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Aspen Institute employees come from a wide range of backgrounds and possess a unique blend of education, skill, and policy experience. We recognize that our people are our vital resource and we value their knowledge, enthusiasm, and commitment. At the Aspen Institute we offer competitive salaries and a wide variety of benefits to our employees and their families.

If you would enjoy working in a dynamic environment and are looking for an opportunity to become part of a stellar team of professionals, we invite you to apply online today.

Program Associate (DC or NYC)

Department: CROWN
Location: New York, NY
Salary: 64000-66000


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.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

To achieve our mission of a more free, just, and equitable society, we commit to working proactively to advance the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our myriad endeavors such as the recruitment, compensation, training, and advancement of staff. The best people-serving institutions make this commitment, and we seek to be a leader in the ways that we do so and learn from others. Visit our website to learn more about our commitment and recent actions taken toward building and nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment.

Aspen Global Leadership Network

The Aspen Global Leadership Network is a growing, worldwide community of entrepreneurial leaders from business, government, and the nonprofit sector — currently almost 3,000 Fellows from nearly 60 countries — who share a commitment to enlightened leadership and to using their extraordinary creativity, energy, and resources to tackle the foremost societal challenges of our times. All share the common experience of participating in one of the Aspen Institute’s various leadership Fellowships.

The Henry Crown Fellowship Program, established in 1997, is the flagship initiative of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. It seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders, providing them with the tools necessary to meet the challenges of business and civic leadership in the 21st century. The Fellowship is a unique mix of seminars designed to broaden the perspectives of the participants and hone their skills in values-based leadership. It honors the memory of Chicago industrialist Henry Crown (1896-1990), whose legendary career was marked by a lifelong commitment to honor, integrity, industry and philanthropy.


The Program Associate coordinates the research and outreach to support the development of a diverse, high-quality candidate pool along with the interviews and onboarding of a highly diverse annual class cohort of for-profit entrepreneurial leaders who are at inflection points looking to move from success to significance.

This position reports directly to the Executive Director. The salary range for this role is $64,000 - $66,000. The expectation is for this role to be in either our NYC or D.C. office a minimum of 2x a week to collaborate with colleagues.


Candidate Care

  • Update marketing materials as needed, including paper brochures, videos and online resources. Continue updates and maintenance on candidate landing page.
  • Execute timely distribution of nomination materials and coordinate the submission of nominations.
  • Coordinate formal interviews and selection calendar.
  • Maintain up-to-date contact information for candidates, nominators, and other program contacts, acting as main point of contact during nomination process.
  • Analyze diversity among both candidate pool Alumni to update lessons learned and best practices.
  • Support onboarding process for new Fellows and their assistants, families, and staff.
  • Update and maintain candidate and nominator databases.
  • Execute notification process for all candidates and their nominators and supporters in a timely and accurate manner, including candidate redirection process.
  • Support Executive Director with thoughtful and intentional redirection of failed candidates.
  • Play a pivotal role in the sourcing, nominating, interviewing, shortlisting, selecting, and announcing.


  • Maintain candidate and nominator databases including Salesforce and team document server.
  • Update materials for biannual Board of Overseers meetings including candidate demographics, recruiting processes, and other documents as needed.
  • Maintain financial records and receipts for program expenses and process invoices, expenses and reimbursements, etc. in a timely manner; manage monthly expense reporting.
  • Provide research, editing, strategic, creative and event support to all teammates as needed.
  • Update annual review of ‘competitive Fellowships’ such as Presidential Scholars, Truman Fellows, etc.
  • Update annual calendar of activities for Candidate Care function.


  • Bachelor’s degree or 1-3 years’ experience in relevant field.
  • Experience with identifying and sourcing diverse candidates.
  • Experience with the creation of a cohort or group of leaders.
  • Strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to travel as needed.


The Aspen Institute offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, and prescription benefits, retirement benefits, and paid leave.

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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