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Program Manager, Future of Wealth

Department: FSP
Location: Washington, DC
Salary:

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

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The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program’s (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. We welcome applicants of any gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, or other marginalized identities. While not a minimum or mandatory qualification, we strongly encourage candidates of color, people of all genders, those from low-income backgrounds, those who are disabled, and those who have first-hand experience of financial insecurity and inequity to apply for this role.

Description:

The Program Manager is a full-time position supporting the Future of Wealth initiative (Initiative) within Aspen FSP. The Initiative is a set of strategic, coordinated, and intersecting activities designed to expand, connect, and activate a diverse set of leaders committed to advancing a new wealth agenda intended to 10x the wealth of households of color and the bottom 50% of the population by wealth who currently hold less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth.  Working closely with FSP’s senior leadership, the Program Manager will be responsible for understanding and applying the Initiative’s vision and strategy; managing relationships across multiple sectors and for various types of partnerships; and implementing engagement activities such as private meetings, public events, and opportunities to amplify and share the ideas and solutions we’re hearing with the broader field. This role blends program management with partner activation for the ultimate goal of advancing solutions that will help build wealth for people across America who are most in need of innovative approaches.

The successful candidate for the position will be able to balance big-picture, strategic thinking with a keen ability to focus on details and move work forward, being able to re-prioritize as opportunities emerge. They will be energized by managing a high volume of partners and opportunities yet possess sound judgment and focus in recommending strategy. The candidate will be experienced in managing closed-door convenings and fluent in planning public digital events.

Responsibilities:

Program Management

  • Develop and manage work plans for the Initiative’s partnerships and leader engagement workstreams.
  • Manage complex projects from start to finish using project management tools and strong communication skills.
  • Organize and manage private convenings, with leadership from Aspen FSP senior staff and in collaboration with Aspen FSP events staff.  Research potential participants, develop and send invitations, develop agendas, board books, and other convening collateral.
  • Work closely with teams throughout the Aspen Institute on marketing, mass communications, events management, branding and design, grant reporting, and with Aspen FSP researchers, to execute job functions.
  • Develop, maintain, and brief colleagues on a schedule of external touchpoints, meetings, and events for the Future of Wealth initiative.
  • Contribute to grant reports which explain the goals, activities, and results of the Initiative’s partnerships and leader engagement workstreams.

Relationship Management

  • Support the Initiative’s strategic goals around the Initiative’s outreach and ongoing partnership development and management.
  • Effectively engage with key leaders across philanthropy, non-profits, academia, businesses, government, think tanks, and advocacy organizations.
  • Conduct background research and make strategic recommendations on partners from diverse sectors to cultivate and innovators to feature.
  • Create and use tools or a CRM software for tracking ways of engaging with each partner, pulling lists and reports, and setting reminders for follow-up.
  • Communicate and coordinate external partnership activities with other members of the Aspen FSP team, with the purpose of connecting issue area experts internally with the opportunities externally.
  • Organize private meetings and briefings with curated lists of partners and funders, including: developing agendas, managing invitations and the registration process, developing content, and writing invitations, briefing decks, and pre- and post- meeting communications.

External Engagement, Public Events, and Positioning

  • With senior leaders, develop key milestones goals throughout the year around positioning, engagement, audience-building, and external engagement goals
  • Source and vet incoming opportunities and make strategic recommendations for public events that could advance the agenda of the Future of Wealth initiative.
  • Execute the key areas of virtual and in-person public events: support in identifying and securing speakers; writing events descriptions and events guides; partnering with the marketing team to meet registrations goals; preparing speakers; incorporating research and other calls to action; and managing co-branded and partnered events. This role would liaise with Aspen FSP’s marketing, communications, and events team for marketing and logistics support.

Qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm for the mission of Aspen FSP and a passion for improving the financial security outcomes of low- and moderate-income Americans.
  • Superb project management skills, including attention to detail, excellent organization, ability to set priorities and meet deadlines, and proactive project communication skills.
  •  5-7 years progressively responsible experience in external engagement and relationship management. Experience working in government, philanthropy, business, or non-profit networks related to household finances is a plus.
  • Agile and experienced relationship management with a wide range of leaders across the public, nonprofit, and private sectors and strong communications with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience designing and executing meetings, convenings, and public events.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills. Ability to conceptualize and draft a variety of written products for multiple audiences.
  •  Ability to manage the work of external consultants.
  •  Ability to travel domestically up to 15% of the time (depending on public health conditions).

The Institute has implemented a mandatory COVID vaccination policy for all employees who will work at one of our physical locations, attend any of our in-person events or travel on behalf of the Institute. Staff unable to be vaccinated may request an exemption under certain circumstances.

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.

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