The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.
The College Excellence Program (CEP) aims to identify and replicate practices and policies that significantly improve college student outcomes. Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, the American Talent Initiative, and other highly visible national projects, the College Excellence Program works to improve colleges' capacity to achieve high levels of success for all students, and to eliminate disparities in postsecondary attainment and social mobility for students from low-income backgrounds and historically marginalized and underserved groups. Our work focuses on improving higher education in four areas: ensuring high-quality learning, increasing completion rates, improving post-completion success in transfer or the workforce, and achieving equity in outcomes across all domains. Learn more about our work at https://highered.aspeninstitute.org/
The College Excellence Program staff is a diverse team of driven and energetic professionals who share a commitment to increasing access to and success in higher education. We are motivated by the power of education to change lives, and we work hard to have measurable impact while also pushing ourselves to learn constantly, collaborate and innovate, and take joy from our work. The Aspen Institute's DC headquarters provides a vibrant setting in which to pursue these goals, and we benefit from a rich array of expert panels, discussion groups, and lectures that occur throughout the year.
Role: Program Manager, American Talent Initiative
The College Excellence Program (CEP) has an immediate opening for a Program Manager to lead portions of the American Talent Initiative's work to expand access and opportunity for highly talented lower-income students. The Program Manager will synthesize information and package it for executive audiences. Typical formats include slide decks, tools, memos, and short briefs. Ideal candidates have experience working directly with executive leaders like university presidents, trustees, chief executive officers (CEO), or members of congress, preferably in a special assistant or another highly collaborative role. Ideal candidates innately understand how institutions work, the role of the president, how and what to communicate to a president, and how to support presidents in leading change on campus.
In addition, the Program Manager will engage in qualitative research, writing, and will support the delivery of content to our target audience, university presidents. Program Managers are expected to contribute strategically to CEP projects, in addition to their primary work.
The ideal candidate for this position is excited by the opportunity to work directly with university presidents, collaborate strategically with CEP colleagues, and with ATI partner organizations. The ideal candidate is comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, adaptable to change, and has the ability to mentor and share expertise with other team members.
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The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.
Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and handle stress. Candidate must also be able to comply with the regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.
Washington, District of Columbia, United States OR REMOTE
The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the…