtaining payment for their invoices.
    • Prepares AP vouchers, invoices, checks, account statements, reports, and other records, and reviews for accuracy.
    • Monitors accounts payable and receivable to ensure that transactions and payments are up to date.
    • Reconciles report discrepancies and problems.
  • Accounts Receivable:
    • Oversees daily caging process and accurately posts all receivable entries into the ERP system.
    • Prepare daily deposits.
    • Able to assists the caging team with timely processing of business response mail on high volume days.

Monitor and Review Financial Information:

  • Conduct and monitor financial reports for the organization, as well as provide accounting support for yearly external audits.
    • Audits and manages corporate credit card expenditures and reports.
    • Reviews, investigates, and corrects errors and inconsistencies in financial entries, documents, and reports.
    • Suggest and assist with the implementation of accounting practices, internal controls, policies, and procedures while supporting ongoing efforts in creating greater efficiencies.
    • Reconcile various accounts/programs monthly, quarterly, and yearly.
    • Assists and reviews the preparation of monthly financial statements.

Heart of Service:

  • Promote and provide service excellence through courteous, informed, accessible and professional engagement.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

The salary will be commensurate with experience.

How to apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter detailing your interest in the position/mission of the Leadership Institute with salary requirements to Jim Marshal, Vice President of Finance. Get creative and tell us why you are passionate about helping conservatives. We will review your resume and contact you for further information if we feel your background and skills are a good match for this position.  Email:

The Leadership Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 1979 by its President, Morton C. Blackwell.  LI provides training in campaigns, fundraising, grassroots organizing, youth politics, and media/communications. Institute teaches conservatives of all ages how to succeed in politics, government, and the media.

Job Posted 06/17/20 Read More

Accountant 1

The Leadership Institute Finance Department is seeking an entry-level Accountant to join our Accounting Team. As an Accountant 1, you will be joining LI’s dedicated, fun, and energetic team of professionals to help maintain critical accounting systems that allow the Leadership Institute to continue to fulfill its mission every day.

As an entry-level position, training will be a core part of your daily routine. In addition to trainings specifically for your role in Accounting, the Leadership Institute also provides a wide variety of regularly scheduled trainings that will serve to strengthen your career.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Process and organize:

  • Process Reports:
    • Intake and process staff expense reports, including -
      • Research for accuracy and identify expense discrepancies.
      • Work with staff to correct any identified deficiencies.
      • Organize and finalize reports for electronic filing/Scanning.
      • Monitor results.
    • Assist in the oversight of LI’s corporate credit card program.
      • Assist staff with credit card enrollments and problem solve credit card disputes.
    • Post transactions to Accounting Software.
  • Organize:
    • Prepare financial documents for scanning / filing and/or shredding.
    • Prepare and organize Accounting files.
    • Organize electronic file folders.
    • Prepare invoices or other records for processing.
    • Assist employees and vendors with accounting questions / procedures.
    • Organize and track various transaction activity using Excel.
  • Other Duties:
    • Makes bank deposits.
    • Prepare Accounting mail.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

Why Work @ Leadership Institute:


Opportunities for advancement:

  • Improve your skillset through LI’s investment in your professional development.
  • Become part of the Leadership Institute’s vast conservative network.
  • Free access to all Leadership Institute Trainings (time permitting).

      Fun Workplace:

  • Great mix of energy and teamwork.
  • Team building exercises each quarter.
  • Supportive co-workers always happy to lend a helping hand.
  • Vibrant Downtown lifestyle

How to apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter detailing your interest in the position/mission of the Leadership Institute to Jim Marshal, Vice President of Finance at Get creative and tell us why you are passionate about helping conservatives. We will review your resume and contact you for further information if we feel your background and skills are a good match for this position.

Leadership Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 1979 by its President, Morton C. Blackwell. LI provides training in campaigns, fundraising, grassroots organizing, youth politics, and media/communications. The Institute teaches conservatives of all ages how to succeed in politics, government, and the media.

The Institute offers 47 types of training schools, workshops, and seminars; a free employment placement service; and a national field program that trains conservative students to organize campus groups.

Since 1979, LI has trained more than 176,000 conservative activists, leaders, and students. The Institute's unique college campus network has grown to more than 1,700 conservative campus groups and newspapers.

Job Posted 06/17/20 Read More

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.

To apply, fill out the Public Policy Questionnaire on and apply to the position through the position listing. Then, submit your cover letter and resume to Laurel Clark at

Job Posted 07/02/20 Read More