Anti-Trafficking Program Director

The McCain Institute for International Leadership
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 24

Position description

Guided by values that have animated the career of Senator John McCain and the McCain family for generations, the McCain Institute is a non-partisan do-tank dedicated to advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity – in the United States and around the world. The Institute seeks to promote humanitarian action, human rights and democracy, and national security, and to embrace technology in producing better designs for educated decisions in national and international policy.

The McCain Institute for International Leadership, a part of Arizona State University, seeks a full-time Program Director for our Anti-Human Trafficking initiatives.  The position is based in Washington, DC, but works in close coordination with Institute staff based in both Washington, DC and in Arizona. The Anti-Trafficking Program Director will work closely with the Institute’s Strategic Advisor; the Anti-Trafficking Program Coordinator, the Director of Arizona Initiatives and Human Trafficking and Senior Coordinator for Human Trafficking to help lead and manage various ongoing anti-trafficking programs.

The Anti-Trafficking Program Director will report to the Executive Director of the Institute, through the Institute’s Deputy Executive Director. The Program Director will also work closely with the Institute’s Strategic Advisor, Director for Arizona Initiatives and Human Trafficking, Senior Coordinator for Human Trafficking and Anti-Trafficking Program Coordinator.


  • Conceptualizing, organizing, and directing the McCain Institute’s overall program engagement for combatting human trafficking;
  • Providing leadership in the development and management of anti-trafficking projects and events for the Institute;
  • Liaising with Federal, State, and Local government entities to position the Institute in order to have a direct impact on eliminating trafficking and saving victims;
  • Communicating publicly and with key interlocutors about human trafficking on behalf of the Institute;
  • Managing the Anti-Trafficking Program Coordinator, and Human Trafficking Interns;
  • Attending relevant events and congressional hearings;
  • Increasing the McCain Institute’s Anti-Trafficking outreach to a wide array of organizations nationally;
  • Promoting Institute activities and serving as the main point of contact for human trafficking outreach and partnership;
  • Fostering on-going partnerships with high-level executives of anti-trafficking organizations;
  • Maintaining and developing the relationship with the Human Trafficking Advisory Council and keeping them informed of the program’s successes;
  • Writing compelling, relevant, accurate, and original content for the Institute’s Anti-Trafficking efforts that will increase engagement with the organization and build support for its mission;
  • Supporting the McCain Institute’s humanitarian-focused Decision Theater projects;
  • Building and managing relationships with new and existing donors, perform duties related to grantee reporting, budgets and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Developing communications and development-oriented program materials to assist with fundraising for the Institute’s Anti-Trafficking programs.
  • Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND eight (8) years of related administrative experience, which includes five (5) years of supervisory experience; OR, Twelve (12) years of related administrative experience, which includes five (5) years of supervisory experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


  • Experience in work related to human rights, social justice, and combating human trafficking
  • Experience in fields related to law, public policy, or social work
  • Evidence of effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience using Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point)
  • Experience in work requiring attention to detail
  • Experience in using effective writing, research, and analytical skills
  • Experience managing a budget
  • Working Environment
  • Activities are primarily performed in a regular, climate controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, standing, walking.
  • Use office equipment including a desktop computer.
  • Lift up to 20 pounds.
  • Communicate to perform essential duties.
  • Receive regular review of completed tasks.

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