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Managing Director- Aspen Cybersecurity Group

Location: Washington, DC

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Marylandís Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.


The Managing 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 group members and their teams to prepare for group meetings, manage processes for group products, draft talking points and opinion pieces, and develop issues memos.

More broadly, the Managing Director works in consultation with the Executive Director on other aspects of Program activities and administration, including the funding of and development of projects within the scope of the Program's interests. The Managing Director is a critical position that works in an engaged, comprehensive consultation and full partnership with the Executive Director on all aspects of program activities and administration, including the development of projects within the scope of the Programís interests. The Managing Director will bring strong program and staff management skills and must possess significant analytical content experience in the issues the Program addresses.

The Managing Director will also represent the Program in key partnerships, policy and funder meetings, as well as become a respected leader in the field.


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


  • Work closely in-sync with the Executive Director to develop and execute on program strategy and annual management plan for Program;
  • Work with Executive Director on development of thought leadership for the Program.
  • Identify strategic partnerships across cybersecurity and technology sectors for the Program and Cyber Group to participate in and ensure value added;

Aspen Cybersecurity Group

  • Work with group leadership to develop and execute overall group strategy;
  • Develop agendas for group meetings and teleconferences;
  • Working with the Partnerships & Events Manager, manage all logistical elements related to group meetings, including: vendor contracts, communications, and meeting set up;
  • 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 publicize the groupís work;
  • Working with the Partnerships & Events Manger, 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 director in raising program funds from foundations, corporations and individuals, and creating new revenue streams. This includes grant writing, correspondence, relationship building, and ensuring the receipt of funds.
  • Develop the budget for the Aspen Cyber Group for director 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 awards.


  • Oversee the editing, production and distribution of quality program reports.
  • Design and implement a communications strategy that would raise the public profile of the Program and its Director. This would include, 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.
  • Prepare written Program materials, including reports, papers, brochures, or other documents as requested.
  • Liaison to Aspen Institute administrative departments including Senior Management, Accounting, Information Technology Services, and General Administration.


  • 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.
  • Manage and supervise staff. Review performance of staff, periodically and annually with Director.
  • Oversight of Program finances, including managing and tracking revenue and sponsorships for the Program; 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 cybersecurity conference;
  • Substitutes for Director as representative of the Program to Senior Management and Aspen Institute administrative committees, as well as to key partners, government leaders, funders, and sponsors in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, as needed.

Shared Responsibilities:

  • Identify opportunities to improve the quality and efficiency of the Program and the Aspen Institute.
  • Assist in design, strategic planning, and growth of the Cybersecurity & Technology Program, and managing the Program brand.

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.

To apply please visit and follow the instructions to apply for Managing Director. Applicants must submit cover letter and resume

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. Candidate must also have the ability to meet regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.  

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