Aspen Institute, Director, Stevens Initiative (Wash DC)

Aspen Institute, Director, Stevens Initiative--focus on engagement between young people in MENA region and US


This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 
Position Title:          Director
Program/Dept:          Stevens Initiative
Location:                   Washington, DC
FLSA Status:             Exempt
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.
Basic Function:
The J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative (Stevens Initiative), developed in partnership with the Stevens Family, and with significant involvement from the MacArthur Foundation, is a multilateral public-private partnership that will strengthen engagement between young people in the Middle East and North Africa and in the United States as a lasting tribute to the legacy of Ambassador Chris Stevens. The Stevens Initiative will use technology and online tools to achieve the largest-ever increase in people-to-people educational exchanges. The Aspen Institute serves as the Managing Partner of the Stevens Initiative, responsible for managing and coordinating all aspects of the Initiative. 
The Stevens Initiative Director will lead program development and implementation efforts, collaborate in the crafting of programmatic strategies, raise funds and develop/maintain strong external partnerships, develop and deliver strong, clear written products, and develop and manage highly effective staff, budgets, and organizational processes. The Director will conduct oversight of the Initiative and its sub-grant application and implementation components; ensure proper compliance and reporting to the Department of State and other funders; raise additional funds as needed to ensure the reach and sustainability of the Initiative and convene stakeholders and council of advisors.
·      Develop and communicate the vision for the Initiative towards measurable results. Manage  short and long-term strategies.

·      Develop and manage relationships with stakeholders including State Department, the White House, international and domestic partners, major foundations and individual supporters.

·      Develop and oversee a broad range of partnerships with the private and public sectors, civil society, academia and foundations across the United States, Middle East and North Africa to scale the initiative.

·      Facilitate governance structures for program’s council of advisors and various stakeholders, and serve as primary liaison to the council.

·      Conduct oversight of the Initiative and its sub-grant application and implementation components, including research efforts, communications strategy and website management.

·      Oversee evaluation and monitoring of  the Initiative’s sub-awards and other projects

·      Ensure proper compliance and reporting to State Department and other funders and stakeholders.

·      Develop and lead staff to ensure high quality execution.

·      Lead planning and implementation of programs and production of reports.

·      Secure funding by identifying appropriate opportunities and developing relationships.

·      Lead negotiations with international partners to develop and close strategic deals and new partnerships;

·      Ensure that programs are within budget and on schedule.

·      Develop expertise in youth education and virtual exchange, and keep current on the field.

·      Communicate the Initiative’s value proposition to domestic, regional and global audiences.

·      Together with the Assistant Directors, identify short and long term expansion strategy.

·      Work across Aspen Institute policy programs to bring together leaders from related sectors and share best practices.

Knowledge, Education and Experience:

·         Significant (10-15 years) professional experience in education or related field, including experience in education practice, institutional leadership, or policy/data research and analysis.

·         Advanced degree in higher education, public policy, or related field (or equivalent experience)

·         Familiarity with applications of technology for education, youth education practice and virtual exchange learning

·         Solid understanding of United States Government grant procedures and regulations; experience working on programs funded by the US Department of State and the ECA

·         Experience in results-oriented project management and implementation of large scale, multi-year projects.

·         Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills

·         Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

·         Attention to detail, excellent organizational skills

·         Ability to multitask in a very fast paced environment

·         Preferred experience in executing virtual learning courses and programs


·         Technological skill and literacy, including social media and online courses

·         Knowledge and experience in the Middle East and North Africa region and other international partners

·         Foreign language a plus

·         Intellectually curious with interests spanning a wide range of topics

·         Knowledge of Aspen Institute policy programs and convening methods

·         Event management experience

To Apply:
Visit the Aspen Institute’s career page at and follow the instructions to submit a cover letter and resume. The cover letter should highlight applicant’s specific qualifications for this position. Applications without a cover letter may not receive full consideration.
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