Meridian International Center is launching the Center for Diplomatic Engagement (CDE) this fall. CDE will utilize Meridian’s convening power and other services to provide international ambassadors and senior diplomats with the political, social and economic context driving U.S. government policies. Meridian’s long-running Insights series will serve as CDE’s core initiative offering monthly briefings by Members of Congress, Administration officials and other leaders across Washington as well as panel discussions on domestic policy issues and other programs that will uncover the intricacies of the nation’s capital.
The Associate Director will be responsible for the day-to-day planning and management of CDE’s core convening components. This includes the creation and implementation of a roll out plan for the official launch; devising and executing an interesting schedule of relevant briefings and other convening programs for embassy officials; and, assisting with business development.
Reporting directly to the Vice President of Convening/Center for Diplomatic Engagement, the Associate Director will also assume a substantial role in the conception and implementation of Meridian’s other mission-driven events from hollow-square working summits to panel discussions and networking receptions.
· Fully implement the Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement launch – crafting digital and print-based materials; coordinating kick-off event/press briefing; and, notifying relevant parties.
· Develop and carry out a monthly series of briefings for the Washington-based senior diplomatic corps and a separate series of monthly workshops/trainings for mid-career diplomats on best practices, policy issues, etc. – to include generation of timely and germane themes, creation of effective and interactive formats, and securing of thought-provoking and influential speakers
· Identify and pitch potential individual, corporate and foundation contributors and supporters for CDE
· Contribute to audience management - identify appropriate participants/attendees and assist with outreach as necessary
· Oversight and execution of CDE programs and events beyond Insights to include policy symposia, panel discussions, salon dinners, workshops, trainings, etc.
· Produce/support day-of program implementation
· Track and maintain budget for CDE and individual events
· Cultivate and expand Meridian’s network of Washington influencers and decision-makers with an emphasis on foreign diplomats, Congressional staff members, government officials and business executives
· Create content for digital and print output highlighting convening programs – to include composition of short reports summarizing key points and main takeaways and preparation of social media posts
· In collaboration with CDE team, create convening program proposals for potential corporate and foundation partners as needed
· Supervise CDE intern and manage recruitment process
· Undergraduate degree; Master’s degree in public policy, international studies or similar field preferred
· At least five years of ascending policy convening/event execution experience
· Familiarity with roles, responsibilities and functions of international diplomatic corps based in Washington, DC
· Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
· Must demonstrate superior people skills
o Communicate effectively
o Maintain integrity, tact, and respect
o Develop productive internal and external working relationships
· Strong attention to detail and protocol
· Ability to carry out responsibilities independently while functioning as part of a team
· Capability to develop a working knowledge on a wide-range of domestic and international policy issues in order to effectively design and implement a breadth of convening programs
· Excellent oral and written English communications skills and ability to synthesize highlights and key takeaways from discussions
· Functionality with Microsoft Office Suite
· Outstanding organization skills and ability to maneuver in a fast-paced work environment
· Demonstrated interest in international affairs, global issues, and continued U.S. engagement with the world
Physical Effort and Dexterity
· Must have ability to lift and move boxes up to 40 pounds
Visual Acuity, Hearing, and Speaking
Excellent verbal and written command of the English language
Environment and Scheduling
This position is classified FLSA exempt.
Qualified candidates should apply by e-mail only. Subject line should read “Associate Director, Center for Diplomatic Engagement” only and a cover letter, with salary expectations, and resume should be attached. Submissions which do not follow the above instructions will not be considered as applicants. Only candidates being considered for this position will be contacted. NO PHONE CALLS in reference to this position will be accepted.
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