Vice President of Development

National Review Institute - New York City or Remote

Organizational Description:

National Review Institute (NRI) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), journalistic think tank, established to advance the conservative principles William F. Buckley Jr. championed and complement the mission of National Review magazine, including by supporting and promoting NR’s top talent. NRI fulfills its mission by executing the Institute’s core educational and outreach programs, including the NRI Fellows program and associated centers, the William F. Buckley Jr. Fellowships in Political Journalism, Regional Partnership events, the NRI On Campus program, the WFB Communicators’ program, the Burke to Buckley program, the biennial Ideas Summit, Regional Seminars, the Buckley Legacy Project, and support for National Review’s Books, Arts & Manners section and National Review Capital Matters.

Position Summary:

National Review Institute seeks a full-time Vice President of Development to oversee strategic growth in fundraising and development. The VP of Development will be responsible for managing a team of six staff, including five regional development directors, overseeing their portfolios and making sure they are tracking towards goals. The VP of Development will manage large projects such as development events and fundraising campaigns and smaller projects like collateral material. The VP of Development will also oversee the foundation program (reviewing and approving proposals and reports), budgeting, the direct mail program, the 1955 Society, and the Legacy Society, and manage a portfolio of high-level donors and prospects, including meetings, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

The Vice President of Development may either work virtually from anywhere in the country or from NRI’s New York City headquarters. The Vice President of Development reports to NRIs President.


  • Strong understanding of and appreciation for Buckley conservatism
  • 15+ years of experience in development and major-gifts fundraising
  • Personnel management experience
  • Project management experience
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, especially writing and the ability to speak publicly
  • A strong work ethic and willingness to take initiative
  • Ability to think creatively and problem solve
  • Willingness to travel up to two nights a week, three weeks a month
  • Broad experience with development and fundraising
  • Knowledge of CRMs and best development practices; familiarity with Salesforce is a plus


NRI pays a competitive salary commensurate with experience and provides excellent benefits.

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Cover letter detailing your sincere interest in this position/NRI’s mission and your salary requirements
  • Résumé

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: https://talentmarket.org/candidates/apply-for-your-dream-job/

Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: claire@talentmarket.org.

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. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

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