Peace is our commitment. The United States Institute of Peace represents the American people’s shared values and commitment to peace around the world. We know that Peace is Security – it advances both U.S. and international security by preventing, managing and mitigating violent conflict.
We are an independent, non-partisan institution and are actively engaged with peacebuilding efforts around the world. Together we tackle the toughest problems and hold fast to the possibility of a more peaceful world. To learn more about USIP programs and job openings, go to https://www.usip.org/about/careers.
If you have a passion for making the world a better place and want to have a front row seat to the world stage, USIP is the place for you.
Reporting to the Vice President of External Relations, the Director of Special Initiatives is the day-to-day leader of USIP’s strategic initiatives – the Women Building Peace Initiative, the International Advisory Council, and other high-profile signature events. In that role, the Director is responsible for developing and overseeing new and existing special initiatives for the Institute, including strategic implementation, internal coordination, external partner management, and operational decisions as they impact the goals and outcomes of key initiatives.
The Director will provide general oversight and coordinate throughout the Institute to provide a clear vision of each initiative’s goals; coordinate within the Institute to ensure alignment; ensure that key external stakeholders are supported in their roles; and leverage these initiatives to increase the impact and profile of the Institute. The focus of the position is to cultivate new relationships while leveraging existing partnerships, and ultimately ensure that USIP can best fulfill its role in embodying America’s commitment to peace.
The Director works under the general supervision of the Vice President for External Relations and has frequent interaction with the President and Executive Office, Chief Financial Officer, and other directors.
TARGET SALARY RANGE
Grade 15 - $137,849 – $142,443
The Institute uses the General Schedule salary tables for administering compensation. Offers of employment are determined based upon candidate qualifications, related experience, internal equity and amount budgeted for the position.
Lead Institute-wide high-level, special initiatives, setting the direction, coordinating across the Institute and managing day-to-day implementation with attention to detail.
Expand the profile and visibility of the Institute with key external stakeholders including dignitaries and other high-profile individuals who share our values and mission.
In collaboration with the Executive Office, develop and implement a stewardship program for the International Advisory Council, the Women Building Peace Council, and other key stakeholder groups as needed.
Work proactively with other teams to ensure related materials, presentations, and events position the Institute effectively externally.
Manage, plan, execute, and ensure follow up of high-profile special events and projects.
Oversee budget, record-keeping systems, and reporting associated with all special initiatives.
Manage, mentor, and lead a small staff.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field required; master’s degree preferred.
Minimum of 10 years of related non-profit experience.
Creative, entrepreneurial, innovative.
Must have strong partnership-building, communications, and event planning skills, at both the strategic and tactical level.
Proven management and leadership capabilities.
Understanding / familiarity with peacebuilding or adjacent fields of international relations and foreign policy (with experience in these fields preferred).
Demonstrated ability to prospect for, cultivate, and provide interconnected support for new relationships and to support executives in maintaining those relationships.
Experience as a proven collaborator.
Outstanding communication skills, both written and oral, with emphasis on outstanding ability to write clearly and persuasively.
Demonstrated ability to think strategically; must have a thorough understanding of strategic initiatives.
Seasoned professional experience, diplomatic style with strong interpersonal skills, including relationship- and trust-building and personal engagement.
Experience working effectively with senior executives, dignitaries, the media, and/or government officials.
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple priorities simultaneously.
Exceptional skills in prioritizing and project management, must be highly organized with superior attention to detail and accuracy, flexible work style.
High-energy, positive, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, teamwork skills, and impeccable attention to detail; must have high degree of initiative and willingness to navigate new situations; experience ensuring institutional alignment.
Very Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.
Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
HOW TO APPLY
To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of: 1. Completed employment application including titles, dates of hire and salary history. 2. Cover letter 3. Resume
For questions about this position please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not send resumes or attachments to this email address.
Only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted.
No Phone Calls. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only.
USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.
About United States Institute of Peace
The United States Institute of Peace is a national, nonpartisan, independent institute, founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for U.S. and global security. In conflict zones abroad, the Institute works with local partners to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict. To reduce future crises and the need for costly interventions, USIP works with governments and civil societies to help their countries solve their own problems peacefully. The Institute provides expertise, training, analysis, and support to those who are working to build a more peaceful, inclusive world.