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Program Coordinator, Financial Security Program

Department: FSP
Location: Washington, DC

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 Marylandís Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

The Aspen Institute Financial Security Programís (FSP) mission is to illuminate and solve the most critical financial challenges facing American households and to make financial security for all a top national priority. We aim for nothing less than a more inclusive economy with reduced wealth inequality and shared prosperity. We believe that transformational change requires innovation, trust, leadership, and entrepreneurial thinking. FSP galvanizes a diverse set of leaders across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to solve the most critical financial challenges. We do this through deep, deliberate private and public dialogues and by elevating evidence-based research and solutions that will strengthen the financial health and security of financially vulnerable Americans.†

The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program is committed to ensuring the diversity of our team. While not a minimum or mandatory qualification, we strongly encourage candidates of color, those who identify as Native American, women, people of low-income backgrounds, those who are differently-abled, and those with first-hand experience of financial security inequity to apply for this role.

Aspen FSP is seeking a Program Coordinator to join our close-knit, creative, high-performing team to advance policies and products that reduce wealth inequality and improve household financial security. The ideal candidate is a multi-talented, early-career professional with experience handling some combination of administrative, logistics, research, and communication tasks; is creative and eager to learn on the job; and has extremely high standards for the quality of her/his/their work.

The Program Coordinator will be an essential team member of the Policy and Market Solutions team, which works across sectors and disciplines, seeking to highlight market and policy gaps, source promising policy and market ideas that can help improve financial security, jumpstart solutions, and build a diverse set of leaders who can turn ideas into action. The Program Coordinator will work closely with the entire Aspen FSP team and other partners inside and outside of the Institute to plan and produce Aspen FSP events (both public and private) and publications, and promote them with a wide range of stakeholder audiences. She/He/They will be responsible for administrative activities, event planning and coordination, communication with stakeholders/partners, developing publications for a variety of audiences, and fulfilling research and writing tasks. Successful candidates must share a commitment to our mission of financial security for all, and will be a strong writer, extraordinarily detail-oriented, eager to learn new skills and issues, and will be adept at taking initiative, meeting deadlines, and multi-tasking in a dynamic, creative, and results-oriented environment.

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Work with Aspen FSPís Policy and Market Solutions team to help execute a strategy aimed at framing solutions, identifying policy and product champions, and producing events, content, and activities that support policy and product innovation that improves Americansí financial security. Specific tasks will include:

  • Work with Policy and Market Solutions team (Director, Program Manager, Program Associate) to design and implement program activities, including planning initiatives, meetings, travel, and outreach;
  • Support Policy and Market Solutions team with content development for Aspen FSP events and publications, including speaker and issue research, fact checking, materials preparation (bio books, agendas, issue briefs, testimony, presentations, etc.), formatting, and proof-reading;
  • Keep the team up to date with policy and product developments related to FSPís work and conduct follow-up research as necessary;
  • Draft, edit, and publish correspondence and documents related to ongoing projects, including event invites, newsletter entries, blog posts, and comment letters;
  • Manage logistical elements of Policy and Market Solutions events (roundtable discussions, executive off-sites, conferences, summits, receptions, presentations, etc.), including site and meeting space selection and set-up; staff and participant travel, lodging, and ground transportation; audio/visual requirements; expense reimbursements; preparing and disseminating correspondence regarding logistics for events; travel to event locations and serving as on-site logistics coordinator; and preparing and disseminating follow-up materials related to events (meeting notes, handouts, etc.);
  • Forge and maintain relationships with the policy, research, and event staff of partner organizations as necessary.
  • Collaborate with FSPís communications team to develop original and/or digital content, manage mailing lists and contact databases, develop outreach and dissemination strategies for deliverables, and track media coverage of Aspen FSPís policy and market solutions work;
  • Provide timely and accurate updates to support programís ongoing coordination with funders; and
  • Participate in annual program review and planning processes.

Knowledge, Education and Experience:

  • Bachelorís Degree required;
  • Knowledge of and passion for the mission of the Aspen Financial Security Program;
  • Strong written and oral communications skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and time management skills;
  • Strong ability to plan, organize, and follow through with staff and a variety of constituencies;
  • Experience meeting deadlines while balancing multiple projects, including calendar management, travel arrangements, and event planning coordination;
  • Strong, demonstrable writing and editing skills;
  • Creative problem-solving skills and professional and polished interpersonal skills;
  • Proficiency with core Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and working knowledge/willingness to learn video-conference/webinar software and database/content management software;
  • Self-starter with a demonstrated ability to work independently and in a group to produce successful results;
  • Professionalism and confidentiality;
  • A desire to learn, sense of humor, and flexibility.

Level of Authority:

  • Non-supervisory position
  • No budget authority

To Apply:

Visit our career page at and follow the instructions for uploading your cover letter and resume. All interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume. The cover letter should highlight applicantís specific qualifications for this position. Applications without a cover letter will not receive full consideration.

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