Managing Director, Communications and Thought Leadership

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. 

About the Communications and Thought Leadership Department:

The Communications & Thought Leadership Department is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive communications and marketing strategy for branding, messaging, member engagement, and media outreach for YPFP. The department achieves these objectives through the production of visual materials, social media, the YPFP website, and maintaining and leveraging YPFP’s database of external contacts. The department also houses YPFP’s thought leadership divisions, which include our robust research fellowship program and our foreign policy magazine, Charged Affairs.

Position Description:

The Managing Director (MD) of Communications and Thought Leadership (CTL) is the second in command of the entire department, and works alongside and supports the Vice President of the department. Together, they serve on the Senior Staff of YPFP, where they represent the views and interests of the department as well as contribute to the steering of the entire organization. The MD functions as a Chief Operations Officer of the department while the VP as the CEO.

The CTL department is the largest in YPFP, and the MD will regularly check in with the directors of the five divisions, as well as other staff. The VP will regularly delegate tasks and initiatives to the MD for execution, and the MD will actively contribute their ideas, and work to innovate and improve internal processes and procedures. In the absence of the VP, the MD will represent the department inside YPFP and externally. 

This position requires approximately 15 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 help to supervise a team of around 65-85 staff.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • The MD will need to develop strong professional relationships and close communication with the heads of the department’s five divisions, as well as other key staff. The MD will regularly field questions, concerns and help connect departmental staff to resources and advise them.
  • The MD and the VP work with each division to help them set their strategic objectives, monitor their progress and facilitate their success.
  • The MD takes the lead on overseeing the department’s human resources and administrative needs, with external support from other YPFP departments and the VP.
  • The MD represents the department in the absence of the VP, and jointly at Senior Staff meetings.
  • The MD will typically have between 2-3 YPFP meetings or events per week, and will need to have the bandwidth and ability to handle a robust volume of email correspondence each day.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Professional or extracurricular background of leadership and management
  • Experience managing large and diverse teams
  • Some combination of experience with communications, marketing, PR, social media, academic programs and/or publishing. It is not necessary to have experience with all of the above, but successful candidates will have experience with at least three or more of these fields.
  • Professional or academic interest in foreign affairs
  • Superb interpersonal communications skills, with particular emphasis on the ability to motivate unpaid staffers while holding them to a high standard, as well as diplomatically communicating with staff across the organization and its leadership.
  • An unflappable ability to work under pressure, prioritize and multitask, balancing this position with one’s professional and personal life. The MD will need to know what all five divisions are working on at any given point, will help them set goals and support and monitor their progress.
  • An interest in actively contributing to the strategic vision and goals of the department and the organization, and a willingness to take initiative and execute effectively.  

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 MD CTL Application.