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Manager of Communications

The Salt Lake City-based Sutherland Institute seeks a Manager of Communications—a full-time, salaried position with the Institute. Sutherland Institute’s mission is protecting freedom, equipping engaged citizens, and constructively influencing Utah’s decision-makers. Our vision is that Utahns cherish family, faith, service and opportunity – the personal and community values that help all people to thrive. The manager of communications plays a key role in executing the mission and vision of the organization.

Collaborating with the Institute’s director of communications and other members of the communications team, the manager of communications will:

  • Help craft goals and execute strategies and tactics for the Institute’s education, marketing, and public relations efforts to a variety of stakeholders
  • Conceive and create inspiring, educational, highly shareable content for the Institute’s various media platforms and audiences
  • Lead the Institute’s media relations efforts (pitch stories, write press releases, build media relationships)
  • Supervise the organization’s social media presence (create and execute content and growth plans)
  • Maintain, update and contribute writing and multimedia content to Sutherland’s various web properties, including sutherlandinstitute.org, Sutherland Daily blog, UtahCitizenNetwork.org, and others
  • Perform other duties as needed

Minimum Requirements:

  • Two to five years’ related experience
  • College degree in any of the following fields: communications, marketing, advertising, public relations, journalism, film, public policy
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A track record of high production and initiative
  • An attitude of collaboration and a proactive, problem-solving mindset
  • Some or all of the skills needed for this position (a candidate equipped with the right personality, character and work ethic is more critical than possessing the entire range of communications skills, as skills can be learned)
  • A passion for the principles guiding Sutherland Institute’s efforts (family, religion, charity, private property, free markets, personal responsibility, limited government)

Sutherland pays a competitive salary and provides excellent benefits: health insurance, including dental and vision; 401(k) plan with an employer match; and paid leave.

Application Process:

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials (not to exceed 10 pages):

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing: (a) your interest in this position and (b) your salary requirements
  • Two to four relevant samples illustrating the candidate’s ability to communicate persuasively (examples could include: media pitch, press release, blog post, social media campaign, video, graphic design work, website, etc.)

Materials should be emailed to SI@sutherlandinstitute.org.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.

Director of Coalition for Self-Government in the West

The Salt Lake City-based Sutherland Institute seeks an experienced communicator, coalition-builder, legislative strategist and project manager to serve as director of the Coalition for Self-Government in the West. This position is full time, not contract labor.

The Coalition director is responsible for planning and executing a federalism-based policy and legislative agenda that forwards the vision and mission of both the Institute and the Coalition. The main policy areas of focus for the Coalition are: (1) public lands, (2) dependence on federal funding, (3) economic impacts of the federal regulatory burden, (4) privacy of individuals, families and businesses, and (5) subsidiarity.

Reporting to the Institute’s director of policy, the Coalition director will work with like-minded policy-makers, think tanks, and grassroots/membership organizations on the ground in Western states to pursue the Coalition’s federalism policy agenda. This will include large amounts of written and verbal policy communication/advocacy, managing or performing policy research projects, and traveling to target states to build legislative relationships and grassroots coalitions.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Five years’ related work experience in policy, coalition-building and/or government affairs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience cultivating relationships with policymakers, policy analysts, lobbyists and grassroots activists
  • Knowledge of the history and concept of federalism
  • Experience working in a functional policy team
  • Ability and willingness to travel
  • High level of comfort working for a full-spectrum conservative organization that weighs in on social, economic and limited-government issues

Qualified candidates will have a proven track record of success in forwarding a policy/legislative agenda, cultivating legislative relationships, and building strong legislative coalitions. Such candidates will also possess excellent management skills, including the ability to handle several multi-state projects in a growing organization.

Sutherland pays a competitive salary and provides excellent benefits: health insurance, including dental and vision; 401(k) plan with an employer match; and paid leave.

Application Process

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials (not to exceed 10 pages):

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing: (a) your sincere interest in this position and (b) your salary requirements
  • Two relevant writing samples illustrating the candidate’s ability to articulate a concise, compelling and persuasive policy argument. One sample should be under 650 words and the other 2,500-5,500 words

Materials should be emailed to SI@sutherlandinstitute.org.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.

Director of Development

Sutherland Institute seeks an experienced, responsible and committed Director of Development. This position is full-time, not contract labor.

The Director of Development is responsible for leading the fundraising team in designing and executing fundraising initiatives in support of the Institute’s mission.

The Development Director will supervise and coordinate the work of outside consultants and manage a development team staff. This position is part of the Institute’s senior management team responsible for the welfare and administration of the Institute. The Development Director is responsible for executing all aspects of a complete fundraising program, including developing and sustaining relationships, grant writing, direct mail programs, online giving, events, and training of development team. As with each staff director, this position reports directly to the President.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Five years’ related work experience in fundraising
  • A history of setting and achieving concrete fundraising goals
  • Experience cultivating relationships and making the ask
  • Familiarity with a diverse range of public policy issues is a plus
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment
  • Enjoy travel
  • Embrace the “cause of freedom” and advance the principles of limited government and family as the fundamental unit of society

Qualified candidates will have a proven track record of success in identifying and cultivating donor relationships, possess excellent management and mentoring skills, and must be able to handle multiple projects in a growing organization.

Sutherland pays a competitive salary and provides excellent benefits: Health insurance, including dental and vision, 401(k) plan with an employer match, and paid leave.

Application Process

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials (not to exceed 10 pages):

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing: (a) your sincere interest in this position and (b) your salary requirements
  • Two relevant writing samples

Materials should be emailed to Liv Moffat, who is assisting with the search: liv.moffat@gmail.com.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.

Coming soon: Education policy analyst position


Internship opportunities in policy and communications are available.

To apply, please submit your résumé to SI@sutherlandinstitute.org and indicate your area of interest (communications or policy) in the subject line.

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