Director of Educational Programs

The Faith & Politics Institute
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 21, 2021
Feb 19, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


The Faith & Politics Institute (FPI) seeks a Director of Educational Programs to manage all aspects of planning and execution of its Scholars, Fellows, and Leaders programs. As a member of the FPI leadership team, the Director of Educational Programs will report to the President and CEO and work collaboratively with colleagues to fulfill the organization’s educational mission.



The Faith & Politics Institute works to bridge the divides that arise in our thriving democracy and create productive paths forward. We ground our work in the philosophy of civil rights leader and our Board Chair Emeritus, the late Congressman John Lewis. In order to form a more perfect union, like Lewis we believe in making lasting positive change that “the means and ends are inseparable.” Since 1991, we’ve brought US Presidents and Cabinet members, hundreds of Members of Congress of both chambers and political parties, other global, national, and state officials, nonprofit and corporate leaders together through our nonpartisan work to better understand our past and to create a better future.

This exempt level position requires a creative self-starter, natural leader and strong team player who can excel in strategic planning and operational execution for new educational programs. We are looking for a hard-working, mission-driven, highly collaborative work style with a positive team-first attitude. Candidates must be able to work with diverse populations, including viewpoint diversity. Extensive writing, both scientific and informal, is required, and strong communications skills – written and verbal -- are a must. Demonstrating an ability to handle competing priorities in a growing organization to effectively leverage resources, meet multiple deadlines and balance numerous projects for the good of the organization is a priority. Equal parts integrity, compassion, patience and comity are necessary to address the sometimes unpredictable and at times deeply divided political environment in a professional, poised, positive and productive manner.

This is a general overview of some of the details of the duties expected to be performed during employment. This document is not all inclusive and responsibilities will change as the needs and objectives of the Institute change.

The Director plans, directs, and executes the educational, administrative and operational activities of Scholars, Fellows, and Leaders Program. The position also manages the day-to-day responsibilities of the programs.

Essential Functions

1. Program Planning & Operation

The Director will develop, plan, and implement curriculum consistent with the program’s goals, including but not limited to developing educational content and enrichment programs with the guidance of the CEO. Responsible for executing all logistical details of each programmatic session and related events, and production of supporting written materials. Work to ensure the program’s success, including making future data-driven program recommendations. Create program benchmarks and tracking surveys with established metrics and manage data collection to scientifically evaluate the programs’ success and utilize findings to strengthen them.

 Support informal and formal mentorship of program participants and manage the selection process of participants. Develop and leverage relationships to support the program’s activities and mission, including building structured partnerships and activities with strategic partners and speakers. Ensure support of the Scholars and Fellows with management of administrative and operational activities.

2. Communications

Develop and implement communication efforts to support program goals and to increase stakeholder awareness of the program. Draft and revise marketing materials. Maintain online presence through websites and social media for resources and communication. This includes developing and ensure posting new content to the site, removing outdated material, and ensuring that links work as expected. Communicate programmatic updates, training dates and upcoming events via Facebook, Twitter, and email, among others.

3. Administration

Working with the CEO and communications staff, establish and lead program participant recruitment efforts. Respond to prospective participant inquiries. Manage the application-based admission process, including training selection committee members, reviewing applications, and communicating applicant choices from the Institute.

Oversee budget items that support the participants’ co-curricular activities and travel, while maintaining compliance with Institute policies and federal and local laws. Facilitate reimbursements and payments for all programmatic activities. Responsible for making purchases on behalf of the Institute via credit card and reconciling transactions.

4. Supervisory Responsibility

  • Co-directs Program Assistant and program interns 

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full time (some travel may be required)
  • Exempt

Required Education and Experience

  • Master's degree or equivalent required; Ph.D. preferred
  • 8-10 years of relevant experience, preferably working with civically engaged, academically talented, and/or underrepresented students
  • Past instruction or small group facilitation experience with undergraduate students a plus
  • Experience identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills, including leadership development

Please send resume and cover letter to the address below.

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