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 Senior Programs Director 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

Application Process:

To apply, send the following materials as attachments to

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Include “DG Director Application” in the subject line.