The Cato Institute is looking for a Producer/Videographer for

The Assistant Producer/Videographer will be responsible for:

  • Lighting and sound production and audio/video recording of videos and lecture series.
  • Sound production and audio recording for podcasts.
  • Preparation and formatting of videos and podcasts for use on the site and its Youtube channel.
  • Digitizing, preparing, and formatting VHS tapes and audio cassettes from the archive collection.
  • Writing engaging descriptions of site’s multimedia content and posting to its social media accounts.
  • Collaborating with the team on the creative direction and production of the multimedia content.

Work/Education Experience Requirements:

  • One to three (1-3) years working knowledge of audio visual equipment.
  • Fluency with non-linear video and audio editing software.
  • Ability to work with multiple broadcast-quality video cameras (specifically, Panasonic HMC-150, Sony NEX-FS100 and Canon DSLR cameras).
  • Must demonstrate the capability to meet deadlines and work well on a small team.
  • Experience in television, documentary video, and/or professional audio production is a plus.

Interested candidates should send a résumé and cover letter to ebanks [at] cato [dot] org.

Policy Analyst, Digital Money and Finance

The Cato Institute seeks a policy analyst to address the monetary and financial regulatory policy implications of ongoing developments in internet and electronic payments technology. The analyst will be expected to produce, solicit, edit, and promote policy research on issues concerning  digital currencies, electronic (including mobile) payments, and money laundering and terror finance regulations that may either hinder or promote the continued development of these and other non-bank payment technologies.

The position requires superior research, writing, and communication skills. A Ph.D. in economics is preferred. A background in information technology would also be preferred. A minimum of three years relevant work experience is required. Compensation will be commensurate with ability and experience.

Qualified applicants should send their resume, cover letter, references, and writing samples with the subject line “Application: Digital Money and Finance Policy Analyst” to:

Lydia Mashburn
Manager, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Email: lmashburn [at] cato [dot] org

Director of Congressional Affairs

The Cato Institute seeks a Director of Congressional Affairs, with responsibility for development, execution, and oversight of a strategic outreach plan for Capitol Hill audiences.

This position will involve reaching out to new and varied audiences and looking for new opportunities to advance Cato’s products and message. The ideal candidate will have substantial knowledge of how legislation moves through Capitol Hill, including the Committee process, as well as familiarity with key staff positions for committees and Member’s personal offices relevant to Cato’s priority issue areas. Communications, networking, management and leadership skills are essential. Must be able to provide strategic advice to scholars and other Communications staff regarding promotion of Cato’s policy positions. Must understand the philosophy of liberty and limited government, and be able to articulate and advance it. Ideal candidate will also have a strong working knowledge of nonprofit sectors, and a desire to network regularly with peer groups. Some travel required.

Four-year degree in political science, communications or related field and 5-10 years experience preferable. Must be detailed-oriented, possess strong written and interpersonal skills, and have a dedicated interest in the political process. Salary commensurate with experience. Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Khristine Brookes, Vice President of Communications: kbrookes [at] cato [dot] org.

Part-Time Print Shop Manager

The primary responsibilities of the Print Shop Manager are:

  • Manage all in-house digital print production, including large-format high-volume color and B/W printing and binding and floor and desktop printers for staff use.
  • Ensure that all printing and binding equipment throughout the Institute is being properly maintained and upgraded. Escalate maintenance and repairs as needed. Purchase supplies.
  • Work with the Director of IT to ensure staff access to floor and desktop printers, proper procedure for job identification and reporting, and maintenance of network security.
  • Work with the Director of IT, the CIO, and the Controller to report on printer usage throughout the Institute to assist in allocating costs.
  • Recommend new acquisitions, lease upgrades, and software that will increase productivity. Work with the CIO to create RFPs and establish vendor relationships.


  • Extensive experience with digital printing and bindery processes, including color bleeds and working with various stock types.
  • Familiarity with different digital printer types, including production, multifunction, and desktop.
  • Familiarity with bindery, folding, envelope, and cutting equipment.
  • Ability to troubleshoot software/hardware problems including printer driver and printer network issues.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite or other layout/design software and design processes.
  • Superior customer service ability and experience in handling rush work.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple concurrent tasks.
  • Ability to work independently and proactively to fulfill customer needs.

This is a part-time, on-call position. Interested candidates should send resumes to dlampo [at] cato [dot] org

Predoctoral/Postdoctoral Fellows

The Cato Institute is accepting applications for a pre- or postdoctoral fellow position in its defense and foreign policy studies department. Candidates either should be A.B.D. PhD candidates or recent PhDs.

Applicants should be rising scholars in political science, history, or a related field, with demonstrated interest in U.S. foreign and defense policy. Candidates should share the Institute’s commitment to moving U.S. foreign policy toward prudence and restraint. For more information on the nature of Cato’s work on these issues, please visit

Fellows will write one scholarly paper (8,000-10,000 words) in the Institute’s Policy Analysis series on a public policy issue (the paper may or may not be part of the fellow’s dissertation), as well as organize at least two events, author op-eds and blog posts, and take media requests on international security issues. Ideally, the fellow’s work at Cato would overlap considerably with his or her dissertation, making the fellowship useful both for policy research and finishing or refining the candidate’s dissertation.

Fellows will work from the Institute’s Washington, DC offices for the 2015-2016 academic year. Predoctoral fellows will receive $35,000 and postdocs will receive $45,000, in addition to health care coverage.

Applicants should submit C.V. and writing sample before February 13, 2015, to Erica Watkins at ewatkins [at] cato [dot] org.

Research Assistant, Center for Educational Freedom

The Cato Institute seeks a research assistant for its Center for Educational Freedom, to start on or shortly after February 2, 2015. Responsibilities include assisting Center scholars with their projects and events, conducting literature reviews, editing manuscripts, supervising the work of interns, and administrative duties. The individual should have a Bachelor’s degree in economics or public policy or equivalent work experience in those fields, and an interest in education policy. The ability to write well-structured, readable prose is essential, as are an understanding of free markets and expertise with Microsoft Word and Excel. Bonus skills include the ability to conduct regression analyses, fluency in a foreign language (particularly Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Swedish, or Dutch), and a Master’s degree in economics.

Applicants should submit a resume, salary requirements, essay writing samples, and a cover letter via e-mail. No phone calls please. Note that this is an entry-level position.

Submissions should be directed by e-mail to:
Neal McCluskey and Jason Bedrick
nmccluskey [at] cato [dot] org and jbedrick [at] cato [dot] org

Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001

Audio/Visual Production Coordinator

The A/V Production Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Lighting and sound production and audio/video recording for public events in Cato’s public spaces.
  • Lighting and sound production and audio/video recording for all off-site events, including regular events on Capitol Hill as well as donor events.
  • Lighting and sound production and audio/video recording for daily intern seminars.
  • Live-streaming of in-house and offsite events on, as required.
  • Site inspections and equipment testing at offsite locations prior to events, as necessary.
  • Set-up for Power Point presentations, microphones, and other A/V needs for internal meetings
  • Preparation and formatting of event audio and video recordings for use on, Cato Audio, podcasts, and other audio/video projects.
  • Production of DVDs and other recordings as requested by Cato staff, including assisting staff with video and audio clip integration into Power Point presentations.
  • Back-up support for technical aspects of live interviews and productions from Cato’s new audio and video studios.

Work/Education Experience Requirements:

  • Two (2) years working knowledge of audio visual equipment.
  • Fluency with editing software, specifically Adobe Creative Suite
  • Ability to work with multiple broadcast-quality video cameras (specifically, Panasonic HMC-150 and Canon T2i cameras)
  • Must demonstrate the capability to meet deadlines and work well on a team
  • Other technical requirements include: Audio and video production and post-production (non-linear video and audio editing); Live Web streaming of events; Video and audio encoding
  • 4-year university degree in the political, communications or marketing areas of study.

Interested candidates should send a résumé and cover letter to abragg [at] cato [dot] org.

Director of Human Resources


Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank conveniently located in downtown Washington, DC, is seeking an experienced Director of Human Resources to help develop and manage our growing staff of scholars and administrative support personnel (now about 150 people).This management level position will oversee recruitment, benefits administration and compliance, HR policy and procedures, performance review process, salary administration, and ensure compliance with labor law and regulations. In addition, Director of Human Resources will work closely with the CFO to develop strategies, policies, and initiatives associated with human resources activities for the entire organization.

This position will report to the CFO and will have one direct report.A qualified candidate will have at least seven years work experience as a Human Resource professional, expertise in labor law (particularly with respect to immigration), a strong work ethic, a proactive and collaborative nature, and experience in organization and cultural change management.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Define, document, and provide oversight and management of the recruitment, new employee onboarding, and separation processes;
  • Drive adoption, compliance, and continuous improvement of the individual performance management process;
  • Administer and continuously improve the salary, title, and raise process;
  • Become an expert super-user of the HRIS system (HR Online);
  • Drive adoption and use of HR online self-service tools (e.g. HR Online, Benetrac);
  • Ensure compliance and on time reporting in accordance with IRS, DOL, and other government regulators;
  • Set, communicate, and drive adherence and alignment to the organization’s policies, processes, and procedures.Review and make recommendations annually;
  • Handle employee relations and personnel issues, consult with legal counsel as appropriate, and/or as directed by Chief Financial Officer;
  • Oversee benefits administration and compliance managed by the Human Resources Manager;
  • Recommend, evaluate, and coordinate staff development opportunities for staff; and
  • Support general operations of the organization in a number of other ways, and help maintain a strong organizational culture.

Experience and Skill Requirements:

  • BA/BS in Human Resources Administration, Business Administration, or a related field strongly preferred;
  • At least seven years of HR management experience, preferably in not-for-profit organization;
  • Deep understanding of core HR processes and labor law;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;
  • High degree of proficiency in MS Office – Word, PowerPoint, Excel
  • Experience and proficiency in use of HRIS;
  • Proactive, collaborative, team-oriented; 
  • Thorough knowledge of the general principles and practices of human resources administration;
  • Knowledge of and experience with sound techniques in all aspects of human resources management, including a proven track record in hiring judgment;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop long-term plans and programs and to evaluate work accomplishments;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with management staff, employees, and the general public;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with employees and outside contacts at all levels; both in oral and written form; and handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, as well as attention to detail;
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented work environment; and
  • SPHR or PHR certification a plus.

Cato offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and an excellent employee benefits package.Cato Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

This position is not eligible for relocation expenses.

Send resume and cover letter, including most recent salary history to recruitment [at] cato [dot] org.

Senior Major Gift Officer

The Cato Institute seeks senior major gift officer with at least five years of successful fundraising or equivalent sales experience. This is a tremendous opportunity to join a dynamic and high-achieving development team as it works to grow Cato’s $25+ million annual budget.

The senior major gift officer will own a portfolio of major donors and drive an individual strategy for each donor to cultivate and solicit support. The successful candidate will have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, an entrepreneurial spirit, a strong writing capability, the ability to balance shifting and competing priorities, the capacity to adjust strategies and tactics quickly in response to new information, the discipline to keep meticulous records, and a willingness to travel extensively.

Candidates must have a strong affinity for public policy and Cato’s mission. Knowledge of “moves management” is a plus.

The senior major gift officer will be based in Washington, DC. Cato will also consider a regional office for the right candidate.

Salary will be competitive for a senior-level nonprofit position in the Washington, DC, area and commensurate with experience. Compensation package will include incentives for hitting fundraising targets.

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF file:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter describing: a) your alignment with Cato’s mission, and b) your salary requirements
  • A development/sales oriented writing sample

Materials should be emailed to Claire Dixon, executive director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: claire [at] talentmarket [dot] org. All materials should be sent in one PDF file.

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.

Legal Academic Writing Workshop

Cato believes that young lawyers’ writing about ideas, theory, and policy doesn’t need to end with law-school graduation – and shouldn’t be the sole province of law professors. We also know how hard it is to produce high-quality scholarship outside of an academic setting, especially for first-time authors. Accordingly, starting November 2013 Cato is hosting a Legal Academic Writing Workshop to encourage the efforts of up-and-coming legal scholars (whether you intend to become a professor or not).

The LAW Workshop is a colloquium that brings together young legal professionals interested in scholarly writing. Every other week at Cato’s offices, the group meets to discuss and offer feedback on one participant’s pre-circulated draft article or working paper. This isn’t a “legal research and writing” course or a lecture series featuring Cato’s fellows and scholars but a way for recent graduates to stay connected to the scholarly community and their peers, while getting valuable feedback and input on their scholarly projects. Because of limited space, attendance is by application and invitation only. If you’re interested in joining, please email Cato legal associate Gabriel Latner at glatner [at] cato [dot] org, attaching your resume and a short description of an article you’re writing (or would like to write).

Legal Associate Program

The Cato Institute invites graduating law students and recent law school graduates to work at our Center for Constitutional Studies for up to a year, starting after the bar exam. This is an opportunity to assist with projects ranging from Supreme Court amicus briefs to policy papers, the Cato Supreme Court Review, and more. Compensation commensurate with ability and experience may be available, but applicants are also encouraged to apply for funding through their law schools and other organizations.

Interested students and graduates should email a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample, along with any specific details of their circumstances (availability, whether your law school will fund you for a certain time, etc.), to Anthony Gruzdis, agruzdis [at] cato [dot] org. This is a highly competitive program, so to maximize your chances of working with us, please also apply to our internship program (see below for short description and application instructions). Legal associates accepted through our internship program receive double the standard intern stipend and are responsible for all normal intern duties on top of assignments for the Center for Constitutional Studies.

Anthony Gruzdis
Center for Constitutional Studies
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
email: agruzdis [at] cato [dot] org


The Cato Institute is seeking interns for the summer, fall and spring terms. Responsibilities include research assistance to Cato’s policy directors, assisting at Cato events, some clerical chores, attendance at Cato events, and weekly seminars and readings. Candidates should be undergraduates, regardless of major, recent graduates, or graduate students who have a strong commitment to individual liberty, private property, free markets, peace, toleration, and limited government. The monthly stipend is $700 paid in two monthly installments. Information on the program is available online. If you require additional information, please e-mail intern [at] cato [dot] org.

[ For additional information on employment opportunities with free market organizations, see job banks at Institute for Humane Studies.]

Cato Calls for Papers

The Cato Institute seeks papers and proposals on a wide range of policy issues. The Institute’s publications include books, the Cato Journal, Regulation Magazine, Cato Policy Report, and the Policy Analysis, Briefing Papers, Foreign Policy Briefings, and Social Security Choice series. A review of the documents at should give you an idea of the subjects that interest us and the style and tone appropriate for policy studies.

Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced, preferably in 12-pitch or pica, on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Leave extra space around the title and byline. Margins on all four sides of the page should be at least 1 inch.

Notes should be done per the Chicago Manual of Style (Style A). They may be typed at the bottom of each page or preferably at the end of the manuscript. Notes should be double-spaced.

Please send hard copy: At this time, Cato does not accept submissions by fax or email. Manuscripts will be returned if a self-addressed, stamped envelope is enclosed.

Send proposals or papers to Submissions Editor, Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20001.