The Show-Me Institute Is Hiring

Events and Outreach Coordinator

Show-Me Opportunity (“SMO”), in conjunction with the Show-Me Institute (“SMI”), markets liberty and free-market solutions to the problems facing Missouri and hosts regular lectures and events throughout this state. SMO is seeking a dynamic and skilled individual to manage this increasingly important outreach to Missourians.

Reporting directly to the Communications and Outreach Manager of SMO and working closely with the Director of Development of SMI, the Events and Outreach Coordinator is responsible for:

Events Planning and Execution

  • Developing, in consultation with the Communications and Outreach Manager and Director of Development, a 12-month-out events calendar for major events.
  • Organizing and planning all aspects of events: venue, program/booking, AV, catering, etc.
  • Day-of event management.
  • Working with individuals to organize and execute in-home and small-venue events.

Events Preparation

  • Developing a list of prospective speakers who may be of interest to supporters and pro–free market citizens.
  • Working with the communications team to produce reusable staging materials and signage.

Outreach Coordination

  • Building relationships with Missourians who support free-market solutions to Missouri’s problems
  • Creating and managing speaking opportunities for SMI’s scholars and staff
  • Building coalitions with groups that share the concerns and priorities of SMI
  • Working closely with the Communications and Outreach Manager to pitch and schedule media appearances to promote SMI research and events.

 Digital Outreach

  • Managing e-mail and social media campaigns on multiple platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Constant Contact)
  • Managing and responding to feedback, comments and questions regarding events and outreach opportunities on SMI digital platforms.


  • Writing clear and concise copy for promotional materials, social media posts, newsletters, event descriptions, press releases, and blog posts.

 Skills & Qualifications

The successful applicant will:

  • Have at least two years of relevant experience
  • Be passionate about and committed to the mission of the Show-Me Institute
  • Possess excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in related subject matter

 Application Process

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

  •   Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing: (a) your sincere interest in this position and the mission of the organization, and (b) your salary requirements

 A writing sample may be requested.

 Materials should be emailed to Zach Lawhorn at

 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.


Executive Assistant

The Show-Me Institute seeks an Executive Assistant to serve as assistant to the CEO and help manage the day to day operations of the Institute.

The Executive Assistant’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Proper routing of mail, ingoing and outgoing
  • Front desk responsibilities including answer the phone and door
  • Maintain deposits, invoices, and receipts for SMI’s accountant, ensuring payment deadlines are met in a timely manner
  • Review expense reports prior to submission to the CEO to ensure they have been documented and approved in accordance with SMI procedure
  • Maintain up-to-date non-profit registrations, fundraising registrations, employer notices, and occupancy documents
  • Maintain and secure records and data in accordance with appropriate retention policies
  • Monitor SMI’s internal processes for compliance with policies and legal obligations
  • Handle human resource issues, as delegated by the CEO, and new employee in-processing
  • Maintain office equipment and manage basic office upkeep inside and outside to ensure SMI has a productive work environment
  • Manage procurement and inventory tracking of publications, supplies, stationery, equipment, and furniture
  • Assist with travel itinerary, scheduling, and event coordination
  • Undertake special projects as assigned


  • Be passionate about and committed to the mission of the Show-Me Institute
  • Possess excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Be a team player with a positive attitude and strong interpersonal skills
  • A demonstrated history of personal pride and self-accountability

How to Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter (including philosophical commitment to the mission of the Show-Me Institute and salary requirements) and resume to Christina Gibson at Applications may also be mailed to:

Christina Gibson

Show-Me Institute

5297 Washington Place

St. Louis, MO 63108


While we thank all applicants for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.


Summer Intern

The Show-Me Institute is pleased to offer internship opportunities for Summer 2020.

  • Internships are open to current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates. 
  • Internships last approximately 10 weeks. The exact starting and ending dates are flexible, but we anticipate that each internship will run from June 1 until August 14.
  • Summer interns will work a full-time schedule (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).  
  • Interns will be involved in many aspects of the Institute’s operations. Interns will work closely with senior staff on a wide variety of projects. They can expect greater responsibility and personal attention than they would receive at larger organizations.
  • Interns will assist staff members with a variety of tasks. These may include researching public policy topics, organizing events, and writing and editing op-eds, newsletter articles, studies, and other documents. Some administrative and clerical tasks will also be required.
  • Policy internships as well as communications and development internships are available.
  • An internship is an excellent opportunity to improve your research and writing skills. Each intern will produce regular blog posts and an op-ed on a public policy topic of interest. Each intern will receive feedback and assistance from SMI staff members throughout the process.
  • Internships are located in either our St. Louis or Kansas City office.
  • Interns will be paid on an hourly basis.

Those wishing to be considered for an internship should submit the application available at the link below along with the requested supporting materials. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The application deadline is Friday, April 3, 2020. However, we will begin conducting interviews as applications are received.

About the Show-Me Institute

Founded in 2005, the Show-Me Institute is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy research organization. The mission of the Institute is advancing liberty with responsibility by promoting market solutions for Missouri public policy. For more information:

Phone: (314) 454-0647