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Program Coordinator- Business & Society Program

Department: BSP
Location: New York, NY

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC.  Its mission is 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. 

The Business and Society Program (Aspen BSP) is one of The Aspen Institute’s policy programs and is dedicated to aligning business decisions with the long-term health of society. Established in 1998 and building on over 60 years of Aspen Institute programming, Aspen BSP helps established and emerging business leaders put values at the heart of practice and supports educators to prepare our next generation of business leaders to tackle society’s greatest challenges.  For more information on the work of The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, please visit:  

One of Aspen BSP’s essential initiatives is grounded in the belief that business school faculty - through their teaching, research and consulting - are powerful actors in setting the tone in corporations around the world.  A key objective of our work in business education is to build and support a coalition of faculty who, through their teaching, will re-orient business classrooms towards long-term value creation in pursuit of a world in which everyone prospers from business success. 

Basic Function 

Aspen BSP seeks a highly qualified candidate to advance innovative business teaching and research in support of these goalsThe Program Coordinator will work closely with colleagues to deliver excellent programs within the Business Education Cluster. The right candidate will bring enthusiasm for the work of the Business & Society Program, a team-orientation, attention to detail and an ability to work well with others.   

Job Responsibilities 

The Program Coordinator is based in New York City and reports to the Program Manager. He or she is responsible for the following: 

Implementation of Programming Initiatives / Project Management: 

  • Create project plans and manage the distribution, follow up and tracking of tasks and milestones 

  • Address risks and issues affecting project deadlines, and maintain clear and consistent communication on status 

  • Prepare and help manage project budgets 

  • Work with the Communication Manager in the implementation of communication plans for initiatives and events 

  • Assist in the design and production of new promotional materials 

Relationship management and recruitment 

  • Execute recruitment strategy for participants, speakers and facilitators involved in programming 

  • Lead outreach, follow-up and the tracking of communications with participants for BSP events 

  • Develop and maintain participant databases  

  • Perform primary and secondary research on topics, companies, universities and scholars related to recruitment and content development 

  • Prepare and track invoicing for any membership payments 

Event management & material preparation 

  • Design, prepare and distribute event materials and post-event reports 

  • Oversee logistics for events, in coordination with the Events Assistant 

  • Create pre-and post-event surveys and synthesize survey findings 

  • Participate in events/seminars/calls and synthesize findings for participants and other audiences 


  • As a member of the Aspen BSP team, the Program Coordinator may be asked to take on similar responsibilities for other Aspen BSP programs throughout the year, as required 

This position can offer the right candidate the opportunity to contribute to strategic design sessions, content creation and the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of redefining what business success looks like for a sustainable, healthy society. 


Candidates must possess: 

  • 2-4 years of experience providing program management support 

  • Demonstrated excellence in project management and the ability to work on multiple, time-sensitive projects in a rapidly-changing environment 

  • Strong relationship management and communication skills including the ability to engage with a variety of internal and external partners and collaborators 

  • demonstrated interest in the intersection of business and social/environmental issues  

Aideal candidate will possess one or more of the following: 

  • Familiarity with digital tools (such as Constant Contact, WordpressSquarespace, CRMs, Google Suite, SurveyMonkey, Wufoo, Eventbrite, Concur, etc.) 

  • Design acumen – demonstrated ability in designing layouts for reports, presentations and web pages 

  • Experience in business development or fundraising 

  • Superb writing skills 

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter articulating your interest in the position and explaining how your capabilities and experience match our requirements. 

Note that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against. 

Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and handle stress. Candidate must also have the ability to meet the regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.

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