Director, Trade Issues

Stand Together
  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 09

Position description

Our philanthropic community is dedicated to breaking barriers that prevent people from reaching their full potential and improving their lives. We seek a liberty-minded individual with solid knowledge of trade policy who recognizes that social and material progress are best enabled through a society of mutual benefit where everyone can contribute based on their comparative advantage.


Our vision for trade is that free trade – meaning no tariffs and no non-tariff barriers – respects the freedom of people to cooperate across borders and promotes economic growth. We believe that widespread and lasting progress requires the voluntary exchange of goods, ideas, and services. Open and competitive markets give people access to the best possible opportunities and generates more prosperity for the United States than protectionism.


To realize our vision, our philanthropic community will help break down barriers to free trade by articulating a bold, anti-protectionist trade vision rooted in the moral and economic case for equal rights and mutual benefit, countering anti-trade policies and arguments, and creating incentives for elected officials to actively advocate for free trade policies.


As the Director of Trade issues within the Foreign Policy Priority Initiative, you will work with the initiative leader to translate vision and strategy into actionable plans with prioritized goals and objectives. You will help develop and promote our vision of free trade and its benefits in a free and open society. Your primary responsibility will be to partner with our priority initiative team to develop, facilitate, and implement knowledge channels and processes that position the team with the right information to make optimal decisions.

Are you up to the challenge?

Your Responsibilities Include

  • Identify and drive necessary integration with capabilities across the Stand Together philanthropic community to achieve the goals and objectives of the initiative
  • Ensure the initiative team and capability collaborators are continually connected to the plan and prioritized goals and objectives and how it all tiers up to vision and strategy
  • Drive accountability to progress toward these goals and objectives
  • Seek and incorporate best-in-class knowledge about trade and protectionism to identify highest leveraged opportunities e.g. partnerships, other support or collaboration
  • Help to manage relationships with external partners to ensure mutual benefit
  • Set clear expectations for all parties, addressing needs or concerns proactively, and ensure commitments are kept


  • 5+ years of experience managing projects and tracking deadlines
  • Ability to drive a portfolio of projects to completion in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong collaboration skills and ability to work well with all levels of staff and with external partners
  • Impeccable attention to detail
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and quickly adapt to changing circumstances
  • High sense of urgency and initiative
  • Passion for free trade and knowledge of trade theory and policy

Standout Candidates May Also Bring

  • Master’s degree concentration in economics, public policy, political science, history, or related field
  • Supervisory experience

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