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Director, Aspen Cybersecurity Group

Department: ASPEN DIGITAL
Location: Washington, DC

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.

The Director oversees and facilitates the work of the Aspen Cybersecurity Group Ė a cross-sector group of former senior government officials, Members of Congress, private sector executives, academics, journalists, and civil society leaders. This includes regularly engaging with US government leaders, group members, and their teams to develop proposals related to cybersecurity policy and operations, prepare for group convenings, manage processes for group products, draft talking points and opinion pieces, and develop issue memos.

The Aspen Cybersecurity Group ó founded in 2017 by co-chairs former White House Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco, Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), and IBM Chairman, CEO, and President Ginni Rometty ó comprises approximately 40 members and is the nationís leading cross-sector, public-private cybersecurity forum for former government officials, Capitol Hill leaders, industry executives, security practitioners, and respected voices from civil society. It aims to translate pressing cybersecurity conversations into action. The current co-chairs are founding CISA Director Christopher Krebs, Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), and Northrop Grumman Chairman, CEO, and President Kathy Warden.

More broadly, the Director serves as a key point of contact and thought partner to the US government ó including federal agencies, the White House, Capitol Hill, intelligence community, and law enforcement agencies ó as well as state and local leaders, the private sector, and civil society organizations working on cybersecurity policy, and helps Aspen Digital develop, innovate, lead, fund, and convene projects on the most important issues facing the nation and the world at the intersection of security and technology. This position also assists with programming and execution of the annual Aspen Cyber Summit, as well as other relevant public and private events.

The Director serves a critical function, working in an engaged, comprehensive consultation and full partnership with the Executive Director of Aspen Digital and the Director of Cyber Initiatives on all cybersecurity and emerging technology activities. This position is expected to lead and shape Aspen Digitalís cybersecurity priorities, partnerships, policy products, and public programming.

In addition to primary activities related to the Aspen Cybersecurity Group, the  Director will be expected to represent Aspen Digital in external partnerships, cultivate and lead some funder relationships, and build a public profile as a respected leader in the cybersecurity policy field.

The best candidates for  Director will bring strong program and management skills and must possess significant analytical content experience related to technology, risk, national security, and/or international affairs. This is not necessarily a technical position ó it is primarily focused on policy-making ó but any or some technical knowledge is a plus.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Essential duties and responsibilities are as follows.  Other responsibilities may be added as necessary.

Overall

  • Develop and execute on strategy and manage the Cyber Group program;
  • Develop cybersecurity thought leadership for the Program;
  • Identify strategic partnerships across cybersecurity and technology sectors for the Program and Aspen Cybersecurity Group to participate in and ensure value-add

Aspen Cybersecurity Group

  • Work with Aspen Cybersecurity Group leadership to develop and execute multi-year group strategies;
  • Develop agendas for group meetings and teleconferences;
  • Working with Aspen Digital partnerships & events team, oversee all logistical elements related to group meetings, including: vendor contracts, communications, and meeting set up, as well as the Aspen Cyber Summit.
  • Engage group members and their teams to ensure continued and sustained progress on substantive group issues, including writing issue memos, conducting research, managing the editorial process, and ensuring an inclusive process;
  • Regularly engage stakeholders to expand opportunities to operationalize and publicize the groupís work;
  • Working with the Partnerships & Events Manager, execute on public events to highlight the groupís recommendations;
  • Serve as primary author of group-related materials, including talking points, issue memos, and opinion pieces.

Budgeting and Fundraising

  • Assist Executive Director in raising program funds from foundations, corporations and individuals, and creating new revenue streams.  This includes grant writing, correspondence, relationship management, and ensuring the receipt of funds.
  • Develop the budget for the Aspen Cyber Group for program approval; monitor and adjust throughout the budget cycle as required.
  • Work in partnership with program leadership and Aspen partners to engage and secure conference and roundtable sponsors;
  • Administer financial aspects of foundation grants and ensure Program compliance with other requirements of grants and awards.

Communications

  • Oversee the editing, production and distribution of quality program reports.
  • Prepare written Program materials, including reports, papers, brochures, or other documents as requested.

Administrative

  • Set Program policies with regard to Cyber Group meetings and broader conference management: coordination, logistics, and contacts with participants.  Primary responsibility for assuring quality control over all Program correspondence and conference materials.
  • May manage and supervise staff or interns.
  • Oversight of Cyber Group finances, including managing and tracking revenue and sponsorships for cybersecurity efforts; keeping relevant Program staff apprised of individual project budgets and account status; preparing budgets on request; tracking Program expenditures; serving as liaison of the Program to the Aspen Institute accounting department, conference facilities, sponsors, and outside vendors; preparing financial reports; maintaining financial records for the Program; administering financial aspects of foundation grants and ensuring Program compliance with other requirements of grants awards.
  • Design and implement policy and strategic convenings and roundtables, including the annual Aspen Cyber Summit conference.

Shared Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the overall strategy of Aspen Digital programs writ large
  •  Identify opportunities to improve the quality and efficiency of Aspen Digital and the Aspen Institute.
  • Assist in design, strategic planning, and growth of the Aspen Digital Program, and managing the Program brand
  • Assist in the Programís communications strategy to raise the public profile of the Program and its Director.  This includes, but is not limited to, the design of effective mechanisms for distributing Program materials to key policymakers, the development of press contacts, and the Programís online presence. 
  • May substitute for the Executive Director as representative of Aspen Digital to key partners, government leaders, funders, and sponsors in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Knowledge, Education and Experience:

  • 7-10 years of related experience with track record of effective management, accomplishment, and growth;
  • Proven experience in personnel and program management;
  • Extensive content knowledge in the areas of cybersecurity and/or technology;
  • Proven program strategist and ability to deliver high quality results; skill and proven program planning and high-quality execution skills;
  • Communications savvy: Strong demonstrable writing and editing skills, track record of effective communication that engages audiences from public, private, and non-profit sectors;
  • Possess entrepreneurial acumen and drive, ability to see and respond to opportunities to strengthen and/or course correct program plan to increase program reach;
  • Ability to lead and manage staff as well as partners in the field;
  • Comprehensive attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks;
  • Experience with fundraising and program development and design; access to strategic leadership and philanthropic networks desired;
  • Strong administrative skills; the ability to plan, organize, and follow through with staff and a variety of constituencies;
  • Ability to work with diverse audiences;
  • Thrives in and promotes high performing environment;
  • Experience with publications production and dissemination helpful;
  • Good interpersonal skills, including a desire to learn; and
  • Willingness and ability to travel.

Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and handle stress. Candidate must also have the ability to meet the regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.

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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