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At American Philanthropic, we believe that clients are best served when they are assisted by liberally educated consultants who have the virtue of practical wisdom, diverse backgrounds, and a track record of success. If this sounds like the kind of company you'd like to join, see our job openings below.

Current Openings:

Senior Consultant, Direct Response

Location:                  West Chester, PA, strongly preferred
Type of position:    Full-time         
Compensation:       Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience


As the Senior Consultant in our Direct Response department, you will be responsible for working directly with clients to conceptualize and execute direct response strategies; managing the direct response group, including building staff and systems; and cultivating current and prospective clients for direct response engagements.

In this position, you would be responsible for:

  • Effectively serving direct response clients. You would interact frequently with American Philanthropic’s direct response clients to help plan direct response efforts; advise on and help write content; and maintain the highest standards for ownership and execution of your work, and encourage other group members to do the same.
  • Providing strategic leadership and innovation on direct response engagements. You would seek to continually build your own knowledge of direct response practices, and utilize this knowledge to help achieve good results and maintain client satisfaction.
  • Building effective systems and processes for running and reporting on direct response engagements. You would help refine and/or create tools for project management, results tracking and reporting, and engagement staffing.
  •  Driving business development efforts in direct response. You would play a critical role in cultivating current direct response clients; communicating with prospective ones; participating in proposal and contract process; developing collateral materials as needed; and advising on ways to expand direct mail services and/or grow direct mail business.
  • Training, mentoring, and managing. You would serve as the immediate supervisor for at least three direct response staff members and help train them, manage workflow, and ensure quality; maintain staffing assignments and direct response engagement details in company systems; and promote a cohesive and positive culture within the direct response department. You would also work regularly with other colleagues outside the department and would be responsible for helping to educate American Philanthropic consultants on direct response practices, ideas, trends, and results.

You will work from American Philanthropic’s West Chester, PA, office. You will report directly to one of the firm’s managing consultants or partners and should be willing to spend at least five days per month (on average) in travel. This position is a management role with a growing staff.


You should have at least ten years of professional experience, including at least five years in nonprofit development, direct response, or consulting, with a track record of progressive responsibility—including management—over time. Good familiarity with direct response practices, writing, and execution required. Liberal arts background preferred. Most importantly, you should be able to demonstrate keen intelligence, a track record of success in managing multiple projects simultaneously, a high degree of personal initiative and conscientiousness, and superb interpersonal skills. Familiarity with Salesforce is a plus but not necessarily expected.

You must have facility with basic computer software programs and social-media platforms, be an excellent writer, a fast learner, and a self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced work environment. You must take personal ownership of projects, consistently meet deadlines, make progress on projects with minimal supervision, and be passionate about helping clients succeed. Ideally, you will be a generalist who can adapt quickly to new situations and bring intellectual order out of sometimes ambiguous and opaque information environments.

In addition, you should be able to demonstrate considerable facility with contemporary American political, cultural, sociological, and economic discourse, especially as those realms of thinking impinge upon civil society. You must be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the American Philanthropic mission of strengthening society’s “little platoons”—the independent mediating institutions and voluntary associations that constitute civil society and are vital to human flourishing. And you should be enthusiastic about the opportunity to help build a fast-growing consulting and services firm into a major force in American philanthropy.


To apply, please send a cover letter, a resume, and several brief writing samples to Jennifer Fox at If selected for screening, you may be asked to complete a writing assignment as part of the interview process.


American Philanthropic runs personnel searches for its nonprofit clients. If you’re a talented individual looking for a nonprofit job, check out our current job searches.


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