Director of Programs and Policy

Bretton Woods Committee
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 31

Position description

The Bretton Woods Committee is the preeminent non-profit organization dedicated to effective international economic and financial cooperation.

Towards this end, we demonstrate the value of multilateralism and improve the performance of the international financial institutions (IFIs) through public dialogue, advocacy and policy analysis.

Our mission is supported by:

  • A diverse, global membership of leaders from business, finance, government and academia who are an unparalleled source of ideas and expertise.
  • We are an independent, non-partisan advocate for the key multilateral institutions. We help inform public officials that global economic prosperity is best served through effective multilateralism.
  • We convene flagship conferences on the most critical economic and financial topics. These serve as important fora for dialogue and debate between BWC members, senior policymakers, multilateral officials, private sector leaders and prominent academics.
  • Working groups that organize roundtables, seminars, conferences, and other events to analyze and make policy recommendations on emerging issues impacting the future of finance, trade and global development.
  • Special projects that produce reports and publications with unbiased analysis and policy prescriptions on ways in which the multilateral system – and the institutions that comprise it – can be strengthened and made more effective.


BWC is seeking a Director of Programs and Policy to guide strategy, develop and oversee all BWC programming including working groups, special projects and flagship conferences. We are looking for an experienced, goal-oriented member of our growing team who is excited to expand and deepen the impact of our programming. The position is a core member of BWC’s senior management team alongside the Executive Director and Director of Membership. The senior management team works with the Board of Directors to shape and implement BWC’s strategic vision and plan.

The Program Director will be responsible for designing and implementing programs in accordance with BWC’s strategic plan. This includes expanding BWC’s programming in scope and geography; deepening BWC’s influence and impact; and positioning BWC as the global authority on multilateral economic cooperation. The position reports to the Executive Director and oversees a team of 3-5 direct staff reports and fellows.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead the design and implementation of BWC’s current and future programs ensuring quality and impact and alignment with the organization’s strategic vision and plan.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and BWC leadership to set program strategy and direction and to orient BWC to make impactful contributions to the broader landscape of policies and ideas.
  • Provide subject matter, content, and policy expertise in BWC’s core issue areas including international finance, economics, and development to inform program design and policy impact of BWC’s analytical work.
  • Serve as the primary liaison for program-related meetings with the Board of Directors, Program subcommittee, Executive Committee, and Advisory Council including agenda setting and materials preparation.
  • Lead the Program Department and provide overall management of BWC’s annual program calendar including flagship conferences, working groups, publications, Congressional outreach, special projects, and all other events (including roundtables, virtual conferences, panels, seminars, and other events).
  • Oversee the end-to-end planning and execution of all conferences and events including conceptualizing program themes and topics, speaker identification and outreach, drafting background and preparatory materials, press outreach and publicity, managing participant invitation and registration processes, venue coordination and all other logistics.
  • Oversee the production and distribution of all working group publications including managing the content creation process and timeline, the drafting and review cycle, graphic design, copyedit, layout, printing, press outreach and publicity, and distribution.
  • Co-lead organizational communications/public relations efforts by providing content expertise for BWC’s communications, Annual Report, newsletters, website, social media, and other marketing materials.
  • Support relationship cultivation and liaising with diverse stakeholders including members, partner institutions, government officials, foundations, companies, and other organizations in the multilateral landscape.
  • Support resource-generating activities, particularly event sponsorships.
  • Oversee and provide professional growth opportunities for program staff and interns.
  • Other duties as assigned.


1701 K Street, NW, Suite 950, Washington, DC  20006

Position is DMV-based (but flexibility can be offered for the right candidate). Hybrid work schedule with one in-office day currently required per week (subject to change). International travel is required. Some nights and weekends are required.

Salary and Benefits

$100,000-$120,000+ dependent upon experience; employer sponsored health care, dental, vision and retirement plans; paid time off/holidays; flexible schedule.


  • 6-8+ years of program management or policy experience at increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Master’s degree or PhD in international economics, finance, relations, development, or related field.
  • A demonstrated healthy understanding of the multilateral institutions and landscape and command of current issues, policies and trends in global economics, finance, and development.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to represent the organization externally in the policy community.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a small team in managing multiple and simultaneous projects with a high level of organization, collaboration, timeliness, and results.
  • Ability to successfully navigate a fast-paced, outcomes-driven, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Passion for BWC’s mission and commitment to international economic cooperation.
  • Experience working in a multilateral institution, government, non-profit organization or academia.
  • Experience working with senior officials and executives with a high level of professionalism.
  • Proficiency in MS-Office suite. Knowledge of Zoom, CRM databases, MailChimp, Canva, or other e-mail platforms and social media (Twitter, LinkedIn) a plus.

Personal traits and attributes:

  • A proactive self-starter who is motivated by the intellectual exchange of ideas and enjoys problem-solving.
  • Open to and welcoming of the ideas of colleagues throughout the organization with an eagerness for organizational and personal growth.
  • A working style that is collaborative, inclusive and respectful.

Application instructions

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample (2-3 pages) to Emily Slater at [email protected] with subject line: Director of Programs and Policy.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.