Director of Focus Groups, Research Department (Volunteer)

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) fosters the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing its members the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers.   YPFP is a dynamic, global, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with more than 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.

To join the staff of YPFP, please contact with a letter of interest and resume. Please include the position title in the subject line.

Position Description:

The goal of Focus Groups (FGs) is to provide a platform for YPFP members to meet in organized, smaller groups without long term commitments. The main purpose of FGs is to elaborate on events coordinated by the Programming Department (PD) by producing deliverables for YPFP and to provide members the opportunity to become more deeply engaged in the topic and subject matter of the event. Through involvement in a FG, members work with other members in a collaborative setting and are given the opportunity to deliver sound products to the broader YPFP community or to outside sources. The Director will identify events that will be most appropriate to hold a FG, develop and execute the planned FG.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities:

·     Identify potential events according to the PD calendar and work with PD staff for

      most collaborative and integrated FGs.

·      Develop and implement strategies to encourage YPFP members to be involved in

    at least one FG during their membership.

·     Coordinate with PD and Research Department for creative FG initiatives.

·       Encourage product development, whether written or in other forms. Explore

opportunities to publish work of FGs with other leaders of the Research


·   Answer member inquiries sent to

Eligibility and Requirements:

·    YPFP Member (dues-paying), based in Washington, D.C.

·    Passion for expanding YPFP’s reputation in the foreign policy community.

·    Excellent interpersonal and cross-organizational communications skills.

·    Ability to plan and run events and public speaking abilities highly desired.

·    Ability to handle multiple activities, manage priorities and meet tight time-lines.

·    Ability to attend a membership department staff meeting once per month.

·    Minimum commitment of 5 to 10 hours per week, availability to attend meetings

    and events on weeknights (after 5 pm), and the ability to respond to email

    inquiries in 48 hours under normal circumstances.

·    One year commitment to position.