Human Resource Generalist

Cato Institute is seeking an experienced Human Resource Generalist to help develop and manage our growing staff of scholars and administrative support personnel (now about 140 people). This management level position will administrate recruitment, HR policy and procedures, the performance review process, salary administration, maintain and continuously improve the HRIS system, and ensure timely and accurate reporting and compliance with labor law and regulations. A qualified candidate will have at least five years professional 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. Bachelors or Associate’s degree in Human Resources management preferred, but equivalent experience may qualify.

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;
  • Administrate 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
  • Support general operations of the organization in a number of other ways, and help maintain a strong organizational culture.
  • Oversee contract management for external fellows and consultants
  • Handle employee relations and personnel issues, consult with legal counsel as appropriate, and/or as directed by Chief Administrative Officer.

Experience and Skill Requirements:

  • BA/BS in Human Resources Administration, Business Administration, or a related field strongly preferred.
  • Five years of HR management experience, with excellent references, preferably in non-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 – Work, PowerPoint, Excel
  • Experience and proficiency in use of HRIS system(s);
  • 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;
  • 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.

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

Policy Analyst, Homeland Security and Civil Liberties

The Cato Institute seeks a policy analyst to support its work on homeland security and civil liberties. The analyst will be expected to produce, edit, and promote research on issues including government surveillance, secrecy and overclassification, domestic counterterrorism—and other areas where the national security state threatens to overrun constitutional safeguards. 

The position requires superior research, writing, and communication skills. A J.D. or other advanced degree is preferred; a commitment to limited government, constitutional principles, and individual liberty is required. Compensation will be commensurate with ability and experience.

Qualified applicants should send their resume, cover letter, references, and writing samples to:

Gene Healy Vice President
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Email: ghealy [at] cato [dot] org

Research Assistant, Health Care

The Cato Institute is seeking a research assistant to support its work on health policy. This entry-level position requires superior organizational, research, and editing skills. The ideal candidate will be proficient with Microsoft Office (particularly Excel) and html, and will be committed to Cato’s mission of individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.

Qualified applicants should send their resume, cover letter, and writing samples to:

Michael F. Cannon
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Email: mcannon [at] cato [dot] org

Policy Analyst, Project on Criminal Justice

The Cato Institute seeks a policy analyst to support its work on civil liberties and the criminal justice system. The analyst will be expected to produce, edit, and promote research on issues including overcriminalization, the drug war, mass incarceration, police and prosecutorial misconduct, police paramilitarization—and other areas where the justice system threatens to overrun constitutionally guaranteed liberties.

The position requires superior research, writing, and communication skills. A J.D. or other advanced degree is preferred; a commitment to limited government, constitutional principles, and individual liberty is required. Compensation will be commensurate with ability and experience.

Qualified applicants should send their resume, cover letter, references, and writing samples to:

Tim Lynch
Director, Project on Criminal Justice
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Email: tlynch [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.

Director of Media Relations

The Cato Institute seeks a Director of Media Relations who can provide leadership to a talented and growing department. The candidate oversees the media outreach staff, with primary responsibility for promotion of Cato scholars to the top U.S-based print and online media outlets as well as select international publications. This position also has oversight of op-ed editing and placement, in coordination with the Media Relations Manager. Other responsibilities include:

  • Strategic planning of daily media outreach activities and distribution of Cato products to media
  • Oversight of media contact list maintenance
  • Assisting with media and message training for Cato scholars

The candidate must have 5 – 8 years work experience at a nonprofit, government or association marketing or public relations office, a comprehensive understanding of how the U.S news media operates, and a proven ability to promote policy issues and experts to the news media. Must be able to manage and inspire staff. Solid writing and editorial skills and knowledge of public policy are essential. This is a full-time position in Washington. Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume and writing samples to Khristine Brookes, kbrookes [at] cato [dot] org. No phone calls.

Legal Associate Program

Use Your JD to Work for Liberty!

Many law firms are asking their incoming first-year associates to defer their start dates and are offering stipends for these associates to work at public interest organizations. Some law schools are also offering their graduates funding for a number of months under similar conditions. And plenty of new law grads are looking to get their feet in the DC policy door.

To that end, the Cato Institute invites graduating law students and law school graduates to work at our Center for Constitutional Studies. This is an opportunity to assist projects ranging from Supreme Court amicus briefs to policy papers to the Cato Supreme Court Review. Interested students and graduates should email a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample, along with any specific details of their circumstances (availability, deferral terms/stipend, etc.), to Jonathan Blanks, jblanks [at] cato [dot] org.

If you don’t have your own firm/school funding and cannot work unpaid, please apply to our highly competitive internship program (see directly below for short description and application instructions). Legal associates accepted through our internship program receive double the normal intern stipend and are responsible for all normal intern duties on top of responsibilities for the Center for Constitutional Studies.

Jonathan Blanks
Center for Constitutional Studies
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Email: jblanks [at] cato [dot] org

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).

Intern

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 www.cato.org 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.