About The Role

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) seeks a Marketing and Development Writer to oversee written communication and promotional projects for an experienced development team of five. The role is most suitable for an individual with three or more years of experience in public policy, communications, journalism, or a similar field. While experience with grant writing and fundraising is a plus, it is not required. Flexibility, team cooperation, an ability to juggle multiple tasks and meet deadlines, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a deep attention to detail are all essential.

CEI’s offices are located in downtown Washington, D.C. Relocation expenses will not be provided. Expected travel outside of metro Washington is minimal, and likely to be no more than once per year. There is opportunity for growth in this position, with respect to both additional responsibilities and greater autonomy in work. And CEI often prefers to hire for new positions from within the organization.Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position is currently approved for partial remote work. However, as the need for social distancing lessens, the Marketing and Development Writer is expected to work in CEI’s Washington office. The Marketing and Development Writer reports to the Managing Director of Philanthropy.

About CEI

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. We champion markets as the premier instrument of voluntary exchange, and we work to protect them by developing innovative strategies to reform the regulatory process, repeal burdensome regulations, and roll back programs that stifle consumer choice, entrepreneurship, and wealth creation. 

Throughout the organization’s 37-year history, CEI has addressed such pressing issues as regulatory and administrative law reform, health care and health technology, labor and employment policy, banking and financial regulation, the regulation of energy production and use, environmental protection, antitrust and competition policy, technology and telecommunications policy, transportation, and consumer product regulation.

Founded in 1984, CEI was among the first organizations in the liberty movement to combine the serious scholarship of traditional think tanks with the aggressive advocacy of activist organizations, employing a full-service approach to advance pro-market public policy solutions. We publish original analysis that makes the case for reform and then use that intellectual ammunition to craft advocacy campaigns to change minds and reform policy. CEI also has an in-house litigation team that initiates lawsuits to challenge the constitutionality of dubious statutes and the legality of onerous regulations.

Culture matters; CEI is a feisty organization led by a forward-thinking President/CEO. Members of the Philanthropy Department operate in a horizontal team structure with an emphasis on accountability to one another. They work hard, have a good sense of humor, enjoy life, and are intensely dedicated to an upward trajectory for the organization.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work with the President and Managing Director of the Philanthropy Department to craft written materials designed to help donors and prospective donors understand and relate to CEI’s mission
  • Interact frequently with CEI’s policy and legal staff to better understand the details and nuances of CEI’s research and advocacy work
  • Draft all grant proposals, grant reports, and letters of inquiry for foundation donors and prospective donors
  • Oversee the writing and production of Philanthropy Department marketing materials, including annual reports, “one-pager” documents, donor emails, targeted fundraising letters, and other necessary reports and written communications
  • Collaborate with CEI’s Communications Department to create fundraising-related marketing materials, such as brochures, palm cards, and infographics
  • Maintain CEI’s annual foundations calendar to ensure all application deadlines and reporting requirements are met
  • Additional duties as assigned


  • Three or more years of experience in public policy, communications, journalism, or a similar field (substantive internships may be considered relevant experience)
  • Solid understanding of the public policy process
  • Ability to craft persuasive narratives in a thorough yet easy-to-understand manner
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to multitask and manage multiple projects at once
  • Keen eye for detail, an obsession with good grammar and spelling, and a fluid and pleasant writing style
  • Strong adherence to deadlines
  • Eagerness to work as part of a team and assist with additional tasks as needed
  • Experience with Salesforce is preferred, but not required


To be a good fit for this position, the following words and descriptions should apply to you:

  • Writer. You have excellent writing and editing abilities. Any type of strong writing skills will be considered, but public policy or journalism experience is an added benefit. You are relentless about precision with regard to both content and formatting. You know what widows and orphans are, and you care very much about them.
  • Team Player. CEI’s Philanthropy Department is a close-knit, five-person team that works hard (and sometimes works long hours) to serve the organization and its many donors.
  • Discreet. You understand and appreciate the importance of discretion. You are comfortable handling highly confidential materials and information, and you are committed to safeguarding their confidentiality.
  • Teachable. You are eager to learn new ideas, concepts, and tasks, and are rarely put off by routine work. While you are creative and willing to propose new approaches, you understand, and are satisfied to work within, established boundaries.
  • Self-starter. You are willing and able to jump into project management. You know when to ask for help but, once trained, you do not need hand-holding. You are comfortable receiving increasing autonomy to manage your own work and important processes.
  • Multi-Tasker. You thrive in an environment that demands multi-tasking.
  • Focused. You are able to laser-focus on specific tasks for extended periods of time, as needed, under the pressure of tight deadlines. While skilled at multi-tasking, you know how to avoid being distracted. You drive yourself to get the job done.
  • Curious and Policy-Minded. You enjoy learning about the public policy process and are curious enough to enjoy the challenge of taking complex policy ideas and distilling them in ways that are both factually accurate and interesting to potential audiences.
  • Planner. You enjoy planning and executing complex processes.
  • Deadline Driven. You are punctual. You are deadline-driven. Making the trains run on time and meeting deadlines are simply part of your DNA.
  • Flexible. You easily maintain a positive, flexible attitude when departmental or organizational priorities shift.
  • Aligned. You are politically libertarian or conservative and can discuss your philosophical alignment with CEI’s mission and vision, particularly related to regulatory policy, individual liberty, and free market economics. Please see the CEI website, cei.org, for more information about the organization’s policy agenda.

To Apply

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

  • Resume;
  • Cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position, your interest in CEI’s mission, and your salary requirements
  • Two writing samples (ideally including one item of fewer than 800 words and one long-form piece of more than 1,500 words)
  • A list of three or more professional references (at least one of whom can testify to your writing and editing abilities)

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: https://talentmarket.org/candidates/apply-for-your-dream-job/

Questions can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected]

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.