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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute (RRPFI) is the sole nonprofit organization created by President Reagan charged with continuing his legacy and sharing his principles - individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy and national pride. The Foundation is a non-partisan organization which sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA, the Reagan Center for Public Affairs, the Presidential Learning Center, The Air Force One Pavilion, the award-winning Discovery Center and the Reagan Institute, which carries out the Foundation’s mission in Washington, D.C.  The Reagan Library houses over 55 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers and over 60,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It also serves as the final resting place of America’s 40th President and his First Lady.

Position Available

The RRPFI is seeking a year-round part-time Student Debate/Education Program Coordinator that will be primarily responsible for administering the Great Communicator Debate Series (GCDS), a national high school debate competition held in six different regions across the country, with the national finals held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. In addition, you will support other leadership- focused education programming, including the Reagan Leadership Summit, scholarship events and retreats, and others. The person hired for this position must be a take-charge professional with the organizational and communication skills necessary to deliver a top-notch debate competition for 9th - 12th grade students and work in collaboration with our regional partners. You must have a passion for supporting students as they grow as citizens and leaders. The successful candidate will be willing to roll up his/her sleeves to do the work individually and alongside a team in support of the program. He/she needs to be enthusiastic, energetic and a reliable self-starter.  Debate experience is a plus.

Duties and Responsibilities

As the Student Debate/Education Program Coordinator, you will report to the Associate Director of Learning and Engagement. You will be expected to perform the following specific duties and responsibilities as are related to this position and any additional duties hereafter assigned:

Communication/Story-Telling - You are charged with telling the story of the Great Communicator Debate Series, ensuring that students envision themselves as citizen-leaders and effective communicators, and connecting them to the broad array of programs offered by RRPFI.

  • Coordinate marketing efforts (in conjunction with graphics and marketing teams) to promote awareness of the program, highlight achievements of alumni, and yield a deep pool of regional participants;
  • Track and manage student participants using TabRoom, and facilitate correspondence with regional partners/coaches/students throughout the competition season, ensuring clear and efficient communication;
  • Maintain strong partnerships with regional partners and National Speech and Debate Association;
  • Report on alumni success and connecting students to other programs and partnerships; and,
  • Present/Promote GCDS at national debate conferences, including the NSDA Education Conference and the National Debate Coach Association Annual Conference.

Impact and Engagement - Your efforts will focus on long term relationship building and engagement with students and community partners, with an emphasis on understanding the impact of RRPFI Education programs on a student’s leadership journey.

  • Evaluate impact and engagement through collection of data from students, coaches, and partners;
  • Ensure students have a transformative learning experience;
  • Connect GCDS students to leaders in the Reagan Education network; and,
  • Recruit student alumni to volunteer/support other Education programs and initiatives

Coordination - As Program Coordinator, you are responsible for the overseeing the coordination of the Great Communicator Debate Series program - recruitment, facilitation, and evaluation.

  • Manage the timeline for competition, working with regional partners to create regional competition dates;
  • Oversee training of personnel and interns for the national finals;
  • Research regional and national debate topics, consulting with partners in the debate organizations for potential resolutions and case studies;
  • Represent the Foundation at all regional and online GCDS competitions (15-25% travel requirement); and,
  • Coordinate national outreach efforts with regional partners and students to ensure communication and engagement.

Additional Responsibilities – In addition to the duties outlined above, you will be expected to participate in other events hosted by the Foundation and Institute.

  • Oversee and mentor student speakers/facilitators for the Reagan Leadership Summit;
  • Serve as leadership on the Student Advisory Council; and,
  • RRPFI employees are often asked to work during special events (annual Reagan National Defense Forum, Center for Public Affairs speaker series, Sunset Dinners, Fourth of July, etc.) to support other departments and the organization as a whole.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Project management experience is required.
  • 3-5 years of experience in the education, non-profit or event planning field, preferably with a focus on education and/or debate.
  • Bilingual preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Salesforce and Tabroom is a plus.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Strong motivation, communication, and organizational skills.
  • A proven track record of organizing successful events.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet expected deadlines and schedules.
  • Convey a professional image.
  • Speech and Debate experience is a plus.
  • Proven ability to think strategically and adapt well to change.
  • Must have experience and a desire to work with a diverse population of students, teachers, parent chaperones, and volunteer docents.
  • Physical demands include the frequent walking and use of stairs, as well as long periods of standing during events and debate functions.


  • This is a non-exempt part-time year-round position, approximately 25-28 hours per week. Occasional evenings and weekends for special events are required.
  • Benefits include Paid Time Off (PTO) based on hours accrued per pay period and years of service as well as the opportunity to participate in a 403b retirement plan.
  • This position will be compensated on a per hour basis based on salary history and will be eligible for overtime.
  • The position will be located at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library, Simi Valley, California.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

How to Apply

For consideration please send cover letter, salary requirements and resume to:


The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.