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Development Assistant/Associate, Strategy and Operations

American Enterprise Institute

Washington, District of Columbia 20036
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The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) seeks a development professional to join AEI’s team in executing a strategic and results-oriented plan to build the donor community for the nation’s premier Washington-based think tank. With your help, we will enhance AEI’s influence on the debates of the day, making the case for free markets, limited government, and stronger national security.


You must be a creative, entrepreneurial, and hardworking person and will join a team of talented professionals who are connecting AEI donors and donor prospects with AEI’s strategic plan to promote our scholars’ work across the country. 


The ideal candidate will bring energy, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a fierce commitment to achieving results.  Expectations will be high, as will be the sense of accomplishment when you succeed. Willingness to work in a fast-paced, detail-oriented, and creative environment is a must. Day-to-day responsibilities include database management, donor research, and strategic operational support. These responsibilities require strong writing and communication skills and the ability to meet tight deadlines, multitask, and prioritize.


A bachelor’s degree is required. A strong familiarity with or experience working in fundraising or a not-for-profit environment is a plus. The position will interface directly with most members of AEI’s development team and will support two of AEI’s senior executives. 


Title and salary will be commensurate with experience. Qualified candidates should submit an online application to, complete with a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and a 500-word writing sample.


About AEI


The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world.  The work of its scholars and staff advances ideas rooted in a belief in democracy, free enterprise, American strength and global leadership, solidarity with those at the periphery of our society, and a pluralistic, entrepreneurial culture.


AEI is committed to making the intellectual, moral, and practical case for expanding freedom, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening the free enterprise system in America and around the world.  Its work explores ideas that further these goals, and AEI scholars take part in this pursuit with academic freedom.  AEI operates independently of any political party and has no institutional positions.  Its scholars’ conclusions are fueled by rigorous, data-driven research and broad-ranging evidence.

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