Careers at the Aspen Institute
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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.


Salary: $17/hour

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 Society of Fellows (SOF) is a national community of diverse and distinguished leaders who sustain and support the values-based work of the Aspen Institute. Members of SOF enjoy unparalleled access to Institute programs and events, including unique experiences with nationally-recognized speakers and thought leaders. They are the first to know about Aspen Institute events, and they receive special invitations to member-exclusive programs across the country.

Position Description: This SOF intern supports the front-line fundraising team in their stewardship and cultivation efforts through a variety of key responsibilities, including communications with SOF members, event coordination, assistance with special engagement projects, and data entry and other administrative functions.

Internship details:
• Hours per Week: 20
• Duration of internship: one year minimum

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Data Entry: Recording and updating contact and personal information, and logging meetings, phone calls, etc. in Salesforce (NPSP).
Research: Add and update SOF member biographies in NPSP.
Donor Correspondence: Outreach to donors via phone and email to obtain their current contact information.
Special Projects Support: Responsible for research and coordination associated with special stewardship projects or events in support of the program mission as directed by supervisor.
General Assistance: Provide general support to the team on cultivation and stewardship efforts and other special requests.
Knowledge, Education and Experience, and Skills:
• High attention to detail with exceptional organizational and time management skills.
• Ability to work effectively with various team members on multiple projects at once.
• Strong ability to quickly master new software and systems.
• Team player with ability to work well independently and with others.
• Exemplary customer service skills when interacting with donors or other external parties.
• Keen sense of personal integrity and discretion with handling sensitive information.
• Ability to represent the Institute to high level donors in a positive, knowledgeable and professional manner.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office software and Salesforce preferred.
• Experience in customer service or development preferred.

Primary Mission Accountabilities:
All Aspen Institute employees are expected to adhere to the etiquette and responsibilities detailed below:
• Foster a culture of excellence in all aspects of his or her work.
• Keen sense of personal integrity and discretion with handling sensitive information.
• Represent the Aspen Institute ideal of respect for the dignity and value of others.
• Promote a teamwork environment.
• Respect and value diversity.
• Adhere to professional dress code and act with professionalism.
• Manage one’s own workload and adhere to deadlines as they are given.
• Respect and adhere to all regulations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Maintain flexibility with regard to switching between working remotely and in the Aspen office, the Aspen Meadows campus, and other locations as needed if it is safe to do so with regard to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.

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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