Director, Recruitment, Membership Department (Volunteer)

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) fosters the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing its members 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, nonprofit organization with more than 8,000 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 email your résumé and a brief statement of interest to


Position Description:

The Director, Recruitment will assist the Managing Director and Vice in the development of a core strategy for member recruitment.  Sharing responsibility across the department for membership retention as well, the Director will focus their talents in strategic communication and outreach to promote recruitment across the foreign policy community.  The successful candidate will demonstrate extensive responsibility, personal initiative, creativity, and outstanding communications skills. Ideally, the candidate will possess experience in membership development, fundraising, and strategic communication.  

Specific Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develop an operational sound, fiscally responsible recruitment strategy in line with YPFP’s broader goals and objectives.

  • Work with Membership Analysis team to drive a metric-driven recruitment program, complete with benchmarks and expectations.  

  • Target specific populations within the foreign policy community not widely represented by YPFP (energy, environment, etc) as we seek to boost membership.

  • Identify and engage thought leaders in the field of foreign policy to demonstrate the value and impact of YPFP in the field of foreign policy.

  • Provide assistance to other membership department projects and represent the membership department at events (as needed).

  • 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.

  • Prior experience managing strategic communications and experience with expense to budget reporting highly desired.  

  • Prior project management experience highly desired.  

  • 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.