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Partnerships and Outreach Manager

Department: STEVENS
Location: Washington, DC

The Aspen Institute 

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 Stevens Initiative 

The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build global competence for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange: online, international, and collaborative learning. The Initiative is a lasting tribute to the legacy of Ambassador Chris Stevens and aims to offer an unprecedented number of youth the opportunity to connect in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa virtually in sustained and meaningful ways. For more information about the Initiative, please visit 

Position Description 

The Partnerships and Outreach Manager will be responsible for identifying and engaging foundations, education institutions, policymakers, and other peer organizations focused on education or global education in addition to technology firms to raise awareness of, and contribute to the broad adoption and scaling of virtual exchange. Successful candidates will have a proven track record of demonstrably of engaging stakeholders in these fields. They will possess an enthusiasm for global education and an understanding of partnership management to sustain an emerging high-profile program.

Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Research non-governmental organizations, foundations, and education institutions to identify key players at the postsecondary and K-12 levels and generate interest by clearly communicating the Initiativeís purpose, value, and importance to raise awareness on virtual exchange;
  • Identify government, businesses, and civil society leaders to engage on behalf of the Stevens Initiative and convene them in informational meetings and events to raise awareness and support for the program;
  • Support interaction and cooperation with program stakeholders by planning and supporting meetings and events, correspondence, and other communication to share information;
  • Create a systemic, process-driven approach to outreach and relationship management to further the Initiativeís matchmaking capabilities;
  • Identify speaking opportunities and draft panel pitches and talking points for Stevens Initiative staff;
  • May occasionally take the lead in speaking at outreach events and/or workshops;
  • In collaboration with the MENA based Regional Program Manager, develop content and ensure logistical arrangements for formal annual international event, leading end-to-end process from planning to implementation;
  • Assess ongoing needs related to outreach efforts and make recommendations to program leadership based on outcomes, including written reports and other requested formats;
  • As needed, track and summarize relevant media coverage and other publications highlighting virtual exchange and global education as a resource to stakeholders;
  • Support program communications and event needs as needed.

Required skills and experience:

  •  Bachelorís degree or Masterís degree (preferred) in relevant field;
  •  Minimum 5 years of experience in relationship management and strategic outreach and engagement, or business development ideally in global education context;
  •  Self-starter with demonstrated ability in partnership building and project management;
  •  Superior written communication and presentation skills, including: ability to translate ideas and concepts into professional communication products, including speeches, talking points, PowerPoint presentations, articles, and other materials;
  •  Highly creative, motivated, detail-oriented, globally competent, and able to work both independently and as part of a close-knit, fast-paced, and diverse team;
  •  Strong project management skills and the ability to take initiative and ownership, creatively problem solve, and see through to completion.

Level of Authority: 

  •  Non-supervisory Position
  •  No budget authority
  • Up to 20%

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 regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.

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