Chief of Institutional Relations

Peace Operations Training Institute
  • Location
    Remote, Virginia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Sep 06

Position description

Title: Chief of Institutional Relations 

Salary: Commensurate with experience 

Anticipated start date: ASAP 

Benefits: Paid Time Off; Holidays; Employer Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance Plans; Remote Work flexibility; Medical and Parental leave 

Location: Offices are in Williamsburg, Virginia but staff works remotely. Proof of residence in the Commonwealth of Virginia is required. 

The Peace Operations Training Institute seeks an experienced professional to serve as their next Chief of Institutional Relations. This individual will manage POTI’s e-learning programs and partnerships with international peacekeeping organizations.  

This is a management position, and the selected applicant will be responsible for strategic planning and developing priorities for the Institutional Relations department. The ideal candidate will be able to function independently with little supervision and have experience managing subordinates. 

The overarching mission of POTI is to provide globally accessible self-paced, online, on-demand courses on peace support, humanitarian relief, and security operations at little to no cost to the student. We are committed to bringing essential, practical knowledge to military personnel, police, and civilians working towards peace worldwide. Key course themes include human rights, international humanitarian law, women’s rights, child protection, cultural heritage property protection, and similar topics. POTI was established in 2008 and is based in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. 


The applicant's duties will include (but are not limited to): 

Institutional and Programmatic Relations 

Manage institutional partnerships with national and regional peacekeeping training centres to encourage participation in POTI e-learning programs. The Chief of Institutional Relations will manage outreach to AU, EU, and UN missions, and will research new partnership opportunities, identify key points of contact, and generate interest. The ideal candidate will have experience building and strengthening relationships with global partners.  

They will also represent POTI in meetings at UNHQ and permanent missions to the UN, international conferences, and military/police institutions. 


Supervise and support the Assistant Chief of Institutional Relations, African Programmes-UN Mission Coordinator, and occasional intern in their duties, responsibilities, and reporting. 


Serve as the Secretary to the Institute’s international Board of Directors, which includes taking meeting minutes and producing drafts.  


  • A solid background in international relations, the United Nations, and UN peace operations. 
  • Demonstrated professional experience in a related field for at least three years. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field required, Advanced Degree a plus. 
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or French strongly desired. 
  • Experience developing outreach for and managing partnerships with global organizations. 
  • Demonstrated experience managing teams and staff supervision experience. 
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Positive, forward looking, and able to work well in a team-oriented environment. 
  • Solid organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple tasks, set priorities, effectively manage time, and meet deadlines. 
  • Flexible and works well under pressure in a fast-paced team environment. 
  • Ability to travel internationally and domestically multiple times a year. 

Application instructions

Please email a resume and cover letter. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so we encourage candidates to apply early. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.  

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