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Development Officer

The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (MI) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public policy think tank located in midtown Manhattan. For the past 30 years, MI scholars have been committed to developing and disseminating policy ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility in America. To finance our scholarship, the Institute relies on gifts from individual, foundation, and corporate supporters.

We are seeking candidates to fill a new position on our Development Team. This person will be responsible for maintaining and building new external relationships for the Institute. The position requires a strategic thinker who is capable of articulating the value of the Institute’s projects and goals to a sophisticated audience of supporters. We seek an individual who thrives in entrepreneurial, creative, and fast-paced environments.

Past fundraising experience is not required. The successful candidate may come from a variety of backgrounds—including public policy, industry, or academia. However, the candidate must demonstrate an interest in and experience with domestic policy issues and a desire to act as an ambassador for introducing the Institute’s work to potential supporters with advanced knowledge of the issues. Qualified applicants must hold past experience in translating nuanced ideas to high-level parties in a persuasive manner. Excellent presentation and writing skills are required.

Applicants lacking prior work experience that speaks to most, if not all, of these requirements will not be considered. A graduate degree (MA, MBA, JD, PhD) is preferred. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Applicants should email a cover letter that clearly lays out their interest in the position and how their experience would be valuable to the Manhattan Institute specifically (a stock cover letter will not be considered). Please email cover letter, a resume, and three references to, addressed to Jessica Perry, Director of Development.


The Manhattan Institute is making three hires for its rapidly growing Adam Smith Society, a national, chapter-based association of free-market MBA students. In just four years we have grown from one pilot program to chapters at 20 of our nation’s elite business schools, professional chapters in four major cities, and a base of 2,500 members.

Communications Manager

Reporting to the Director of Outreach, the Communications Manager will create, implement, and manage an effective communications strategy, serve as the Society’s messaging expert and have a great deal of autonomy on all things related to communications and social media.

This person should have experience covering areas such as website content, newsletters, and membership communications. The ability to take knowledge, transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to our audience through the best distribution channels is critical.

The Communications Manager will:

  • Create compelling copy and manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic membership communications and collateral including, but not limited to newsletters, annual reports, invitations, and programs.
  • Build an online presence that communicates the Adam Smith Society’s mission. Own and maintain the Smith Society website, along with other internally/externally facing platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a communications plan across the network's audiences in collaboration with the Society’s directors and board.

Qualifications and Skills:
We are looking for an accomplished professional with at least 5 years of communications experience, ideally in an “in-house” leadership role within a complex corporate or nonprofit entity.

The ideal candidate:

  • Is a strategic thinker that has experience crafting internal messaging.
  • Has the ability to create compelling copy. Possesses excellent writing and editing skills, with relentless attention to error-free products.
  • Acts as a self-starter, is able to work independently and entrepreneurially. Project planning and management skills are a must.
  • Possesses high energy, maturity, and leadership skills—and has the ability to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.
  • Expertly understands the worlds of web technology, social media, and digital communications. Knowledge of HTML preferred.
  • Has the ability to measure and effectively communicate the metrics and analytics of our outreach strategies to determine what’s working. Knowledge of google analytics, and mailchimp, a plus.
  • Has experience with membership organizations and/or familiarity with MBA programs.


Regional Program Officer:

Reporting to the Director of Programs, each Regional Program Officer will have his/her own portfolio of student and professional chapters in one of four U.S. regions (South, Midwest, Northeast, West Coast). Each program officer will manage all of the chapters in his/her portfolio, engaging in program/event planning and execution and serving as the liaison between chapter leaders and the national office.

The ideal candidate will possess flawless attention to detail; a love of event planning and execution; and the ability and desire to ensure an exceptional member, guest, and speaker experience at every one of the 50+ on-campus and professional network events in their assigned regional portfolio. Successful applicants will thrive working both independently and in a team environment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as the driving force behind the coordination of approximately 50 regional meetings and events per year. Act as primary contact for chapters in your region and liaison between chapters and the national office.
  • Manage speaker/event requests and pending invitations. Initiate appropriate follow up as needed.
  • Work with Program Director on speaker logistics and facilitate all speaker travel; prepare itineraries for speakers as needed.
  • Serve as liaison with vendors on event-related matters. Responsible for negotiating vendor contracts where needed and ensuring all events fit within their proscribed budget.
  • Assist with the development and editing of event-related collateral, including invitations, agendas, event post-mortem memos.
  • Work w/ Program Director and Communications team to provide regional news updates for website, newsletter & membership etc.
  • In conjunction w/ Operations, assist chapters w/ financial reporting for each event and managing YTD budget.
  • Serve as an Ambassador at Adam Smith Society and Manhattan Institute events.
  • Propose new ideas to improve the event planning and implementation process.

Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • The ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments in a busy environment. Exceptional attentiveness to detail and organizational capability.
  • Excellent verbal communications skills, both in person and by phone.
  • The ability to use these professional and persuasive written and verbal communications skills to successfully interface with members, scholars, business leaders, political leaders, etc.
  • An outgoing personality, discretion, good judgment, and the willingness and ability to act as an ambassador, both within the Institute and at public events throughout the year.
  • Experience with MBA programs/students or with a membership organization (Greek organizations, Federalist Society, Social Clubs, etc.), a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; must have 2-5 years of related work experience.
  • Proficiency using the latest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and GoogleDocs. Must feel comfortable using online project management programs and social media platforms.

Candidates are to submit a resume and letter of interest—which does not rely on stock language and specifically explains how the applicant’s experience relates to the job description—for review to These positions require the candidate to work out of our Manhattan office. The salary and benefits packages for these positions are competitive and commensurate with experience.




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that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility.

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