Program Manager, Freedom Advocate Initiative

Job Description

The George W. Bush Presidential Center (the Bush Center) is a dynamic hub of ideas, innovation, and action that includes: a library to preserve and present the history of the Bush presidency; a unique physical and virtual presence to convene and connect neighbors and visitors from across the country and around the world; and an action oriented institute to develop practical and measurable solutions to challenging public problems.

The George W. Bush Institute is the innovation arm of The George W. Bush Presidential Center. The mission of the Bush Institute is to unleash human potential around the world through a focus on education reform, global health, human freedom, economic growth, and military service. All Institute programs intentionally engage women as proven agents of change in society and government. We also honor the sacrifices and service of our U.S. servicemen and women and their families and help military organizations be more effective by raising awareness and spotlighting best practices. And all work engages leading partners from the business community, non-profit organizations, civil society, academia, and government.  Every project the Institute undertakes is developed for real outcomes in the real world.

Job Posting Date:  January 7, 2013

Job Closing Date:  January 21, 2013

Job Duties

Reporting to the Director of Human Freedom at the George W. Bush Institute, the Program Manager, Freedom Advocate Initiative, will manage efforts to engage and support today’s dissidents.  In this new position, the Program Manager, Freedom Advocate Initiative, will be responsible for developing and implementing Institute efforts to support individuals who are advancing the spread of democracy and liberty around the world.  These efforts currently include:

  • Extending moral and practical support to freedom advocates
  • Offering 1-year fellowships, adjunct or in residence, to freedom advocates
  • Hosting conferences, seminars, and other forums for freedom advocates to learn from and interact with each other
  • Convening working groups to develop content, outreach, and engagement strategies for target freedom advocate communities


  • Support implementation of the overall Human Freedom strategy and achievement of program goals and measurable outcomes
  • Monitor threats to today’s freedom advocates, identifying opportunities and recommending ways to respond to needs and challenges
  • Grow and support an active network of freedom advocates, especially leveraging technology and digital media to reach and engage a dispersed global audience. 
  • Grow and engage an active network of experts, business leaders, policy makers, journalists, and NGOs that can be called on to help support freedom advocates
  • Manage requests for support of individual freedom advocates
  • Help identify candidates and support recruitment of Freedom Advocate Fellows
  • Create new Freedom Advocate Fellow strategy and execute plan to integrate fellows into Human Freedom initiatives, identifying clear goals and work plans (working groups, writings, speaking engagements, other)
  • Plan and execute conferences, seminars, and other forums where freedom advocates can learn from and connect with each other
  • Work closely with the Freedom Collection team on efforts to reach and support target dissident audiences, especially managing the activity of expert working groups
  • Design and execute measurement & evaluation strategy to gauge program impact
  • Represent the Bush Institute in forums relevant to our support for freedom advocates

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of programmatic or research experience in democracy promotion, human rights, or related fields
  • Strong professional network in democracy promotion, human rights or related fields, and a desire to work collaboratively both inside and outside the Institute
  • Demonstrated experience working with freedom advocates, understanding and responding to their needs with discretion and cultural sensitivity
  • Innovative thinker around uses of technology in democracy promotion, human rights, and related fields
  • Successful track record in project management, including developing program plans, setting goals, using resources effectively, and managing through to results
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; experience creating reports, delivering presentations, and sharing information & ideas with others
  • Creative problem solver who generates new ideas and can adjust plans to meet changing needs
  • Experience supporting complex projects with multiple, diverse, and global stakeholders
  • Passion for the mission of the Bush Center and Bush Institute
  • Prefer Arabic language skills and Middle East/North Africa regional expertise

In addition, the ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate:

  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and follow up
  • A make-it-happen spirit and a collaborative, team-oriented style
  • Ability to multi-process and balance demands of multiple priorities
  • Proven ability to thrive in a team-based environment—sharing duties, pitching in to help, building trust, engaging in productive conflict, holding one another accountable
  • Political savvy and discernment related to confidentiality
  • Courteous and professional demeanor

How To Apply

To apply, please go to and follow the instructions in the “Employment” link. The George W. Bush Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.