Managing Director, Programs


Position Description

The YPFP Programs Center of Activity (COA) designs, leads, and oversees YPFP’s extensive member programming opportunities. YPFP is recognized for holding lectures, roundtables, and intimate gatherings with renowned foreign policy leaders. Past speakers include Admiral Michael Mullen, Hon. Michele Flournoy, Bob Woodward, Amb. Susan Rice, Joseph Stiglitz, John Hamre, and Steve Coll.

The Managing Director, Programs serves as a member of YPFP’s senior staff and is the primary manager of the Programs COA’s operations. He or she also has extensive responsibility for guiding, creating, and implementing a strategic vision and long-term plan for the Department in conjunction with the VP, Programs. The MD, Programs works in tandem with the VP, who focuses more specifically on organizational strategy, in order to make sure that immediate needs are met while still making choices and plans that are cognizant of the department’s operational plan and the YPFP mission.

The successful candidate will display strong leadership skills, with an emphasis on the ability to motivate peers, the capability to think broadly and strategically while remaining attentive to details, possess outstanding communications skills, and show a passion for maintaining YPFP’s reputation in the foreign policy community as an organization with unrivaled Programming offerings.


Roles and Responsibilities:

● Leading the Programming Department in collaboration with the Vice President, Programs


● Managing the Programs COA staff

● Evaluating, streamlining and building the capacity of the Programs COA structure

● Recruiting, training, mentoring, and motivating all Programs staff members

● Conducting monthly departmental staff meetings

● Creating, in conjunction with the VP, Programs and Executive Staff, an operational plan that reflects the YPFP mission and Programs COA goals.

● Building and maintaining a department-wide calendar of events and coordinating speakers multiple months before the date of the event.

● Assist Events Managers with speaker engagement as needed.

● Directly managing events managers in their implementation of individual events.

● Collaborating with other YPFP departments and teams (e.g. Membership, Communications) to integrate Programming activities with YPFP-wide strategic goals.

● Providing advice and guidance on Programming efforts in YPFP’s New York, London, and Brussels branches, working with Programming staff in each branch as needed.

● Serving as a member of the YPFP Senior Staff, which is collectively responsible for strategic planning, coordination, budgeting, implementation of policy, and execution of programs for YPFP.

● Tracking and reporting on progress against the department’s operational plan and YPFP’s Long Range Strategic Plan.

● Updating the Vice President, Programs of the progress of YPFP events to include any issues or concerns that may arise.


Eligibility and Requirements:

● Based in Washington, D.C.

● Professional experience in international affairs, communications, and/or strategic planning is desired. Ability to coordinate with YPFP branch leadership and engage YPFP members worldwide.

● Excellent management skills, demonstrated leadership experience, a track record of personal initiative, and proven ability to lead a volunteer team.

● Excellent interpersonal and cross-organizational communications skills.

● Attend a Senior Staff meeting once per month (last Monday of every month, 2015).

● Assist VP with the organization and leading of department meetings minimum once per month.

● Highly responsive to email and available for meetings and events on weeknights (after 5:30/6:00pm) and weekends.

● This position requires a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week and the ability to respond to email inquiries within 24 hours under normal circumstances.


Please send resume and statement of interest to recruiting@ypfp.org