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Vice President, Initiatives

Pacific Council on International Policy Los Angeles, California

The Pacific Council seeks to hire a seasoned global affairs practitioner to develop new content and member-centric initiatives to build the Council’s reputation as a thought leader in the short term and further position the organization to achieve measurable impact on global discourse and policy in select issue areas by 2020.

The successful VP candidate is a savvy, persuasive, and nimble operator with a demonstrated capacity to operationalize strategy. The VP works in close collaboration with the Council’s board and leadership to conceptualize, implement, and evaluate both new and existing initiatives – including the Global Water Scarcity Project, the Mexico Initiative, and the Guantanamo Bay Task Force – organization-wide.

The VP provides staff-wide direction, working across all programs and project teams (including events, communications, membership, and trips) to support implementation of each initiative across the organization. The VP oversees the development of content, including (but not limited to) video, social media, infographics, podcasts, simulations, blog posts, data visuals, and microsites, in addition to more traditional content like op-eds, reports, and white papers. Working closely with an oversight committee on the Board (the Task Force on Content), the VP additionally develops goals and metrics, evaluates current and future programs, and makes recommendations for future resource commitments.

The right candidate is committed to Pacific Council values – inclusivity, openness to non-traditional approaches, collaboration, nonpartisanship, a culture of openness and of intellectualism – and translating those values into our work.  

Responsibilities include:

(1) Impact & Content Generation

  • Develop or refine strategies for 2-3 current and future Pacific Council initiatives
  • Direct multi-disciplinary staff teams to implement each initiative against target goals
  • Produce and oversee new modes of content delivery (for each initiative) to engage stakeholder audiences and position the Pacific Council as a thought leader

(2) Sustainability & Administration

  • Develop and manage evaluation metrics and impact goals of each initiative
  • Prepare reports, develop decision-making processes and make recommendations for future resource commitments
  • Assist in fundraising pitches and grant proposals for initiatives

(3) Network Broadening, Stimulating Engagement

Activate and staff Board Advisory Committee

Identify key stakeholders and build relationships with them both within the member network and beyond

Conduct outreach and harness work of initiatives to stimulate engagement

Preferred qualifications:

  • Master’s or other graduate level degree
  • Demonstrated expertise in international affairs with capacity to simultaneously manage multiple, disparate issue areas
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop strategy, build programs, and produce novel content
  • Strong project, time, and people management skills and commitment to working cross-functionally and collaboratively
  • Demonstrated ability to implement change that maximizes outcomes
  • Ability to recognize and strategize rapidly on mission-aligned opportunities
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications, with an ability to drive multi-layered conversations to consensus to make sound decisions in the face of competing priorities
  • Strong network in philanthropy, global policy and the nonprofit sector
  • Fundraising, grant writing/management experience
  • Flexible working style; sense of humor; strong interpersonal skills; calm and resourceful; able to work under pressure

While no one person will embody all the qualities enumerated above, the ideal candidate will possess many of those professional abilities, attributes and experiences.

This is a gift-funded position. Salary negotiable upon experience.

Please provide a cover letter along with your resume submission.

Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

In all our practices, the Pacific Council has stated an intention or policy of seeking out and including people who might otherwise be excluded or non-traditional.  We are an EEO employer.

Pacific Council overview

The downtown Los Angeles-based Pacific Council on International Policy ( is an independent, nonpartisan organization committed to building the vast potential of the West Coast for impact on global issues, discourse, and policy. Since 1995, the Pacific Council has hosted discussion events on issues of international importance, convened task forces and working groups to address pressing policy challenges, and built a network of globally-minded members across the West Coast and the world.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree

Minimum Experience: 5 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Administrative or project administration experience.

REQ20052901 Posted Date: 11/03/2017

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