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POSITION: Program Officer 

LOCATION: Headquarters, Herndon, VA

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 on advancing the Foundation’s mission and programs across all media platforms including print, online, radio, and television.

The ideal program officer will help develop effective marketing strategies and promote Foundation programs including our traditional conferences and campus events, those at
the Reagan Ranch, and the National Journalism Center under the direction of Young America’s Foundation’s leadership.

The program officer will work daily with the president and vice president to prioritize various media opportunities. The candidate will also review and proactively respond to campus controversies involving Foundation students, activities, and events. The program officer will also highlight the Foundation's involvement in promoting conservative ideas to young people and showcase our leadership in this field. These stories should be used to enhance the Foundation's brand and to increase student and supporter involvement. The ideal team member will also maintain and develop key relationships with local and national media outlets to maximize news coverage for Young America's Foundation.

 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 Reagan Ranch Center. Recent college graduates and alumni of our programs are encouraged to apply for this position.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Implementing Foundation-wide press strategy to ensure maximum positive Foundation exposure.
• Writing news releases, talking points, and executing the Foundation’s news related efforts.
• Growing and maintaining the Foundation’s press list by building relationships with media contacts in television, new media, print, and radio.
• Managing media inquiries by responding or recommending the appropriate team member for the interview.
• Researching and preparing surveys and reports for release to the media, writing media messages and op-eds, and coordinating media events.
• Utilize stories to drive traffic to yaf.org and our blog, The New Guard in addition to building the Foundation’s presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
• Training and advising students on how to promote their Foundation-related events on their campuses and generate media interest in their club’s activities.
• Accurately documenting bias against conservative students and informing the media when appropriate, especially when related to Foundation sponsored events
• Staying informed of current PR trends in the Conservative Movement and the greater business community.
• Working at/on and helping organize Foundation programs, ensuring visual representation of events is high quality for television, and photography. Ensuring press is present and handled appropriately.
• 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 marketing experience with promoting an organization and events to the media. 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 copyediting skills are a Plus. A car is strongly recommended.

 REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in a field related to communications and marketing
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or similar programs
  • Grasp of promotional and marketing strategies and concepts; eagerness to learn more if needed
  • Knowledge of and use of blog technology
  • Well versed with computers; knowledge of both Mac and PC environments a plus
  • Experience with video and/or audio production a plus

COMPENSATION:

Commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION (incomplete applications will not be considered):

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, Reston, VA 20191. Applications that do not include the above items will not be considered.


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: Development Officer

LOCATION: Reston, Virginia

OPENING: Immediate

MISSION:

Our schools used to teach patriotism and American exceptionalism. Today, instead of passing on America’s heritage of freedom, educators and administrators use their authority over students to advance the Left’s agenda. As a result, young people spend the most impressionable years of their lives absorbing leftist advocacy for more expansive government, central planning, wealth redistribution, and political correctness. Young America’s Foundation inspires students with ideas of freedom no longer taught in our schools. Young America’s Foundation is the leading conservative youth outreach organization in America. We believe a principled education includes exposure to the ideas and values upon which our country was founded.

We are the leader in our field, providing young people with breakthrough opportunities including national conferences for high school and college students, Young Americans for Freedom chapters, leadership programs at the Reagan Ranch and Reagan Ranch Center, National Journalism Center internships at media outlets, and the largest campus lecture program in the Conservative Movement. Young America’s Foundation employs a professional staff of individuals who are innovative, hard working, and fully committed to advancing the cause for freedom.

 
JOB SUMMARY:

The development officer is a member of the Young America’s Foundation’s Development Team which includes staff at the Foundation’s new 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
• Work with the overall development team to ensure supporter events, including Rawhide Circle Retreats, President’s Club events, 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 Development Jason Barbour at jasonb@reaganranch.org




POSITION: Legal Assistant

LOCATION: Reston, Virginia

OPENING: Immediate

MISSION:

Our schools used to teach patriotism and American exceptionalism. Today, instead of passing on America’s heritage of freedom, educators and administrators use their authority over students to advance the Left’s agenda. As a result, young people spend the most impressionable years of their lives absorbing leftist advocacy for more expansive government, central planning, wealth redistribution, and political correctness. Young America’s Foundation inspires students with ideas of freedom no longer taught in our schools. Young America’s Foundation is the leading conservative youth outreach organization in America. We believe a principled education includes exposure to the ideas and values upon which our country was founded.

We are the leader in our field, providing young people with breakthrough opportunities including national conferences for high school and college students, Young Americans for Freedom chapters, leadership programs at the Reagan Ranch and Reagan Ranch Center, National Journalism Center internships at media outlets, and the largest campus lecture program in the Conservative Movement. Young America’s Foundation employs a professional staff of individuals who are innovative, hard working, and fully committed to advancing the cause for freedom.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

As an assistant for the legal department you would be responsible for developing and implementing an organization system for the Foundation’s growing files, maintaining an accurate calendar, and assisting with projects generally.

REQUIREMENTS:

B.A., B.S., Certified Paralegal or equivalent. Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, discretion, and ability to maintain confidentiality and act in a professional manner.

COMPENSATION:

Commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION (incomplete applications will not be considered):

Please submit resume, references, all salary history, and a cover letter to: Vice President and General Counsel Kimberly Begg at kbegg@yaf.org.  


POSITION: Program Officer-Graphic Design

LOCATION:
Herndon, 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 copyediting 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: Program Officer 

LOCATION: Santa Barbara, California

OPENING: Immediate

EMPLOYER: Young America’s Foundation

LOCATION: Santa Barbara, California

OPENING: Immediate

REPORTS TO:  Director of the Reagan Ranch

JOB SUMMARY:

The program officer will work in close collaboration with team members at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, California, as well as those at Young America’s Foundation’s National Headquarters in Herndon, Virginia to plan and execute significant student conferences and programs at the Reagan Ranch. In addition, the program officer will stay in close communication with students nationwide, with a particular emphasis on West Coast students, regarding opportunities for involvement at Young America’s Foundation and activism resources for use on their campuses.

The ideal candidate will have had previous involvement in Young America’s Foundation and/or YAF programs and experience running a club on campus. In addition, the ideal candidate will also have experience working in an office environment either through an internship or other position. 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 copy editing skills are a plus. A car is required.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Recruit the best and brightest students in the Conservative Movement to become involved at Young America’s Foundation student conferences, local programs, and the Reagan Ranch Center internship program.
  • Organize event details (line up vendors and rentals, create staff timeline, handle speaker & student transportation, etc.).
  • Reach out to regional conservative groups, both in communities and schools.
  • Maintain and update database of student leaders and ensure information is communicated to national staff.
  • Utilize new and traditional outreach methods, including new media, to recruit students to Foundation programs. Maintain and grow the Reagan Ranch Facebook page and Twitter account.
  • Visit select campuses to meet with conservative student leaders and recruit for programs.
  • Work with Foundation team members at headquarters and the National Journalism Center on joint programs.
  • Stay informed of current trends in the Conservative Movement as related to conservative activism. 
  • Write about select Foundation programs for the website and publications 
PERSONAL QUALITIES: 
  • Committed to and enthusiastic about Young America’s Foundation’s mission and programs.
  • Energetic and passionate about student activism.
  • 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.

 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. This job description does not in any way alter the “at-will” employment relationship.

COMPENSATION:

Commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION (incomplete applications will not be considered):

Please submit resume, references, all salary history, and a cover letter to: Andrew Coffin, director of the Reagan Ranch, at andrewc@reaganranch.org  


  
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