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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.

Senior Associate

Location: DC or Flexible , DC
Salary: $70,000 - $85,000 per year

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.

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.

Basic Function:

The Senior Associate is a key member of the Aspen Digital team, participating in both the ideation and execution on a range of projects in collaboration with Directors and other Program staff. The successful candidate will be a superior writer with strong curiosity and some relevant knowledge in the areas relevant to Aspen Digitalís work: internet, technology, and media, and their impact on society and democracy. You will assume a primary role in the research, development, and writing on assigned projects. This role will require the management and coordination of multiple projects and public events, including writing and producing materials, managing logistics and project administration, overseeing production of post-conference materials and summaries, and providing general project support. 


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

Project Development and Management

  • In consultation with Directors and/or others, assist in content development of the project, including research, agenda writing and participant selection. 

  • Writing, editing and production of primary and summary materials.

  • Manage convening logistics, including creating and updating work plans and timelines; coordinating with other staff on scouting and booking venues; arranging and coordinating transportation and travel needs; negotiating, securing, and coordinating hotel room blocks; creating and updating Runs of Show; etc.

Operations and Administrative Support 

  • Develop work plans for programs and projects, follow up and track tasks and milestones.

  • Address risks and issues affecting project deadlines, and maintain clear and consistent communication on status.

  • Facilitate, support and ensure compliance with all contracts.

Shared Responsibilities

  • Organize and maintain program files 

  • Collect and process invoices, expenses, reimbursements, payments for services, etc.

  • Proofread outgoing documents (including reports) and correspondence

 *Some travel required.

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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