Career Opportunities

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is the nation's premier Hispanic nonprofit leadership development organization. CHCI’s mission is to develop the next generation of Latino leaders through its award-winning leadership development programs. CHCI employs an exceptional and dynamic staff and offers a wide of array of competitive benefits including medical, dental, 401K with a company match, 15 days vacation and sick leave upon hire, tuition assistance, and a transportation subsidy. These are just a sample of the benefits provided to all full-time employees.

Currently, CHCI is seeking to fill the following position(s).


The internships are unpaid but offer an excellent opportunity to learn and experience the inner workings of an exciting nonprofit organization. If interested please email your cover letter and resume to


• College graduate or pursuing a college degree.
• Strong computer literacy is necessary.
• Work a minimum of 30hrs/week.
• Must multi-task and work well under pressure.
• Excellent logistical and organizational skills.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Excellent customer service skills.
• Must be a self-starter and independent; understands the need for detail.
• Bilingual skills (Spanish-English) is a plus.
• If participating in a school internship program, requirements for that program must be submitted.
• Make a final presentation of your choice on how your newfound skills will help your career and personal goals.


Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Attention: Linda Thoms
Director, Human Resources & Administration
Fax (202) 546-2143


The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

CHCI is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Title: Philanthropy Manager

Reports to: SVP of External Affairs

Position Summary:

The Philanthropy Manager contributes to the continued expansion of CHCI’s major donor program to ensure that CHCI has optimal and diversified resources to meet its mission. The Philanthropy Manager works closely with the SVP of External Affairs (SVP) and the Manager of Corporate Relations in advancing general unrestricted support.

The Philanthropy Manager is responsible for securing renewals of current major donors and partners through mindful and proactive stewardship, identifying and engaging new donors and partners, and supporting fundraising efforts across CHCI.


65% of the position’s time should be dedicated to acquiring a minimum of $250,000 in new gifts.

15% of the position’s time should be dedicated to retaining and stewarding current partners.

15% of the position’s time should be focused on collaborating with the Manager of Corporate Relations to cultivate medium- to small-sized company C-Suite individuals under the soon to be launched Congressional Leader Club program.

5% of the position’s time will be focused on maintaining the Raiser’s Edge database information in conjunction with the part-time database specialist.

  • The Philanthropy Manager is a highly visible team member and is the primary relationship manager for a growing portfolio of major donors, partners, and prospects. The Philanthropy Manager will be ultimately responsible for the relationships in this portfolio.
  • Develop effective strategies to engage major donors and grow this funding base and work side-by-side with other members of the Philanthropy Team to cultivate, pitch, acknowledge, track, steward, and renew support in this category.
  • Responsible for stewardship and renewal of all major donors as well as identifying prospects locally, nationally and globally who can be cultivated to support the organization with unrestricted, programmatic, or event sponsorship gifts.
  • Develop campaigns working closely with the marketing and communications team
  • Write proposals, letters of inquiry, appeals, case statements, donor profiles, and other communications as assigned.
  • Submit regular reports on solicitation, cultivation, and overall progress to the VP of Philanthropy on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
  • Directly support members of CHCI’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board in their fundraising activities.
  • Directly support the Alumni Association and CHCI staff responsible for this program in their fundraising activities.
  • Organize and support prospecting events, major donor recognition events and other receptions including generating invitations and tracking responses.
  • Supporting the SVP efforts to track donor engagement through Raisers Edge.
  • Work with the SVP to supervise all aspects of donor relations including, but not limited to, stewardship activities and ensuring recognition benefits are delivered.
  • Maintain calendar of donor events and integrate into other CHCI calendars.
  • Support the SVP and serve as a liaison to manage engagement with high level major donors, alumni, prospects, and other VIPs during events.
  • Produce status reports regularly for the SVP and Board of Directors.
  • Be independent and reliable on administrative tasks within projects and campaigns like updating data, mailings, and presentations.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree with graduate work or advanced degree welcome; a thirst for learning a plus.
  • A minimum of 5 years fundraising experience required, ideally with major donors and C-Suite professionals.
  • Highly effective communication skills required, especially written, presentation and interpersonal.
  • Highly organized and able to set objectives, manage, and see projects through to completion.
  • Sound judgment; reliable, willing to own the position fully, and utterly trustworthy.
  • Ability to work independently and as a vital and contributing member of a team.
  • Unwavering commitment to CHCI’s mission of developing the next generation of Latino leaders and a positive, can-do attitude.
  • Experience/aptitude with fundraising database products including Raiser’s Edge or other constituent relationship management systems preferred.
  • Absolutely professional approach and willingness to support the team fully, including peers and leadership, to fully meet the needs of a growing CHCI.
  • Innately curious, creative, and hungry to make a strong contribution to CHCI.
  • Position requires some travel and occasional evening and weekend work for events and donor meetings.

Job Title: Staff Accountant

Department: Finance

Reports to: Controller

Supervises: N/A

Status: Exempt

Organization Background:

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is one of the leading Hispanic non-profit, non-partisan organizations in the country. CHCI was established in 1978 by a group of Congressman to develop the next generation of Latino leaders. To fulfill its mission, CHCI offers nationally recognized educational and leadership programs, services, and activities that promote the growth of its participants as effective professionals and strong leaders. These vital opportunities empower Latinos for great personal and professional achievement. Latinos who participate in CHCI’s programs have boldly chosen to explore new opportunities and expand their horizons.

CHCI’s extensive convening power connects young Latinos to an influential and expansive network of leaders who are shaping our country’s future by keeping critical Latino issues on the national agenda. Additionally, CHCI helps maintain a pipeline of emerging Latino talent for government entities, corporations, nonprofits and other organizations.

Over the past ten years, CHCI has transformed itself into a leading nonprofit organization that has significantly expanded access for the Latino community. It has grown its budget to $10 million and its staff to roughly 30 people. Through its programs, CHCI has been directly impacting more than 1,700 students annually. Also, more than 3,300 highly accomplished alumni have successfully continued their journey beyond CHCI into the workforce as powerful leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

The staff accountant will be responsible for day-to-day operations including but not limited to general ledger analysis, the proper recording of all financial transactions that impact the general ledger, maintenance and reconciliation of asset and liability accounts, cash management, bank and investment reconciliations, accounts receivable and accounts payable process, fixed asset management and preparation of monthly journal entries.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1. Complete monthly general ledger work in a timely, accurate manner to expedite month-end close:

  • Prepare and input all allocation journal entries (salary, benefits, postage)
  • Complete monthly reconciliations (of all asset and liability accounts) and input related journal entries
  • Record monthly investment income and reconcile investment accounts
  • Input all recurring, month end and adjusting journal entries (e.g, prepaids, payroll, taxes, depreciation/ amortization, deferred rent, etc.)
  • Produce monthly accounts receivable and multi-year grant reports

2. Responsible for accurate revenue recording:

  • Preparation and delivery of timely, accurate invoices and accompanying docs to supporters

3. Cash management/ bank accounts:

  • Ensure timely deposits
  • Perform all bank reconciliations and related adjusting entries
  • Ensure all outstanding items on bank recs addressed on timely basis

4. Maintain general ledger and subsidiary accounts:

  • Prepare opening, adjusting, recurring journal entries
  • Post entries with approval from Controller
  • Document monthly reconciliations (all asset and liability accounts)
  • Ensure agreement between subsidiary accounts (such as receivables, investments, fixed assets) with financial reports

5. Ensure all regular weekly, monthly, annual deadlines met

  • Weekly – invoicing, accounts receivable, revenue recording, AP review and posting
  • Monthly – monthly close, general ledger account reconciliations (all asset and liabilities)
  • Annually – 5500, 1099s, audit schedules as assigned

6. Review and post accounts payable

7. Assist in documenting and monitoring internal controls

8. Assist pulling audit samples

  • Secondary Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Assists Controller with regular duties as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Education - Bachelor’s or higher degree in accounting or finance.
  • Prior experience (3-5 years).
  • Intermediate level knowledge of accounting functions and related internal controls, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, and cash and fixed assets.
  • Strong understanding of accounting theory and its application.
  • Great Plains experience desired.
  • Ability to meet assigned deadlines and produce timely, accurate work product.
  • Strong analytical skills needed.
  • Ability to prioritize work and multi-task is a must.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills (written and verbal).
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong Microsoft office applications skills (especially excel, word, powerpoint, outlook)
  • Must maintain highest level of confidentiality.

Please email cover letter and resume to Linda Thoms, HR Director at

Job Title: Senior College Programs Specialist

Department: Programs

Reports To: Director of Leadership Programs

Manages the following positions: Non applicable

Status: Exempt


The Senior College Programs Specialist works closely with the Director and his/her team, facilitating and monitoring all aspects of the Congressional Internship Programs (summer, fall and spring semesters)


• Manages the intake, review and selection processes for applicants for the three sessions of the Congressional Internship Program
• Creates positive relationships with offices of Members of Congress and tracks placement patterns with congressional offices
• Identifies and negotiates intern placements, as well as provides logistical support for the Congressional Internship Program
• Identifies potential relationships with new congressional offices and strengthen communications with hill office staff
• Establishes open and consistent communication with placement supervisors while monitoring intern office performance
• Maintains strong working relationships with program participants
• Provides constructive feedback and advice to interns throughout internship program
• Offers recommendations to improve the quality of existing processes, including the implementation of new technological capacities
• Establishes timelines in conjunction with his/her management team to monitor participants’ progress and ensure requirements are met and followed
• Creates work plans for each phase of the programs and assigns duties, responsibilities and scope of authority
• In conjunction with the Director of Programs, works closely with his/her team through the problem solving and creative thinking process to develop and implement new approaches, systems, structures, and methods in the programs when needed
• Identify highlights and achievements of current internship participants, as well as programming events with Communications Team
• Coordinates with Development Team to ensure that sponsors are receiving proper recognition and participant updates for their support of CHCI
• Coordinates intern and sponsor engagement meetings while interns are in D.C. during internship
• Facilitates the development, implementation and management of educational workshops, training sessions and curriculum modules for the program
• Identifies new topics of discussion based on the knowledge and interaction with each cohort
• Has primary responsibility for timely tracking and reporting of demographic profiles for interns and all other reporting needs for the internship program
• Manages all administrative duties of CHCI’s Congressional Internships, including faxing, filing, mailing, copying, and phone and mail inquiries
• Manages programs participants’ travel and housing arrangements
• Assists in programs specific special events like graduation, community service projects, and off-site events
• Responsible for internal communication about CHCI Internship experiences
• Prepares memoranda, composes letters and routine correspondence, and researching information
• Participates in and coordinates Capitol Hill events for the purpose of recruiting candidates for CHCI student and leadership programs
• Oversees website information about programs in his/her subject matter expertise
• Practices effective organization for administrative tasks
• Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor


• Bachelor’s degree required
• Capitol Hill experience highly preferred
• Experience with leadership programs for college students
• Student case management or mentorship experience desired
• At least one-year of administrative experience
• Strong knowledge of Microsoft Word, Access and Excel
• Bilingual – English/Spanish skills required
• Excellent logistical and organizational skills desired; strong verbal and written communication skills
• A professional appearance and telephone manner is essential
• Strong team player; works well under pressure
• Strong facilitation skills
• Strong attention to detail and follow through skills
• Strong ability to work independently
• Must be a self-starter who understands the need for detail
• Must be creative and flexible in order to respond quickly and positively to shifting demands and opportunities
• Demonstrated commitment to helping Hispanic youth and an understanding of the issues that impact the Latino community