This position is based in Washington, DC.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is a nonprofit educational foundation devoted to defending free speech, individual liberty, religious freedom, freedom of conscience, legal equality, due process, and academic freedom on our nation’s campuses. Please visit thefire.org to gain more of a sense of our work and identity.
Working at FIRE
FIRE offers a working environment that promotes a culture where the Executive Assistant to the President will receive a well-rounded experience that familiarizes the individual not only with FIRE’s activities, but also with the moral and intellectual foundations of FIRE’s work.
While providing daily support to the President is the one main duty, the Executive Assistant to the President will also perform functions that assist with FIRE’s fundraising efforts. This position will provide a valuable opportunity to gain experience in crucial areas of the operations of a nonprofit organization and serves as good starting role for those wishing to rise within the organization.
FIRE is seeking an energetic, entrepreneurial Executive Assistant to the President with strong writing skills who will be in charge of a wide range of responsibilities. In addition to providing executive support to the President, this position will also work with the Director of Development to increase the fundraising capabilities of the department. As far as providing support to the President, this position will be charged with handling confidential matters including donor correspondence, arranging networking opportunities and meetings, coordinating media appearances on both television and radio, utilizing social networking mediums to expand the visibility of both the President and the organization, writing emails, and, most importantly, thinking creatively and aggressively about ways to make the President more efficient and effective in executing his duties and responsibilities both within and outside the organization.
Some other responsibilities will include:
- Spearheading important, specialized projects
- Promoting the President’s media appearances, speeches, articles and blog posts
- Organizing and executing targeted publicity campaigns
- Assisting with writing articles, emails, letters, and blog posts
- Coordinating speaking engagements, conferences, and fundraising meetings
- Making and confirming appointments with FIRE allies and donors
- Interacting with FIRE’s Board of Directors
- Making inquiries on behalf of the President
- Making and preparing all travel arrangements and expense reports
- Organizing daily agendas and actively maintaining the President’s schedule
- Teaming with the Communications Coordinator to promote and feature the President’s work
- Maintaining the President’s files
- Managing the coordination between the President’s office and FIRE staff, including Vice Presidents and Directors
Under the supervision of the Director of Development, this position will provide general support to varying aspects of the development department and fundraising program. These duties will include:
- Assisting in coordinating fundraising events
- Writing posts for FIRE’s website and blog
- Conducting research on donor prospects
- Entering donor information, logging donor correspondences, querying records, and producing reports from FIRE’s donor database
- Corresponding in-person, over-the-phone, and through email with donors and allies
Furthermore, there may be some occasional work on weekends and evenings and, although projected to be rare, this position may be required to be available in the event of an emergency. This position will not usually travel with the President, but some travel will be occasionally necessary.
This position is ideal for an individual seeking hands-on experience in multiple areas of the operation of a nonprofit, including administration and development. This position presents a unique opportunity for an individual to grow professionally. Past Executive Assistants have gone on to high-level positions at FIRE (including Vice President of Operations and Senior Program Officer) and to elite graduate programs. The Executive Assistant to the President will also have the chance to get creative and take personal initiative when completing special projects.
The start date for this position is flexible.
A successful candidate will have excellent writing skills, a good work ethic, be a self-starter, and have the ability to work independently. Most importantly, the candidate must have an eye for detail and strive for perfection when executing job functions. Furthermore, a candidate must be able to demonstrate:
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
- An ability to exercise sound judgment
- Organizational, planning, and time management skills
- Superior memory and attention to detail
- An ability to manage challenging and fast-paced situations
- Strong copyediting skills
- An understanding of social media and how to use different platforms for advocacy
In addition, candidates must demonstrate superior computer and Internet proficiency, including the ability to use Microsoft Office and Google applications. Candidates must have a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Graduate certificates or degrees are not required, but will be viewed favorably. Also, candidates must demonstrate knowledge of FIRE’s mission and a willingness to advocate for that mission.
Previous work experience is strongly preferred and candidates with previous applicable work experience will be given priority. But, full and complete consideration will be given to all exceptional applicants.
Salary and Compensation
FIRE offers a comprehensive benefits package and competitive salary structure. The benefits package includes employer-paid comprehensive health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, matching retirement contributions, and a generous paid time off plan.
Starting salary is negotiable and depends upon experience and education level. FIRE conducts periodic evaluations where employees may receive raises or bonuses for excellent work.
Applicants should provide a resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and at least two professional references. All applications are confidential. Please address applications to Alisha C. Glennon, Director of Development.
Applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or mailed to:
Attn: Alisha C. Glennon
601 Walnut St., Suite 510
Philadelphia, PA 19106