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Program Manager- Finance Leaders Fellowship

Department: LEADERSHIP
Location: Washington, DC

The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek to promote nonpartisan inquiry into critical issues of the day. The Institute is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The Aspen Global Leadership Network is a growing, worldwide community of entrepreneurial leaders from business, government and the nonprofit sector — currently more than 3,000 Fellows from over 50 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 Finance Leaders Fellowship, launched in 2016, is a two-year Fellowship designed to forge a global network of high-integrity, finance leaders who are deeply committed to each other and the betterment of society. The program leverages the Aspen Institute’s method of text-based dialog through attendance at seminars with a class of Fellows in a confidential setting. The Fellowship was co-founded by Henry Crown Fellow, Ranji Nagaswami, CEO of Hirtle Callaghan and Christopher Varelas, Founding Partner of Riverwood Capital with founding sponsorship from CFA Institute and other generous individual donors.

Basic Function:

The Program Manager works as part of a team alongside the Executive Director and other Program staff to create and actualize Fellow impact within the Finance Leaders Fellowship through:

  •  Leadership Ventures – cornerstone component of the Fellowship
  •  Cross-cutting theme development and collective action
  •  Impact measurement and communication
  •  Board of Overseers interactions, governance, and meetings


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  1. Leadership Ventures. Finance Leaders Fellows engage in a Leadership Venture to reconnect Finance and Society. This is a required component of the Fellowship as our Fellows move from success to significance in the industry. We ask Fellows to use their passion, platform, unique skill sets, and connections to positively shift the culture of finance or use their finance platform to do something positive for society.
  • Oversee the process that is in place for Fellow venture development, including supporting the venture component at seminars and events.
  • Join Venture calls with Executive Director and in later stages of Fellow’s active journey, lead the calls that serve as support and check-ins for Fellows on their ventures.
  • Provide pre and post call support for Fellow’s Ventures, including suggested connections and resources.
  • Track and nominate Ventures for submission for internal annual awards.
  • Work with Aspen Global Leadership Network staff on updating and sharing final Venture related materials, case studies, and tracking mechanisms internally and with Fellows.
  • Benchmark Venture-type requirements in other Fellowship and leadership programs ensuring FLF/AGLN stays current and fresh.

 2. Develop support for cross-cutting themes and collective action. As the Fellowship grows, several key topics have emerged around which Fellows are taking action. Individual venture impact may be expanded if collective action is taken.

  • Build out the concept of venture captains focused on each key venture theme and support Fellows on their execution of this responsibility.
  • With the Executive Director, develop and execute on a plan to host an annual opportunity for Fellows to collaborate on their industry impact.
  • Inventory key industry partners with whom the Fellowship should be interacting on venture impact. Expand existing outreach and communication efforts to them.

 3. Impact Measurement. Measuring impact of the program on Fellows as well as measuring the impact that Fellows have on society because of the Fellowship is key to our long-term success.

  • Regularly survey Fellows and collect anecdotal stories.
  • Analyze findings and strategically communicate results, stories, and themes.
  • Work with AGLN to provide input on impact measurement initiatives.
  • Stay abreast of what other organizations do to measure and communicate impact and suggest ways to continually enhance the FLF’s methodologies.

 4. Board of Overseers:

  • Coordinate and attend semi-annual Board of Overseers meetings, including communications, invitations, agenda, and minutes.
  • Create board package with assistance from the Fellowship team.
  • Maintain governance materials and information.

 5. Other duties as assigned.

Principal Interactions

  • Executive Director and Fellowship Team
  •  Current and graduated Fellows
  •  Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network Team
  •  Aspen Institute Trustees, Overseers, and Moderators
  •  Aspen Institute staff
  •  Industry Partners

Desired Qualities

The ideal candidate will be:

  • interested in being part of a mission driven organization focused on shifting the global finance industry
  • entrepreneurial
  • dynamic, flexible, and can handle multiple tasks at once
  • personable, professional, mature, helpful, and comfortable communicating with Fellows and others – a sense of humor is also a plus
  • a strong communicator and team player
  • based in or willing to relocate to Washington, D.C.
  • willing and able to travel, possibly internationally (approximately 10% of time)
  • legally authorized to work in the United States

Knowledge, Education and Experience

  •  Bachelor’s degree and applicable work experience required; MBA and international experience preferred
  •  At least two prior jobs related to finance or the financial services industry
  •  Experience with MS Office and SalesForce
  • Ability to work with and respect people of different cultures, viewpoints and religions, and use great discretion across interactions.

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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