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Director of Center for Educational Progress

The Salt Lake City-based Sutherland Institute seeks a persuasive communicator, experienced researcher, relationship builder and project manager to serve as director of The Center for Educational Progress. This position is full time, not contract labor.

The Center director is responsible for persuading Utah’s education leaders, policymakers, influential community members and the public of the merits of a student-centered education system in which children are educated as young people striving for life success and human flourishing, and in which parents and taxpayers are considered owners and stakeholders. The director will build credibility and trust among decisionmakers, the media and the public by becoming a trusted education policy resource. The director will produce narratives, information, research, and analysis that candidly and honestly looks at various education models to highlight: (1) their strengths and weaknesses, (2) their proven or potential ability to facilitate student learning and academic achievement, and (3) significant policy barriers to student-centered learning. The director will also build working relationships with academic institutions and other trusted research organizations to build the Center’s credibility.

Reporting to the Institute’s director of policy, the Center director will generate influence through effective communication to persuade hearts and minds, using both narrative storytelling and reference to facts and reason. The key areas of policy focus for the Center include parents’ fundamental liberty interest in the education of their children; accountability mechanisms for education professionals and providers; education standards and curriculum; state and local education funding; education leadership structures; fighting intrusive federal mandates and programs; civic education; and the impact of education on Utah’s economy.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Relevant graduate education or five years’ related policy work experience
  • Experience researching complex policy issues and condensing them into easily understandable and relatable terms
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience cultivating relationships with leaders in public education and academia
  • Experience working as part of a functional team
  • High level of comfort working for a full-spectrum conservative organization that weighs in on social, economic and limited-government issues

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 Derek Monson, Sutherland Institute director of policy: dmonson@sutherlandinstitute.org. Applications will be accepted through Friday, July 24.

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.

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 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.


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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