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By: The James Madison Institute / 2014

Southwest Florida Development Director
James Madison Institute
Virtual Office in FloridaThe James Madison Institute is a Florida-based research and educational organization (501c3) engaged in the battle of ideas. The Institute’s ideas are rooted in the U.S. Constitution and such timeless ideals as limited government, economic freedom, federalism, and individual liberty coupled with individual responsibility.The Institute’s mission is to keep the citizens of Florida informed about their government and to shape our state’s future through the advancement of practical free-market ideas on public policy issues.The Institute achieves its mission through research, conferences and seminars, and a variety of publications.Since its inception in 1987, the Institute has remained independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan. It makes no attempt to aid or hinder the passage of legislation, nor does it accept government funds or respond to special pleadings from any sector.JMI seeks a Southwest Florida Development Director to add strength to its development team. The Director will help the Institute acquire more funding in an effort to provide more resources to advance the cause of liberty in one of the most dynamic states in the country. In terms of development, Southwest Florida represents one of the most enterprising areas of the state.This is a mid-level role with tremendous room for growth.Requirements:Candidates for the position of Southwest Florida Development Director should be able to demonstrate an understanding of public policy from a free-market perspective, with special emphasis on the issues facing the state of Florida. At least three years fundraising experience is ideal, but not necessarily required.Candidates should be expected to:

Be energetic in promoting the goals and views of The James Madison Institute (JMI) with a view to increasing its private funding.
Have the skills required to communicate clearly through the spoken and written word.
Have an entrepreneurial spirit and a self-starter attitude with the ability to drive projects to completion.
Be willing to travel on a regular basis and spend most of the time meeting with donors and prospects.

The Southwest Florida Development Director will also report to JMI’s Vice President of Advancement and communicate regularly with other staff and interns as appropriate.This position will be located in a home/virtual office, so the ideal candidate must be able to work independently as well as regularly interact with other JMI staff from a distance and deliver timely development reports back to JMI’s Vice President of Advancement.Responsibilities include:

Conducting meetings with donors and prospects in Southwest Florida, with particular emphasis in the areas of Naples, Fort Myers, and Sarasota, and all locales in between.
Overseeing the growth of regional boards of advisors in Naples and Sarasota.
Acquiring sponsorships for JMI’s Annual Dinner in Naples.
Organizing JMI’s annual breakfast in Sarasota as well as creating other such opportunities for donor gatherings.
Researching opportunities for new sources of support.
Managing the relationships with all donors and prospects in the Southwest Florida area.
Working with JMI’s donor database (Salesforce).

Salary, benefits and bonus opportunities will be competitive and commensurate with experience. JMI also offers competitive health, paid leave, and retirement benefit plans as well.Application Instructions:

Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file with your name in the file:
Cover letter detailing your sincere interest in this position/mission of the organization and your salary requirements

Materials should be emailed to JMI’s Executive Vice President Becky Liner at 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.