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Project Director

Location: Washington, DC

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.

Aspen Digital empowers policymakers, civic organizations, companies, and the public to be responsible stewards of technology and media in the service of an informed, just, and equitable world. The Aspen Digital staff is a diverse team of driven and energetic professionals. We are motivated by the power of technology to change lives, and we work hard to have measurable impact while also pushing ourselves to learn constantly, collaborate and innovate, and take joy from our work.

In 2021, Aspen Digital joined a diverse group of tech companies, researchers, and DEI experts in publishing the landmark ACT Report, which outlines a wide range of recommendations for improving the representation, inclusion, and empowerment of underserved and marginalized communities. As a next step to this work, The Aspen Institute is launching the Tech Equity Accountability Mechanism (TEAM), a new initiative that will build off the recommendations of the ACT Report by partnering with tech leaders to standardize DEI data collection, provide expert support, amplify best practices, and fairly hold the industry as a whole accountable. In short, TEAM will carry the vision and recommendations from the ACT Report into measurable, collective action across tech.  

Project Director

The Project Director will direct the work of the TEAM initiative, a new effort that will provide support to tech companies working to empower underrepresented communities in the digital economy.  The ideal candidate will be well-versed in advancing equity and justice within tech, working directly with underrepresented communities, and overseeing complex virtual programs with diverse representatives from the tech industry across the US. As the lead in this initiative, the Project Director will manage high-level relationships with TEAM member companies and the TEAM Advisory Group, composed of non-industry experts (e.g., nonprofits, research institutions) with the goal of gathering DEI expert perspectives on the current state and future goals within the tech industry. You will manage the development of a new accountability framework that sets industry-wide standards for DEI data collection, propose collective industry actions for improving DEI,  and oversee a series of multilateral workshops with TEAM member companies and DEI advisors to review, refine, and ultimately adopt new standards. .

Specifically, you will: 

  • Serve as the primary thought-leader for TEAM which may include: research, landscape analyses, agenda development for virtual and in-person convenings, and drafting summaries, reports, blog posts, op-eds and other forms of thought leadership.

  • Lead the recruitment of a DEI Advisory Group composed of non-industry experts (e.g., nonprofits, research institutions) and other relevant stakeholders. 

  • Manage relationships with the individual TEAM member companies to collect DEI data, baseline progress on DEI objectives, and self-identified needs for improvement across product development, culture, and workforce.

  • Work closely with TEAM member companies to identify collective, measurable actions drawn from the ACT report based on analyzed company data, metrics and best practices. 

  • Create a series of multilateral workshops with TEAM members and DEI advisors to review, refine, and ultimately adopt the Accountability Framework.

  • Represent TEAM and its progress to external stakeholders, press, and peers.

  • Produce regular status reports for stakeholders and funder(s).

A successful applicant will demonstrate the following qualities: 

  • A familiarity with, understanding of, and/or involvement in social justice, inclusion, and digital equity, ideally within the tech industry.

  • Comfort and ability managing high-level multi-stakeholder relationships across the tech industry as well as the DEI expert community.

  • Experience with leading a project from initial launch phase and managing a newly on-boarded team.

  • Familiarity with coordinating the collection, interpretation, and presentation of large datasets 

  • Demonstrated track record of public thought leadership, publishing, writing, speaking, or policy-making is desirable.

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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