We’re Hiring

Director of Events and Outreach

The American Conservative (TAC) seeks to hire a Director of Events and Outreach to manage and coordinate its events and engagement with policymakers and opinion shapers.

The American Conservative is a growing, dynamic organization whose mission is to advance a conservatism that in domestic affairs promotes the flourishing of families and communities, and in foreign affairs puts America’s interests first. TAC pursues this mission by publishing hundreds of essays, articles, reviews, and blog posts each year in The American Conservative print magazine and at theamericanconservative.com, by training and providing an outlet for young journalists, and by hosting special conferences and events.

Duties include:

– Work with senior leadership to conceive events and outreach strategy, plan, and schedule.

– Plan and execute program- and development-related events, including conferences, panels, colloquia, receptions, and other gatherings.

– Work with editorial staff to develop an outreach strategy for policymakers, opinion shapers, and other persons of influence in Washington and beyond.

– Assist with the coordination and execution of TAC’s outreach strategy.

– Work with editorial staff to develop a strategy and metrics for social media efforts.

Candidates should understand and have enthusiasm for The American Conservative’s work and mission. They must possess strong organizational, project management, interpersonal, and communication skills; a keen eye for detail; and an entrepreneurial spirit. At least three years of nonprofit experience is preferred. Experience with and a track record of success in planning and executing events is preferred. Experience in strategic outreach and engagement is a plus.

The position is located at TAC’s offices in the heart of Washington D.C. Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Some travel required (estimated 10–15 percent).

Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to Executive Editor Lewis McCrary at [email protected], with the subject line “Director of Events and Outreach”.



Office Manager

The American Conservative is seeking an office manager.

Duties include answering the telephone, replying to email inquiries, bookkeeping, general business affairs, and assisting with financial reports. Knowledge of QuickBooks and Excel required. One block from Metro.

Please send resume [email protected]



Summer 2017 Internship

The American Conservative is currently accepting applications for a summer editorial assistant position. The deadline for applications is Sunday, March 5.

Editorial interns gain experience in all aspects of producing the website and print magazine. This internship offers real experience in all the moving parts of a media organization and exposure to both editorial and marketing projects.

Responsibilities include:

– Preparing pieces for the web, writing headlines, curating images

– Managing TAC’s presence on social media platforms

– Contributing headlines and story ideas

– Proofreading and fact-checking articles for print and web

– Blogging for the web

– Devising strategies for audience development and engagement

– Helping with event planning and special projects

– Clerical duties, such as answering the phone and handling the mail, are also involved.

All candidates should possess:

– Eagerness to work tirelessly on a small but ambitious team

– Superb writing and editing ability

– Strong communication and organizational skills

– Love of considered, lengthy journalism as well as an appreciation of horse-race politics

– Excellent news/culture/opinion judgment

– A background in intellectual conservatism and keen understanding of The American Conservative’s sensibility

– Past experience with a news or opinion publication is preferred, though not required.

Interns will join our team in Washington, DC, from May to August (with some flexibility for academic schedules), and will receive a stipend. We will review applications on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to submit their materials before the final deadline. College students or recent graduates who would like to apply should e-mail their responses as Word document or PDF attachments to [email protected] no later than March 5.


– Résumé

– Cover letter

– A 500-word writing sample appropriate for our website, offering a fresh perspective, original analysis, and a clear, evidence-based argument. Alternatively, you are welcome to submit a link to a blog post or article you have published elsewhere that would have been well-suited for publication in The American Conservative.

Optional (Pick 2 or 3):

– Propose three ideas for web articles (1-2 sentences each).

– What are the two most interesting media accounts you follow on Twitter and why? (100 words max.)

– How could we improve our coverage and analysis on the web? (100 words max.)

– How could we improve our fundraising efforts on the web? (100 words max.)

– Write two Facebook posts and two tweets about articles or blog posts that appear on our homepage today.

– Which two contemporary writers have influenced your thinking the most? (100 words max.)

– How would you describe the American Conservative reader? (100 words max.)

We also consider applications submitted through the Charles Koch Institute as part of their Washington, DC-based educational programs.