Chair, Language Discussion Group

YPFP’s Language Discussion Group Program provides an intimate forum for members to exchange ideas, express their views, and build their language fluency through discussion of critical foreign policy issues in a small group setting. The Program is comprised of multiple language Discussion Groups (DGs), each of which is composed of 12-40 members with significant interest and/or experience in the discussion language. Language DGs allow members to practice their language in a friendly environment, learn, share new perspectives, and engage with a small, elite community of professionals who share a passion for similar areas of foreign policy.

Currently Hiring:

  • French Language Discussion Group Co-Chair

Position Description:

The DG Chair seeks opportunities to connect their groups with broader YPFP events and initiatives and to link their group with external organizations or activities in the broader foreign policy community. The ability to build an elite cadre of rising foreign policy leaders who are able to communicate intelligently and precisely in the language of the DG. Chairmanship of a DG is a prestigious position that reflects an individual’s existing expertise in a topic, region, and language, acknowledges the individual’s ability to build and manage a community, and places confidence in the individual to serve as an outstanding source of knowledge on a critical language that they share with the broader YPFP community.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Determine membership criteria for the DG and process applicants on a timely basis (within 7 days).
  • Arrange meetings at least once every two weeks, provide guidance on topics for discussion, and distribute pre-meeting readings.
  • Send invitations and compile RSVPs. Send reminders to group about meeting times and other events around town that might be of interest to group members.
  • Encourage members to produce content, such as blog posts for Charged Affairs, or pitch an article idea based off of a debate during a meeting.
  • Work across YPFP to identify opportunities to co-host or co-sponsor General Member Programming events or other initiatives.
  • Provide speaker and topic recommendations to the Programming Department as necessary.
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate or partner with organizations and initiatives outside YPFP that would add value and provide opportunities for your DG or YPFP as a whole.

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Language fluency and a significant amount of time spent in the region.
  • Available to hold bi-weekly DG meetings and prepare materials and products before and after each meeting, as described above.
  • Demonstrate expertise and experience in the language of the DG.
  • Outstanding organizational skills to enable consistent meetings.
  • Should have ideas for recruitment possibilities and meeting locations that are conducive to group needs.
  • Excellent communications skills, specifically the ability to convey complex information in the language cogently and quickly to DG members.
  • Clear leadership abilities; the capability to inspire others to engage intellectually in a subject, and the ability to motivate members to think about issues and questions in new ways and generate new insights and ideas about the topic or region.
  • Be a paying and active member of YPFP.
  • At least a one-year commitment.
  • Available to attend a majority of monthly DG chair staff meetings.


The Chair must have the time to dedicate to the program. They must generally dedicate 2-3 hours per week and 5-6 hours per week if an event is taking place. The general YPFP policy for staff members is to respond to emails within 48 hours.

The Chair should be able to dedicate enough time to the program to ensure that the DG meets regularly, builds momentum, and cultivates new leadership for the program once they are ready to leave. Chairs must engage with fellow DG chairs, members of the Thought Leadership department, and other YPFP staff.

To apply, please send your resume and statement of interest to recruiting@ypfp.org