Director - Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI)


Organization Description

The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) serves the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), which moved to the Wilson Center from the State Department in June, 2012. The Initiative will promote networks among women leaders, mentoring, and training of emerging women leaders, in support of the goal of 50% female public servants by 2050.

Job Description

The Director will:

Serve as the Wilson Center’s chief expert and strategist on matters pertaining to global women’s issues and serve as a senior advisor to the executive leadership of the Center and WPSP Advisory Council on these issues.

Provide strategic oversight to the mission and goals of WPSP.

Develop a high-impact initiative designed to significantly increase the visibility, global reach and power of the WPSP mission.

Increase understanding about women in public service, which includes research and publications; meetings, panel discussions, conferences, seminars, and targeted briefings involving individuals from the business, governmental, scholarly, media, and NGO worlds; and media and web-based outreach.

Work closely with the WPSP Advisory Council comprised of member institutions to engage them actively in strategy, programming, fundraising, and outreach activities.

Develop and execute a fundraising strategy, primarily based on private donations from individuals, companies, and organizations, to maintain and expand the Institute and oversees all expenditures. The Director is accountable for proper use of grants and donations and must report on fund usage and expenditures for all funds including any secured endowment monies.

Act as a partnership builder, spearheading efforts to meet the WPSP mission.

Act as a catalyst to inform policy discussions on key issues related to global women’s issues and coordinate activities with the Vice President for External Relations to ensure optimal media outreach and web-based products.

Seek to include the broadest international, ideological, and professional backgrounds possible in Center programming to build synergies among key stakeholders in WPSP dialogue.

Oversee the operations of the Initiative, including supervising and managing the performance of staff within the Initiative. The individual is responsible for ensuring that administrative procedures and ethical guidelines are followed in executing Initiative activities.

Work in cooperation with the Scholars and Academic Relations Office to recommend GWLI related scholars for appointment for periods of residency and/or affiliation with the Center and cooperate in the administration of an annual international fellowship competition. The individual will work closely with resident and non-resident scholars to ensure maximum synergy between programmatic priorities and scholarly research.

Cooperate on Center-wide projects, themes, special activities and new initiatives that advance the Center's mission and interests, including U.S. relations and policies towards specific regions; energy, resource and environmental challenges; democracy, human rights and social inclusion; and technology and policy that cut across Center programs.

Job Qualifications

Basic Requirement(s): Must possess a mastery of subject matter and be deeply knowledgably about public/foreign policies as they relate to women’s leadership and women in public service and a keen understanding of the players in the field of global women’s issues, as evidenced by an advanced degree focusing on global women’s issues and related fields and commensurate experience in the field; OR must possess extensive experience in the field and expert knowledge of global women’s issues.

Must possess at least 12-months of full-time, specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-0101-14 grade level. Specialized experience includes: providing strategic leadership and developing public programming in the field of women’s issues and research, publishing and speaking about these issues; supervising employees; and securing and managing financial resources from outside organizations and individuals to fund staff and programmatic/outreach activities.


1. Demonstrated ability to direct a program designed to bring scholarship to focus on public policy issues related to the global women’s issues
2. Knowledge of global women’s issues as evidenced by individual research and publications in the field.
3. Skill in developing and executing fundraising strategies for institutional or individual awards/support.
4. Experience planning, supervising and coordinating the work of subordinates.


1. Experience working with external partners (i.e. advisory councils and partner institutions)
2. Previous experience developing budgets and managing financial activities.
3. Broad knowledge of women’s issues on a global scale.

How to Apply

WHERE AND HOW TO APPLY: The Wilson Center does not require a standard application form, but we do require applicants to submit the information listed below. Application materials can be submitted to jobs@wilsoncenter.org or to the address at the end of this announcement. It is very important that you fully address how your work experience and education/training meet both the minimum/specialized experience qualifications and the selective factors. These minimum qualification requirements and/or selective factors identify the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to be eligible to compete for the position. Quality Ranking Factors/Ranking Factors are not mandatory but are used to determine the best qualified candidates among those eligible to compete for the position. Therefore, it is to your benefit to provide a full description of your experience and education/training relative to the job requirements of this vacancy. Rating of experience will be based only on the information you supply.
JOB INFORMATION: The announcement number, position title, and grade(s) or minimum salary requirements for the job to which you are applying.
PERSONAL INFORMATION: Your full name, mailing address, email address, daytime and evening telephone numbers, salary history, and country of citizenship.
EDUCATION: Colleges and/or universities attended - include name, city, state; majors and type of degree and year(s) received.
WORK EXPERIENCE: Give the following information for your paid and non-paid work experience related to the job to which you are applying: job title, employer's name and address, duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours per week and salary. Please indicate whether or not your current supervisor may be contacted.
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: Any job-related skills (for example computer, foreign language ability, and/or typing skills), training courses (by title and year), honors, awards, volunteer activities, and special accomplishments.


1. Applications must be received by 11:59pm (Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date.
2. Failure to address the mandatory qualification requirements and quality ranking factors may result in your not receiving credit for all of your pertinent experience. Applicants are strongly urged to address these factors on a sheet or in a cover letter separate from your resume. If you omit the information requested in this announcement your application may be rated ineligible.
3. Travel and/or a recruitment incentive may be authorized.
4. The use of U.S. government postage paid envelopes is a violation of federal law and will disqualify you from consideration.
5. We provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
6. Please note: All newly appointed employees must serve a one-year initial trial/probationary period.
7. This position includes supervisory responsibilities and may require a 12 month supervisory probationary period.
8. Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service System.

Please Note: All Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars positions require fingerprinting of employees hired and will include some additional background checks before employment. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires employers to hire only individuals who are eligible to work in the United States. Upon reporting for work, an individual will be expected to present proper evidence establishing employability. The Woodrow Wilson Center participates in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) E-VERIFY electronic employment verification process.

Send application materials electronically to: jobs@wilsoncenter.org

Or mail to:
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Human Resources WC-15-01F
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027

Deadline to Apply

CLOSING DATE: May 8, 2015


Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza - 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004-3027
T 202-691-4000