Vice-President Asia Pacific

EastWest Institute
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Jul 28

Position description

The EastWest Institute (EWI) is an international policy organization founded in 1980 to help prevent conflict and promote international cooperation in solving seemingly intractable peace and security issues. EWI is known for its record of accomplishments, action bias and results-driven mandate, as well as for its commitment to facilitating cooperation between developing and developed nations. 

Basic Purpose and Function

The Vice President, Asia Pacific oversees the Asia-Pacific (AP) program.  The Vice-President is accountable for the strategic, conceptual and operational success of EWI’s approved programmatic goals and objectives and their alignment with the strategic mission of the Institute. The individual will continue building and leading a multiple team-based structure of senior leaders, fellows and associates. The VP will work closely, on a peer foundation, with other senior policy staff, specifically the CEO, COO, VP of Development, Director Communications, HR Director and others. 

In consultation with the CEO and COO, the VP represents the Institute at a leadership level at events and in activities that include but also go beyond the AP portfolios.

Key Responsibilities

•                Oversee and lead the AP program, taking executive-level responsibility for the content, impact and financial health of these programs.

•                Ensure goals of program are in alignment with overall goals of the institute

•                Represent EWI at specific events and in activities that require senior EWI leadership representation and that may go beyond the parameters of the AP program, in consultation with the COO and CEO.

•                Cultivate and maintain productive relationships with U.S. officials, foreign governments associated with the AP, the wider NGO funding community, and with other stakeholders in geographic areas salient to the AP.

•                Play a major role, in coordination with EWI’s Development team, in securing the financial resources necessary to run the program and achieve the stated programmatic objectives within the constraints of a balanced budget; and fundraise for the Institute as a whole.

•                Produce thought leadership on a variety of topics relating to the work of the two programs and on other topics of relevance to the overall mission of the EastWest Institute.

•                Engage the media, in both English and, as applicable, foreign languages, and undertake an active program of public outreach in support of EWI and AP goals with an eye toward enhancing EWI’s reputation and public profile as a conflict-reducer and policy innovator.

•                Advise the COO and CEO on substantive and management matters as needed.

•                Establish and maintain full AP staffing and high AP staff morale; ensure that AP staff members feel fulfilled, valued and supported.


•                Master’s degree or equivalent; PhD an advantage

•                At least 15 years of progressively responsible international affairs and/or diplomatic (or similar) experience

•                Documented deep familiarity with all or most of the following substantive areas: international relations/diplomacy, U.S. foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, East Asian security/international relations, track 2 diplomacy/negotiation

•                Strong leadership and programmatic/financial management skills

•                Outstanding writing skills and a strong record of publications and thought leadership/policy innovation

•                Outstanding communications and policy advocacy skills

•                High level of comfort dealing often and intensively with distinguished Board of Directors and Cabinet-level principals

•                Near-native fluency in one or more foreign languages (in addition to native-level English), including Mandarin Chinese

•                Ability to handle multiple urgent tasks at once

•                Ability to delegate effectively and utilize staff resources fully

•                Ability to function effectively as integral part of high-performing team

•                Mastery of standard executive-level U.S. professional office computing skills

EWI hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

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