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Staff Positions


Communications Assistant, Fellowship Program

Fellowship Program Description:

The Fellowship Program at YPFP is designed to give rising leaders in foreign policy the opportunity to accelerate their careers. Over a one-year period, Fellows are given diverse opportunities to improve their writing and subject matter expertise. Fellows benefit from exclusive events, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities. Fellows publish monthly op-eds, book reviews or interviews, and their work has recently been featured in Business Insider, The Hill, Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, The National Interest, The Huffington Post, and YPFP’s very own Charged Affairs.

For more details on the Fellowship, please visit the Fellowship page.

To see our current Fellows, please visit the Fellows page.

Position Description:

The Communications Assistant will support the Director, as well as the rest of the Fellowship Leadership team. This may include managing the Program’s online presence, preparing a brief monthly newsletter, and assisting in the recruitment process.

As a member of the Fellowship Staff, the Communications Assistant will have access to Fellowship events and resources, such as professional development workshops and networking events. Success in this role may lead to future leadership opportunities within the Fellowship Program.

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Attend leadership meetings twice a month.
  • Manage the Fellowship Program’s website.
  • Prepare the monthly newsletter.
  • Assist in the recruitment process of Fellows and Staff.

Desired Skills:

  • Broad knowledge of current events and the trends shaping foreign policy
  • Ability to work on a team and within a large organization
  • Willingness to accept constructive criticism
  • Ability to manage information, personalities, and deadlines
  • Respond promptly to emails
  • Experience in editing, web design, and/or communications is preferred  

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Ideally an early career foreign policy professional or current graduate student in a relevant field
  • Resident of the Washington DC area
  • Position is unpaid and part-time
  • If not already a dues paying member, candidate must become a YPFP member upon acceptance of an offer

 

Application Process:

To apply, send the following materials as attachments to fellowship.apply@ypfp.org:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing samples of 2-3 pages (ideally op-ed style and related to foreign policy)

Include “Communications Assistant Application” in the subject line.

All applications are reviewed immediately. Due to the number of applications received, only those progressing to the next step will receive a response.


Program Assistant, Fellowship Program

Fellowship Program Description:

The Fellowship Program at YPFP is designed to give rising leaders in foreign policy the opportunity to accelerate their careers. Over a one-year period, Fellows are given diverse opportunities to improve their writing and subject matter expertise. Fellows benefit from exclusive events, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities. Fellows publish monthly op-eds, book reviews or interviews, and their work has recently been featured in Business Insider, The Hill, Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, The National Interest, The Huffington Post, and YPFP’s very own Charged Affairs.

For more details on the Fellowship, please visit the Fellowship page.

To see our current Fellows, please visit the Fellows page.

Position Description:

The Program Assistant will support the Director, as well as the rest of the Fellowship Leadership team. This may include organizing workshops and events, implementing internal initiatives, and assisting in the recruitment process.

As a member of the Fellowship Staff, the Program Assistant will have access to Fellowship events and resources, such as professional development workshops and networking events. Success in this role may lead to future leadership opportunities within the Fellowship Program.

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Attend leadership meetings twice a month.
  • Plan and organize workshops and event
  • Implement internal initiatives.
  • Assist in the recruitment process of Fellows and Staff.

Desired Skills:

  • Broad knowledge of current events and the trends shaping foreign policy
  • Ability to work on a team and within a large organization
  • Willingness to accept constructive criticism
  • Ability to manage information, personalities, and deadlines
  • Respond promptly to emails
  • Experience in programming and editing, though not required, is preferred  

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Ideally an early career foreign policy professional or current graduate student in a relevant field
  • Resident of the Washington DC area
  • Position is unpaid and part-time
  • If not already a dues paying member, candidate must become a YPFP member upon acceptance of an offer

Application Process:

To apply, send the following materials as attachments to fellowship.apply@ypfp.org:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing samples of 2-3 pages (ideally op-ed style and related to foreign policy)

Include “Program Assistant Application” in the subject line.

All applications are reviewed immediately. Due to the number of applications received, only those progressing to the next step will receive a response.


Social Media Strategist, Charged Affairs

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 Charged Affairs:

Charged Affairs is YPFP’s in-house foreign policy journal. The journal brings together an editorial and writing team that publishes on a wide range of foreign and international policy subjects, bringing the perspectives of early and mid-career professionals and academics to the broader foreign policy community. Charged Affairs is also a forum for publishing guest pieces by YPFP members in the United States and abroad. Articles range from opinion articles to interviews and book reviews, and the journal prides itself on being a place for original analysis and perspectives.

Position Description:

The Charged Affairs Social Media Strategist is responsible for promoting the publications of the journal consistent with YPFP’s general communications strategy as well as with Charged Affairs’ social media strategy. The position reports directly to the Editor-in-Chief of Charged Affairs. Daily responsibilities include the management of Charged Affairs social media accounts, fostering cross-department and pan-branch promotion of Charged Affairs content, and promoting reader engagement.

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Manage engagement and promotion of journal content through Charged Affairs social media channels (i.e., posting new articles with engaging and accurate summaries, responding to reader inquiries, etc.).
  • Utilize social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, the YPFP app, and other emerging media platforms to engage existing readers and social media participants as well as to attract new readers.
  • Design and produce periodic subscription newsletter highlighting recently published articles; oversee dissemination of newsletter to subscriber base.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Avid user of popular social media platforms with knowledge of trends, key words, search engine optimization, and effective publicity strategies
  • Previous use of Hootsuite, MailChimp or similar, and Wordpress web platform
  • Previous experience working with magazine or newspaper publications desired, but not required
  • Experience in developing and implementing a social media strategy for a non-profit organization desired, but not required
  • Excellent time-management skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, strong networking skills, ability to meet deadlines, and attention to detail

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Ideally an early career foreign policy professional or current graduate student in a relevant field
  • Position is unpaid and part-time
  • If not already a dues-paying member, candidate must become a YPFP member upon acceptance of an offer
  • Candidates do not need to be residents of the Washington, DC area

Application Process:

To apply, send the following materials as attachments to recruiting@ypfp.org:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample of 2-3 pages (ideally op-ed and related to foreign policy)

Include “CA Social Media Application” in the subject line.


Director, Discussion Group Program

Discussion Group Program:

YPFP’s Discussion Groups are a core part of the organization and its membership experience. Discussion Groups provide an intimate forum for members to exchange ideas, express their views, and build their knowledge of critical foreign policy issues in a small group setting. Each group is composed of 12-40 members with significant interest and/or experience in the area under discussion. Some groups also contain Working Groups that produce analytical written content. See more here.

Position Description:

The Director of Discussion Groups (DGs) reports to the Vice President of Thought Leadership and is the primary manager of YPFP’s Discussion Group Program.

Successful candidates will possess strong management and communication skills, experience motivating and mentoring volunteers, a high aptitude for complex organizational problem solving, and outstanding attention to detail. They will also have a flexible and adaptable management style that will enable them to successfully oversee 20+ passionate team members. Above all else, the successful candidate shall wish to contribute to YPFP’s tradition of excellence and high-quality program offerings.

This position requires approximately 10 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Directly oversee the day-to-day operations of the DG Program, including:
    • Conducting regular chair check-ins and following-up on progress;
    • Facilitating collaboration among DG Chairs;
    • Assisting DG Chairs with external engagement and speaker outreach as needed;
    • Acting as a quality assurance point for correspondence leaving the organization from the DG Program.
  • Recruit, train, mentor, and support all Chairs.
  • Organize and maintain shared Chair resources.
  • Ensure each Chair and DG meet program expectations.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Proven track record of leadership and management skills.
  • Great communications skills up and down the chain of command.
  • People person who can motivate others and lead large group meetings.
  • Background and interest in foreign policy and/or international affairs.

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Ideally an early career foreign policy professional or current graduate student in a relevant field
  • Resident of the Washington DC area
  • Position is unpaid and part-time
  • If not already a dues-paying member, candidate must become a YPFP member upon acceptance of an offer

Application Process:

To apply, send the following materials as attachments to recruiting@ypfp.org:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample of 2-3 pages (ideally related to foreign policy)

Include “DG Director Application” in the subject line.


London Correspondent, Charged Affairs

About Charged Affairs:

Charged Affairs is YPFP’s in-house foreign policy publication. The magazine’s team of editors and staff writers publish on a wide range of foreign and international policy subjects on a weekly basis, bringing the perspectives of early and mid-career professionals and academics to the broader foreign policy community. Charged Affairs is also a forum for publishing guest pieces by YPFP members in the United States and abroad, highlighting original analysis and global perspectives. Articles range from op-eds to interviews and book reviews.

Please visit the Charged Affairs website here.

Position Description:

The core of Charged Affairs’ publishing is the dedicated team of Staff Writers. The London Correspondent is a Charged Affairs writer based in London, who reports on UK politics and foreign policy, transatlantic relations, and takes advantage of opportunities in London to bring a unique insider perspective on these topics to our global audience. The London Correspondent is encouraged to be an active participant in YPFP London programs and activities and to seek out interview opportunities connected to those programs and events. The Correspondent will also actively promote Charged Affairs content to their networks to help expand the journal’s transatlantic audience.

As a Staff Writer, you would be expected to produce one article every three weeks on topics of your choice within the broader thematic scope outlined above. You’d work closely with US-based editors to perfect your piece and to connect with opportunities like book reviews and interviews.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Produce one article every three weeks on topics like UK politics and foreign policy, UK-EU relations, and transatlantic relations.
  • Work through the editorial process in a timely fashion and adhere to the publishing schedule.
  • Take initiative and interest in opportunities like interviews and book reviews.
  • Promote Charged Affairs content.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience and interest in writing about foreign affairs/policy topics, particularly those related to UK and EU affairs
  • Strong background in international affairs
  • Excellent writing ability and a superb grasp of written English
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work with editors to adhere to a schedule
  • Openness to editorial input and a desire to improve your written work
  • Willingness to promote the work of your colleagues who will in turn promote your own work
  • Desire to grow professionally and personally as a writer and foreign policy expert
  • Detail oriented and prompt response to emails

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Ideally an early career foreign policy professional or current graduate student in a relevant field
  • Resident of London, UK
  • Position is unpaid and part-time
  • If not already a dues-paying member, candidate must become a YPFP member upon acceptance of an offer

Application Process:

To apply, send the following materials as attachments to recruiting@ypfp.org:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample of 2-3 pages (ideally op-ed and related to foreign policy)

Include “CA London Correspondent Application” in the subject line.


Brussels Correspondent, Charged Affairs

About Charged Affairs:

Charged Affairs is YPFP’s in-house foreign policy publication. The magazine’s team of editors and staff writers publish on a wide range of foreign and international policy subjects on a weekly basis, bringing the perspectives of early and mid-career professionals and academics to the broader foreign policy community. Charged Affairs is also a forum for publishing guest pieces by YPFP members in the United States and abroad, highlighting original analysis and global perspectives. Articles range from op-eds to interviews and book reviews.

Please visit the Charged Affairs website here.

Position Description:

The core of Charged Affairs’ publishing is the dedicated team of Staff Writers. The Brussels Correspondent is a Charged Affairs Staff Writer based in Brussels, Belgium who reports on European and EU politics and policy, transatlantic relations, and takes advantage of opportunities in Brussels to bring a unique insider perspective on these topics to our global audience. The Brussels Correspondent is encouraged to be an active participant in YPFP Brussels programs and activities and to seek out interview opportunities connected to those programs and events. The Correspondent will also actively promote Charged Affairs content to their networks to help expand the journal’s transatlantic audience.

As a Staff Writer, you would be expected to produce one article every three weeks on topics of your choice within the broader thematic scope outlined above. You’d work closely with US-based editors to perfect your piece and to connect with opportunities like book reviews and interviews.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Produce one article every three weeks on topics like EU politics and policy, European politics, and transatlantic relations.
  • Work through the editorial process in a timely fashion and adhere to the publishing schedule.
  • Take initiative and interest in opportunities like interviews and book reviews.
  • Promote Charged Affairs content.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience and interest in writing about foreign affairs/policy topics, particularly those related to European and EU affairs
  • Strong background in international affairs
  • Excellent writing ability and a superb grasp of written English
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work with editors to adhere to a schedule
  • Openness to editorial input and a desire to improve your written work
  • Willingness to promote the work of your colleagues who will in turn promote your own work
  • Desire to grow professionally and personally as a writer and foreign policy expert
  • Detail oriented and prompt response to emails

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Ideally an early career foreign policy professional or current graduate student in a relevant field
  • Resident of Brussels, Belgium
  • Position is unpaid and part-time
  • If not already a dues-paying member, candidate must become a YPFP member upon acceptance of an offer

Application Process:

To apply, send the following materials as attachments to recruiting@ypfp.org:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample of 2-3 pages (ideally op-ed and related to foreign policy)

Include “CA Brussels Correspondent Application” in the subject line.


Executive Director, YPFP Toronto

Are you a motivated and creative individual looking to make a global impact? 

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) is seeking an Ambassador/Executive Director for Global Hub, YPFP Toronto. The Ambassador/Executive Director will lead the established Global Hub in Toronto, the first in Canada, with a focus on achieving the objectives of YPFP's Global Presence Initiative (GPI). This role is vital to YPFP's growth and ideal for experienced, engaging leaders with a creative and global mindset.

The GPI, one of YPFP's tent-pole initiatives, establishes an organizational goal of expansion into new cities and countries. The YPFP Ambassadors program is the primary way that YPFP identifies new, globally minded leaders in strategically important cities around the world. Ambassadors are chosen from the private, public, and civil sectors and are expected to further YPFP's mission of fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing young professionals with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers.

Once identified, Ambassadors build local communities of YPFP members and connect the global membership of YPFP. Special Advisors and Global Operations direct and support Ambassadors, with the tools necessary to conduct YPFP-branded events, form strategic partnerships with local organizations, build an online presence, and expand their communities over time to establish Global Hubs and, eventually, new branches.

As YPFP Toronto is an established Global Hub, the incumbent will serve as an Ambassador abroad and Executive Director on the ground, and will seek to develop the Hub so that it is well on its way to becoming a branch.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Jointly serves as the primary point-of-contact with the Managing Director between YPFP DC/HQ and YPFP Toronto via Special Advisors and Global Operations
  • Jointly manages legal and financial matters with the Managing Director and, as needed, YPFP DC/HQ
  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency
  • Enables the Directors of the Programming, Communications, Membership, and Partnership Development teams, and their respective staff, to accomplish operational goals
  • Coordinates and leads YPFP Toronto staff meetings on at least a quarterly basis
  • Ensures that the annual requirements for Global Hub status are met—a meaningful and ideally growing base of Global Members, a meaningful and ideally expanding portfolio of local partnerships, and the hosting of at least one in-person event
  • Attends remote meetings with the President, Global Advisors, and/or Global Operations, as requested
  • Attends the annual YPFP Affairs of State Gala in Washington, DC
  • Periodically attends other Canada-US events in Washington, DC

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • Current, dues-paying YPFP member
  • The ability to dedicate at least 8 hours per week to YPFP
  • Outstanding cross-cultural communication skills
  • Self-motivated and a team player
  • Global mindset and creative energy
  • Prior experience leading teams
  • International experience preferred, particularly in the United States or Francophone world
  • Foreign language ability is a plus, French preferred
  • Must be able and willing to interact with YPFP members from all over the world in order to facilitate their fostering of YPFP in Toronto
  • Experience with a startup is a plus
  • Must be able to explain YPFP's mission and how it works to both staff and members
  • Must be able to commit at least one year to the role 

How to apply

To apply for this position, please contact recruiting@ypfp.org with a letter of interest and resume. Please include the position title in the subject line.

 


Chair, Discussion Groups

Currently Open Positions:

  • Cybersecurity Policy & Technology Chair
  • Energy & Environment Co-Chair
  • International Development Chair
  • Latin America Chair
  • Spanish Language Chair

Discussion Group Program:

YPFP’s Discussion Groups are a core part of the organization and its membership experience. Discussion Groups provide an intimate forum for members to exchange ideas, express their views, and build their knowledge of critical foreign policy issues in a small group setting. Each group is composed of 12-40 members with significant interest and/or experience in the area under discussion. Some groups also contain Working Groups that produce analytical written content. See more here.

Position Description:

Chairmanship of a DG is a prestigious position that reflects an individual’s existing expertise in a topic or region, acknowledges the individual’s ability to build and manage a community, and places confidence in the individual to serve as an outstanding source of knowledge on a specific region or topic that they share with the broader YPFP community. DG Chairs also seek out opportunities to connect their groups with broader YPFP events and initiatives and to link their group with external organizations or activities in the broader foreign policy community.

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Determine membership criteria for the DG and process applicants on a timely basis (respond to emails within 48 hours).
  • Arrange meetings at least once every month, provide guidance on topics for discussion, and distribute pre-meeting readings.
  • Work to identify opportunities across YPFP to co-host, co-sponsor, or otherwise contribute to events and other initiatives.
  • Identify opportunities to collaborate or partner with organizations and initiatives outside YPFP that would add value and provide opportunities for your DG or YPFP as a whole.
  • Working Group functions: A Discussion Group’s analytic content creation apparatus is known as a Working Group. Chairs may coordinate and curate analytic publications from their DG members upon receiving approval from DG Leadership.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Demonstrate expertise and/or experience in the topic or region of the DG.
  • Proven track record of leadership and management skills.
  • Excellent communications skills, specifically the ability to convey complex information about the topic or region clearly and concisely to DG members, and others as appropriate.
  • Clear leadership abilities; the capability to inspire others to engage intellectually in a subject, and the ability to motivate members to think about issues and questions in new ways and generate new insights and ideas about the topic or region.
  • Available to hold regular DG meetings, preparing materials and products before and after each meeting, and generally leading the discussion among members.
  • Outstanding organizational skills to enable consistent meetings.
  • Be proactive and creative in exploring recruitment possibilities and meeting locations that are conducive to group needs.
  • Available to attend regular DG Chair meetings.
  • Responsiveness to email.

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Ideally an early career foreign policy professional or current graduate student in a relevant field
  • Resident of the Washington DC area
  • Position is unpaid and part-time
  • If not already a dues-paying member, candidate must become a YPFP member upon acceptance of an offer

Application Process:

To apply, send the following materials as attachments to recruiting@ypfp.org:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample of 2-3 pages (ideally related to foreign policy)

Include “DG Chair Application” in the subject line, as well as the name of the DG for which you are applying.


Website Specialist (PAID)

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) fosters  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, nonprofit 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.

 

Position Description:

 

The Website Specialist (PAID) will work on a small team of 2-3 people who manage the YPFP website, which is run on NationBuilder (a software-as-service program geared toward nonprofits and community organizing). S/he will help YPFP staff troubleshoot issues and challenges and train those who need website access so that they are self-sufficient in their website needs (such as posting/editing events, blog posts, etc). S/he will research solutions and features of Nation Builder. S/he will also work with the Membership department to troubleshoot data transfer issues, iron out membership application and renewal challenges, and create sustainable business practices to manage member interactions with the website. S/he will make recommendations for enhancing the YPFP website to YPFP’s leadership. 

 

Compensation: $12/hour for up to 5 hours per week



Specific Roles and Responsibilities:

 

  • Work with the Website Director and website team  in the daily management of the website.

  • Research solutions to technical website challenges and roadblocks.

  • In conjunction with Website Director, develop website SOPs and/or one-pagers for staff to refer to in order to use the website as independently as possible.

  • Provide assistance and training to YPFP staff on back-end Nation Builder functions, processes, and tools.

  • Answer website-specific member inquiries sent to info@ypfp.org

 

Eligibility and Requirements:

 

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

  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-organizational communications skills.

  • Strong working knowledge of HTML/CSS a plus

  • Prior experience with CRM or other people databases required, prior experience with Nation Builder a plus; Nation Builder Certification preferred, but YPFP will pay for certification for right candidate

  • Prior experience troubleshooting back-end website user issues

  • Prior website training experience for everyday users

  • Ability to handle multiple activities, manage priorities and meet deadlines

  • Commitment of 5 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.

 

To apply, please send your resume and statement of interest to recruiting@ypfp.org


Recruitment Coordinator

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, nonprofit 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.

Position Description:

The Recruitment Coordinator, under supervision from the Director of Recruitment, will identify avenues for member recruitment and execute innovative recruitment events. The successful candidate will demonstrate extensive responsibility, personal initiative, creativity, and outstanding communications skills. Ideally, the candidate will possess experience in recruitment or organizational development.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in developing an effective recruitment strategy;
  • Develop and implement strategic initiatives for recruiting young professionals from a diverse range of fields and sectors;
  • Create and develop innovative and engaging recruitment materials for YPFP;
  • 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 membership@ypfp.org.

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. 

Click here to apply.

 


Volunteer Engagement Manager

Are you a motivated and creative individual looking to make a global impact? YPFP seeks a Volunteer Engagement Manager to serve a vital role supporting the successful operations and growth of YPFP.

Position Description:

The Volunteer Engagement Manager serves as the primary coordinator for DC staff recruitment and onboarding/offboarding of volunteers, as well as overall staff development and supporting senior leaders in organizational communication and operations.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Plan quarterly Staff Leadership Trainings (SLTs) that offer staff team-building opportunities and professional development in areas such as public speaking, digital branding, etc.;

  • Play lead role in planning annual staff retreat;
  • Onboard and assist with new staff joining YPFP;

  • Work with department leads to recruit for their teams strategically and effectively;

  • Maintain content for Staff Handbook*;

  • Serve as sounding board for senior leaders on identifying and solving challenges related but not limited to: internal communications, knowledge management, staff transitions, and more;
  • Offboard departing staff (email closure, transfer of critical documents, etc);

  • Assist with other projects as needed.

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • Current, dues-paying YPFP member based in the Washington, DC area

  • The ability to dedicate 10-12 hours per week to YPFP

  • Self-motivated, creative team player

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in recruiting and/or human capital a plus but not required

  • Knowledge of basic Google applications

How to apply

To apply for this position, please contact recruiting@ypfp.org with a statement of interest and resume. Please include the position title in the subject line.


Communications Officer

Our goal for the next year is to increase engagement throughout our YPFP Brussels online presence. Creating content is one way to jumpstart debate and discussion.

YPFP Brussels is looking for a motivated individual who is interested in developing their digital and written communication skills. The successful candidate will work closely with different members of the Communications & Marketing team to help devise and implement a content strategy geared towards increasing Brussels thought-leadership on our website.

Please note: YPFP Brussels is looking for motivated volunteers to join its team in a range of positions. All YPFP staff are professional volunteers. Volunteering is both a responsibility and an opportunity. YPFP offers skills development and training to its entire staff starting with an induction and regular, externally led staff training sessions. 

 

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Create, develop and manage of YPFP Brussels web presence;

  • Work alongside YPFP Brussels staff and members to brainstorm ideas on such content;

  • Analyse data generated, and report findings to the Communications & Marketing Director;

  • Brainstorm and collaborate on a future multimedia journal;

  • Contribute new ideas on how to increase the profile of YPFP in Brussels;

  • Contribute to ad-hoc projects in the Communications & Marketing team;

 

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Be self-motivated, well organised and able to work efficiently and autonomously, as part of a small team;

  • Required to commit to six months or more as a staff volunteer;

  • Required to attend quarterly all Staff evening meetings;

  • Required to attend monthly communications staff evening meetings;

  • Required to attend most YPFP events;

  • Required time commitment of up to 10 hours per week;

  • Required to respond to e-mails daily, on a regular basis;

  • Excellent written and spoken English skills;

  • Home internet access;

  • Live in Brussels, Belgium.

 

Contact details:

Interested candidates should send a brief cover letter and CV to Geoffroy Cazenave at geoffroy.cazenave@ypfp.org and Katie Low at katie.low@ypfp.org by 14 December 2015.

Please note that only candidates chosen for further interview will be contacted.


Social Media Officer - Twitter

YPFP Brussels is looking for a motivated individual who will be responsible for one of its primary social media platforms, Twitter. The successful candidate will have to work in close coordination with their fellow Social Media Officer as well as engage with external stakeholders and members interested in YPFP Brussels.

This would be a good opportunity for the successful candidate to develop knowledge of digital marketing and engagement techniques, as well as teamwork experience by contributing to and furthering the successful social media outreach of YPFP Brussels.

 

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Daily management of YPFP Brussels Twitter account including engagement with external stakeholders and members;

  • Implement and execute the social media strategy to build followers and fans, engaging in an appropriate style and manner on behalf of YPFP Brussels where required;

  • Analyse data and give regular updates to the Communications & Marketing Director on YPFP Brussels growth and interaction with fans, in addition to a comparative analysis;

  • Provide updates on the direction of these social media platforms, in particular where it affects the communication of YPFP Brussels;

  • Assist the Communications & Marketing Director in exploring how to further exploit social media platforms.

 

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Be interested in and comfortable using social/new media and technology applications;

  • Be self-motivated, well organized and able to work efficiently and autonomously, as part of a small team;

  • Required to commit to six months or more as a staff volunteer;

  • Required to attend quarterly All Staff evening meetings;

  • Required to attend monthly communications staff evening meetings;

  • Required to attend most YPFP events;

  • Required time commitment of up to 10 hours per week;

  • Required to respond to e-mails daily, on a regular basis;

  • Excellent written and spoken English skills;

  • Home internet access;

  • Live in Brussels, Belgium.

 

Contact details:

Interested candidates should send a brief cover letter and CV to Paula Iwaniuk at paula.iwaniuk@ypfp.org by 17 May 2015.

Please note that only candidates chosen for further interview will be contacted. The successful candidate will begin the role in late May.


Multimedia Officer

Today, more than 70% of online content is visual. YPFP Brussels is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic volunteer to assist the Communications & Marketing team in delivering excellent visual content to members. This includes but is not limited to designing graphics, posters, infographics and banners that will assist in marketing our events and organization.

The successful candidate will have a strong attention to detail, be able to work to deadlines, and have a background in communications and graphic design. In addition, this is an excellent opportunity to showcase their creative skills.

 

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Brainstorm and design graphics, posters, flyers, infographics etc to promote and market YPFP Brussels events and membership benefits

  • Work alongside YPFP Brussels staff and members;

  • Manage the YPFP YouTube Channel and investigate further marketing possibilities;

  • Analyse data and give regular updates to the Communications & Marketing Director on YPFP Brussels YouTube growth and interaction with fans;

  • Assist in ad-hoc projects as necessary.

 

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Experience in delivering high-quality video content is desirable, and the successful candidate should be able to work using their own editing software;

  • Be self-motivated, well organized and able to work efficiently and autonomously, as part of a small team;

  • Required to commit to six months or more as a staff volunteer;

  • Required to attend quarterly All Staff evening meetings;

  • Required to attend monthly communications staff evening meetings;

  • Required to attend most YPFP events;

  • Required time commitment of up to 10 hours per week;

  • Required to respond to e-mails daily, on a regular basis;

  • Excellent written and spoken English skills;

  • Home internet access;

  • Live in Brussels, Belgium.

 

Contact details:

Interested candidates should send a brief cover letter and CV to Paula Iwaniuk at paula.iwaniuk@ypfp.org by 17 May 2015.

Please note that only candidates chosen for further interview will be contacted. The successful candidate will begin the role in late May.


Security and Defence Programming Officer

The successful candidate for the Security and Defence Programming Officer role will assist the Director and Deputy Director in planning, administering and running all of YPFP's events related to security and defence issues. He or she will also be involved in pitching new event proposals, developing grant proposals and assisting in wider YPFP programming activities if needed.

They will be willing and able to give up to 10 hours a week to contribute to the team, will help with the smooth functioning of debates and must feel comfortable acting as a representative of YPFP to external offices and maintaining current relationships with partners. This is great opportunity to work in close partnership with some of our key external partners. A strong interest in security and defence policy issues and previous experience in events management will be an asset. 


Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the planning and management of debates

  • Assist the Director and Deputy Director of Security and Defence programming in grant reporting

  • Suggest ideas for programs, events and speakers

  • Maintain relationships with outside partners and organizations

  • Initiate and develop relationships with new potential partners

  • Approach speakers and construct debate panels

  • Procure venues

  • Assist in the making of event-related communications material

  • Assist in preparation of event invitation drafts and confirmation emails

  • Assist with event and other programming logistics as needed

  • Opportunities to moderate event panels


Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Required to commit for six months or more

  • Required to attend quarterly All Staff meetings

  • Required to attend monthly programming staff meetings

  • Required to attend Programming events when needed

  • Time commitment of up to 10 hours per week expected   

  • Required to responds to e-mails daily [as soon as possible]

  • Lives in Brussels, Belgium

 

Contact Details

Interested candidates should send a brief cover letter and CV to Håvard Sandvik at havard.sandvik@ypfp.org by 17 May 2015.

Please note that only candidates chosen for further interview will be contacted. The successful candidate will begin the role in late May.

 


Programming Officer

YPFP Brussels is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic volunteer to assist the Programming Director in the planning, administration and running of YPFP Brussels events. This versatile role will assist all members of the team in the organisation of events, both organizing and executing. The goal being to build up the programming skills of the incumbent, so that they can quickly organise their own events as well.

This is a great opportunity to hone networking and event planning skills, as well as to participate first hand in the organization of career training events. Diplomatic tact, team spirit, as well as the ability to communicate in front of audiences is essential for success in this role. Furthermore the position also necessitates dedication, responsiveness, and a can do attitude.

 

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Director of Programming, including in the planning and management of all programs;

  • Suggest and develop ideas for foreign policy events;

  • Manage all aspects of event management, including invitation of speakers, procuring venues and calendar coordination;

  • Moderate and host events, with opportunities to develop public speaking skills;

  • Assist on an ad hoc basis in the organization and execution of YPFP’s events, helping organize events and liaising with other programming team members;

  • Act as a representative of YPFP and build new relationships with partners;

  • Coordinate with the Membership, Communications and SecDef team when necessary;

  • Provide support to all Programming events, such as helping with RSVPs and instituting a waiting list as necessary.

 

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Be self-motivated, well organized and able to work efficiently and autonomously as part of a small team;

  • Required to attend quarterly All Staff evening meetings;

  • Required to attend monthly programming staff evening meetings;

  • Required to attend most Programming events;

  • Required to commit up to 10 hours per week;

  • Required to respond to emails daily;

  • Previous experience in events management will be an asset;

  • Lives in Brussels, Belgium;

  • Excellent written and spoken English skills.

 

Contact details

Interested candidates should send a brief cover letter and CV to Anthony Spota at anthony.spota@ypfp.org by 17 May 2015.

Please note that only candidates chosen for further interview will be contacted. The successful candidate will begin the role in late May.


Development Officer

YPFP Brussels is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic volunteer to join our staff. The successful candidate will assist the Executive Director and Managing Director to develop and maintain corporate and institutional partnerships. The candidate will need to be proactive in utilizing and building networks. This is a new role, with potential for the successful candidate to grow into a bigger part of the organization and make this position their own.

The successful candidate will contribute to the team by creating a corporate and institutional partnership strategy. They must feel comfortable acting as a representative of YPFP to external offices and building new relationships with partners. This is a great opportunity to hone networking and leadership skills, especially for those wishing to develop a profile in business development and relations with corporate and institutional partners in Brussels.

Only those candidates who have been a paying member of the global YPFP network for a minimum of six months are eligible. A candidate with a strong personal network in the Brussels business community is desirable.

 

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develop a corporate and institutional partnership strategy with the Executive Director;

  • Work with the three core teams of YPFP (Programming, Membership and Communications & Marketing) to assess how to best to ensure cross-team use of partnership resources. Attendance at respective team meetings may be required on occasion;

  • Establish and maintain a network of partnerships through regular communications, eg emails and meetings;

  • Promote YPFP through updates and invitations to demonstrate our reliability to deliver high-level quality events to our wide demographic of young professionals in Brussels;

  • Develop partnerships across a range of offerings, including provision of funding, expert speakers or event hosting;

  • Follow-up and provide debriefing reports on partnership cooperation;

  • Build up the inclusion of private sector representatives in events.

 

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Be self-motivated, well organized and able to work efficiently and autonomously as part of a small team;

  • Required to commit to six months or more as a staff volunteer;

  • Required to attend quarterly All Staff evening meetings;;

  • Required to attend most events;

  • Required to commit up to 10 hours per week;

  • Required to respond to emails daily;

  • Required to have been a member of YPFP for at least six months;

  • Strong established network in the business community an asset;

  • Lives in Brussels, Belgium;

  • Have excellent communication and presentation skills.

 

Contact Details:

Interested candidates should send a brief cover letter and CV to Katrina Murray at katrina.murray@ypfp.org by 17 May 2015.

Please note that only candidates chosen for further interview will be contacted. The successful candidate will begin the role in late May


Staff Recruitment Specialist

Are you a motivated and creative individual looking to make a global impact? YPFP is seeking a Staff Recruitment Specialist. 

Position Description:

The Staff Recruitment Specialist reports to the the Director, Human Capital. He or she will assist in recruitment and retention of new staff, including participating in the Recruiting Working Group, developing staff recruitment strategies, and assisting with onboarding new staff members

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Strategize recruitment strategies for all departments with staffing needs;
  • Organize and participate in the Recruiting Working Group;
  • Maintain and update staff openings page;
  • Assist with other projects as assigned by leadership;
  • Onboard and assist with new staff joining YPFP; and
  • Participate in monthly meetings with YPFP DC Staff.

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • Current, dues-paying YPFP member
  • The ability to dedicate up to 10 hours per week to YPFP
  • Self-motivated team player
  • Experience in human capital preferred but not required
  • Knowledge of basic Google applications

How to apply

To apply for this position, please contact recruiting@ypfp.org with a letter of interest and resume. Please include the position title in the subject line.

 


Developer, Global Operations (multiple positions)

Are you a motivated and creative individual looking to make a global impact? Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) is seeking Developers to join Global Operations(multiple positions available). Developers engage enthusiastic youth around the world, with a focus on enacting YPFP's Global Presence Initiative (GPI). This role is vital to YPFP's growth and requires charismatic leaders with a creative and global mindset.

The GPI is one of YPFP's tent-pole initiatives, establishes an organizational goal of expand into new cities and countries. The YPFP Ambassadors program is the primary way thatYPFP identifies new, globally minded leaders in strategically important cities around the world. Ambassadors are chosen from the private, public, and civil sectors and are expected to further YPFP's mission of fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing young professionals with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers. Once identified, Ambassadors build local communities of YPFP members and connect the global membership of YPFP. The Global Operations team supports Ambassadors, with the tools necessary to conduct YPFP-branded events, form strategic partnerships with local organizations, build an online presence, and expand their communities over time to establish YPFP communities (hubs) and eventually new branches.

Position Description

Each Developer oversees a geographic portfolio of hubs/ambassadors and works directly with individuals to increase YPFP’s presence in that region in the form of YPFP events and YPFP hub cities.

Roles & Responsibilities:

● Serves as a knowledgeable point-of-contact for numerous ambassadors/hubs
● Assists Ambassadors/hubs with programming, marketing (social media strategy), membership outreach
● Participates in weekly/bi-weekly strategy sessions with their assigned Ambassadors/hubs
● Provides regular updates on progress and challenges to Director and Senior YPFP Staff
● Attends Washington, DC events on behalf of Global Operations that relate to their regional focus or relate to the location of their ambassador/hubs
● Liaises with other YPFP functional areas to support the operations of our ambassadors/hubs

Eligibility & Requirements:

● Current, dues-paying YPFP member
● The ability to dedicate at least 15 hours per week to YPFP
● Outstanding cross-cultural communication skills
● Self-motivated team player
● Global mindset and creative energy
● Prior experience leading a team
● Overseas experience in Africa, Southeast Asia, East Asia, or Eastern Europe
● Foreign language ability is a plus
● Must be able and willing to interact with YPFP members from all over the world
in order to facilitate their fostering of YPFP in their city
● Experience with a start-up is a plus
● Must be able to explain YPFP's mission and how it works to potential
Ambassadors
● Must be able to commit at least a year to the role

 

  • How to Apply

 

To apply for this position, please contactglobal.ops@ypfp.org AND recruiting@ypfp.org with a letter of interest and resume. Please include the position title in the subject line.


Coordinator, Global Operations

Are you a motivated and creative individual looking to make a global impact? Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) is seeking a Coordinator to join the Global Operations department. This role helps spearhead YPFP's global growth and requires charismatic leaders with a creative and global mindset.

The GPI is one of YPFP's tent-pole initiatives, establishes an organizational goal of expanding into new cities and countries. The YPFP Ambassadors program is the primary way that YPFP identifies new, globally minded leaders in strategically important cities around the world. Ambassadors are chosen from the private, public, and civil sectors and are expected to further YPFP's mission of fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing young professionals with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers. Once identified, Ambassadors build local communities of YPFP members and connect the global membership of YPFP. The Global Operations team supports Ambassadors, with the tools necessary to conduct YPFP-branded events, form strategic partnerships with local organizations, build an online presence, and expand their communities over time to establish YPFP communities (hubs) and eventually new branches.

Position Description

The Coordinator assists the Director of Global Operations by helping to develop, manage, and support a team of Developers. The Developers roles focus on making/creating contacts in cities around the world who may be interested in taking part in the YPFP Ambassadors program . The Coordinator will also take initiative in contacting Universities (both domestic and abroad) and international organizations in an effort to grow our global presence and spread word about the Ambassadors program.

Roles & Responsibilities:

● Implement YPFP’s Global Presence Initiative strategy and support a team of individuals to meet the GPI goals set in coordination with Membership, Executives, and the Board of Directors
● Manage the GPI key performance indicators, provide data to Executives and Board of Directors regarding progress in hubs/activities
● Reach out to universities and international organizations to develop contacts and spread the word about YPFP, global membership, and the Ambassadors program.
● Support regular meetings and trainings for team individuals on GPI processes and expectations
● Serve as main point-of-contact for Ambassadors/ hubs and provide guidance on programming, marketing (social media strategy), membership outreach 
● Work with the rest of the Membership Center of Activity to create a strategy for YPFP’s Global Membership and tie this to the GPI goals
● Liaise with the rest of the Membership department and other YPFP functional areas to support the operations of the Ambassadors/hubs

Eligibility & Requirements:

● Current, dues-paying YPFP member
● The ability to dedicate at least 15 hours per week to YPFP
● Outstanding cross-cultural communication skills
● Self-motivated team player
● Global mindset and creative energy
● Prior experience leading a team
● Overseas experience in Africa, Southeast Asia, East Asia, or Eastern Europe
● Foreign language ability is a plus
● Must be able and willing to interact with YPFP members from all over the world in order to facilitate their fostering of YPFP in their city
● Experience with a start-up is a plus
● Must be able to explain YPFP's mission and how it works to potential Ambassadors
● Must be able to commit at least a year to the role

 



Director, External Engagement

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) is seeking a Director, External Engagement. The Director, External Engagement will report directly to the President, YPFP working closely with the Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff. The Director will be an important member of YPFP’s senior leadership and strategy team.

The Director, External Engagement’s primary responsibility is to grow YPFP’s brand and position the organization for large financial growth through the development of strategic partnerships and a broader individual and corporate fundraising strategy. The Director, External Engagement is responsible for the internal process implementation and external market strategy behind YPFP’s partner initiatives.

This role is vital to YPFP's mission and requires an entrepreneurial, proactive leader with high energy and a proven track record in development and business strategy.

Position Description:

The Director, External Engagement is responsible for both the strategy and execution of YPFP’s brand expansion and plays a key role in expanding its support from individuals, organizations and corporations that align with the YPFP mission. The Director, External Engagement will act as YPFP’s eyes and ears out in the community. The Director will meet donors and prospects and is responsible for identifying and vetting strategic partners that strengthen YPFP’s brand.

Responsibilities:

  • Design the External Partnership Strategy for 2016-2017: Coordinate with YPFP Executive Team to identify industry targets, existing organizational contacts, available funding, and preferred approaches
  • Oversee fundraising efforts for YPFP’s Leadership Incubator Programs: Conducts market research on prospects, including individuals, corporations and other potential sources of funds for YPFP’s Leadership Incubator Program. Develops and executes on priority target capture strategy; distills prospect outreach into action items for the Board of Directors, YPFP Executive Staff
  • Build a Robust Constituency around the YPFP Brand: Develop and maintain key long-term relationships with individual, corporate and organizational donors while identifying new prospects.

Roles:

  • Participate in weekly/bi-weekly strategy sessions with YPFP Executive Team
  • Update President, YPFP on outreach/development status and any challenges needing Executive Staff support
  • Liaise with other YPFP functional areas to develop a nuanced understanding of YPFP’s strategic objectives, member demographics and operations

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • Current, dues-paying YPFP Young Professionals member
  • Must be able to dedicate at least 14-20 hours per week to YPFP; commitment of 1 year to the role
  • Must have prior external engagement or business development experience; project/program management experience a plus
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to speak with confidence in public settings
  • Self-motivated team player with a high aptitude for business strategy and creative energy
  • Prior experience in nonprofit management, business development, brand management or global engagement (international business experience preferred)
  • Outstanding ability to market to a wide audience and clearly articulate YPFP’s value proposition to prospects
  • Experience in fundraising in a nonprofit environment preferred

How to apply

To apply for this position, please contact recruiting@ypfp.org with a letter of interest and resume. Please include the position title in the subject line.


Development/Grantwriter

Development Associate/Grant writer

Development Associate to be an integral part of the business development team, responsible for driving new grant opportunities and enabling the organization to meet its funding and financial targets.

 

Roles and Responsibilities:

 Support donor cultivation and fundraising through non-profit grants

 Research new grant opportunities and conduct prospect research on foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals

 Manage, proof, track and be the lead writer for all grant submissions, applications,concept notes and reports

 Research and organize prospective donors and foundations and maintain documentation system

 Gathers information and prepares draft and final proposals, correspondence and other accompanying materials, including budgets

 Networks and contacts prospective funding sources and follows up with appropriate actions such as helping to prepare senior staff for prospective meetings through written and/or oral briefings as well as scheduling and attending meetings and presentations.

 Helps design fundraising strategies and determine appropriate steps for solicitation

 Monitors new grant-making activity and changing developments in the community of institutional donors

 Develops cultivation and engagement strategy with embassies and international governmental organizations

 Closely collaborating with the Director of Business Development to align fundraising messaging with overall institution communications to leverage programmatic achievements and strategies for sponsorship efforts

 Interfacing with all departments as they relate to development in collaboration to complete grants

 Assists Director of Business Development, as needed and performs other duties as assigned

 

Desired Skills and Experience:

 Strong demonstrated grant writing experience and/or capabilities

 Ability to write strong compelling grant narratives and turnaround proposals quickly

 Must be based in Washington, DC area

 Excellent verbal, interpersonal communication, and problem-solving skills

 Ability to work independently, multiple concurrent tasks and with multiple deadlines

 Highly motivated and responsible;

 Proactive ability to seek out appropriate subjects and opportunities;

 Entrepreneurial, grassroots and progressive spirit about building out the Development department here at YPFP

 Ability to work across teams and departments of a primarily volunteer-run organization;

 Outstanding computer skills

 Ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks, prioritize work, be flexible, and meet tight deadlines

 Respect of confidentiality

 Available 2-5 hours per week

 

 

 

 

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to recruiting@ypfp.org!


Fundraising Coordinator

About YPFP:

YPFP believes there is an urgent need for NextGen voices to immediately and positively influence today’s critical foreign policy challenges. Our events are carefully designed to assist our members in the ideation process and to help them determine where to focus their efforts for maximum impact.

Affairs of State:

In its 10th year, Affairs of State is YPFP’s annual gala hosted in Washington, DC. The event raises awareness of the organization and celebrates its achievements while raising valuable funds to help our nonprofit grow in years to come. The Fundraising Coordinator will get a front-row seat to the ins and outs of the gala planning process and play a crucial role in achieving YPFP’s revenue goals for the event.

This position reports to the Gala Coordinator with additional supervision from senior members of the Affairs of State project team. This position runs from May to October 2017.

Position Description:

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Work with the Affairs of State project team to identify potential donors and maintain master tracker of donation solicitation

  • Take the lead on reaching out to the majority of donors and work with Affairs of State project team to ensure that all potential donors are contacted

  • Ensure that all donation procurement planning, execution, and follow-up is conducted in a timely manner

Qualifications

  • Goal-oriented approach to projects

  • Excellent communication skills, including ability to convey YPFP’s mission to a range of potential donors effectively and enthusiastically

  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team

  • Creative and committed to the YPFP mission and fundraising goals for the gala

  • Ability to commit 5-10 hours per week (assume an increase in time commitment closer to the date of the gala)

How to apply

To apply for this position, please email recruiting@ypfp.org with a letter of interest and resume. Please include the position title in the subject line.


Vice President, Membership

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, nonprofit 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.

The Membership Center of Activity (CoA) bears responsibility for the heart and soul of YPFP: our members. Functions of the Membership CoA include maintaining and expanding membership benefits, membership data analytics, recruiting new members and retaining members year to year, coordinating quarterly New Member Orientations, our global membership expansion, and management of the Future Professionals tier. The Membership CoA also coordinates with the Global Leaders Executive Committee.

Position Overview

The Vice President, Membership oversees the volunteers and teams that comprise the entire Membership CoA, including the Managing Director of Membership, to ensure that they are supported and empowered to achieve the objectives of the CoA. Specific functions include:

  • Overseeing and working with Director, Member Recruitment to execute membership recruitment and retention strategy
  • Ensure production of annual member survey and the successful archiving of its results for future reference
  • Ensuring that inquiries from members and potential members (either via email or through the website) are answered expediently
  • Overseeing New Member Coordinator in producing quarterly New Member Orientation (NMO)
  • Supervising Director, Global Operations in building new YPFP hubs overseas and communicating with potential hub leaders in an efficient manner
  • Liaising between Executive Office and member data team to ensure awareness of current member statistics
  • Coordinating with Communications team and Webmaster on website needs that pertain to membership (including but not limited to new member registration)
  • Supervising Managing Director and Future Professionals Coordinator in building out offerings for Future Professionals members
  • Working with Global Leaders Executive Committee to maintain awareness of and support for GL-specific programming, and collaborate on opportunities for GLs to mentor Young Professional members
  • Reporting out regularly to Senior Staff on membership statistics and noticeable trends, needs, etc.

 

Position Requirements

  • Current dues-paying member of YPFP
  • Commitment to YPFP’s mission and values
  • Professional experience in the foreign affairs field and familiarity with foreign affairs career paths and interests
  • Ability to commit 15-20 hours a week to volunteer leadership role
  • Prior experience managing a team of 5-10 people, ideally in a volunteer capacity
  • Prior customer service experience in a membership and/or client-based context
  • Familiarity with basic survey design and data analysis strongly desired
  • Ability to work well with a team of peers simultaneous with managing a team
  • Demonstrated experience juggling competing priorities
  • Excellent communication skills

How to apply

To apply for this position, please send your resume and a statement of interest to recruiting@ypfp.org with "Vice President, Membership" in the subject line.


Vice President, Communications

About YPFP:

YPFP believes there is an urgent need for NextGen voices to immediately and positively influence today’s critical foreign policy challenges.

Communications Department:

The Communications Department encompasses YPFP’s marketing, public relations, and social media teams. The Department addresses both day-to-day externally facing communication needs of the organization as well as long-term, cross-sectoral strategy.

Position Description

The Vice President, Communications serves as a member of YPFP’s Senior Staff and leads the Communications Department. He or she has extensive responsibility for guiding, creating, and implementing a strategic vision and long-term plan for the Department.

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 a convener and amplifier of NextGen voices, offering outstanding programming and opportunities for NextGen leaders.

The Vice President, Communications reports directly to the Senior Vice President, Operations.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee department staff and work directly with a Managing Director and team directors to ensure functions such as social media, marketing materials production, and public relations are supported (this includes filling in crucial day-to-day functions in the absence of any given support staff)

  • Direct strategic vision for YPFP's communications activities

  • Monitor daily operations and provide reporting on progress toward communications objectives and short, medium, and long term strategic goals

  • Report out on initiatives and needs both formally (senior staff and department meetings) and informally

  • Collaborate with fellow senior staff to ensure that YPFP events, initiatives, and general membership benefits are promoted effectively

Requirements:

  • Based in Washington, DC.

  • Professional experience in international affairs, public relations, strategic communications, and/or strategic planning is preferred.

  • Professional experience managing  press relations is desired.

  • Excellent management skills, demonstrated leadership experience, a track record of personal initiative and goal-oriented strategic leadership, and proven ability to lead a volunteer team.

  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-organizational communications skills.

  • Ability to attend regular senior staff meetings.

  • Ability to lead and organize department meetings at a minimum of 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 commitment of 15-20 hours per week and the ability to respond to email inquiries within 24 hours under normal circumstances.

Eligibility and Selection:

Please note that candidates must be dues paying members of YPFP and located in the greater Washington, DC area. 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 subject and heading: VP Communications Application.


Managing Director, Communications

About YPFP:

YPFP believes there is an urgent need for NextGen voices to immediately and positively influence today’s critical foreign policy challenges.

Communications Department:

The Communications Department encompasses YPFP’s marketing, public relations, and social media teams. The Department addresses both day-to-day externally facing communication needs of the organization as well as long-term, cross-sectoral strategy.

Position Description:

The Managing Director, Communications serves as a member of YPFP’s Senior Staff and is the primary manager of the Communications Department’s day-to-day operations. He or she also has extensive responsibility in helping the Vice President, Communications guide, create, and implement a strategic vision and long-term plan for the Department.

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 a convener and amplifier of NextGen voices, offering outstanding programming and opportunities for NextGen leaders.

The Managing Director, Communications reports directly to the Vice President, Communications.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee department staff and work directly with Vice President and team directors to ensure functions such as social media, marketing materials production, and public relations are supported (this includes filling in crucial day-to-day functions in the absence of any given support staff)

  • Support strategic vision for YPFP's communications activities

  • Monitor and support daily operations and provide reporting on progress toward communications objectives and short, medium, and long term strategic goals

  • Report out on initiatives and needs both formally (senior staff and department meetings) and informally

  • Collaborate with fellow senior staff to ensure that YPFP events, initiatives, and general membership benefits are promoted effectively

Requirements:

  • Based in Washington, DC.

  • Professional experience in international affairs, public relations, strategic communications, and/or strategic planning is preferred.

  • Professional experience managing  press relations is desired.

  • Excellent management skills, demonstrated leadership experience, a track record of personal initiative and detail-oriented project management, and proven ability to lead a volunteer team.

  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-organizational communications skills.

  • Ability to attend regular senior staff meetings.

  • Ability to organize department meetings at a minimum of 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 15-20 hours per week and the ability to respond to email inquiries within 24 hours under normal circumstances.

Eligibility and Selection:

Please note that candidates must be dues paying members of YPFP and located in the greater Washington, DC area. 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 subject and heading: MD Communications Application.

 


Fellowship Editor, Fellowship Program

Fellowship Program Description:

The Fellowship Program at YPFP is designed to give rising leaders in foreign policy the opportunity to accelerate their careers. Over a one-year period, Fellows are given diverse opportunities to improve their writing and subject matter expertise. Fellows benefit from exclusive events, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities. Fellows publish monthly op-eds, book reviews or interviews, and their work has recently been featured in Business Insider, The Hill, Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, The National Interest, The Huffington Post, and YPFP’s very own Charged Affairs.

For more details on the fellowship, please visit the Fellowship page.

To see our current fellows, please visit the Fellows page.

Position Description:

The Fellowship Editor works with our fellows to help them produce top-quality content for publication in national media platforms. Editors generally work on 2-3 articles per month, giving the fellow feedback on structure, content and style, and eventually preparing the manuscript for publication with a thorough copy edit. Editors also work with our external outreach operation to help place our content in top publications.

Editors work as part of an elite editorial team lead by a Managing Editor, and are part of the overall fellowship team with access to fellowship programs, social events, and the wider YPFP member and staff community. They get to participate in improving our editorial process and the quality of our output. Editors do not need to be based in Washington DC.

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Edit 2-3 articles per month, going from structural and content feedback rounds to copy and final edit rounds
  • Help fellows pitch their articles to magazines and newspapers
  • Communicate promptly with fellows and help keep them on deadline
  • Participate in the improvement of our editorial policies and procedures
  • Be an active and initiative-oriented member of an elite editorial team

Desired Skills:

  • Prior editorial experience needed
  • Strong interest in international affairs
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience or interest in working with international affairs practitioners and scholars
  • Impeccable grasp of grammar, syntax, structure, flow and style
  • Ability to constructively, diplomatically and rigorously critique and improve the work of others
  • Interest in communicating with national publications on behalf of YPFP

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Preferably an early career foreign policy professional, experienced editor, or current graduate student with relevant experience
  • Preferably resident of the Washington DC area, but not required
  • Editor positions are unpaid and part-time
  • If not already a dues paying member, candidate must become a YPFP member upon acceptance of an offer

Application Process:

To apply, send the following materials as attachments to fellowship.apply@ypfp.org:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing samples of 2-3 pages (ideally op-ed style and related to foreign policy)

Include “Fellowship Editor Application” in the subject line.

All applications are reviewed immediately. Due to the number of applications received, only those progressing to the next step will receive a response.


Editor, Charged Affairs

About Charged Affairs:

Charged Affairs is YPFP’s in-house foreign policy publication. The magazine’s team of editors and staff writers publish on a wide range of foreign and international policy subjects on a weekly basis, bringing the perspectives of early and mid-career professionals and academics to the broader foreign policy community. Charged Affairs is also a forum for publishing guest pieces by YPFP members in the United States and abroad, highlighting original analysis and global perspectives. Articles range from op-eds to interviews and book reviews.

Please visit the Charged Affairs website here.

Position Description:

Charged Affairs Editors are members of the Editorial Board, and are primarily responsible for guiding an assigned group of Staff Writers through the editorial and publishing process. Editors give feedback on topics and arguments, and work with Staff Writers to meet deadlines. Editors also offer substantive and structural feedback and perform final copy edits. Editors will receive an average of two new articles each week, and will work to improve submissions and ensure a high quality final copy, prior to posting final articles. Editors also participate in the promotion of Charged Affairs articles on social media, and as members of the Editorial Board, participate in discussions on the strategic growth and innovation of the journal.

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develop good working relationships with assigned Staff Writers, keep them on schedule, and give them strong and constructive feedback to help them produce their best possible work.
  • Be prepared to give feedback on a wide range of foreign affairs topics (you don’t need to be an expert on the subject of an op-ed to give good feedback), and have an excellent grasp of how to structure writing effectively, how to improve flow and phrasing, and how to craft an impactful headline.
  • Keep yourself and your Staff Writers on schedule and be accountable for the quality of the articles you approve for publishing.
  • Participate in Charged Affairs programming, including skills workshops and socials.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Prior editorial experience required
  • Ability to strictly adhere to deadlines
  • Detail oriented and prompt response to emails
  • Strong communication skills and editorial instincts needed
  • Have an eye for quality and the ability to tactfully but directly push people to produce their best work
  • Understand how a magazine should function, how to utilize social media to grow an audience, and how to optimize content for impact
  • Prior experience with WordPress preferred
  • Ability to monitor multiple articles at different stages of completion, upcoming deadlines, and final publishing deadlines

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Ideally an early career foreign policy professional or current graduate student in a relevant field
  • Position is unpaid and part-time
  • If not already a dues-paying member, candidate must become a YPFP member upon acceptance of an offer
  • Candidates do not need to be residents of the Washington, DC area

Application Process:

To apply, send the following materials as attachments to recruiting@ypfp.org:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample of 2-3 pages (ideally op-ed and related to foreign policy)

Include “CA Editor Application” in the subject line.


Staff Writer, Charged Affairs

About Charged Affairs:

Charged Affairs is YPFP’s in-house foreign policy publication. The magazine’s team of editors and staff writers publish on a wide range of foreign and international policy subjects on a weekly basis, bringing the perspectives of early and mid-career professionals and academics to the broader foreign policy community. Charged Affairs is also a forum for publishing guest pieces by YPFP members in the United States and abroad, highlighting original analysis and global perspectives. Articles range from op-eds to interviews and book reviews.

Please visit the Charged Affairs website here.

Position Description:

The core of Charged Affairs’ publishing is the dedicated team of Staff Writers. As a Staff Writer, you would be expected to produce one article every three weeks on topics of your choice within the broader thematic scope of Charged Affairs. You’d work closely with editors to perfect your piece and to connect with opportunities for book reviews and interviews. Finally, you would be expected to support the social media promotion of Charged Affairs articles. Charged Affairs Staff Writers also enjoy occasional staff development and social opportunities as a team. 

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Produce one article every three weeks on topics of interest to the Charged Affairs audience.
  • Work through the editorial process in a timely fashion and adhere to the publishing schedule.
  • Take initiative and interest in opportunities such as interviews and book reviews.
  • Promote Charged Affairs content.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience, interest, and passion in writing about the foreign affairs/policy topics
  • Strong background in international affairs
  • Excellent writing ability and a superb grasp of written English
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work with editors to adhere to a schedule
  • Openness to editorial input and a desire to improve your written work
  • Willingness to promote the work of your colleagues who will in turn promote your own work
  • Desire to grow professionally and personally as a writer and foreign policy expert
  • Detail oriented and prompt response to emails

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Ideally an early career foreign policy professional or current graduate student in a relevant field
  • Position is unpaid and part-time
  • If not already a dues-paying member, candidate must become a YPFP member upon acceptance of an offer
  • Candidates do not need to be residents of the Washington, DC area

Application Process:

To apply, send the following materials as attachments to recruiting@ypfp.org:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample of 2-3 pages (ideally op-ed and related to foreign policy)

Include “CA Staff Writer Application” in the subject line.


Social Media Strategist

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. 

Position Description:

The Social Media Strategist is responsible for executing YPFP’s social media strategy with other members of the social media team. The position reports directly to the Director, Social Media, and entails working closely with other social media staff, event managers, and special projects staff as well as collaborating with other departments at YPFP. Daily responsibilities include interaction with existing and potential members through social media, promoting member engagement, and management of YPFP’s social media accounts.

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Manages and fosters relationships between YPFP staff and membership through social media channels (i.e. posting engaging questions, responding to member inquiries, etc.).
  • Utilizes social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other emerging media platforms to engage existing members and social media participants as well as to attract new members.
  • Contributes to team effort of promoting YPFP events and publications through our social media channels.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Avid user of popular social media platforms with knowledge of trends, key words, etc.
  • Experience in developing and implementing a social media strategy for a non-profit organization desired, but not required
  • Excellent time-management skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, strong networking skills, ability to meet deadlines, and attention to detail.
  • Experience with Hootsuite, Adobe Creative Suites, photography a plus but not required.

Eligibility and Selection:

Please note that candidates must be dues paying members of YPFP. 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 alex.penler@ypfp.org, with the heading Social Media Strategist Application. 


Public Relations Specialist

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. 

Position Description:

The Public Relations specialist supports YPFP’s outreach to and communication with media. This includes the drafting of press alerts and press releases, maintaining and expanding a database of press contacts, and reaching out to or fielding enquiries from the press. YPFP regularly hosts high-profile events that may be of interest to various media organizations, and it represents a key demographic with unique perspectives on matters of national and international importance. Connecting these YPFP assets to media opportunities and building our visibility is the overarching responsibility of the Public Relations Specialist. Successful PR specialists will have the opportunity to advance in the department.

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Draft press alerts and press releases.
  • Build and maintain our database of press contacts.
  • Support YPFP’s outreach to media organizations and specific journalists.
  • Help to field enquiries from the press.
  • Participate in the formulation of an overarching public relations strategy.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Ability to write clearly and succinctly, with an eye for capturing attention and maximizing impact.
  • An interest and/or experience working with the media. Media contacts a plus.
  • Utmost professionalism in dealing with third parties and protecting the YPFP brand.
  • Ability to work independently to identify new PR opportunities.
  • A strong sense of organization, particularly in building and maintain a database of press contacts.
  • An awareness of the opportunities but also pitfalls of engaging with the media.

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, your resume and writing samples to recruiting@ypfp.org, with the heading Public Relations Specialist Application.


Graphic Designer

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. 

Position Description:

The Graphic Designer is responsible for designing visual presentations and graphics. The position reports directly to the Director, Media Productions, and entails working closely with staff across different departments. Responsibilities include redesigning graphics on YPFP's social media platforms, marketing materials, style guide, and presentation templates.

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Plans concept by studying information and materials.
  • Illustrates concept by designing rough layout of art and copy regarding arrangement, size, type size and style, and related aesthetic concepts.
  • Obtains approval of concept by submitting rough layout for approval.
  • Prepares final layout by marking and pasting up finished copy and art.
  • Completes projects by coordinating with outside agencies, art services, printers, etc.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign, and other desktop publishing software.
  • Excellent time-management skills, ability to meet deadlines, and attention to detail.
  • Must have access to the necessary equipment and software

Eligibility and Selection:

Please note that candidates must be dues paying members of YPFP. You are not required to be a YPFP member to apply, but must confirm membership to be accepted to the position. Candidates don’t need to be based in Washington, D.C.

Application Process:

To begin the application process please send a cover letter, your resume and some samples of your work to recruiting@ypfp.org, with the heading Graphic Designer Application. 


Marketing Specialist

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. 

Position Description:

We are looking for an enthusiastic Marketing Specialist to help us in our overall marketing efforts. You will be an integral part of the development and execution of marketing plans to reach targets from brand awareness to events promotion. A Marketing specialist should be a competent professional able to grasp consumer behavior trends and generate creative ideas. You will be passionate about your field and well-versed in specialized marketing concepts, principles and tactics. The goal is to deliver effective marketing programs that will help our reputation and growth. You will be working in a team inside the Communications and Thought Leadership Department, and reporting to the Director of Marketing.

We encourage anyone who is looking to develop their marketing skills to apply for this position. Our specialists will be trained with marketing, branding, design, SEO, digital strategy, and/or production skills.

The position is open to candidates with demonstrated skill sets which may include course work in communications, journalism, marketing, or graphic design.

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Brainstorm and develop ideas for creative marketing campaigns
  • Assist in outbound or inbound marketing activities by demonstrating expertise in various areas (content development and optimization, advertising, events planning etc.)
  • Create marketing collateral to promote YPFP activities
  • Work across departments to execute promotional events and campaigns
  • Collaborate with marketing and other professionals to coordinate brand awareness and marketing efforts
  • Plan and execute initiatives to reach the target audience through appropriate channels
  • Assist in analyzing marketing data (campaign results, conversion rates, traffic etc.) to help shape future marketing strategies
  • Undertake individual tasks of a marketing plan as assigned

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience or coursework in graphic design, marketing, or communications
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and creatively, work independently, take initiative and problem solve
  • Proficiency in Canva, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign a plus.
  • Knowledge in the latest marketing and/or design trends
  • Meticulous attention to detail, organization skills, time management
  • Experience or coursework in graphic design, marketing, or communications
  • Ability to prioritize competing obligations and consistently meet multiple deadlines
  • Eager to learn and adopt communications best practices
  • Thrive in a fast paced, high volume, results –oriented environment
  • Intellectual curiosity, motivation and a desire to learn on the job

Eligibility and Selection:

Please note that candidates must be dues paying members of YPFP. You are not required to be a YPFP member to apply, but must confirm membership to be accepted to the position. Candidates don’t need to be based in Washington, D.C.

Application Process:

To begin the application process please send a cover letter, your resume and some samples of your work to recruiting@ypfp.org, with the heading Marketing Specialist Application. 


Director, Public Relations

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. 

Position Description:

The Director of Public Relations leads a small team of PR specialists in crafting and executing YPFP’s public and media relations strategy. YPFP is a global NGO with robust programming, high level speakers, regular published content and an extensive network, so requires an equally ambitious PR strategy to raise our profile among DC media and the foreign policy press. Among the priorities for the PR team in the coming year are the creation of a database of media contacts, an internal database of experts and expertise who can field foreign policy enquiries on behalf of our organization, and building out other resources for the media. The team also actively pitches stories to news organizations, produces press alerts and press releases and seeks out new opportunities to project our brand to the media, key stakeholders, prospective partners and the wider foreign policy community. The Director fully participates in the work of the team, but also leads, directs and represents this team inside the YPFP staff community.

This position requires approximately 5-10 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 supervise a team of around 3-5 staff.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Revise and continue to build on the YPFP public relations strategy.
  • Supervise the public relations team, motivate and support PR specialists and hold them accountable for the successful execution of their work.
  • Participate in media outreach, production of press alerts and press releases, database building and other PR work.
  • Field enquiries from the press and communicate with third parties alongside the VP of Communications and Thought Leadership.
  • Represent the interests of the PR team inside the Communications Department and throughout the YPFP staff community.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Proven ability to lead a team, effectively motivate and support staff and show initiative in following-through on projects.
  • Excellent communication skills with constant awareness of successful brand projection and risk mitigation when speaking with the press.
  • Ability to write clearly and succinctly, with an eye for capturing attention and maximizing impact.
  • Some prior experience working with the media preferred. Media contacts and familiarity with the DC and foreign policy media landscapes a plus.
  • Ability to work independently to identify new PR opportunities.
  • A strong sense of organization, particularly in building and maintain a database of press contacts and internal experts.

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, your resume and writing samples to recruiting@ypfp.org, with the heading Director Public Relations Application. 


Managing Director, Membership

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, nonprofit 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.

The Membership Center of Activity (CoA) bears responsibility for the heart and soul of YPFP: our members. Functions of the Membership CoA include maintaining and expanding membership benefits, membership data analytics, recruiting new members and retaining members year to year, coordinating quarterly New Member Orientations, our global membership expansion, and management of the Future Professionals tier. The Membership CoA also coordinates with the Global Leaders Executive Committee.

Position Overview

The Managing Director, Membership, in conjunction with the VP, Membership, oversees the volunteers and teams that comprise the entire Membership CoA to ensure that they are supported and empowered to achieve the objectives of the CoA.  Specific functions include:

  • Overseeing and working with Director, Member Recruitment to execute membership recruitment and retention strategy

  • Ensure production of annual member survey and the successful archiving of its results for future reference

  • Ensuring that inquiries from members and potential members (either via email or through the website) are answered expediently

  • Overseeing New Member Coordinator in producing quarterly New Member Orientation (NMO)

  • Supervising Director, Global Operations in building new YPFP hubs overseas and communicating with potential hub leaders in an efficient manner

  • Liaising between Executive Office and member data team to ensure awareness of current member statistics

  • Coordinating with Communications team and Webmaster on website needs that pertain to membership (including but not limited to new member registration)

  • Supervising Future Professionals Coordinator in building out offerings for Future Professionals members

  • Working with Global Leaders Executive Committee to maintain awareness of and support for GL-specific programming, and collaborate on opportunities for GLs to mentor Young Professional members

  • Reporting out regularly to Senior Staff on membership statistics and noticeable trends, needs, etc.

 

Position Requirements

  • Current dues-paying member of YPFP

  • Commitment to YPFP’s mission and values

  • Professional experience in the foreign affairs field and familiarity with foreign affairs career paths and interests

  • Ability to commit 15-20 hours a week to volunteer leadership role

  • Prior experience managing a team of 5-10 people, ideally in a volunteer capacity

  • Prior customer service experience in a membership and/or client-based context

  • Familiarity with basic survey design and data analysis strongly desired

  • Ability to work well with a team of peers simultaneous with managing a team

  • Demonstrated experience juggling competing priorities

  • Excellent communication skills

How to apply

To apply for this position, please send your resume and a statement of interest to recruiting@ypfp.org with "Managing Director, Membership" in the subject line.


Social Media Specialist, New York

Please note that all YPFP New York staff positions are unpaid and on a volunteer basis. 

About YPFP

YPFP is committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders and increasing NextGen voices in debates about global issues by providing its members with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships they will need to tackle critical international challenges now and over the course of their careers.

YPFP is a dynamic, global, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with 15,000+ 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 Team

The Communications Team at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy New York (YPFP NY) is responsible for all matters related to the organization’s internal and external communications, including:

  • Event promotion, coverage and follow-up
  • Website management, content creation, and marketing
  • Advertisement and marketing to prospective new members
  • Internal communications and information sharing amongst teams and staff
  • Meeting documentation including creating and distributing agendas in advance of meetings, and recording, distributing, and filing minutes in a timely manner.

The Communications Team aims to ensure effective and efficient information-sharing with internal audiences, members, stakeholders and the general public so that YPFP NY is well represented in the foreign policy community, and so that the organization continues to thrive and grow over time. We have communications staff dedicated to editorial content development, social media, communications technology, and membership engagement and development. The Deputy Communications Director works with each of these team members and the Communications Director to ensure effective execution of communications strategy and planning.

Tasks and Responsibilities

As part of the communications team, the Social Media Specialist is responsible for executing YPFP’s social media strategy. The position reports directly to the Communications Director, and entails working closely with other communications staff, event managers, and special projects staff as well as collaborating with other departments at YPFP. Daily responsibilities include working with communications team to create social media strategies around YPFP NY events to increase awareness and event promotion, interacting with existing and potential members through social media, promoting general member engagement, and managing YPFP NY’s social media accounts.

  • Informs overall communications strategy with social media tactical plan, coordinating with relevant staff on content development and timing of posts.

  • Utilizes social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other emerging media platforms to engage existing members and social media participants as well as to attract new members. (i.e. posting engaging questions, responding to member inquiries, etc.).

  • Contributes to team effort of promoting YPFP NY events and publications through our social media channels.

  • Ability to work remotely and on a flexible schedule is important, as YPFP NY does not have a physical office, and social media output must often be aligned with the timing of events, promotions, coverage, etc.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Avid user of popular social media platforms with knowledge of trends, key words, etc.

  • Experience in developing and implementing a social media strategy for a non-profit organization desired, but not required.

  • Excellent time-management skills, strong written and verbal communication skills, strong networking skills, ability to meet deadlines, and attention to detail.

Eligibility and Selection

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role. Candidates need not be based in New York to apply. You are not required to be a YPFP member to apply, but you will be required to confirm membership to be accepted.

How to Apply

Please e-mail your up-to-date resumé and a cover letter detailing your qualifications for the positions and your intentions and ideas should you be selected, to katherine.kokkinos@ypfp.org under the subject “Social Media Specialist Application.”


Managing Editor, Charged Affairs

About Charged Affairs:

Charged Affairs is YPFP’s in-house foreign policy publication. The magazine’s team of editors and staff writers publish on a wide range of foreign and international policy subjects on a weekly basis, bringing the perspectives of early and mid-career professionals and academics to the broader foreign policy community. Charged Affairs is also a forum for publishing guest pieces by YPFP members in the United States and abroad, highlighting original analysis and global perspectives. Articles range from op-eds to interviews and book reviews.

Please visit the Charged Affairs website here.

Position Description:

The Managing Editor of Charged Affairs works closely with the Editor-in-Chief to oversee the editorial and writing staff, manage outside submissions, update the website, maintain the publishing schedule, and design and implement strategic initiatives. The Managing Editor participates fully in the work of the Editorial Board and has additional oversight and coordination responsibilities. The Managing Editor also participates in staffing decisions alongside the Editor-in-Chief.

In the absence of the Editor-in-Chief, the Managing Editor represents the publication, leads meetings, and makes executive decisions. The Managing Editor helps the Editor-in-Chief craft and implement a strategic vision for growth, innovation and process improvement of Charged Affairs.

This position requires approximately 10 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in managing the Editorial Board and the editorial process
  • Play a leading role in coordinating and monitoring the publishing and editorial system
  • Assist the Editor-in-Chief in leading the Editorial Board in the timely editing and uploading of all content
  • Maintain, enforce and facilitate a publishing calendar and editorial guidelines
  • Closely monitor and be aware of publishing deadlines, extensions, and actively work to promote good relations between Staff Writers and Editors
  • Play a leading role in the planning and execution of staff development activities and socials

Desired Skills:

  • Prior editorial experience required, preferably in a leadership role
  • Ability to lead an editorial team and manage an editorial process
  • Strong interest in international affairs
  • Impeccable grasp of grammar, syntax, structure, flow and style
  • Strong communication skills and editorial instincts
  • Strong sense of quality and the ability to tactfully but directly push writers, contributors, and editors to produce their best work
  • Attention to detail
  • Responsive to emails
  • Understands how a publication should function, how to utilize social media to grow an audience, and how to optimize content for impact
  • Prior experience with WordPress a plus

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Ideally an early career foreign policy professional or current graduate student in a relevant field
  • Resident of the Washington DC area
  • Position is unpaid and part-time
  • If not already a dues paying member, candidate must become a YPFP member upon acceptance of an offer

Application Process:

To apply, send the following materials as attachments to recruiting@ypfp.org:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing samples of 2-3 pages (ideally op-ed style and related to foreign policy)

Include “CA Managing Editor Application” in the subject line.


Editor in Chief, New York

Please note that all YPFP New York staff positions are unpaid and on a volunteer basis. 

About YPFP

YPFP is committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders and increasing NextGen voices in debates about global issues by providing its members with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships they will need to tackle critical international challenges now and over the course of their careers.

YPFP is a dynamic, global, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with 15,000+ 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 Team

The Communications Team at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy New York (YPFP NY) is responsible for all matters related to the organization’s internal and external communications, including:

  • Event promotion, coverage and follow-up
  • Website management, content creation, and marketing
  • Advertisement and marketing to prospective new members
  • Internal communications and information sharing amongst teams and staff
  • Meeting documentation including creating and distributing agendas in advance of meetings, and recording, distributing, and filing minutes in a timely manner.

The Communications Team aims to ensure effective and efficient information-sharing with internal audiences, members, stakeholders and the general public so that YPFP NY is well represented in the foreign policy community, and so that the organization continues to thrive and grow over time. We have communications staff dedicated to editorial content development, social media, communications technology, and membership engagement and development. The Deputy Communications Director works with each of these team members and the Communications Director to ensure effective execution of communications strategy and planning.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Communications Director and working closely with the Social Media Specialist and Audiovisual Specialist, the Editor in Chief will be responsible for the inception, production management, and coordination of various categories of content including but not limited to:

  • Blog posts

  • Weekly newsletter

  • Analysis and commentary

  • Reviews

  • Staff and member profiles

  • Travelogues

  • Op-eds and columns

  • Audiovisual productions

The Editor in Chief will procure, edit, and publish content from YPFP Staff, Members, Speakers, and Guest Writers and maintain a rolling 30-, 60-, and 90-day editorial calendar. They will be responsible for developing new editorial products, verticals, formats and directions while maintaining YPFP’s voice and style. The Editor in Chief will develop periodic trainings for all staff, particularly the Communications Team, to increase their skills related to writing and editing.

In addition, the Editor in Chief will take on his/her share of the overall team responsibilities including staffing and attending events and staff meetings.

Skills and Qualifications

Candidates for Editor in Chief should have the following profile:

  • Proven experience as editor at online or offline publications, ideally in a Managing Editor or Editor in Chief role, or if not, including experience communicating and coordinating with internal and external content producers

  • Proven technical experience with most of the production-related roles on the Communications Team - notably some knowledge of production for social media, photography, and audiovisual

  • Minimum bachelor’s or equivalent experience in the fields of communications, marketing, journalism, or similar fields

How to Apply

Please e-mail your up-to-date resumé and a cover letter detailing your qualifications for the positions and your intentions and ideas should you be selected, to katherine.kokkinos@ypfp.org under the subject “Editor in Chief Application.”