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its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through
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The Society of Fellows (SOF) is a national community of
diverse and distinguished leaders who sustain and support the
values-based work of the Aspen Institute. Members of SOF enjoy
unparalleled access to Institute programs and events, including
unique experiences with nationally-recognized speakers and thought
leaders. They are the first to know about Aspen Institute events,
and they receive special invitations to member-exclusive programs
across the country.
Position Description: The West Regional Director for the
Society of Fellows (SOF) program works in conjunction with the
Executive Director to assure the exceptional performance of the
donor program in the western region of the United States, with a
particular emphasis on membership growth, as well as member
engagement, stewardship, and cultivation.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- SOF Membership Growth: Creative and energetic recruitment of
new members into the Society of Fellows. This includes developing
new relationships and networks among people in the western region
of the United States who are likely to have an interest in, and
affinity for, the work of the Aspen Institute.
- SOF Member Stewardship & Cultivation: Responsibilities
include: stewarding SOF members and cultivating renewals and
upgrades through emails, phone calls, letters and meetings;
maintaining regular contact with current members and actively
expanding the Aspen Institute's network in the western region of
the United States; researching and developing strategies for
building relationships and securing support for other Institute
- Underwriter & Partnership Development: Solicit and
secure underwriting and other partnerships to support SOF events,
programs, and other activities in the western region of the United
States. Manage underwriter and other partner relationships. Serves
as the primary liaison with assigned area Trustees, including
staffing any ad hoc committee meetings, and supporting cultivation
efforts and introductions.
- Budget management: Maintain and adhere to a budget for
relationship management in the western region of the United
- Special Projects: Work with SOF staff to execute other
events and special projects, and provide support for overall
Interacts routinely with members of the Advancement and
Communications teams; SOF donors; Aspen Institute policy program
directors; Aspen Institute trustees; national experts in a variety
of subjects; Aspen Institute employees at large; and other Aspen
Education, Experience, and Knowledge:
- Bachelor's degree or higher.
- Highly motivated, creative professional who can work
comfortably in a high-paced very detailed oriented team
- 7-10 years professional experience in development,
membership or related field.
- 7-10 years program management and/or project leadership
- Excellent interpersonal skills and experience working with
high level people.
- Excellent administrative and organizational skills, with an
emphasis on time-management and the ability to organize and
implement various activities within a deadline-pressured
- Excellent writing and computer skills, including high level
- Preferred Proficiencies:
- Fundraising software (Raiser's Edge, Blackbaud Luminate or
- Project Management Software (Basecamp)
- Content/Talent Management Software (Art's Vision)
Level of Authority:
- Accountable for achieving set revenue goals.
- Budget management & accounting responsibility
- Travel required.
- Evening and weekend work required.
The Institute has implemented a mandatory COVID vaccination
policy for all employees who will work at one of our physical
locations, attend any of our in-person events or travel on behalf
of the Institute. Staff unable to be vaccinated may request an
exemption under certain circumstances.
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
Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and
handle stress. Candidate must also have the ability to meet the
regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.