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As a premier DC think tank, AEI has an atmosphere that is rich with critical thinking, scholarship, and debate. It’s a perfect starting point for entry-level employees beginning a career in public policy, as well as an ideal place for professionals at all levels to contribute to and develop in areas of nonprofit management.

 

Entry-level opportunities include research assistant positions in all policy areas that AEI studies.

 

Various levels of experience, from entry to executive level, are required for positions that regularly become available in development, event planning, government relations, communications, talent development, accounting, information technology, public relations, and other business departments.

 

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Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project (CTP) produces detailed, objective analysis and forecasting on America’s core national security challenges and offers concrete recommendations to address them. CTP also trains the next generation of policymakers and analysts who will continue to address these challenges. AEI seeks a full-time, in-person analyst to conduct independent research, lead a team of interns, and support foreign policy scholars in advancing the mission of CTP. This position will focus on Iranian internal and external security and foreign policy activities, including Iran’s military capabilities, regional influence, and soft-power outreach. Other responsibilities include selecting, training, and developing a team of interns; contributing to other research efforts; providing feedback on technological innovation projects; and providing other research and administrative support as required. The ideal candidate works well on agile, collaborative, hard-working teams; can adapt to changing research and publication needs; and possesses excellent research, writing, task management, communication, and organizational skills. Analysts interact with a bespoke research database daily and use cutting-edge technology to complete research. The CTP team operates in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. An excellent candidate welcomes challenge and will embrace his or her role in achieving the CTP mission. AEI offers a stimulating and harmonious work environment and excellent benefits. Qualified applicants should submit an online application complete with a resume, cover letter, transcripts, and 500-word writing sample on a topic related to the position.
Job ID
2022-1903
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) seeks a full-time, in-person research assistant to work with Senior Fellow Brent Orrell on job training, workforce development, and criminal justice reform research.
Job ID
2022-1902
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) seeks a full-time, in-person government relations assistant to join the Government Relations team in promoting AEI’s scholarship among key audiences, including government officials on Capitol Hill, executive branch staff, state-level policymakers, and others. AEI offers a stimulating and harmonious work environment and excellent benefits. Qualified applicants should submit an online application, complete with a resume, cover letter, transcripts, and 500-word writing sample on an international relations topic.
Job ID
2022-1901
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) seeks a full-time, in-person research assistant to work with senior economists. AEI economists study a wide variety of issues related to the US economy, tax policy, international finance, political economy, financial services, and health care. New research assistants will begin in summer 2023.
Job ID
2022-1900
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is seeking a full-time research assistant to support Ian Rowe and the work of AEI’s FREE Initiative. Under Rowe’s leadership, the FREE Initiative seeks to build on the ideas presented in Rowe’s recently released book, Agency: The Four Point Plan (F.R.E.E.) for ALL Children to Overcome the Victimhood Narrative and Discover Their Pathway to Power (Templeton Press, 2022), and share new insights on the role of family, religion, education, and entrepreneurship in the development of young Americans. In addition to drawing insights from the cutting-edge research at AEI, the FREE Initiative maintains a network of exemplary leaders who have used their spheres of influence to revitalize community life and guide kids into a better future. The FREE Initiative is committed to building partnerships between policymakers, cultural leaders, and local influencers to help more young Americans move up the economic ladder and access flourishing social institutions. AEI offers a stimulating and harmonious work environment and excellent benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, unofficial academic transcripts, and a 500-word writing sample with their online application to www.aei.org/jobs.
Job ID
2022-1899
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) Academic Programs team aims to renew healthy civic engagement on college campuses—and in America’s public square—by informing, equipping, and developing thoughtful and principled student leaders who will elevate the tone and substance of policy discourse with the ideas and scholarship of AEI. The team facilitates educational and professional opportunities that provide students with the skills of civil and substantive discourse, strengthen their commitment to classical liberal ideas and institutions, and motivate them with AEI scholarship and principles. Reflected in all AEI’s programs and resources are its beliefs in democracy, free enterprise, American strength and global leadership, solidarity with those at the periphery of our society, and a pluralistic, entrepreneurial culture.The Assistant/Associate, Student Programs will provide in-person support to the Academic Programs team by recruiting and developing student leaders to engage on university campuses with the people and scholarship of AEI.
Job ID
2022-1898
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute seeks an outgoing, entrepreneurial, goal-oriented individual with a long-standing interest in public policy matters to grow and manage a strong major gifts program focused on corporate donors. Responsibilities include managing cultivation and solicitation strategies for more than 70 current corporate donors who contribute a total of more than $5M annually. Responsibilities also include increasing the number corporate donors and the amount of funding they provide. AEI is committed to investing in the right candidate with the support they need to be successful.  This position requires high-level interpersonal and relationship-building skills—especially an understanding of how to leverage networks and connections among people. The successful candidate will be creative and knowledgeable about best practices in philanthropy and interested in customizing best practices to specific, tailored strategies for each donor and prospect. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to the mission and principles of AEI and the ability to speak confidently on free market economics, foreign policy, and domestic policy research topics. They will have a genuine interest in AEI’s work, have an interest in increasing their knowledge of AEI scholars’ research, and a desire to share this knowledge with others. Good conversation and listening skills and having something to say on topics of interest to donors are of tantamount importance. A natural curiosity and the ability to fit within the organization’s academic and collegial culture are essential. Because AEI values scholarly independence, we do not perform contract research or accept government funding. And we do not take institutional positions.  AEI’s development department is team-oriented, fast-paced, and mission-driven. Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Director will be a senior leader in the development department. As a senior leader, the Director will have a broad impact within the development department and will interact daily with other senior members of the team to ensure the best possible strategic approaches and solicitation to our corporate donors. This is an excellent position for someone who enjoys building relationships and having a direct impact on an organization committed to strengthening the free enterprise system and building a freer and safer world. This is also a role for someone who will arrive ready to help the Vice President of Development and the rest of our development leadership team to build and shape the future of fundraising at AEI. With a few months of experience in this new role, VPD Adam Nance – who brings with him more than 20 years of fundraising experience and more than half a billion dollars raised – has identified several trajectories for revenue growth and several areas where best practices can be better applied to AEI’s fundraising efforts. The team has broad support from throughout the organization, and this position will be key to helping AEI achieve our fundraising vision. For the right person who is comfortable collaborating with ambitious leaders to build the future and helping to grow our immensely talented young staff members, this position will be deeply fulfilling. The Director of Corporate Relations must demonstrate an ability to prioritize activities and execute at a fast pace. Strong writing and verbal skills and an energetic and entrepreneurial spirit are essential. A deep understanding of AEI’s mission, the work of its scholars, and an interest in public policy are also required. A track record (5+ years of experience) of successful, high-level fundraising and face-to-face solicitations is preferred, experience working directly with corporate donors is a plus. The Director of Corporate Relations will be based in AEI’s Washington, DC office. How to ApplyQualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:- Your resume- A cover letter explaining your interest in this position/AEI’s mission and your salary requirementsApplications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: https://talentmarket.org/candidates/apply-for-your-dream-job/Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: claire@talentmarket.org.There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.
Job ID
2022-1895
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute seeks an experienced and detail-oriented fundraising professional to help establish best practices within a growing development department. Responsibilities for this new role include overseeing staff responsible for tracking and acknowledging gifts, creating and reporting on budgets for fundraising proposals, creating and monitoring internal expense and revenue budgets, and developing and implementing a proper moves management system for coordinating the work of a 25-member development team. This position requires experience in a major development shop and an awareness of best practices and how to implement them – from what to track in Salesforce to how to send acknowledgements within 24 hours.  The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to the mission and principles of AEI. They will have a genuine interest in the work being accomplished at AEI and be eager to learn about the work of its scholars and share this knowledge with others. A natural curiosity and the ability to fit within the organization’s academic and collegial culture are essential.  AEI’s development department is team-oriented, fast-paced, and mission-driven. Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Director will be a senior leader in the development department responsible for setting goals, managing staff members and for taking significant initiative to prioritize and delegate work. The successful candidate will mentor and develop team members with regular feedback and coaching conversations. As a senior leader, the director will have broad impact within the development department and will interact daily with members of individual giving team and the organizational giving teams to ensure the best possible strategic approaches and solicitation to our donors. This is an excellent position for someone who enjoys building relationships and having a direct impact on an organization committed to strengthening the free enterprise system and building a freer and safer world.  This is also a role for someone who will arrive ready to help the Vice President of Development and the rest of our development leadership team to build and shape the future of fundraising at AEI. With a few months of experience in this new role, VPD Adam Nance – who brings with him more than 20 years of fundraising experience and more than half a billion dollars raised – has identified several trajectories for revenue growth and several areas where best practices can be better applied to AEI’s fundraising efforts. The team has broad support from throughout the organization, and this position will be key to helping AEI achieve our fundraising vision. For the right person who is comfortable collaborating with ambitious leaders to build the future and helping to grow our immensely talented young staff members, this position will be deeply fulfilling. The Director of Development Operations must demonstrate an ability to prioritize activities and execute at a fast pace.  Strong writing and verbal skills and an energetic and entrepreneurial spirit are essential.  A track record (5+ years of experience) of successful team and programmatic fundraising leadership are required, and knowledge of capital campaign fundraising is a plus. The Director of Development Operations will be based in AEI’s Washington, DC office. How to ApplyQualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:- Your resume- A cover letter explaining your interest in this position/AEI’s mission and your salary requirementsApplications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: https://talentmarket.org/candidates/apply-for-your-dream-job/Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: claire@talentmarket.org.There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.
Job ID
2022-1894
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial, and goal-oriented individual interested in public policy to grow and manage a major gifts program focused on high-dollar individual donors. Responsibilities for this new role include leading a team of fundraisers and support staff who identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward AEI’s donors as well as personally managing a moderate portfolio of major donors, and this position therefore requires high-level interpersonal and relationship-building skills.  This is an excellent position for someone who enjoys building relationships and having a direct impact on an organization committed to strengthening the free enterprise system and building a freer and safer world.  The successful candidate will be creative and knowledgeable about best practices in philanthropy and interested in developing and executing on tailored strategies for each donor and prospect. Good conversation and listening skills and a knowledge of policy topics of interest to donors are necessary to succeed in this role and a natural curiosity and the ability to fit within the organization’s academic, collegial culture are essential. AEI’s development department is team-oriented, fast-paced, and mission-driven. Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Director will be a senior leader in the development department. The successful candidate will mentor and develop team members with regular feedback and coaching conversations and will work daily with other senior members of the team to ensure the strategic relationship building and solicitation of our donor base. As a senior leader, the director will have broad impact within the development department and will interact daily with members of corporate giving team and the foundation giving team to ensure the best possible strategic approaches and solicitation to our donors. This is an excellent position for someone who enjoys building relationships and having a direct impact on an organization committed to strengthening the free enterprise system and building a freer and safer world.  This is also a role for someone who will arrive ready to help the Vice President of Development and the rest of our development leadership team to build and shape the future of fundraising at AEI. With a few months of experience in this new role, VPD Adam Nance – who brings with him more than 20 years of fundraising experience and more than half a billion dollars raised – has identified several trajectories for revenue growth and several areas where best practices can be better applied to AEI’s fundraising efforts. The team has broad support from throughout the organization, and this position will be key to helping AEI achieve our fundraising vision. For the right person who is comfortable collaborating with ambitious leaders to build the future and helping to grow our immensely talented young staff members, this position will be deeply fulfilling. The Director of Individual Giving must demonstrate an ability to prioritize activities and execute at a fast pace. Strong writing and verbal skills and an energetic and entrepreneurial spirit are essential. A deep understanding of AEI’s mission and an interest in public policy are also required. A track record (5+ years of experience) of successful, high-level fundraising and face-to-face solicitations is preferred, and knowledge of capital campaign fundraising is a plus. The Director of Individual Giving will be based in AEI’s Washington, DC office. How to ApplyQualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:- Your resume- A cover letter explaining your interest in this position/AEI’s mission and your salary requirementsApplications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: https://talentmarket.org/candidates/apply-for-your-dream-job/Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: claire@talentmarket.org.There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.
Job ID
2022-1893
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is seeking a full-time research assistant to work with our health policy experts. These experts study a wide variety of health policy issues including health care financing, delivery-system reform, and pharmaceutical regulation. Responsibilities include supporting research by editing and contributing to scholarly papers, articles, op-eds, and books and creating and formatting charts, graphic displays, and tables. Non-research responsibilities involve coordinating events, assisting scholars with administrative tasks, and aiding in the promotion of AEI’s health policy activities. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in health and public policy and experience with research. AEI offers a stimulating and harmonious work environment and excellent benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, unofficial academic transcripts, and 500-word writing sample with their online application.
Job ID
2022-1891
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) seeks an in-person editorial assistant (0–2 years of previous work experience) or editorial associate (2–4 years of previous work experience) in the Editing Services department. AEI’s Editing Services department works with scholars, authors, and staff to help communicate their ideas with maximum clarity and impact. The department is responsible for editing and coordinating the production of books, reports, and other research projects. In addition, the department edits shorter materials, including website copy, email newsletters, event materials, scholar biographies, and press releases. This person will edit materials of varying lengths, styles, and research areas, ranging from short, informal promotional materials to extensive, academic research reports. This position requires exceptional editing and writing skills, including mastery of English grammar, familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style, excellent attention to detail, and strong organizational and communication skills. Editing experience in a professional or academic environment is required, and an interest in public policy is strongly preferred. Familiarity with the Associated Press Stylebook and Bluebook is a plus. Qualified applicants should submit an online application to www.aei.org/jobs, complete with a resume, a cover letter, and unofficial transcripts.
Job ID
2022-1886
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is seeking an in-person Mailroom Operations Coordinator to provide assistance to the facility management team to ensure the successful completion of mailroom facility needs. The coordinator supports management’s efforts in the day-to-day implementation of policies, procedures and programs that will assure a well-managed, well maintained building, placing maximum emphasis on positive responses to the concerns and needs of our staff, environmental health and safety with AEI's goals and objectives.
Job ID
2022-1882
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) seeks an entrepreneurial, customer-friendly, and highly organized Assistant to join our Development Events department in an in-person capacity. The Assistant, Development Events will play a key role in helping AEI to deliver exceptional donor-focused events. They will be a front-facing liaison to AEI donors and other stakeholders and will be the first point of contact for general development events inquiries. The Assistant will also play a role in all event invitation processes and will act as the departmental lead in all Marketo activities.  In collaboration with the other members of the Development Events team, the Assistant will strive to create and deliver a seamless customer service experience for all AEI stakeholders, both internal and external.  The role requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, and exceptional customer relations skills. The role allows individual initiative as well as significant responsibility for networking within AEI and among donors.
Job ID
2022-1881
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) seeks an audio and video (AV) studio production assistant to monitor, maintain, and support AV operations in-person at AEI's headquarters.  The ideal candidate should be a cross-functional team player capable of working in the events and communications departments. The technician would primarily work on live events, but also assist on in-person event AV support and Communications Department Video Team support on an ad hoc basis.  The applicant should possess an outstanding customer service attitude and excellent oral and written communication skills. This position requires the ability to lift 50+ pounds and occasionally work outside of normal business hours. The candidate must be comfortable working in stressful situations and interacting with people of various cultures, technical capabilities, and event experience.  The applicant should have experience working on complex live in-person and hybrid events and as a junior editor-shooter. They must be timely, deadline-oriented, and polite. The most important qualities for this position are professionalism, self-motivation, great customer service skills, and a strong work ethic. This is a great opportunity for a candidate who is interested in policy and in learning new technologies.
Job ID
2022-1859
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is seeking an in-person junior graphic designer/typesetter to join our growing communications creative team. AEI is a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare.  The junior graphic designer/typesetter will design, manage, and execute the development of graphics for web, reports, presentations, and marketing material for a variety of projects for the Institute. They will also assist and work with other designers on the production process for in-house projects, create graphics as requested, and assist in day-to-day graphic requests for print, email, and web. The ideal candidate enjoys designing reports and event materials and transforming data and research into easily digestible visual stories for print and web. Requirements include at least 2–3 years of experience in graphic design or another creative industry; familiarity with social media and marketing; demonstrated fluency in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, and InDesign), MS PowerPoint, and Excel; and ability to learn Tableau or other data visualization programs. Qualified applicants should submit an online application to www.aei.org/jobs, complete with a resume, a cover letter, academic transcript(s), and a pdf or link to a portfolio. Candidates must submit either a pdf or link to a portfolio to be considered.
Job ID
2022-1807
Job Locations US-DC-Washington
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) seeks a hardworking, creative, detail-oriented, and highly organized individual to work in-person with a talented team of fundraising professionals to cultivate donor relationships, share scholars’ work with supporters, and manage crucial database projects to strengthen AEI’s strategic outreach. This role offers a great opportunity for anyone interested in expanding on or developing their passion for nonprofit fundraising in conjunction with public policy. The ideal candidate must be able to collaborate in a team environment, possess strong writing skills, and be able to work under pressure in a fast-paced work environment. 
Job ID
2022-1800

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