Associate Director, Fellowship Program

About YPFP:

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) is committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing its members with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships they will need to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers. YPFP is a dynamic, global, nonpartisan, non-profit organization with 10,000+ selected members around the world who work in all fields of international affairs. It was established in 2004, and is headquartered in Washington, DC, with branches in Brussels, London, and New York. YPFP is supported by around 150 volunteer staff members worldwide, for whom the leadership and management of a global NGO supplements their daytime career or graduate studies. 

Fellowship Program Description:

The YPFP Research Fellowship is designed to give rising leaders in foreign policy the opportunity to accelerate their careers. Over a one-year period, fellows are given diverse opportunities to improve their writing and subject matter expertise. Some fellows design a curriculum for a six-week YPFP course corresponding to their area of expertise, and all fellows benefit from exclusive workshops and socials, as well as mentorship opportunities. Fellows publish monthly op-eds, book reviews or interviews, and their work has recently been featured in Business Insider, The Hill, Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, The National Interest, The Huffington Post, and our very own Charged Affairs.

For more details on the fellowship, please visit the Fellowship page.

To see our current fellows, please visit the Fellows page.

Position Description:

The Associate Director will assist the Director in managing and leading the Fellowship Program. This includes organizing enrichment events for fellows, working with fellows to design leadership modules, and coordinating with the larger YPFP staff to accomplish goals. 

This is an opportunity to work with some of the brightest future leaders in foreign policy and build on past successes. It will require a candidate who has a vision for the future, but who can also balance long-term goals with short-term necessities.

This position requires approximately 5-10 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develop regular programming geared towards our fellows
  • Help recruit and manage a diverse staff of fellows and editors
  • Assist in external communication and outreach to prospective partners, speakers, and publications
  • Assist in the administration of the fellowship program

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Broad knowledge of current events and the trends shaping foreign policy
  • Understanding of the editing and publications process
  • Ability to work on a team and within a large organization to accomplish goals
  • Willingness to accept constructive criticism
  • Ability to manage information, personalities and deadlines
  • Proactive leadership skills and willingness to take initiative and propose new ventures
  • Respond promptly to emails

Eligibility and Selection:

Please note that candidates must be dues paying members of YPFP and located in the greater Washington D.C. region. You are not required to be a YPFP member to apply, but must confirm membership to be accepted to the position.

Application Process:

To begin the application process please send a cover letter and your resume to recruiting@ypfp.org, with the heading Fellowship AD Application.