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 U.S. News and World Report, Business Insider, Foreign Policy, Al-Jazeera, the Foreign Policy Association and our very own Huffington Post blog and 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 Director of the Fellowship Program will serve as the top manager of the program, working closely with and overseeing the work of the Associate Directors and the Managing Editor and the editorial team. The director leads the recruitment and hiring of the new fellowship class in the fall, and oversees their work for the duration of the fellowship class (January-November). The Director represents the program inside of YPFP and occasionally to third parties. He or she works with the deputies to make sure the administration of the program is professional, and works to give the program a strategic vision for growth and innovation.

This is an opportunity to work with some of the brightest future leaders in foreign policy and build on past successes of the program. It will require someone who has a vision for the future, but who can also balance long-term goals with short-term necessities. The Director is expected to be a hands-on manager who develops strong relationships with their team as well as across YPFP. The Director also has a decisive role in planning and executing fellowship programming.

This position requires approximately 10 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role. In 2016, it is envisioned that this person will supervise a team of around 10 staff and 20 fellows.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Managing Editor to make sure the editorial and publishing process runs smoothly.
  • Liaise with the YPFP Programs department as fellows execute Leadership Module responsibilities.
  • Be in regular contact with fellows to monitor their fellowship experience.
  • Lead the team in the development of fellowship programming, like workshops, external speakers and socials.
  • Lead external communication and outreach to prospective partners and publications.
  • Oversee the administration of the fellowship program.
  • Develop and work on implementing a strategic vision for improving the program.
  • Respond promptly to emails.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Proven track record of leadership and management skills.
  • Great communications skills up and down the chain of command.
  • Strong sense of initiative and follow-through, and ability to both delegate and hold staff accountable.
  • People person who can motivate others, lead large group meetings and keep track of multiple projects at one time.
  • Background and interest in foreign affairs topics.
  • Understanding of editorial and publishing processes a plus.

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 Director Application.