The American Enterprise Institute is searching for a strategic fundraiser who cares deeply about our mission to serve as a writer, editor, and development team leader. If you consider the written word a particular strength, have mastered the art of distilling complex ideas, understand how to develop grant opportunities, and have experience writing for a wide range of audiences and in another person’s voice, we hope you will want to learn more about this role and join our high-performing team.
As director of development communications, you will lead and mentor a team dedicated to explaining and marketing AEI scholars’ research to America’s leading philanthropists. You will focus on conceptualizing, drafting, and editing written proposals, reports, collateral materials, and other communications for individual, foundation, and corporate donors across the range of AEI’s scholarly areas. You’ll build a reputation for being a trusted partner of AEI scholars and executives and will develop a keen sense of how to best showcase AEI’s research and impact to the generous investors who make it possible. You will also edit and shape the work of others on the broader development team to ensure consistent voice.
Candidates for this position will have an aptitude for strategic leadership coupled with strong project management skills and exceptional writing and fundraising capabilities. We believe the skill and experience level we are looking for is best achieved with over 10 years of professional writing or communications experience in a think tank, business, or other relevant organization. Experience working directly with funders is strongly preferred. Deep familiarity with AEI’s work and passion for our mission is essential. As a leader, candidates will have an unrivaled work ethic, commitment to excellence, and the emotional intelligence necessary to inspire and mentor other high-performing writers and editors.
Qualified applicants should submit a resume and cover letter detailing your interest in this position.
About American Enterprise Institute
Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). As a premier DC think tank, AEI has an atmosphere rich with critical thinking, scholarship, and debate. It’s a perfect starting point for entry-level employees beginning a career in public policy, as well as an ideal place for professionals at all levels to contribute to and develop in areas of nonprofit management.
AEI actively seeks and encourages engagement with those who hold different points of view and come from diverse backgrounds. We welcome civil disagreement and open dialogue because we believe that a competition of ideas is essential to a free society. To further our mission, we are committed to creating a diverse work environment.