Executive Scheduler / Development Assistant

The Cato Institute seeks an entrepreneurial, energetic scheduler for Cato’s president and CEO, senior executive staff, and scholars as part of Cato’s development team.

The ideal candidate will have excellent phone skills, strong attention to detail, good writing skills, and the ability to juggle multiple tasks, prioritize, and meet deadlines. Must have a strong affinity for public policy and Cato’s mission.

The position is ideal for anyone interested in a career in development as it offers tremendous potential for growth and the opportunity to be part of a dynamic and high-achieving team as it raises Cato’s $25+ million annual budget.

Specific responsibilities include scheduling visits for Cato’s president with Sponsors and prospects; drafting and sending letters and other correspondence; arranging logistics for senior staff visiting with donors; and otherwise assisting with development team efforts to maintain strong relationships with Cato Sponsors and prospects.

The position may be a good fit for candidates with a broad range of experiences, from one to seven years. You may be a talented young go-getter, a more experienced executive scheduler, or a scheduler for a senator or representative with an interest in policy and development. Salary commensurate with experience. Please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Harrison Moar, Director of Sponsor Services: hmoar [at] cato [dot] org.

External Affairs Coordinator

The Cato Institute seeks an External Affairs Coordinator to support outreach to coalitions groups and Capitol Hill.

This position will provide support to the Director of External Affairs and Director of Congressional Affairs by assisting with targeted outreach campaigns; coordinating publication distribution and updating contact lists; coordinating conference details; supervising department’s interns, and overseeing some administrative duties. Coordinator will assist in planning Cato briefings on Capitol Hill as well as attending other briefings, policy meetings, and national conferences. Ideal candidate will have strong working knowledge of Capitol Hill and 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 1-2 years experience preferrable. Must be detailed-oriented, possess strong written and interpersonal skills, and have a dedicated interest in the political process. Familiarity with free-market policies a plus. Salary commensurate with experience. Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Khristine Brookes, Vice President of Communications: kbrookes [at] cato [dot] org.

Manager of Editorial Services

The Cato Institute seeks an experienced journalist/writer to edit and place opinion pieces in print and online news publications. Qualified applicants must have at least five years of editorial experience. The ideal candidate must be capable of editing/rewriting and handling multiple independent pieces for the specifications of different U.S. and international publications simultaneously, often on short deadlines and without advance notice. The manager will be instantaneously responsive to media requests at all hours, comfortable on the phone, and able to answer questions about sourcing and methodology quickly and accurately. He or she must be able to manage a diverse group of writers, and understand how to help them give op/ed editors the right pieces at the right times. Reporting or daily journalism experience preferred. Knowledge of libertarian arguments is a must. Send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Alberto Lammers, Director of Media Relations: alammers [at] cato [dot] org.

Web Applications Developer I

The Cato Institute seeks a Web Applications Developer I to work with the Senior Web Applications Developer II and the Director of Web Communications on the Cato Institute’s websites. The duties involved in this position include working with the Senior Developer on maintaining Drupal and WordPress sites, maintaining current backend code for events and e-commerce functions, contributing to Cato’s ongoing project to integrate the websites with Cato’s CRMS, and other web applications projects as determined by the Director of Web Communications. This position reports to the Chief Information Officer.

Candidates should have at least two years of experience and be proficient in PHP, MySQL, HTML 5, CSS, jQuery/Javascript, as well as web services using JSON and XML. Experience with Drupal and Wordpress is preferred, as is experience with Linux and Apache. Knowledge of Ruby on Rails is a plus.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Please email resumes to Virginia Anderson, Chief Information Officer, vanderson [at] cato [dot] org. No calls. Principals only.

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, and eligible to work in the United States. 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.

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 2014-2015 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 15, 2014, to Justin Logan at jlogan [at] cato [dot] org.

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).


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.