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Current openings are:

Position: Program Officer, Young America's Foundation 

Location: Santa Barbara, California

Opening: Immediate

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.


  • 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


  • 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.

Please submit resume, references, salary history, and a cover letter to: 

Director of the Reagan Ranch Andrew Coffin at

Position: Development Officer, Young America's Foundation

Location: Santa Barbara, California

Opening: Immediate

Mission: Young America’s Foundation is committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.

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 Herndon, Virginia, at the Foundation’s Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and at the Foundation’s North Carolina office. Young America’s Foundation has raised $125 million in the last decade, and we expect this staffer at the Reagan Ranch Center to add to this momentum. The development officer will work in close collaboration with the director of the Reagan Ranch, the president of the Foundation, and the Foundation’s overall development team 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. The centerpiece of Young America’s Foundation’s Reagan Ranch operation is President Ronald Reagan’s 688-acre ranch, Rancho del Cielo, which served as the “Western White House” during his Presidency. The Reagan Ranch is complemented by the Foundation’s newly renovated, 22,000-square-foot Reagan Ranch Center located in downtown Santa Barbara which houses a conference center, classrooms, a theater, a library of conservative resources, an exhibit gallery, and the Reagan Ranch administrative offices.


  • 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 each Reagan Ranch visitor has a first-class experience to establish, or reinforce, the supporter’s lifelong support of Young America’s Foundation
  • Ensure that a comprehensive and informative visit report is timely filed for all donor contacts
  • 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 Foundation development team with the support they will need from Santa Barbara for planned giving, direct mail, and other development needs
  • Fulfill supporters’ recognition wishes of naming opportunities throughout the organization.

Ideal Experience:

  • A minimum of three years professional fundraising experience in a sophisticated organization with a reputation for quality and excellence
  • A successful track record of personally identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual donors and foundations
  • Experience with developing and maintaining productive relationships with donors
  • Understanding of and willingness to embrace the “moves management” system of donor-centered, relationship building fundraising
  • A record of measurable results in organizing and implementing such activities as: major gifts, annual gifts, planned gifts, grant writing, foundation giving, and special events
  • Ability to effectively gain the respect and support of various constituencies, including staff, donors, and members of the board
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking

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 donnor 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 fieldMust be willing to travel

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

Application: Please submit resume, references, salary history, and a cover letter to: 

Director of the Reagan Ranch Andrew Coffin at
Director of Development Jason Barbour at  

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