Senior Director - Center for Global Impact

International Republican Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Dec 19

Position description


The Senior Director for IRI’s Center for Global Impact (“Center”) will provide strategic leadership and direction for the Center and drive IRI’s thought leadership efforts in the democracy, rights and governance sector.  In collaboration with other senior leadership, the Senior Director will play a key role in developing strategic partnerships as well as representing and increasing awareness of IRI within the government, think tank, non-profit, and private sector communities.

The Senior Director will contribute to and lead the Center’s involvement in developing innovative, responsive program approaches and tools for the Institute.  The Senior Director will lead the Center’s efforts to build and provide technical expertise and resources and implement global and cross-regional initiatives.  The Senior Director will oversee IRI’s research, evaluation and learning efforts.  The Senior Director will foster institute-wide collaboration and coordination, and work collaboratively with staff across the Institute to ensure strategic goals of the Center are met to enhance the organization’s overall mission and strategic priorities.

Position Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in political science, international relations or related field.
  • Graduate degree in political science, international relations or related field strongly preferred.
  • Minimum 12 years of senior-level professional experience, preferably in politics, government and/or international democracy and governance.
  • Extensive knowledge of democracy, human rights and governance programming; prefer considerable familiarity with the specifics of IRI programs.
  • Experience living and working overseas, preferably implementing democracy and governance projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively and drive innovation.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically.
  • Exceptional writing, verbal communication and presentation skill sets.
  • Proven strong abilities and experience leading and managing people and teams.
  • Experience with project development and project management.
  • Experience identifying complex problems and developing creative solutions.
  • Proven success developing mutually-beneficial relationships.
  • Exhibit integrity, judgment and discretion along with a professional demeanor and interpersonal style that elicits trust from colleagues, funders, elected and appointed government officials, as well as local partners.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at the same time, managing a heavy workload.
  • Ability to effectively direct or participate in negotiations with bilateral and/or multilateral government agencies, other donors or relevant audiences.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and adapt to shifting priorities.
  • Knowledge of USG funding regulations.
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times.
  • Willingness to travel to remote and difficult countries.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

External Outreach & Excellence

  • Analyzes trends, policies, and research in the democracy, rights and governance sector and utilize that information to inform and publicize IRI’s experiences, approaches and results through various mediums
  • Provides and fosters institutional knowledge and expertise along technical and thematic areas within the Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG) field
  • Proactively engages in outreach and branding opportunities to increase IRI as a thought leader in the community
  • Publishes and/or co-author Op-Ed, blogs, and other written articles to demonstrate IRI’s thought leadership and technical areas of expertise
  • Develops and cultivate strong contacts with key stakeholders in the DRG and international development/foreign policy/think tank community particularly on technical or global areas of IRI’s work
  • Identifies and seek new business development opportunities and develop strong professional relationships with potential donors and partners
  • Leads and supervise complex negotiations with bilateral and/or multilateral government agencies, donors or relevant audiences as necessary
  • Identifies and seek opportunities for him/herself and other IRI staff to participate in global and thematic events and initiatives including speaking events and global conferences.

Internal Outreach & Leadership 

  • Provides leadership for staff within the Center.
  • Develops and maintain strong collaborative relationships with Regional Division leadership and reinforce the Center’s inclusive, collaborative approach to staff across the Institute.
  • Contributes to the development of messaging across the organization to promote IRI’s mission, technical expertise and programmatic achievements.
  • Drives IRI’s institutional efforts to produce innovative, advanced and responsive program ideas for business development efforts.
  • Leads and contribute to the Center’s involvement in business and proposal development efforts for the Institute and for Regional Division managed grants.
  • Contributes to project design and development of proposals managed by the Center directly.
  • Oversees the Center’s development and promotion of products, resources and tools that are used by staff and donors and partners and used for program development and outreach purposes.
  • Oversees IRI’s Learning Agenda and drive institutional learning opportunities to benefit staff and programs.
  • Provides oversight for all grants managed by the Center
  • Assumes fiduciary responsibility for program finances including analysis, budget monitoring and projections in full compliance with IRI and funder requirements
  • Maintains an understanding of donor and IRI policies and procedures provides oversight and ensures grant compliance


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.




Bachelors or better in Political Science or related field.



12 years: Senior-level professional experience, preferably in politics, government and/or international democracy and governance

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