Program Manager, New Voices Fellowship

The Aspen Institute - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)


The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek to promote nonpartisan inquiry and an appreciation for timeless values. The Institute is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Its international network includes partner Aspen Institutes in Berlin, Rome, Lyon, Tokyo, New Delhi, and Bucharest, and leadership programs in Africa, Central America and India.

Aspen Global Innovators Group

The Aspen Global Innovators Group widens access to health and prosperity for people living at the world’s margins. Our network of innovators brings overlooked challenges into plain sight, then creates programs, policies and partnerships to address them. Its breakthrough programs include: New Voices Fellowship, which brings expert voices from emerging countries into the global development discussion; AMP Health, which works with health leaders in under-resourced countries advancing to the last mile; the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, supporting the world’s most untapped start-up community; and Spotlight Health, a premier creative forum on health at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

The New Voices Fellowship

Founded in late 2012, the New Voices Fellowship is a groundbreaking communications program created to identify and support the next generation of global development champions from countries in the Global South.

Through specialized media training and technical assistance, the program helps New Voices Fellows sharpen their messages, amplify their stories, connect with their media targets, and communicate their insights across a variety of platforms. New Voices Fellows have included scientists, public health experts, educators, researchers, social entrepreneurs, NGO workers and government officials from Africa and other parts of the developing world. Each year’s class undertakes a year-long non-resident program of training, research and writing under the guidance of a network of experienced journalists, mentors and trainers

Position Description

The Program Manager is a key member of the New Voices team. The Program Manager takes the lead in managing operational aspects of the program, including monitoring and supporting Fellows' performance and activities, compiling annual grant reports to donors, planning training meetings, managing social media and financial tracking. The Program Manager will also help to organize, record and improve the Fellowship’s monitoring and evaluation system, and to contribute to the Fellowship curriculum and strategic planning. The Program Manager will play a crucial role in supporting the success of the Fellows as they are introduced to large audiences around the world. The Program Manager will work closely with the Program Director, Associate Director and other Aspen staff.

Key Responsibilities:
Assist in planning events each year during which the fellows will receive media training and as well as help to identify and coordinate speaking opportunities for fellows at major conferences and meetings
Monitor and help to manage project performance and fellows’ performance as well as specific project activities against key milestones, deliverables, and timelines;
Ensure that efficient systems are in place to support all aspects of project activity, including monitoring and evaluation, and accurate financial reporting;
Serve as principal liaison with Aspen Institute web team and/or outside contractors to ensure that the Fellowship’s website and other online activities are informative, well-designed, up-to-date.
Help coordinate interviews of potential fellows either in person or by phone or Skype, assist in facilitating regular contact with both the fellows and local consultants. Engage with a wide array of people who run media and advocacy platforms with an eye toward assisting those outlets to feature content/talks from the fellows.
Oversee support for fellows’ social media activities through Twitter, Facebook and other platforms.
Organize and maintain calendar of Fellowship deadlines and activities

Key Qualifications:
Minimum 5 years experience in the media or in communications involving global issues, particularly those related to Africa and global health. Familiarity with monitoring and evaluation frameworks. Advanced educational degree is a plus, but not a requirement.

Excellent management skills, including an ability to juggle multiple projects over several time zones.
Understanding of the worlds of media and communications, with particular familiarity and comfort in sub-Saharan Africa and its issues.
Demonstrated experience in managing budgets and financial reports.
Knowledge of and experience in the cutting-edge and rapid changes now underway in mainstream media, social online media, and the communications field in general.
Hands-on experience managing web sites, social media accounts and/or editing projects
Excellent writing skills.
Exceptional communication skills and demonstrated expertise in working well with multiple partners, managing conflicts as they arise, maintaining project team morale, camaraderie and effective team work

Level of Authority:
Non-Supervisory Position
No budget authority
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 have the ability to meet regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.