Associate Director

The Cato Institute is in search of a meeting and event professional to take charge of aspects of the Institute’s meetings & events including site selection, contract negotiations, financial management, logistics & special projects as assigned. The associate director will; recommend destinations, facilities & vendors through research, analysis & RFP management; negotiate & prepare contracts for final review; draft budgets and manage expenses; create and maintain timelines; plan & execute logistics with hotels & vendors (av, DMC, venues, transportation, travel); and be a point of contact for all speakers & 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 & conferences as well as the entire conference team. Knowledge of libertarian/classical liberal movement is preferred. 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 & 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 & EMS ProfessionalTM (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] cato [dot] org.

Project Manager, Center for the Study of Science

Job Purpose
The Cato Institute seeks an entrepreneurial, media savvy project manager to oversee the daily activities and assist with the strategy of the Cato Institute’s Center for the Study of Science. This is a tremendous opportunity to join a dynamic and high-achieving team of scientists as Cato works to grow our impact on climate science and regulatory issues dealing with the environment.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Media Outreach

  • Develop and manage a rapid-response system to be activated around planned and breaking news events relevant to climate science and regulatory issues dealing with the environment
  • Develop and maintain strategically-targeted media contact list
  • Coordinate regular contact with members of the news media and Center staff
  • Ensure all research products by Center staff reach appropriate media outlets. Seek opportunities for feature coverage whenever possible.
  • Coordinate writing and distribution of opinion articles by Center staff, in consultation with the Manger of Media Relations.

Government Relations (in consultation with the Director of Congressional Affairs)

  • Develop a schedule for briefings for Capitol Hill staff on relevant issues.
  • Assist with coordination of Center staff for meetings and testimony on Capitol Hill
  • Coordinate distribution of appropriate research materials on Capitol Hill

Coordination of activities and research projects for Center staff

  • Manage production of materials through the publication process
  • Ensure proper internal communication occurs for all research projects
  • Assist Center staff in planning and logistics for Center-sponsored events

Tracking output of Center staff

  • Develop regular communication with all resident and non-resident Center staff to ensure activities are properly recorded and communicated
  • Compile reports of Center activities and output as needed

Qualifications
Candidates must have a strong affinity for Cato’s mission, 3 – 5 years work experience at a nonprofit, government or association marketing or public relations office, in addition to a working knowledge of the current debate on climate change. Familiarity with how the news media operates, as well as Congressional operations and procedures a plus. Solid writing, editorial skills and organizational skills are essential. This is a full-time position in Washington.

Interested candidates should send their resume to:
Khristine Brooks
Vice President for Communications
1000 Massachachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
E-mail: kbrookes [at] cato [dot] org

Policy Analyst, Capital Markets Regulation

The Cato Institute seeks a policy analyst to join its newly created Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives. The analyst will be expected to produce, solicit, edit, and promote original policy research on policy issues impacting America’s capital markets.

Primary focus will be the regulatory activities of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission. Potential research areas may include, but are not limited to: market microstructure and fragmentation, investor disclosures, corporate governance, executive compensation, hedge fund registration and derivatives regulation.

The position requires superior research, writing, and communication skills. A Ph.D. in economics or finance, J.D. or other advanced degree is preferred; a commitment to limited government, constitutional principles, and individual liberty is required.

Note: All candidates applying for this position must be eligible to work in the United States. Visa sponsorship is not available.

In response, please reference announcement: CMFA14-07.

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

Mark Calabria
Director, Financial Regulation Studies
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Email: mcalabria [at] cato [dot] org

Manager, Cato Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives

The Cato Institute seeks a manager to support its newly created Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives. The manager would oversee and direct the day-to-day administrative activities of the Center. The manager would help to coordinate the activities of the Center’s scholars, as well as coordinating with Cato’s internal events and publications staff. The Center is planning considerable expansion over the next several years, and the manager would be responsible for administering that process, in coordination wit the Center’s scholars.

The position requires superior administrative, writing, and communication skills. Editorial skills needed. Experience with web design would be preferred but not required. A general understanding of monetary policy and financial regulation is preferred but not required; a commitment to limited government, constitutional principles, and individual liberty is required. Compensation will be commensurate with ability and experience.

Note: All candidates applying for this position must be eligible to work in the United States. Visa sponsorship is not available.

In response, please reference announcement: CMFA14-05. Qualified applicants should send their resume, cover letter, references, and writing samples to:

Mark Calabria
Director, Financial Regulation Studies
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Email: mcalabria [at] cato [dot] org

Foreign Policy Analyst

The Cato Institute is accepting applications for a foreign policy analyst position.

Applicants should possess at least an M.A. in political science, international relations, or a related field, with demonstrated interest in contemporary U.S. foreign 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 http://www.cato.org/research/foreign-policy-national-security.

Analysts contribute to the department’s output through writing papers in the Institute’s Policy Analysis series, articles in scholarly journals, op-eds, blog posts, and books, as well as speaking publicly at live forums as well as on television and radio about contemporary issues in U.S. foreign policy. The scholar will work from the Institute’s headquarters in Washington, DC, and salary is commensurate with experience.

Applicants should submit C.V., writing sample, and salary requirement to Erica Watkins at ewatkins [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.

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.