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Director, Discussion Group Program

About YPFP:

YPFP believes there is an urgent need for NextGen voices to immediately and positively influence today’s critical foreign policy challenges. Our events are carefully designed to assist our members in the ideation process and to help them determine where to focus their efforts for maximum impact.

Programs Department:

YPFP’s Programs Department designs, leads, and oversees YPFP’s extensive member programming opportunities including Discussion Groups, the Refugee Assistance Program (RAP), and exclusive member events. YPFP events inform perspectives, challenge established foreign policy paradigms, and develop our members’ professional skills to amplify NextGen voices.

Discussion Group Program:

YPFP’s Discussion Group Program provides an intimate forum for members to exchange ideas, express their views, and build their knowledge of critical foreign policy issues in a small community setting. The Program comprises regionally- and topically-focused Discussion Groups (DGs), each composed of 12-40 members with significant interest and/or experience in the area under discussion. DGs allow members to learn, share new perspectives, and engage with a small, elite community of professionals who share similar passions in foreign policy.

Position Description:

The Director, Discussion Groups (DGs) reports to the Vice President, Programs and Managing Director, Programs and is the primary manager of YPFP’s Discussion Group Program.

The successful candidate will possess strong management and communication skills, experience motivating and mentoring volunteers, a high aptitude for complex organizational problem solving, and outstanding attention to detail. They will also have a flexible and adaptable management style that will enable them to successfully oversee 20+ passionate team members. Above all else, the successful candidate shall wish to contribute to YPFP’s tradition of excellence and high-quality program offerings.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Directly oversee the day-to-day operations of the DG Program including:

    • Routing incoming inquiries to applicable DG Chairs;

    • Soliciting ideas for new programs, DG member-engagement, and external partnerships;

    • Conducting monthly chair check-ins and following-up on progress;

    • Facilitating collaboration among DG Chairs and between DG Chairs and other teams across YPFP

    • Assisting DG Chairs with external engagement and speaker outreach as needed; and

    • Acting as the final quality assurance point for correspondence leaving the organization from the DG Program.

  • Recruit, train, mentor, and support all DG Chairs.

  • Socialize YPFP’s DC calendar of events at monthly Chair check-ins.

  • Collaborate with leaders of other YPFP Departments and teams to integrate activities with strategic organizational goals.

  • Update the Managing Director, Programs of any issues or concerns that may arise.

 Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Based in Washington, DC.

  • Professional experience in international affairs, communications, and/or strategic planning is preferred.

  • Excellent management skills, demonstrated leadership experience, a track record of personal initiative, and proven ability to lead a volunteer team.

  • Outstanding interpersonal and cross-organizational communications skills.

  • Demonstrated discipline in developing and implementing long-term program plans.

  • Availability to chair monthly DG Chair check-ins.

  • Availability to attend  bi-monthly YPFP All-Staff meetings occurring on the last Monday of every other month.

  • Highly responsive to email and available for meetings and events on weeknights (after 5:30/6:00pm) and weekends.

  • This position requires a minimum commitment of 7-10 hours per week and the ability to respond to email inquiries within 24 hours under normal circumstances.


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