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Program Manager

Location: Washington, DC
Salary: 87,400-96,600

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

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The Aspen Institute’s Citizenship and American Identity Program focuses on the challenge of sustaining strong citizenship in America and coherent national identity in an age of demographic flux and severe inequality. In a centrifugal time when this country has never been more diverse and polarized and when its role in the world is rapidly shifting, the question of what it means to be American – and how we create a sustainable story of “us” – is of prime consequence. In practice, our work is grouped into several major initiatives. The team member in this role will focus on one such initiative, the Better Arguments Project.

The Better Arguments Project is a national civic initiative created to help bridge divides – not by papering over those divides but by equipping people to engage more constructively across differences of opinion. Many Americans have recognized the need to heal schisms, repair the social fabric, and restore trust and civility in public discourse. We believe American civic life doesn't need fewer arguments; it needs better arguments. We aim to make that possible. Our efforts began with a deep exploration of the question: What is a Better Argument? We synthesized our findings into an engagement framework, which includes five key operating principles. We translate these principles into practice through resources, trainings, a fellowship-style program, and in partnership with local groups around the country, by grounding our approach in the context of real issues. This work is in partnership with Facing History & Ourselves and The Allstate Corporation.


We are seeking a team leader who is passionate about both teaching and learning, and who believes in the power of responsible civil discourse. The Manager will lead workstreams related to developing learning experiences and content for the Better Arguments Project. The Manager will be responsible for the design and implementation of practical exercises, trainings, teaching/facilitation models, and experiences that seek to share and teach our unique content, frameworks, and core beliefs about Better Arguments.

This is a new position that provides an opportunity for a passionate and innovative individual to shape new approaches and content for a national civic initiative. The Better Arguments Project has been steadily growing on a national level for several years, and we seek the right individual with educational content development and experiential learning expertise to work alongside our programs team and help us take our work and impact to the next level.

The Manager will work in collaboration with other Better Arguments Project team members within the Aspen Institute and at partner organizations.


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

Content and Experiences (60%):

Strategy and Processes (20%):

Partnerships and collaboration (20%):




Position Type

12-months with the possibility of extension

Flexible work arrangements are available to accommodate a modified work schedule.

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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