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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.

Senior Associate

Location: Washington, DC
Salary: $73,000 - $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 Congressional Program is celebrating its 40th year in 2023 and is designed to promote leadership on public policy issues by bringing together legislators from both political parties with internationally renowned scholars for high level discussions and analysis. Since our programís inception, more than 485 members of Congress have participated in our 151 domestic and international conferences.

Basic Function:

The Senior Associate of Congressional Engagement will be the key team member interacting with member offices and collaborating closely with other team members to develop programming and congressional invitees to our conferences and other events to make these events most impactful for members of Congress and congressional staff.  Program activities include 20-26 events on Capitol Hill each year and 3-5 conferences each year. This position would be part of a small, but mighty,  4-person team -  all working together - to provide programming highly valued by members of Congress and congressional staff members who attend these events.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify potential members of Congress for participation in Congressional Program events including breakfasts, conferences and develop outreach strategies to attract a balance of Republicans and Democrats from various regions of the country to participate in our events.
  • Assist Deputy Director with programming and attend our congressional breakfast series and our congressional staff lunch series and recruit congressional attendees based on topics and interests.
  • Assist with and attend 3-5 international conferences for members of Congress and one conference for congressional staff members each year.
  • Prepare conference notebooks and conference reports.
  • Technology leader for the program.

Knowledge, Education and Experience:

  • The position requires solid knowledge of the U.S. Congress and ability to engage with people from all political perspectives.
  • 2-4 years of current or very recent work in a Capitol Hill personal office or committee.
  • Great team player who can also work independently.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills; experience drafting written communications for a congressional audience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity with or easily trained in Salesforce and a publishing program.
  • Comfortable with traveling to interesting parts of the world.  

The Aspen Institute offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, and prescription benefits, retirement benefits, and paid leave.

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.

Individuals needing an accommodation to complete the job application can contact or call (202) 736-1074.



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