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Project Manager

Department: SPORTS
Location: DC or Flexible , DC
Salary: $80,000 - $85,000 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 Sports & Society Program

The mission of the Sports & Society Program is to convene leaders, facilitate dialogue and inspire solutions that help sports serve the public interest. The program provides a venue for thought leadership where knowledge can be deepened, and breakthrough strategies explored, on a range of issues.

An initiative of the Sports & Society Program, Project Play provides stakeholders with opportunities to build healthy communities through sports, starting with access to a quality sport activity for all children. We develop, apply and share knowledge that can be used to mobilize stakeholders at all levels. Our work has been used by many organizations, from professional leagues to media companies, grassroots providers to community foundations, to introduce programs or shape youth strategies related to sports.


Manages key projects related to school sports and coaching in the Sports & Society Program portfolio

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

– Develops and manages all aspects of Project Play’s school sports initiative

– Raises awareness among stakeholders of school sports playbook

– Leads the development and implementation of playbook activations

– Manages and expands partner relationships

– Organizes work groups supporting school sports activations

– Integrates school sports work into other program activities (including Project Play Summit, community work, coaching, Project Play 2024), coordinating with staff members

– Supports and advances Project Play’s coaching partnerships with the deputy director

– Serves as the manager for ongoing initiatives with partners

– Facilitates existing and emerging work groups

– Integrates coaching work into other program activities (including Project Play Summit, community work, school sports, Project Play 2024), coordinating with staff members

Knowledge, Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree at a minimum, advanced degree preferred
  • Committed to the mission of the Sports & Society Program and Project Play
  • Experience or familiarity with the challenges related to school-based sports and youth coaching
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Strong computer skills, particularly Microsoft Office Suite
  • Demonstrated ability to take direction, while also working independently
  • Works well in online meeting environments
  • Ability to devise creative solutions both independently and collaboratively
  • Strong administrative skills; the ability to plan, organize and follow through with staff and a variety of constituencies
  • Willingness to travel
  • An excellent collaborator who can enhance the work of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and perform consistently and effectively
  • Excellent customer service orientation: patience, listening, responsiveness, attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse audiences and proven ability to effectively interface with senior-level executives
  • Experience and passion for establishing organizational systems to improve efficiency and functioning in a changing environment
  • A desire to learn, sense of humor, flexibility, and resourcefulness

Level of Authority:

Potential to be a supervisory position

No budget authority

Applications without resume and cover letter will not be considered.

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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