Associate Director, Events and Conferences

The Cato Institute is in search of a meeting and event professional to take charge of aspects of the Institute’s meetings and events including site selection, contract negotiations, financial management, logistics and special projects as assigned. The associate director will; recommend destinations, facilities and vendors through research, analysis and RFP management; negotiate and prepare contracts for final review; draft budgets and manage expenses; create and maintain timelines; plan and execute logistics with hotels and vendors (av, DMC, venues, transportation, travel); and be a point of contact for all speakers and staff.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree with experience in all aspects of meeting and event management as well as supervisory experience. The associate director will work closely with the vp of events and conferences as well as the entire conference team and have one direct report. The qualified candidate; has superior attention to detail; is proactive, goal oriented, motivated and has a high energy level; has a naturally optimistic attitude; is able to manage multiple events simultaneously, meets deadlines and manages time without constant supervision; is able to work independently and as a team player; easily adapts to changing situations; and has exceptional judgment and tact.

The position is in Washington, DC. No relocation package is being offered. No virtual opportunities are being considered. Expected to travel to programs and manage in-house events as needed at discretion of VP. Travel is estimated up to 25%, with an increase in the future.

CMP preferred. Knowledge of Meeting Matrix and EMS Professional™ (or other facility scheduling software) a bonus.

Salary based on experience. Send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Linda Ah-Sue, Vice President, Events and Conferences, lah-sue [at]

Administrative/Research Assistant, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity

The Cato Institute seeks an administrative/research assistant for its Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. The candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree, strong organizational and research skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills. Responsibilities include assisting Center scholars with their projects and research, editing articles, and carrying out administrative duties. The candidate should have a background and an interest in economic development or areas that relate to human freedom around the globe, and will have a commitment to the values that inspire the Institute’s mission. Fluency in a foreign language is a plus.

Applicants should submit resume and cover letter to Ian Vasquez at ivasquez [at]

Conference Assistant

The Cato Institute is seeking a conference assistant to support the department in executing 100+ internal on-site meetings, seminars, conference and special events. Responsibilities include preparing meeting materials, acting as the liaison between the coordinators and speakers/attendees during events, assisting with setup and inspecting function rooms before, during and after meetings, securing books from publishers and overseeing sales during events, attend weekly meetings to familiarize self with the event schedule & details, communicate event details to applicable departments via reports and calendars, and coordinate and log travel arrangements. The conference assistant will also help with off-site events and perform additional duties as required. The qualified candidate will have a minimum of one year professional work experience and be a self-starter with an eagerness to learn about meeting planning. Candidate must have a strong work ethic with an enthusiastic, positive attitude. Attention to detail and accuracy is essential. Proficiency in Word, Excel and Outlook required. Some weekend work as well as work beyond normal business hours. Send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:

Linda Ah-Sue
Vice President
Events and Conferences
lah-sue [at]

Staff Writer

The Cato Institute seeks a Staff Writer to report on Cato events for several publications, select excerpts from speeches and panels for CatoAudio, write articles about books and events for Cato Policy Report, edit transcripts for Policy Report and Cato’s Letter, write the Annual Report, and assist the executive vice president with research and programs. Applicants should have strong writing ability (journalistic, not scholarly) and a commitment to liberty and limited government. The Staff Writer gets to attend virtually all Cato events in Washington and plays a central role in the Institute. Position available immediately. Send resume and two writing samples to:

Dan Jackson
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Email: djackson [at]

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]

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]

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] 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], 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] 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]


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]

[ 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.