Communications Manager, Aspen Global Leadership Network - The Aspen Institute


Organization Information

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is a growing, worldwide community of entrepreneurial leaders from business, government and the nonprofit sector – more than 2000 "Fellows" from 49 countries -- who share a commitment to enlightened leadership and to using their extraordinary creativity, energy and resources to tackle the foremost societal challenges of our times. All share the common experience of participating in the Henry Crown Fellowship or one of the dozen Aspen Institute leadership initiatives it has inspired in the United States, Africa, Central America, India, the Middle East and China.

Location - Washington, DC 

Job Description 

This position is focused on telling the stories of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and the leadership, collaboration and the impact that these more than 2000 Fellows are making on intractable challenges around the world.

Job Responsibilities

Manage Aspen Global Leadership Network Communications

  • Curate content on AGLN and Aspen Action Forum social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn)
    • Craft engaging social media posts (one to three posts per platform/day)
    • Track and report communications and social media metrics
    • Hone and execute social media strategies to increase relevant followers, likes, and engagement
  • Pitch, research, and write content for all AGLN communications, including:
    • Biannual features in the Aspen Idea magazine
    • Regular posts about AGLN Fellows on the Aspen Institute blog
    • Weekly email blasts to Fellows
  • Conceptualize and serve as producer for films about AGLN Fellows, including weekly series of #MyAspenAction Pledge Update shorts; disseminate productions to broad audiences using social media
  • Oversee content for Aspen Global Leadership Network websites: the AGLN Fellow Exchange and AGLN section of Aspen Institute website
  • Serve as Aspen Institute point person for John P. McNulty Prize communications and public relations
  • Periodically draft fundraising proposals, annual reports, board materials and donor reports
  • Serve as communications resource to Aspen Global Leadership Network program staff around the world
  • Manage project budgets and workflows including for communications and website vendors including web developers and film production companies

Manage Aspen Action Forum Communications

  • Oversee communications for the Aspen Action Forum
    • Write content for substantive Action Forum emails
    • Develop social media strategy for event and oversee execution of it
    • Oversee public relations aspects of event (press releases, promoting public events and live streams)
    • Manage content written by and about attendees on Aspen Institute blog and Aspen Institute Huffington Post and LinkedIn channels
    • Direct a team of four or five colleagues from Aspen Institute communications department on-site
  • Serve as producer and project manager for films created throughout the year including #MyAspenAction series and daily films during the event

Serve as a Network “Hub” for Fellows and Programs

  • Proactively track the Fellows in the network and their activities in order to connect them with one another and suggest Fellows for relevant opportunities and events
  • Proactively track individual fellowship programs’ communications in order to share news from across the network and keep internal and external stakeholders informed
  • Organize regional events for Aspen Global Leadership Network Fellows from different programs and organize opportunities to bring AGLN Fellows together at relevant outside events (TED Conferences, Skoll World Forum, Davos, etc.)
  • Work with web developers and other technical consultants to create tools to foster communications and networking priorities and at the same time manage and improve the existing Aspen Global Leadership Network Fellow Exchange website and mobile applications

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Four to six years of experience in communications with a non-profit(s) or social enterprise(s)
  • Track record of oral, video and written storytelling
  • Superb writing skills
  • Editing skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to tailor writing to different types of audiences and voices (emails, press releases, blogs, magazine features)
  • Experience creating and executing a communications strategy; as well as ability to prioritize between communication channels
  • Experience with desktop publishing and design
  • Experience managing websites (both technical backend and frontend content)
  • HTML and Drupal knowledge
  • Experience with video editing
  • Budget and vendor management expertise
  • Experience managing social media for a fellowship program, alumni network or other enterprise focused on social good preferred
  • Experience with Salesforce or other CMS systems a plus
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign a plus
  • Ability to work under time constraints with discretion and mature judgment
  • Flexibility and sense of humor
  • Collaborative style; enjoys working with a team
  • Versatility and eagerness to work on a range of tasks
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States

Principal Interactions:

  • Executive Vice President, Leadership and Seminars
  • Director, AGLN Strategic Initiatives
  • Deputy Director, Leadership Initiatives
  • Deputy Director, Action Forum and Alumni Events
  • AGLN Fellows
  • Leadership Initiative (program) heads and coordinators
  • Aspen Institute Communications Team
  • External vendors

Level of Authority:

Supervises Aspen Global Leadership Network Program Coordinator and other staff and interns as needed


This position is based in Washington, DC but requires domestic and international travel up to 20% of the time.

How to Apply:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible on the Aspen Institute’s career page. Please submit a cover letter that includes how you heard about this opening, any links to online communications you have produced and a five-year salary history as well as a current CV/resume through the Aspen Institute website. If you have trouble uploading any portion of the application processes, please try using the escape key to exit the screen. Your document should then safely upload. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

No phone calls or emails please.

Deadline - On a Rolling Basis

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.