Aspen Regional Director, Society of Fellows
The Aspen Institute
Aspen, Colorado 81611

Job Description

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Marylands Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has a global network of partners. More information is available at

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 actively participate in Aspen Institute programming, serve as advocates and ambassadors, and uphold the Institutes commitment to a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1964, SOF provides important unrestricted support that advances all facets of the Institutes work. SOF members understand the importance of fostering leadership based on values, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and promoting civil dialogue on the important issues of the day. SOF members enjoy unparalleled access to Institute programs, including discussion receptions, luncheons, intimate dialogues, half-day forums, and multi-day symposia featuring experts on policy and current affairs. They are the first to know about Aspen Institute events, and they receive special invitations to member-exclusive programs in Aspen, New York, Washington, San Francisco, and other locations across the country.

Position Description: The Aspen 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 Aspen, Colorado, including operations, programming content and speaker management, execution of events, cultivation and stewardship of members, and marketing and communications functions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • SOF Operations responsibilities include assuring high-quality and timely day-to-day functioning of operational systems, database use, calendars, contact tracking and team workflow. Assist Executive Director in drafting budgets and reports on program performance.
  • SOF Programming Content and Speaker Management for donor-exclusive programming, including luncheons, in-home discussion receptions, large speaker receptions, private dinners, and multiple-day symposia throughout the year. Duties include maintaining an active list of speakers and topics, coordinating internal resources and input, finalizing topics and speakers 6-9 months in advance, managing speaker invitations, preparing readings and background materials, drafting introductions, on-sight speaker handling, and post event speaker follow-up.
  • SOF Member Stewardship & Cultivation: Responsibilities include cultivating new members, renewals, and upgrades of donors through emails, phone calls, letters and cultivation meetings. Maintaining regular contact with current members and actively expanding the Aspen Institutes network in the Region. Responsible for researching and developing strategies for senior staff in cultivating relationships and gifts beyond annual membership.
  • Manage Underwriter & Partnership Relationships: Take a lead role in day to day management of series underwriter and other partner relationships, serves as a primary liaison with assigned area Trustees, including staffing any ad hoc committee meetings, and supporting their cultivation efforts and introductions.
  • Communications & Marketing: Take lead responsibility for the timely marketing, communications, and new membership appeals to area members. Including but not limited to quarterly event calendars, website updates, et al, through the internal systems of the Society of Fellows and the Aspen Institute communications teams.
  • Special Projects: Work with SOF staff to execute other events and special projects, and provide support for overall development projects.

Principal Interactions:

Interacts routinely with members of the Institutional Advancement and Communications teams; SOF donors; Aspen Community Programs, Aspen Institute policy program directors; Aspen Institute trustees; national experts in a variety of subjects; Aspen Institute employees at large; and members of the Aspen community.

Education, Experience, and Knowledge:

  • Bachelors degree or higher.
  • Highly motivated, creative professional who can work comfortably in a high-paced very detailed oriented team environment.
  • 7-10 years professional experience in Development, membership or related field.
  • 7-10 years program management and/or project leadership experience.
  • 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 environment.
  • Excellent writing and computer skills, including high level proofreading
  • Preferred Proficiencies:
    • Fundraising software (Raisers Edge, Blackbaud Luminate or Salesforce).
    • Project Management Software (Basecamp)
    • Content/Talent Management Software (Arts Vision)

Level of Authority:

  • Non-supervisory position


  • Accountable for achieving set revenue goals.
  • Budget management & accounting responsibility
  • Travel required.
  • Evening and weekend work required.

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.

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Date Posted : 10/21/2019