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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute is the nonprofit organization created by President Reagan himself and specifically charged by him 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 and the award-winning Discovery Center, as well as the Reagan Institute, which carries out the Foundation’s work in Washington, DC. 

The Reagan Library houses over 60 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers, over 1.6 million photographs, a half million feet of motion picture film, 25,000 audio recordings, 22,000 video recordings, and over 83,000 objects 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. www.reaganfoundation.org  

Job Description

The Ronald Reagan Institute in Washington, DC, seeks a full-time Policy Assistant for the Center for Freedom and Democracy, Center for Peace Through Strength, and the Institute’s scholarly initiatives programming to perform a wide variety of functions in support of its work on national security, foreign policy and scholarship.  These activities include: support program design and development, research and planning, development/fundraising support, operations, and general office duties.  We are looking for a driven and determined individual with strong organizational and communication skills to help build and sustain a number of programs, projects, publications, and convenings. The ideal candidate for this position will be a strong communicator and excellent writer who is organized, detail-oriented, and takes initiative. Experience providing administrative and program support is a plus.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Policy Assistant will be expected to perform the following specific duties and responsibilities related to this position and any duties hereafter assigned:

Policy Research and Program Development

  • Assist the Policy Director with programmatic support for the Center for Freedom and Democracy and Center for Peace Through Strength, including projects such as the Westminster 2.0 Working Group and the National Security Task Force, which convene leading policymakers and thought leaders to make recommendations on current foreign and defense policy challenges.
  • Provide programmatic and content support to all scholarly initiatives programming, like the Presidential Principles & Beliefs Essay Series and the Reagan Scholars Virtual Roundtable.
  • Provide research and analytical support to the Policy Director, the Director of Scholarly Initiatives and Institute Director, to include drafting memos and written remarks, preparing internal and external presentations, and list building.
  • Support both large and small events—such as the Reagan National Defense Forum, the Reagan Institute Strategy Group, and policy roundtables—including: managing invitation processes, liaising with internal teams and external partners, and assisting with logistics and general event support, in coordination with the Policy Director and Director of Programs and Operations.
  • Assist with outreach to members of Congress, key Capitol Hill staff, and other policymakers to support initiatives of the two Centers. Cultivate and sustain relationships with important foreign and defense policy institutes and key stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with development staff in Washington, DC as well as in California to manage donors’ needs, including event invitations, proposals, and reports.
  • Support broader Institute events, sometimes in the evenings, on weekends, and holidays.
  • When appropriate, manage relationships and co-sponsored events with partner organizations.

Correspondence & Communication

  • Assist with digital and written correspondence and communications efforts, such as event invitations, email campaigns, press releases, publications, and announcements.
  • Provide proofreading support on external correspondence and event materials.
  • Draft social media content related to the work of the two Centers and the scholarly initiatives programming.
  • Work with Digital Strategy Manager to make timely updates reflecting programming on the Institute’s website and on social media.
  • Liaise with Digital Strategy Manager and California staff to manage a variety of projects related to graphic design for external products, such as reports, infographics, and proposals.
  • Prepare background briefs for meetings.

General Office

  • Professional phone correspondence ranging from request for information, event RSVPs, event management, general inquiries, and more.
  • Manage administrative systems, including scanning, printing, photocopying, filing, mailings, assembling event materials, etc.

Digital Office

  • Basic computer support and proficiency to troubleshoot and problem solve autonomously.
  • Organize digital files from cloud platforms to shared drives.
  • Basic literacy of digital equipment including use of digital camera for photography and video purposes, setup of A/V and production equipment setup (projectors, HDMI to TV, film, video).

Qualifications/Characteristics

  • Passion for foreign and defense policy
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Ability to collaborate within and across teams
  • Strong work ethic and time management skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Keen attention to detail and an eye for accuracy, especially in proofreading
  • Ability to function at a high level in a fast-paced environment
  • Strategic thinking
  • Initiative, integrity, and stress tolerance
  • Excellent communication, writing, organizational, and administrative skills
  • Ability and desire to take ownership of projects, sometimes with limited direction or daily management from supervisor and/or teammates
  • Ability to maintain a professional image and represent the organization well on the phone, through email, and at all events/programs
  • Willingness to work evenings, holiday, and weekend hours as needed

Reporting Relationships

This position will report to the Policy Director and will work closely with the Reagan Institute team (particularly the Director of Programs and Operations) as well as staff in California. 

Employee Benefits

This is an exempt full-time position, offering a competitive salary and excellent benefits, including paid vacation, a health/dental plan, and retirement benefits

Work Environment/Physical Demands

The position will be located at our office in Washington, DC but may, from time to time, be required to participate in meetings and/or events at the Foundation office in Simi Valley, California.  The work environment characteristics described herein 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

Please provide a resume and a thoughtful cover letter (including salary history and requirements) to RRInstituteJobs@reaganfoundation.org with the position title in the subject line. Please no telephone calls.


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