President and CEO
Position Status: Full Time
Location: Remote with occasional travel to Washington, D.C.
Start Date: Fall 2021
The Center for International Policy (CIP) is seeking a visionary and hands-on President and CEO to take the helm of Washington DC’s premier progressive foreign policy think tank and execute a vision for its leadership role at this critical time in U.S. foreign policy. The President and CEO will also provide hands-on management for development, finance, and program management at CIP. CIP is a leading institution in making a peaceful, just and sustainable world the central pursuit of U.S. foreign policy. An ideal candidate will be deeply passionate about CIP’s mission, a visionary leader eager to shape and advance CIP’s organizational ambitions, and a capable organizational manager.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, they will work in partnership with the board and staff to develop a strategic approach to increasing CIP’s impact and diversifying its partners and its funding base. A key role of the President will be to articulate a clear vision of CIP’s unique niche in the Washington policy community. The President will guide the process for building consensus on new directions and leading the organization through implementation of new directions and ideas.
The President will have overall strategic, operational, and managerial responsibility for CIP. they will work to diversify and expand funding streams and revenues, lead the core and program staff, promote professional staff development, evaluate programs, recruit new programs, prepare and manage budgets, raise CIP’s public profile and cultivate relationships with other organizations and leaders in the advocacy, foreign policy and research community.
The President will spend substantial time on fundraising initiatives and ambassadorship, including spreading the word about the work and impact of CIP’s programs, meeting with and cultivating donors, attending events, and speaking on behalf of the organization. This work is not limited to interactions with other think tanks, governmental officials, agencies and NGOs, but also includes the media, foundations, individual philanthropists and the general public.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
CIP was founded in 1975, in the wake of the Vietnam War by former diplomats and peace activists who sought to reorient U.S. foreign policy to advance international cooperation as the primary vehicle for solving global challenges and promoting human rights. Since then, CIP has developed into a leading progressive and independent nonprofit center for research, public education and advocacy on U.S. foreign policy. The Center promotes diverse voices that are frequently and systemically marginalized, to critique key foreign policy decisions and promote alternatives. CIP believes the United States must redefine the concept of national security in the 21st century and center it upon the attainment of human security globally.
ABOUT THE POSITION
A strong organizational manager capable of providing hands-on support to the logistical operations of CIP, including financial management, grant administration, board relations, and senior staff supervision.
A successful track record of fundraising experience and knowledge of charitable foundations. Experience in scaling non-profits from small to medium size preferable.
Nonprofit financial management, with a thorough understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Accrual Accounting with demonstrated financial and budgetary planning
Experience in public relations and communications preferable, with an eye toward serving as the principal ambassador for CIP with congressional, media, and public stakeholders.
Track record of leading organizational change and demonstrated visionary leadership.
Experience in foreign affairs, international development, or security, as well as experience in presenting and writing on these topics for key stakeholder audiences, including government and media representatives.
HOW TO APPLY
All applicants for this position must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. Please send your materials to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “President and CEO” in the subject line.
The Center for International Policy is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. Women, people of color, persons with disabilities and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.