Vice President, Initiatives

Pacific Council on International Policy
  • Location
    Los Angeles, California
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Nov 06

Position description

The Pacific Council seeks to hire a seasoned global affairs practitioner to develop new content and member-centric initiatives to build the Council’s reputation as a thought leader in the short term and further position the organization to achieve measurable impact on global discourse and policy in select issue areas by 2020.

The successful VP candidate is a savvy, persuasive, and nimble operator with a demonstrated capacity to operationalize strategy. The VP works in close collaboration with the Council’s board and leadership to conceptualize, implement, and evaluate both new and existing initiatives – including the Global Water Scarcity Project, the Mexico Initiative, and the Guantanamo Bay Task Force – organization-wide.

The VP provides staff-wide direction, working across all programs and project teams (including events, communications, membership, and trips) to support implementation of each initiative across the organization. The VP oversees the development of content, including (but not limited to) video, social media, infographics, podcasts, simulations, blog posts, data visuals, and microsites, in addition to more traditional content like op-eds, reports, and white papers. Working closely with an oversight committee on the Board (the Task Force on Content), the VP additionally develops goals and metrics, evaluates current and future programs, and makes recommendations for future resource commitments.

The right candidate is committed to Pacific Council values – inclusivity, openness to non-traditional approaches, collaboration, nonpartisanship, a culture of openness and of intellectualism – and translating those values into our work.  

Responsibilities include:

Impact & Content Generation

  • Develop or refine strategies for 2-3 current and future Pacific Council initiatives
  • Direct multi-disciplinary staff teams to implement each initiative against target goals
  • Produce and oversee new modes of content delivery (for each initiative) to engage stakeholder audiences and position the Pacific Council as a thought leader

Sustainability & Administration

  • Develop and manage evaluation metrics and impact goals of each initiative
  • Prepare reports, develop decision-making processes and make recommendations for future resource commitments
  • Assist in fundraising pitches and grant proposals for initiatives

Network Broadening, Stimulating Engagement

  • Activate and staff Board Advisory Committee
  • Identify key stakeholders and build relationships with them both within the member network and beyond
  • Conduct outreach and harness work of initiatives to stimulate engagement


  • Master’s or other graduate level degree
  • Demonstrated expertise in international affairs with capacity to simultaneously manage multiple, disparate issue areas
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop strategy, build programs, and produce novel content
  • Strong project, time, and people management skills and commitment to working cross-functionally and collaboratively
  • Demonstrated ability to implement change that maximizes outcomes
  • Ability to recognize and strategize rapidly on mission-aligned opportunities
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications, with an ability to drive multi-layered conversations to consensus to make sound decisions in the face of competing priorities
  • Strong network in philanthropy, global policy and the nonprofit sector
  • Fundraising, grant writing/management experience
  • Flexible working style; sense of humor; strong interpersonal skills; calm and resourceful; able to work under pressure

While no one person will embody all the qualities enumerated above, the ideal candidate will possess many of those professional abilities, attributes and experiences.

Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

In all our practices, the Pacific Council has stated an intention or policy of seeking out and including people who might otherwise be excluded or non-traditional. We are an EEO employer.

Application instructions

The Pacific Council on International Policy is an independent nonprofit organization affiliated with the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Pacific Council staff are full time USC employees and are privy to all USC employee benefits:

Prospective applicants MUST apply for this position via the USC Careers Website: 

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