This position will be based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

About FIRE

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending liberty, freedom of speech, due process, academic freedom, legal equality, and freedom of conscience on our nation’s college campuses. Please visit to become familiar with our work and mission.

Position Description

FIRE is seeking a Program Officer with strong networking and interpersonal communication skills to join our FIRE Student Network team. The Program Officer will report to and work directly with FIRE’s Director of Campus Outreach, in addition to corresponding with outside organizations and students.The duties for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Researching, contacting, and networking with potential allied student organizations to build strong relationships;
  • Acting as a liaison between potential allied organizations, the FIRE Student Network, and FIRE staff;
  • Conducting regular check-ins and visits with allied organizations, students, and campus media;
  • Continuing to foster strong relationships with partner organizations;
  • Maintaining and monitoring contact profiles using Salesforce;
  • Creating, organizing, and distributing activism toolkits and educational resources, such as pamphlets, guides, and promotional materials to students;
  • Coordinating FIRE presence at external events and conferences;
  • Giving presentations and hosting workshops that educate students about their First Amendment rights;
  • Assisting with organization’s summer internship program and FIRE-hosted conferences.

This position will also perform other support functions for the day-to-day operation of FIRE and will frequently collaborate with other staff members and departments on general duties and specialized projects, including but not limited to contributing to FIRE’s online Newsdesk and working closely with our outreach staff, Policy Reform team, and the Individual Rights Defense Program.

This position involves a moderate amount of travel. Work on weekends and evenings should be expected.

The expected start date for this position will be late June.


A successful candidate will be a self-starter and have the ability to work independently. Most importantly, the candidate must have exceptional verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact and network with diverse audiences. A candidate must also be able to demonstrate:

  • A knowledge and passion for FIRE’s mission and an ability to articulate that passion in a way that will make others enthusiastic about our cause;
  • An ability to handle dynamic, challenging situations;
  • Networking skills through various mediums;
  • An eye for detail and a drive for perfection when executing job functions;
  • An ability to exercise sound judgment;
  • An ability to manage challenging and fast-paced situations;
  • Superior computer and internet proficiency, including the ability to use Microsoft Office and Google applications;
  • A four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Previous work experience is strongly preferred.

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 health, dental, and life insurance; a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account option; matching retirement contributions; and a generous paid time-off plan.


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

FIRE is an equal opportunity employer.