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Available Positions

Thank you for your interest in working for Judicial Watch. We are currently hiring for the following position(s):

Fundraising Openings:

1. Direct Response Marketing Manager:

Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest group that investigates government corruption, is seeking a Direct Response Marketing Manager to help develop and implement multiple, simultaneous direct mail, telemarketing and DRTV fundraising strategies and campaigns to 350,000+ current plus lapsed and prospective donors in a small, dynamic in-house agency environment. 7+ years of progressively challenging direct marketing experience required.  Must have excellent organizational skills with the ability to meet tight deadlines as well as the ability to perform other duties as assigned.  Fast, accurate, efficient, detail oriented, problem solver for a fast-paced environment needed.  Experience working with copywriters, designers, printers, cage and data houses to create first-rate fundraising media; a demonstrated ability to supervise outside consultants and contractors; as well as being an integral part of a small team.  Email selling cover letter and resume to careers@judicialwatch.org.


Development Openings:

1. Manager – Development Operations

As a member of Judicial Watch’s Development Department, the Manager of Development Operations will oversee the administration and daily operations of its Major Gift programs and activities and provide support to the major gift officers and the Director of Development.  The position reports to the Director of Development and supervises two staff members:  Donor Coordinator and Major Gifts Coordinator.

Scope of Responsibilities

Included within Major Gift operations are stewardship, major donor research and gift analysis, recognition and loyalty programs, planned giving, events, marketing, donor communication, donor file maintenance and database management.

While the primary focus will be major gift programs and activities, this position coordinates with direct mail operations for major donor specific content, mailings, and invitations.

List of Duties

Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensure the Donor Coordinator and the Major Gifts Coordinator are trained, productive, effective and efficient and that appropriate work is given to the Administrative Assistant
  • Ensure operations are timely, effective and efficient
  • Plan and execute donor recognition and loyalty programs
  • Oversee day-to-day donor stewardship including thank you letters,  phone calls, correspondence, special mailings,  and invitations
  • Respond to planned giving informational requests as appropriate
  • Administer the Charitable Gifts Annuity Program including responding to information requests, preparing proposals and contracts and serve as an additional point of contact with Wells Fargo Philanthropic Trust
  • Support the Major Gift and Foundation staff with proactive, regular donor research and prospect identification. Establish and execute processes needed to ensure all routine and necessary contact, cultivation and  follow-up are accomplished
  • Track and report Major Gift activity and results
  • Coordinate the implementation of development-related marketing materials and content to be included in newsletter, direct mail, email blasts, website, Facebook, etc.
  • Coordinate the quarterly Tele-Townhall event
  • Coordinate, attend and represent Judicial Watch at JW sponsored fundraising events
  • Work with Public Relations staff to inform donors and generate attendance and interest in Educational Panels, press conferences and other events of interest
  • Manage requests for JW speakers including contacting group, making the speaker arrangements and ensuring that best use is made of JW speaker time. Identify requests that best meet educational mission and philanthropic interests
  • Manage schedule of conventions, conferences and appropriate meetings. Coordinate with JW staff to ensure a JW presence.  Attend such events as needed
  • Serve as point of contact with vendors to organize events and conferences
  • Oversee maintenance and organization of donor files, records and database
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5+ years of Development/fundraising experience which included direct communication with donors and the solicitation of gifts, and administering major gift programs
  • Demonstrated supervisory and/or team leadership experience
  • Knowledge of and experience with a wide range of philanthropy tools such as planned giving, charitable gift annuities, donor recognition programs and major donor research and cultivation
  • Successful coordinator of philanthropic events
  • Experience with database management, donor research tools and reporting
  • Occasional travel required
  • Solid written communication and editorial skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to deliver on deadlines
  • Works well independently and in project settings
  • Able to see projects through from start to finish with little oversight
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills

This full-time, exempt position includes: employer-funded health insurance (medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug), life insurance, long and short-term disability insurance, and the opportunity to participate in Judicial Watch’s 403(b) retirement program.

To apply, send cover letter, resume and writing sample to Steve Andersen, Director of Development at careers@judicialwatch.org.


2. Major Gifts Officer (Regional) 

As a member of the organization’s Development Department, the Major Gifts Officer will secure philanthropic donations for the organization by managing a group of qualified major and planned giving donors, to assure they are retained and upgraded in their giving and involvement. This position reports to the Director of Development.

Essential Responsibilities:

  1. Raise significant revenue (a minimum of 3X the organizational expense of this position).
  2. Identify, qualify and manage a personal “portfolio” of 100-150 donors, each having the capacity to make a minimum gift of $10,000/year with the focus especially on donors with the ability to generate six, and seven figure gifts.
  3. Personally solicit gifts from these individuals, and implement stewardship strategies to further the likelihood of increased future giving.
  4. Develop written individualized goals for each donor along with written solicitation strategies based on the donor’s history of giving and the knowledge of the donor’s potential for increased giving. Coordinate these strategies with the Development Department and participate in monthly conference calls.
  5. Conduct an average of 12 face-to-face visits each month with prospects and donors.
  6. Represent and effectively communicate Judicial Watch’s values, achievements and current priorities to the public.
  7. Respond to referrals of major gift prospects from the Development Department in a timely and well-documented manner.
  8. Record all “moves management” activities in Judicial Watch’s CRM in a timely and thorough manner.
  9. Organize and coordinate special events, when and where appropriate, to introduce prospective donors to Judicial Watch and to increase fundraising potential from current donors.
  10. Prepare and submit in a timely manner, all reports including: Call Reports, Monthly Top Ten Reports, Expense Reports and other reports as requested.
  11. Work closely with the Development Department to ensure that assigned prospects and donors have well-documented and comprehensive data records to include donor’s capacity and interest ratings and other relevant personal information.
  12. In concert with the Director of Development, develop and prepare an annual budget which will provide funding for the efficient accomplishment of assigned tasks.
  13. Perform all duties within the Judicial Watch Development Department guidelines and the AFP Code of Ethics.
  14. Other duties as assigned.


Requires high visibility with Judicial Watch donors and prospects.  This position works out of a home office and operates in a fast-paced environment with minimal direct supervision.  In addition, this position requires frequent regional travel as well as evening and weekend work.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree required.  Minimum 3-5 years major/planned gift fundraising experience (sales experience can be substituted) and knowledge of fundraising and planned giving techniques and strategies. Demonstrated experience with successful one-on-one engagement, cultivation and solicitations required.  Demonstrated success in asking for and closing major gifts of $5,000 or more and maintaining long-term relationships with donors required.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Motivated and creative self-starter with forward-thinking capability required.  Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to manage and implement dynamic, multi-faceted fund-raising programs essential.  Exceptional oral and written communication skills required.  High motivation for success coupled with diplomacy, tact, and consistent follow through.  Must have the ability to forge strong working relationships with others and a capacity for engaging confidence and trust among prospects and donors.  Successful experience in managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors essential. Knowledge of current trends in charitable giving, particularly in the areas of major and planned gifts critical. Working knowledge or ability to learn basics of charitable gift planning essential.  Proven ability to work independently as well as a member of the Development Department team essential.  Ability to maintain confidentiality critical.  Ability to use existing technology to achieve results critical.  Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, database systems and familiarity with Windows PC environment required. Must have ability to drive long distances and fly on airplanes.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and any other relevant materials to Steve Andersen, Director of Development at careers@judicialwatch.org.


Legal Openings:

1. Staff Attorney (with a concentration in voting-related matters)

Judicial Watch is currently seeking a staff attorney to work in its litigation department on election and voting-related matters.  The ideal candidate will have between 3 and 5 years of litigation experience in federal and state courts.  As a part of Judicial Watch’s nationally renowned litigation practice, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on exciting cases which often garner substantial media attention.  In recent years, Judicial Watch has litigated cases in Arizona, California, DC, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, and Ohio, and has participated in additional cases as intervener or amicus curiae in Kansas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.  Our attorneys are experienced litigators in constitutional law, election law, and related subjects. They regularly file amicus curiae briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court and perform various other duties as assigned.  To apply for a position, please submit a résumé, cover letter, and writing sample to careers@judicialwatch.org.  Please include the job title you are applying for in the subject line.

Fall 2015 Internships 

Judicial Watch is currently seeking interns for our 2015 Fall Internship Program to serve in the following capacities:

Legal Intern: Legal interns have the opportunity to work closely with our Legal Department on various federal lawsuits brought under the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the National Voter Registration Act as well as state lawsuits on behalf of taxpayers.  Over the course of 8-10 weeks, interns will assist Judicial Watch’s eight attorneys and two paralegals with legal research, brief writing, drafting FOIA requests and administrative appeals, document review and analysis, and a host of other key litigation responsibilities, as well as various other duties as assigned. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to Patrick Roy at proy@judicialwatch.org.

Development and Fundraising Intern: Judicial Watch’s Development Department is seeking interns for its busy and growing fundraising development program to assist Development staff in the many day-to-day activities fundamental to raising over $21 million for one of the leading conservative non-profit organizations in America. Development interns will gain experience and understanding in all aspects of non-profit fundraising, from direct mail, internet fundraising, and foundation grants, to major and planned giving programs. Interns will assist with a variety of tasks including donor correspondence, telephone calls to donors, writing and sending acknowledgement letters, major donor research and foundation grant writing, as well as various other duties as assigned.  Interns will also gain a thorough knowledge about the importance of donor databases by assisting with data-entry, data clean up, donor coding and more. Interns must be politically conservative, detail oriented and willing to learn. If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and a 500 word writing sample to Patrick Roy at proy@judicialwatch.org.

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