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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.

Communications and Events Associate

Location: Washington, DC
Salary: $60,000 - $75,000 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 Aspen Global Innovators Group

For over 30 years, the Aspen Global Innovators Group (AGI) has championed leadership and innovative solutions to address the worldís most pressing challenges in access to healthcare. AGI builds leadership capacity and connects individuals and organizations with bold ideas and new solutions that tackle long standing health and development challenges.

AGI works with leaders across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the U.S to reduce health disparities and give visibility to key development and advocacy issues. Our programs include fellowship and leadership coaching programs, and strategic partnerships with impactful local organizations around the world.

AGI is a diverse team of 12 staff members that reflect African, Latin American, and South- East Asia origins, accelerating Global diversity and inclusion in the health space. 73% of staff are women, 45% are people of color, 45% are first generation or immigrants to the USA. They bring an authentically global perspective and a passionate commitment to health and gender equity.

About the Role

As a member of AGIís team, the Communications and Events Associate supports outreach around AGIís work. This includes drafting content for our website, emails, and social media; writing and copyediting materials such as blog posts, publications, and op-eds; identifying and pursuing opportunities for media engagement; tracking and reporting on AGI's performance data; and helping to plan and run events.

The Communications and Events Associate reports to the Executive Director and with the AGI team as the need arises. Additional duties include drafting and disseminating content through our website, emails, and social media; ensuring we have accurate, up-to-date information on our network of contacts; and designing publications, images, and multimedia.

The successful candidate will possess the ability to understand and write about a range of policy topics ó including issues relating to global health, access to healthcare, small business development, economic development, racial and gender equity, access to economic opportunity and othersó and produce compelling deliverables that strategically expand the visibility and reach of AGIís work. This position is ideal for someone with strong communications skills, intellectual curiosity and eagerness to learn, a passion for policies and strategies to achieve global health equity, and demonstrated achievements in a communications-related role. Successful candidates must take initiative, manage sensitive and important relationships, meet project deadlines, and multi-task to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously. It is expected that the Associate will participate in relevant global and domestic travel up to 20% of their time.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Writing and Editing

  • Draft content for AGIís communications channels, including website, emails, and social media.
  • Provide writing and copyediting support on blog posts, publications, op-eds, and other materials.
  • Work with external vendors to ensure quality and consistency with AGIís style and content.

Event Planning

  • Support planning and execution of public events (virtual and in person), including outreach, promotion, coordination, logistics, reporting, and post-event communications.

Media Relations

  •  Build press lists, identify media opportunities, and engage with media around AGIís work.
  • Support the development of key messages and press releases.
  • Track media coverage of AGIís work and topics of interest.

Data and Reporting

  • Regularly track and report on digital engagement (website, email, and social media) and data on public events.
  • Assist in identifying new metrics and opportunities for expanding how we measure the impacts and outcomes of our work.
  • Track and report on qualitative performance data, including project-specific engagements or testimonials. 
  • Conduct A/B tests and make informed recommendations for improvement.


  • Collaborate with the Aspen Instituteís central communications team, other Institute programs, and external organizations as partnership opportunities arise.
  • Assist in identifying and building relationships with new external partners who can assist in helping AGI advance its messaging and communications around key areas of its work.
  • Support the work of the communications team and other AGI staff as needed.

Content Expertise

  • Build knowledge and expertise about the context and ecosystem in which AGI works, including key issues, players, and policies.
  • Develop the ability to communicate effectively on matters of global health equity, including AGIís perspective and the work AGI is doing to address them.

Skills, Education and Experience

No candidate will meet all the criteria listed below. We encourage you to apply if you're interested in the job and think you can do it well, even if you don't check every box. 

  • 2-3 years of relevant experience.
  • Knowledge and/or experience communicating about global health, access to healthcare, diversity and inclusion, and related issues.
  • Educational or professional experience in a related field, such as social science, public policy, communications, journalism, public relations, English, marketing, or design.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically about communicating key messages to diverse audiences.
  • Strong organizational and task management skills.
  • Strong writing and editing skills. Familiarity with AP style. Ability to write in French and/or Spanish a plus.
  • Experience in media relations.
  • Experience developing, collecting, analyzing, and reporting on communication metrics and measures of impact.
  • Experience planning and hosting virtual and in-person events.
  • Experience using collaboration tools such as Google Drive, Teams, and Zoom.
  • Additionally, experience with (or interest in learning):
    • Social media management
    • Email marketing
    • Contact management
    • Web development
    • Graphic design/illustration/desktop publishing
    • Video/audio editing

Principal Interactions

Works directly with AGI program staff and consultants. Has routine interaction with project partners and constituents, grantees, funders and other AGI and Aspen staff.


Position requires travel. Amount of travel varies depending on time of year and requirements of specific projects.

To Apply

Please visit the Aspen Instituteís career page and follow the instructions. Cover letter should highlight applicantís interest and specific qualifications for this position. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Job Location

This position reports to the Washington, DC, US office. Applicant must be willing to travel to the Washington DC office as needed.

The Aspen Institute offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, and prescription benefits, retirement benefits, and paid leave.

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.

Individuals needing an accommodation to complete the job application can contact or call (202) 736-1074.

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