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Current openings are:


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. 

  • 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

Director of Development Jason Barbour at


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.


  • 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, 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.


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: Program Officer-Graphic Design
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.


  • 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, 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.


  • 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 Applications missing one of the requested items will not be considered.  



POSITION:  Accounts Payable Clerk
LOCATION: Reston, Virginia
OPENING: Immediate

The Accounts Payable Clerk is responsible for the accounts payable functions of the Foundation, invoice and expense report coding, maintaining vendor records, performing analysis of accounts and other financial areas as directed, participating in the annual financial audit, preparing 1099s, reconciliations, and month/year-end close.

Primary responsibilities include: Accounts payable function of the Foundation including proper coding of invoices, credit card statements, and expense reports; preparation of 1099s; reconciliation and month/year-end close; and providing telephone and email support to Foundation staff/vendors.

Bachelor’s of Science in accounting and/or one to three years or equivalent accounting experience, preferably with a non-profit organization; superior communication skills, both verbally and in writing; knowledge of accounting standards, conventions, and principles; experience in financial reporting packages such as FRx in Dynamics GP, Great Plains; technologically savvy, computer literate and experienced in Microsoft Office Suite (with strong skills in Excel, Word and Adobe) and Internet research; and confidence, presence of mind, analytical thinking, and the ability to multitask numerous responsibilities.

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 Finance Steve Trotman at

 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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