Website Aspen Institute
Location: Washington, D.C.
The Deputy Director for Strategy works closely with the Executive Director, the EEP leadership team, and team members, to lead and manage the program on a day-to-day basis in planning and implementing various activities toward the goal of solving climate change. The four primary areas of responsibility of the DD-S are leading and managing the team, providing both internal and external advice on substantive issues, leading a continuous cultural shift as part of EEP’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts, and working across the program to secure resources and raise funds for activities.
A strong candidate for this role would have significant management experience working with active and growing teams, expertise in substantive issues around solutions for climate change and environmental issues, and a positive, entrepreneurial attitude. This position requires occasional to frequent travel and is based in Washington, DC, although alternative home locations may be considered. This is not a fully remote position.
The Aspen Institute
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.
About the Energy and Environment Program
The Aspen Institute Energy & Environment Program (EEP) inspires people, organizations, and governments to move toward greater action on solutions to climate change. By convening and empowering diverse thinkers and doers, EEP seeks to move toward a more sustainable, just, and equitable society.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
To achieve our mission of a more free, just, and equitable society, we commit to working proactively to advance the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our myriad endeavors such as the recruitment, compensation, training, and advancement of staff. The best people-serving institutions make this commitment, and we seek to be a leader in the ways that we do so and learn from others. Visit our website to learn more about our commitment and recent actions taken toward building and nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment.
Leadership and Management
The Deputy Director for Strategy (DD-S), working closely with the Executive Director, the EEP leadership team, and program teams, manages the programmatic and strategic work of the program on a day-to-day basis. This includes ensuring project planning and implementation are on track across the program and developing and implementing structures and processes that facilitate program-wide and extra-program collaboration. The DD-S will work across the program to develop new concepts, update existing concepts, and identifying, developing, and managing internal and external partnerships, including with other Aspen programs and outside partners, to expand scope and influence of the program’s work. This role will directly supervise at least two employees and indirectly manage several others, with the Executive Director.
The Deputy Director for Strategy is a substantive leader on the program team on climate change, environmental, and energy topics and interacts with the EEP team and outside partners in these areas, including through writing, speaking, and the developing other team members and partners in these spaces. A deep demonstrated knowledge in at least one of the areas EEP works in, and the desire and ability to rapidly learn several new topic areas at a time is required for this role. The Deputy should also be a good teacher and mentor as EEP continuously develops team members to advance in the space.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
The Deputy Director for Strategy will be a key leader in EEP’s DEI&B journey, including continuing to build a culture of inclusion and belonging with the team, focusing on diversity and inclusion efforts throughout EEP’s work, and continuing to manage and create new projects that move the environmental movement toward better DEI&B outcomes.
The Deputy Director for Strategy works closely with the Executive Director, the EEP leadership team, and program teams, to develop and secure gifts, sponsorships, and grants from foundations, corporations, individual donors, and others to support the program and projects. This includes developing and submitting grant applications, sponsorship proposals, developing budgets, and ensuring adequate funding across the program.
A strong candidate for this role of Deputy Director for Strategy:
- Has 12+ years of management and organizational leadership experience, including a strong commitment to supervising and developing teams, and has a proven track record of inclusive and collaborative leadership, including strong emotional intelligence and a focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging;
- Has a proven track record in government, non-profit, and/or corporate roles working in environmental or climate change policy areas (including climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience, water, agriculture and food, conservation, circular economy, and/or sustainability) as well as knowledge and understanding of the energy system;
- Has a proven track record interacting with environmental and climate funders, including foundations, corporations, and individual donors;
- Is open to new ideas, can make crucial decisions with limited oversight based on program priorities, and has a positive “Yes, and” problem solving attitude;
- Ability to work in a fast paced atmosphere with many projects, tasks, requests, and other items happening, many on short notice. Must successfully manage many tasks simultaneously, zoom in and out between and within projects, and self-prioritize;
- Can travel about 25% of the time, sometimes with travel as much as 50% in certain times of the year;
- Understands that the Aspen Institute’s mission is as a non-partisan, non-ideological organization that drives change through ideas, leadership, and action to help solve the greatest challenges of our time.
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