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POSITION:   Development Officer  
LOCATION: Santa Barbara, California
OPENING:  Immediate 
REPORTS TO: Director of the Reagan Ranch

JOB SUMMARY: The development officer is a member of the Young America's Foundation's Development Team which includes staff at the Foundation's National Headquarters in Reston, Virginia, and at the Foundation's Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California. Young America's Foundation has raised $ 175 million in the last decade, and we expect this staffer to add to this momentum.  The development officer will work in close collaboration with the Foundation's overall team of six development officers to achieve the fundraising goals of the organization.  The development officer will play a key role in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting annual, major, and capital gifts.  

RESPONSIBILITIES: The development officer would receive training from the Institute for Charitable Giving programs and by the director of development to perform the following duties:

  • Manage a portfolio of primary prospects in all aspects of the gift cycle:
  • Initiate contact with current and potential major gift donors
  • Develop appropriate cultivation strategies (home visits, Ranch visits, correspondence, event participation, etc.)
  • Move donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation
  • Make solicitations when appropriate
  • Provide high level of quality stewardship after the gift
  • Report the status and progress of an assigned list of supporters
  • Ensure that a comprehensive and informative visit report is timely filed for all donor contacts
  • Ensure that each Reagan Ranch visitor has a first-class experience to establish, or reinforce, the supporter's lifelong support of Young America's Foundation
  • Maximize the Foundation's current and future support in Santa Barbara, in California, and throughout the country
  • Work with the overall development team to ensure supporter events, including Rawhide Circle Retreats, President's Club events, Reagan Ranch Roundtables, and other supporter events, reach the maximum financial potential for Young America's Foundation
  • Provide other members of the Foundation development team with support including research.
  • Fulfill supporters' recognition wishes of naming opportunities throughout the organization. 

  PERSONAL QUALITIES:
  • Committed to and enthusiastic about Young America's Foundation's mission and programs
  • Self-motivated, resourceful, and flexible
  • Ability to create excitement and energy around the Young America's Foundation's programs and encourage others to support the organization
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of donors in order to develop donor centered relationships between the donor and the Foundation
  • Persuasive, persistent, and determined in the pursuit of the organization's fundraising goals
  • Committed to ongoing education and training in the development field
  • Must be willing to travel
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking
  • Preference given to candidates with history of activity in our programs

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION (incomplete applications will not be considered): Please submit resume, references, all salary history, and a cover letter to:

Director of the Reagan Ranch Andrew Coffin at andrewc@reaganranch.org

Director of Development Jason Barbour at  jasonb@reaganranch.org.


 

POSITION: Program Officer - Campus Recruitment
LOCATION: Reston, Virginia
OPENING: Immediate

JOB SUMMARY: Young America's Foundation has immediate openings for program officers with an emphasis on expanding the Foundation's reach among students on college campuses across the country.

The ideal candidates will have passion for promoting conservative ideas and encouraging others to get involved with Foundation programs. Furthermore, the candidates will have had relevant experience with running and building strong conservative clubs on campus. In addition, the applicant will have been involved in Foundation programs including hosting campus lectures, organizing campus initiatives, and attending Foundation conferences.

The program officers will work daily with Foundation leadership to plan visits to college campuses and contact young conservative leaders using various outreach methods. The program officers will be expected to travel frequently, often on their own, and must be comfortable speaking in front of groups, capable of providing activism training, and willing to participate in campus activism.

Young America's Foundation is the principal outreach organization of the Conservative Movement, introducing thousands of young people to conservative ideas through national conferences, campus lectures and activism programs, internships, and seminars at our national headquarters, the Reagan Ranch, and the Reagan Ranch Center. Recent college graduates and alumni of our programs are encouraged to apply for this position.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • At the direction of Foundation leadership, traveling to schools to introduce students to the Foundation's mission.
  • Meeting with existing Young Americans for Freedom chapters, the Foundation's campus affiliate, to provide on-the-ground training and campus activism support.
  • Providing daily reports on outreach activity and records of success.
  • Developing ongoing relationships with other existing conservative clubs and encouraging them to participate in Foundation programs.
  • Investigating and documenting incidents of political correctness, violations of free speech, and liberal bias for possible stories to be included in the Foundation's various publications.
  • Developing relationships with supportive faculty on campus.
  • Sharing Foundation success stories and advances on social media.
  • Working at Foundation conferences and other student programs held around the country
 

The candidate will be a self-starter and will be able to effectively prioritize and manage travel schedules. Frequent travel is required. Other desired qualifications: team-player, well-organized, ability to manage multiple projects, able to take direction but also work independently. Applicant must have excellent oral, writing, and organizational skills. Outstanding copyediting skills are a plus. A car is strongly recommended.

Send cover letter, resume, references, salary history, to Patrick Coyle at pcoyle@yaf.org, fax 703-318-9122 or mail to: Young America's Foundation, 11480 Commerce Park Drive, sixth floor, Reston, VA 20191. Applications that do not include all of the above items will not be considered.

REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE:

Bachelor's degree

Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or similar programs

Grasp of activism strategies and concepts; eagerness to learn more if needed ; Familiarity with blog technology

Active social media presence a plus



POSITION: Director, Alumni Relations

LOCATION: Reston, Virginia

OPENING: Immediate

The director of alumni relations will manage and oversee the Foundation’s extensive alumni network. The director is responsible for the planning and implementation of programs that strategically engage Foundation alumni and keep them up-to-date on the Foundation’s programs nationwide.

The director will report to the president of Young America’s Foundation and work in close collaboration with team members at Young America’s Foundation’s National Headquarters in Reston, Virginia, as well as with those at the Reagan Ranch Center (Santa Barbara, California),

The candidate must have recent involvement with Young America’s Foundation and/or Young Americans for Freedom. Other important qualifications include: team-player, ability to manage multiple projects, able to take direction and at the same time work independently. Applicant must have excellent oral, written, and organizational skills. Outstanding copyediting skills are a plus.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Maintain and update database of Young America’s Foundation, Young Americans for Freedom, and National Journalism Center alumni and ensure information is communicated to national staff

Establish and build relationships with a wide range of alumni, maintaining regular communication with alumni via direct contact, telephone, email, social media, and publications

Recruit alumni to attend various Foundation programs nationwide

Utilize new and traditional outreach and research methods to find alumni, including new media and online resources

Establish regular communications with the Foundation’s alumni board of directors, including organizing and scheduling annual meetings and other events

Stay informed of current trends in the Conservative Movement as related to conservative activism

Educate current Foundation students on the benefits of remaining involved as Foundation alumni  

Organize regular alumni gatherings at the Foundation’s programs, the Reagan Ranch Center, and nationwide

Write about select Foundation alumni for the website and publications

Assist with Foundation supporter and student events as needed

Collaborate with members of the Foundation’s development team to increase alumni support and involvement

Submit regular reports on alumni activities to the Foundation’s board of directors and other leadership as required

Create a marketing plan to maximize the participation and engagement of Foundation alumni

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, CHARACTERISTICS:

Committed to and enthusiastic about Young America’s Foundation’s mission and programs

Recent involvement with Young America’s Foundation and/or Young Americans for Freedom 

Excellent communication skills, with an emphasis on writing and copyediting

Energetic and passionate about the Conservative Movement

Self-motivated, organized, and flexible

Ability to work independently

Willingness to comply with YAF policies, procedures, and practices

Ability to work as a collaborative, constructive team member

Bachelor’s degree

This job description is representative of the expectations of the position described.  Additional duties, reporting relationships, and/or position criteria may be assigned.  YAF reserves the right to revise this job description at any time.  

Salary will be based on experience and previous salary history.

Send cover letter, resume outlining the requirements, professional references, and salary history to*: 

Jessica Jensen, Chief of Staff

Young America's Foundation

11480 Commerce Park Drive

Reston, Virginia 20191

jjensen@yaf.org  

800-USA-1776

*Incomplete applications (i.e. those suggesting references upon request) will not be considered.

  

 

POSITION: Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise

LOCATION: Reston, Virginia

OPENING: Immediate

The Director will coordinate Young America’s Foundation’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise’s efforts to provide quality free enterprise programs to college and high school students.  These may include the Center's programmatic efforts to administer a nation-wide campus free enterprise lecture program; organize and conduct seminars; identify allies in the collegiate and business communities; commission polls of attitudes and values; and all appropriate evaluation of such activities.

This position has three responsibilities:  (1) Planning, execution, and expansion of the educational programs of the Center, including its free enterprise-related campus activities;  (2) Creating growth and public exposure opportunities in external media for the Center; and (3) Assistance with identification, cultivation, and stewardship of individual supporters and bequests.

The director of Young America’s Foundation’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise in Reston, Virginia, reports directly to the president and is responsible for the program’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. 

In program development and execution, the Director will:

a. Provide leadership in developing program, organizational, and financial plans with the staff.

b. Promote active and broad participation by students in all areas of the program including coordinating activities with existing Young America’s Foundation student programs.

c. Maintain an excellent level of technical knowledge regarding all areas of the Center’s programs and a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of free enterprise, burdensome regulations, and campus attitudes toward these issues.

In communications, the Director will:

a. Keep the staff fully informed on the condition of the program and all important factors influencing it.

b. Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals, utilizing the talent and resources of Young America's Foundation, including its public relations, program, and development teams.

c. Establish sound working relationships with agreed-upon allies.

d. Represent the program's mission to organizations, supporters, young people, and the general public at the direction of Young America’s Foundation’s president. 

In relations with staff, the Director will:

a. Be responsible for the recruitment, training, and supervising of all of the Center’s personnel, both paid staff and interns, under the direction of the President and in consultation with other YAF team members.

b. Ensure that regular performance evaluations are held.

c. Maintain a climate which attracts, keeps, and motivates a staff of top quality people.

In financial management, the Director will:

a. Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.

b. Work with Young America’s Foundation’s finance and development teams in preparing an annual budget; see that the program operates within budget guidelines.

c. Develop and write relevant proposals and evaluation reports and participate in meetings with key funding sources when appropriate.  

The candidate should have a passion for advancing the free enterprise system among young people and be comfortable working in an environment that promotes traditional values and a strong national defense.  The candidate must also show ability to take primary responsibility and initiative for several projects and complete them in a timely manner.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

A minimum of:

1. Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university.
2. At least five (5) years of experience in a related field.  Minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience.
3. Excellent communication and presentation skills to include:

a. Ability to discuss strategic and financial issues

b. Strong public speaking skills and a willingness to represent the Center as a speaker at Foundation programs and other outside events as necessary
c. Exceptional interpersonal relationship skills
d. Ability to write and deliver engaging reports on the progress of the Center for supporters, the Board, and management.
4. Excellent managerial skills and knowledge of the market

Salary will be based on experience and previous salary history.

Send cover letter, resume outlining the requirements, professional references, salary history, and a writing sample (encouraged but not required) to*:

Jessica Jensen, Chief of Staff

Young America's Foundation

11480 Commerce Park Drive

Reston, Virginia 20191

jjensen@yaf.org

800-USA-1776

*Incomplete applications (i.e. those suggesting references upon request) will not be considered.


POSITION: Program Officer-Graphic Design
LOCATION:
Reston, Virginia
OPENING: Immediate
REPORTS TO: Vice President of Programs

 
JOB SUMMARY: Young America's Foundation has an immediate opening for a program officer with an emphasis in graphic design. We're seeking a versatile team member who understands both creative visual design and marketing strategy.

The ideal program officer will help design effective materials including, but not limited to, magazines, brochures, posters, reports, online and print ads and more to promote Foundation programs, including programs at the Reagan Ranch and the National Journalism Center.

Young America’s Foundation is the principal outreach organization of the Conservative Movement, introducing thousands of young people to conservative ideas through national conferences, campus lectures, YAF chapters, and activism programs, internships, and seminars at the Reagan Ranch and Reagan Ranch Center. Recent college graduates and alumni of our programs are encouraged to apply for this position.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Managing, creating, and refining design and concepts of promotional material 
  • Ensuring the visual appearance of the organization in print and online is of the highest quality 
  • Developing marketing strategies under the guidance of the Foundation’s leadership 
  • Ability to handle multiple projects, from multiple departments 
  • Assist in building the Foundation’s presence in new media including on Twitter, Facebook and our blog, The New Guard, at yaf.org, by designing compelling graphics. 
  • Training and advising students on how to promote their Foundation-related events on their campuses and develop consistent branding. 
  • Working at/on and helping organize Foundation programs with the specific responsibility to ensure visual representation of events is high quality for television and photography. 
  • Interacting with students, friends, and supporters of the Foundation at all Foundation-related programs and events 

The candidate will have a strong interest in promoting conservative ideas to young people. The ideal person will have had previous involvement in Young America’s Foundation programs and/or design experience with promoting an organization and events. Other qualifications: team-player, ability to manage multiple projects, able to take direction but also work independently. Applicant must have excellent oral, written, and organizational skills. Outstanding copy editing skills are a plus. A car is strongly recommended.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in a field related to graphic design 
  • Strong knowledge of InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. 
  • Grasp of promotional and marketing strategies and concepts; eagerness to learn more if needed 
  • Well versed with computers; knowledge of both Mac and PC environments a plus 
  • Experience with video and/or audio production, including knowledge of Adobe creative suite programs, a plus 

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION (incomplete applications will not be considered): Please submit resume, references, all salary history, portfolio, and a cover letter to: Patrick Coyle, vice president, at pcoyle@yaf.org. Applications missing one of the requested items will not be considered.  

 


 

POSITION: Director of the National Journalism Center (NJC)


LOCATION:
Reston, Virginia (Young America’s Foundation’s National Headquarters)


OPENING: Immediate


About the National Journalism Center:

Since 1977, the National Journalism Center has trained aspiring journalists in the values of responsible, balanced, and accurate reporting. Weekly seminars and on-the-job experience provide participants with the tools to become leaders in combating bias in the mainstream media.

Seminars include talks with prominent journalists and public policy experts, writing exercises, training in investigative reporting, reading assignments, and current events and policy discussions. Interns spend the majority of the week on assignment with prominent media outlets learning from professionals in the journalism field.

The balance of real-world experience and quality academic training provides students with a competitive edge in the job market after completing the National Journalism Center’s program.

Job Description:

The director of the National Journalism Center, a project of Young America’s Foundation, will coordinate the day-to-day activities of the National Journalism Center including the supervision of its development, event planning, budget and finances, and internal management. 

The director will report to president of Young America’s Foundation and oversee NJC’s staff and interns.  

Requirements include a strong familiarity of and history of involvement with the Conservative movement. 

The ideal candidate will have prior involvement with Young America’s Foundation and/or the National Journalism Center.  Journalism experience is preferred.  Other important qualifications include: excellent oral and written communication skills; proficiency in non-profit fundraising; ability to manage and direct staff; team player; and strong organizational skills.

Duties of the director include but are not limited to:

Development and Budget 

Oversee the budget for the organization

Maintain regular contact with a significant number of supporters and solicit gifts on a regular, organized basis to fund the program. This is done through a combination of in-person visits, phone calls, and letters.

Learn and apply the Foundation’s fundraising practices and methods

Identify new supporters and work with Young America’s Foundation’s development team to sustain and grow the National Journalism Center

Complete and submit proposals for grant making foundations

Interns

Oversee the NJC application process, ensuring accepted applicants are high quality and in line with Young America’s Foundation’s overall mission

Continually focus on integrating NJC into Young America’s Foundation’s programs, ensuring NJC speakers, interns, and staff understand the role NJC plays in advancing Young America’s Foundation’s overall mission 

Conduct regular NJC training seminars, staying on top of the latest trends in the journalism industry

Staff and Internal Management 

Work with the Foundation’s leadership team to hire and supervise NJC staff as needed

Maintain regular contact with the NJC Board of Governors and chairman, holding annual meetings and seeking their advice and support as necessary

Prepare reports for the periodic NJC Board of Governors meetings and Young America’s Foundation Board of Directors meetings

When not traveling to meet supporters, maintain a regular physical presence at the Foundation’s national headquarters

Coordinate journalism related panels and activities with other Young America’s Foundation programs, including the National Conservative Student Conference

Help NJC alumni find full time employment

Maintain strong relationships with the NJC internship placements and prominent alumni

Assist with scheduling speakers for NJC programs 

Speak for and represent NJC at journalism-related events and other conservative events as requested

Interact with NJC interns and alumni on a regular basis at events

Oversee marketing plan for NJC, coordinating with the Foundation’s program team 

Perform other duties as assigned by the president of Young America’s Foundation

This job description is representative of the expectations of the position described.  Additional duties, reporting relationships, and/or position criteria may be assigned.  YAF reserves the right to revise this job description at any time.  

Salary will be based on experience and previous salary history.

Send cover letter, resume outlining the requirements, professional references, and salary history to*:

Jessica Jensen, Chief of Staff

Young America’s Foundation

11480 Commerce Park Drive

Reston, Virginia 20191

jjensen@yaf.org

800-USA-1776 

*Incomplete applications (i.e. those suggesting “references and salary history upon request”) will not be considered.

 


 

POSITION: Lead Ranch Hand 

LOCATION: Santa Barbara, California

OPENING: Immediate

REPORTS TO: Reagan Ranch Manager & Director of the Reagan Ranch

JOB SUMMARY

The Lead Ranch Hand is a critical team member who, in collaboration with the Ranch Manager, under general or direct supervision, will maintain the Ranch property, structures, equipment, vehicles, tools, supplies and livestock and will provide logistic support for Ranch tours, special events and preservation projects.

The Lead Ranch Hand may assume some of the responsibilities of the Ranch Manager in the manager’s absence and may also supervise outside service providers as required.

Successful applicants will be team players, but also demonstrate initiative and an ability to work independently; will have experience in the construction trades, landscape work, ranch equipment, ranch maintenance and livestock care; experience in (or an aptitude for training) fire protection, security and water systems. Additional qualifications include computer literacy; strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to maintain calm demeanor and perform duties under stressful conditions; ability lift 50 lbs, to walk, stand, sit and work outdoors for significant periods of time; ability to work any shift, weekends, and holidays. A valid CA driver’s license is required.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Physical Plant:

• Maintain the Ranch physical plant infrastructure, structures, land, roads and trails, vehicles, equipment, tools, and supplies

• Assist with the supervision of contractors and service providers to ensure that Ranch security and preservation protocols are adhered to

• Work closely with Foundation staff members, outside vendors and contractors to coordinate, or provide, logistic support for Ranch based activities, tours and events

• Assist in the maintenance of a comprehensive Ranch fire preparedness and response plan that includes personnel, structures and artifacts protection; maintain fire defense equipment; manage wildland fuels; participate in outreach and coordination efforts with local fire officials; participate in, or lead, annual staff fire response training

Security:

• Assist in the maintenance of a comprehensive Ranch security strategy to ensure the safety and protection of the Ranch properties personnel, guests, land, improvements, artifacts, equipment, tools, and livestock

Livestock:

• Ensure that livestock are fed, cared for and that corrals and fences are maintained

PERSONAL QUALITIES

• Committed to Young America’s Foundation’s mission and programs.

• Self-motivated, organized, and flexible.

• Ability to work independently.

• Willingness to comply with YAF policies, procedures and practices.

• Ability to work as a collaborative, constructive team member.

COMPENSATION:

Commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION (incomplete applications will not be considered):

Please submit the following documents:

1. Resume

2. References

3. salary history

4. cover letter

Application packets should be directed to Director of Physical Resources Brent Kilpper at brentk@reaganranch.org (preferred) or: Brent Kilpper, The Reagan Ranch Center, 217 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101



POSITION: Reagan Ranch Manager

LOCATION: Santa Barbara, California

OPENING: Immediate

REPORTS TO: Director of Physical Resources & Director of the Reagan Ranch

JOB SUMMARY

The Young America’s Foundation seeks an accomplished professional for the position of Reagan Ranch Manager who, in collaboration with the Director of Physical Resources, will initiate, develop, manage, or enact, projects, programs and policies to ensure the safety of guests, volunteers, and staff as well as the protection and preservation of Ranch artifacts and the development and maintenance of Ranch property, structures, equipment, vehicles, tools, supplies and livestock and will provide logistic support for Ranch tours and special events.

The Ranch Manager will live full time on the Reagan Ranch properties in Foundation supplied housing and will supervise other Ranch personnel, vendors and service providers.

Successful applicants will have experience in the fields of fire protection and security, display diplomacy and possess high-level collaborative and interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a unique nonprofit culture. Additional qualifications include computer literacy; strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to maintain calm demeanor and perform duties under stressful conditions; a working knowledge of water systems, automated security and fire defense equipment; experience with livestock; ability lift 50 lbs, to walk, stand, sit and work outdoors for significant periods of time; ability to work any shift, weekends, and holidays. A valid CA driver’s license is required. This is a full-time position that includes our complete benefits package.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Fire Protection

• Develop, manage and maintain a comprehensive Ranch fire preparedness and response

plan including a structures and artifacts protection strategy; fire defense equipment

maintenance; wildland fuels management; outreach and coordination with local fire

officials, and annual staff training

Security

• Develop, manage and maintain a comprehensive Ranch security strategy to ensure the

safety and protection of the Ranch properties personnel, guests, land, improvements,

artifacts, equipment, tools, and livestock

Physical plant

• Develop, manage, and maintain the Ranch physical plant infrastructure, structures, land,

roads and trails, vehicles, equipment, tools, and supplies

• Manage contractors and service providers to ensure that Ranch security and preservation

protocols are adhered to

• Work closely with Foundation staff members, outside vendors and contractors to

coordinate, or provide, logistic support for Ranch based activities, tours and events

Livestock

• Ensure that livestock are fed, cared for and that corrals and fences are maintained

PERSONAL QUALITIES

• Committed to Young America’s Foundation’s mission and programs.

• Self-motivated, organized, and flexible.

• Ability to work independently.

• Willingness to comply with YAF policies, procedures and practices.

• Ability to work as a collaborative, constructive team member.

COMPENSATION

Commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION (incomplete applications will not be considered):

Please submit the following documents:

1. Resume

2. References

3. salary history

4. cover letter

Application packets should be directed to Director of Physical Resources Brent Kilpper at brentk@reaganranch.org (preferred) or:, Brent Kilpper, The Reagan Ranch Center, 217 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 9310


  
 National Journalism Center Internships 

The National Journalism Center seeks ambitious journalists and dedicated conservatives for its internship program. Three times a year—spring, summer and fall—NJC provides an opportunity for students and recent graduates to get involved in combating liberal media bias through its press internships. Internships are full-time positions, and in addition to on-the-job experience, interns participate in weekly seminars with prominent journalists and receive training from our experienced academic director. If you want to help change the biased nature of today's media, apply today! More   


  
 
 

Young America’s Foundation’s internship program provides useful and effective training for student leaders preparing for a career in the Conservative Movement. Interns attend signature conferences and seminars, free of charge.  They hear from professors, Nobel Laureates, acclaimed authors, public policy analysts, and other dynamic speakers who help deepen their understanding of policy matters involving individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.   More  

 

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