This position is based in Washington, D.C.

About FIRE

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 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 to gain a sense of our work and identity.

Position Description

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 Vice President 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.

The Executive Assistant will also work closely with the President’s Research Assistant to copy edit and create written content for the FIRE blog and other websites in order to increase both the President’s and the organization’s messaging reach.

This position will require an eager willingness to work collaboratively on various writing projects, the ability to meet deadlines on short notice, and strong organizational skills in order to manage multiple projects at a given time.

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;
  • Copy editing;
  • Working with the communications team 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 the Executive Director, Vice Presidents, and Directors.

Under the supervision of the Vice President 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;
  • 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 occasionally be 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. The Executive Assistant to the President will also have the chance to get creative and take personal initiative when completing special projects.

The expected start date for this position is flexible, but March/April 2016 is preferred.


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 copy editing 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. Previous work experience is strongly preferred. Candidates must also demonstrate knowledge of FIRE’s mission and a willingness to advocate for that mission.

Ideally, candidates can commit a minimum of two years to this position.

Salary and Compensation

Starting salary is negotiable and depends upon experience and education level. FIRE conducts periodic evaluations where employees may receive raises or bonuses for outstanding and excellent work. FIRE also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes employer-paid comprehensive health insurance, a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account option, dental insurance, life insurance, matching 403(b) retirement contributions, and a generous paid time-off plan.


Applicants should provide a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and at least two professional references. All applications are confidential. Please address applications to Peyton Cudaback, Director of Human Resources. Applications can be emailed to