Position: Senior Program Associate
Program/Dept: Rockefeller Aspen Diaspora Project
Position Location: Washington, DC
Reports To: Director, Rockefeller Aspen Diaspora project
FLSA Status: Full-time, Exempt
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.
The Rockefeller Aspen Diaspora Project
Rockefeller Aspen Diaspora (RAD) project is a collaborative effort between the Rockefeller Foundation and the Aspen Institute that will design a targeted and coordinated approach to facilitate the strategic investment of financial and human capital from diaspora to their home countries. RAD’s primary goal is to more effectively channel investments from the diaspora community towards education, health and economic development in countries of origin. Housed at the Aspen Institute, RAD will build upon lessons learned from existing Aspen Institute programs to effectively engage diaspora members and develop a pilot program that connects potential investors with a pipeline of investment opportunities in their countries of origin.
The Senior Program Associate will work closely with the Director and Project Coordinator to develop and carry out the design of the RAD program in year one. S/he will be instrumental in conducting research and analysis to inform the program design, as well as in managing a timely and effective implementation.
- Research: identify and evaluate possible pilot countries, candidates for external advisory group; compile and analyze existing diaspora initiatives
- Information management: stay abreast of relevant diaspora and investment-related policies and initiatives; catalogue these updates in an accessible library
- Establish procedures to ensure frequent contact with partners and target audiences, including external partners, donors, advisory group members, and press, i.e. communicating public launch of the program to these individuals; track ongoing involvement/support
- Reflect an understanding of diaspora motivations and desires in home country investments while executing project design; translate these needs into good user experience in investment opportunities and on website interface
- Provide overall management with the director for project performance against key milestones, deliverables, and timeline;
- Ensure that efficient systems are in place to support all aspects of project activity, including monitoring and evaluation, management of consultants, and accurate financial reporting;
- Assist program director with managing program budget, processing RFPs and invoices as necessary;
- Serve as a spokesperson for the project in relevant global, regional and other forums
- Assist in designing, planning and executing strategy meetings and public events, as necessary;
- Draft donor reports and communication.
Knowledge, Education and Experience:
Minimum 5-8 years experience in research and analysis, diaspora communities and programs, economic development, investment mechanisms, or other relevant areas. Advanced educational degree is a plus.
- Reliable, thorough, and intellectually curious; able to make useful conclusions from a broad collection of information
- Comfortable working with partners at all levels and communicating succinctly and compellingly across Aspen Institute departments and with external partners.
- Graphic design or data visualization skills a plus, along with comfort in SPSS, SAS, STATA, or R programming languages
- Ability to juggle multiple projects and write program documents, from summaries and correspondence to reports
- Ability to travel up to 40% domestically and internationally
Level of Authority:
- Non-Supervisory Position
- Budget authority