Program Associate for Campus Outreach

This position is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

About FIRE

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

Working at FIRE

Situated in the Old City section of Philadelphia, next to Independence Hall, FIRE offers a relaxed yet lively working environment with a staff committed to defending student and faculty rights on college campuses across the country. FIRE’s working environment promotes a culture where the program associate will receive a well-rounded experience that familiarizes the individual not only with FIRE’s activities, but also with the philosophical and legal foundations of FIRE’s work.

Position Description

FIRE is seeking an energetic program associate who will be in charge of coordinating FIRE’s campus outreach programs. These duties include:

  • Recruiting students and faculty members to FIRE’s network through conferences, social events, and new media;
  • Maintaining and engaging the network of campus contacts in FIRE’s database system;
  • Creating web content to promote FIRE’s student and faculty programs, including emails, newsletters, web pages, blog posts, and social media copy;
  • FIRE’s Summer Internship Program for undergraduate students;
  • Planning FIRE’s annual student summer conference;
  • Organizing, promoting, and overseeing FIRE’s annual high school essay contest;
  • Assisting with FIRE’s Guides to Students Rights program;
  • Engaging with students to advance FIRE’s mission.

In addition, this position will perform other support functions for the day-to-day operation of FIRE. Working collaboratively with other staff members on specialized projects will also be required.

This position involves a moderate amount of travel, approximately four weeks per year. Occasional work on weekends and evenings should be expected, particularly for FIRE’s annual summer conference and to represent FIRE at conferences in the fall and spring.

The start date for this position in envisioned to be in May 2013.  A specific date is negotiable.


A successful candidate will have a good work ethic, be a self-starter, and have the ability to work independently. Most importantly, the candidate must demonstrate a passion for FIRE’s mission and an ability to articulate that passion in a way that will make others enthusiastic about our cause. A candidate must also be able to demonstrate:

  • An eye for detail and a drive for perfection when executing job functions;
  • An ability to exercise sound judgment;
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills;
  • An ability to manage challenging and fast-paced situations;
  • Exemplary planning and organizational skills;
  • Strong copy editing skills;
  • An ability to handle dynamic, challenging, and changing situations;
  • An understanding of social media and how to use different platforms for advocacy.

In addition, candidates must demonstrate superior computer proficiency including the ability to use Microsoft Office software. Candidates must posses a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Graduate certificates or degrees are not required, but will be viewed favorably. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of FIRE’s mission and a willingness to advocate for that mission.

Previous work experience is not required, but is preferred. Candidates with previous applicable work experience will be given priority. However, 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, immediately vested retirement contributions, and a generous paid time off plan.

Starting salary is negotiable and is commensurate with experience and education level. FIRE conducts periodic evaluations in which employees may receive raises or bonuses for outstanding work.


Applicants should provide a resume (including GPA), cover letter, short writing sample, and at least two professional references. All applications are confidential. Please address applications to Sean Clark, Vice President of Operations.

Applications can be emailed to (preferred) or mailed to:
Attn: Human Resources
601 Walnut St., Suite 510
Philadelphia, PA 19106