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Program Coordinator

Department: LEADERSHIP
Location: Washington, DC
Salary: $45,000 - $55,000 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.

The Leadership Division of the Aspen Institute builds off its 70-year history of developing leaders across generations and place to become more effective, values-based leaders. Today, the Division supports the life-long development of leaders through (1) its seminar offerings; (2) the Aspen Global Leadership Network; and (3) Weave: The Social Fabric Project. Values of the Division include: service, courage, humility, cura personalis, inclusion, transparency, and collaboration.

The Aspen Global Leadership Network is a worldwide community of more than 3,000 high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders from business, government, and the nonprofit sector in more than 50 countries. Because of their demonstrated accomplishments and abilities, they have been selected to be part of one of 14 geographic or sector-specific Fellowships around the world. By being part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, Fellows commit themselves to moving from success to significance by taking action on some of the world's most pressing challenges.


We are looking for a dynamic, passionate emerging leader to help drive the collective impact of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. The role works in service of the AGLN Fellowship teams to ensure cross-network learning, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and strong operations. The Program Coordinator will report to the Senior Manager- Impact Strategy & Operations. This role will touch all key programmatic areas of the AGLN, including domestic and international convenings, the venture and evaluation portfolio, communications, and data management.

You are a fit if you are:

  • An operational leader: you thrive when bringing ideas to life; you are detail oriented and have a proven track record of moving from idea to execution with ease and joy.
  • Demonstrated interest in working across diverse viewpoints and cultures.
  • Familiarity and interest in leadership development, social entrepreneurship, and community engagement.
  • Motivated by building systems and seeing them thrive Ė you derive purpose from designing and implementing systems and communities that support learning, connection, and ease.
  • A culture-builder, this includes contributing to a team ethos of humor, delight, and curiosity.
  • An excellent communicator across mediums - you are as comfortable communicating a strategy through a slide deck as through a story told verbally.
  • You lead with humility, a deep sense of mission and an insatiable curiosity about the world.
  • You are passionate about building a global community of justice-seekers.

As an AGLN Team, we are committed to holistically developing as leaders. As such, this role will begin at the Program Coordinator level, with a clear path to promotion after the first 12-18 months.


Team Management (25%)

  • Generalist support: as team is built, support with data gathering, stakeholder coordination, scheduling for the VP and other team members as needed, and documentation/follow-up. Support the operational infrastructure for the team and its core functions.

AGLN Network Programs (25%)

Learning & Connectivity of Fellowship Programs

  • Support and execute year-round learning opportunities and AGLN communities of practice that convene Fellowship staff regularly to share Fellowship best practices and processes (ex: Collective Impact & Collaboration, Venture Design & Support, Seminar Execution, Nomination and Selection of Fellows, Salesforces, Communications etc.)
  • Support the bi-annual AGLN Advisory Council meeting with all Fellowship Programs, including the development of goals and the agenda with the AGLN VP and Senior Manager, communication to and feedback from AGLN Fellowship programs, planning and logistics as well as on-site and/or virtual execution of the meeting.
  • Support and maintain robust knowledge sharing platforms and training tools to ensure strong operations across AGLN Fellowship programs.
  • Support the execution and planning for Fellowship Program Directorsí monthly meetings.

Support to Fellowship Programs

  •  Plan, support, and staff Fellowship Program seminars as needed.
  •  Support and train local Fellowship staff on seminar-related planning and activities, Fellowship nomination and selection process.

Community Impact & Engagement (50%)


  •  Support the Divisionís Systems team and Fellowship programs to review and refresh approach to ventures.
  • Support and on-board Fellowship coordinators/managers on seminar and leadership venture processes and documented best practices.

Impact Evaluation

  • Support monitoring and evaluation of impact strategy.
  • Support and on-board Fellowship coordinators/managers on evaluation processes and documented best practices, as aligned to the AGLN impact framework.
  • Collaborate with the communications department to share insights from impact portfolio.

Community Engagement and Storytelling

  • Lead sourcing, development, and execution of stories for the AGLN website and newsletter to highlight areas of strategic importance for the AGLN: global perspectives; collaboration and collective action; DEI; AGLN impact framework; etc.
  • Communicate with external and international Fellowships to increase greater connectivity with the AGLN and the Aspen Institute. Encourage increased participation in featuring their Fellows in AGLN newsletter and storytelling efforts.

Partnership & Impact Support

  • Support the operational back end of partnership work - eventually coordinating partnership subaward payment processes to AGLN Fellows (e.g., McNulty; Braddock; Mastercard), management of contracts for review through Due Diligence Review; submit OFAC checks through Due Diligence Review, etc.

Data Sharing & Management

  • Support the process for semi-annual data audits & updates for both internal and external Fellowship Programs, with Fellowship Program Teams, (e.g., Fellow contact updates, importing new classes, venture updates, partnership engagements, and the Leadership Divisionís Systems Team.)
  • Support the process of collecting and updating all external Fellowship Program data including Fellow details, seminar information, venture progress, etc.


  • Bachelorís degree required; 2 years of experience in project management and/or operations, preferably in the nonprofit and/or private sectors, with an emphasis on international projects or international stakeholders.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, as well as the ability to handle multiple tasks and shift priorities quickly.
  • Ability to structure systems and policies to ensure smooth daily program operations with excellent organizational, communication, and planning skills.
  • Experience with a variety of software programs, including Salesforce, Excel, Word, and other Microsoft Suite products.
  • Demonstrated experience with data analysis is a plus to bring together results and examine the findings for patterns of agreement, convergence, divergence, or discrepancy.
  • Ability to work well with staff across seniority levels and a variety of stakeholders, with a willingness to contribute to the team as needed to support the achievement of program goals.
  • Polished, culturally competent interpersonal skills, as well as sound judgment, maturity, and a sense of humor. Ability to handle information with the utmost discretion.
  • Knowledge of or experience working with global groups and or organizations, with an emphasis on convening diverse groups for a shared experience is a plus.
  • Strong interest in and support for the mission of the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Level of Authority

  • To be determined

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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