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Program Coordinator- Rodel

Department: RODEL
Location: Washington, DC

More specifically, our purpose is:

  • to create an open environment in which people of differing political viewpoints can establish friendly and trusting personal relationships that will, over time, reduce the high degree of partisan acrimony that has been so damaging to the ability of our elected officials to work together in the public interest, and
  • to refocus attention on those common values that unite us and thus enhance the ability of public officials to find areas of agreement in considering the myriad problems that continually confront a diverse and growing society.

Chosen on an annual basis, each Fellowship class consists of 24 Fellows: 12 Republicans and 12 Democrats, each an emerging political leader with a reputation for intellect, thoughtfulness, and a commitment to civil dialogue. The Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship program recognizes that by working to develop thoughtful, committed political leaders, it will also help to produce a more bipartisan approach to America's most important domestic issues such as health care, public education, and the environment. All of these issues transcend the usual partisan political divide and are central to fostering a better society for future generations. While the participants in this program are all elected, and therefore political leaders, the Rodel Fellowship is not a political program but an educational and leadership training program based on the belief that by exposing participants to a variety of philosophies, viewpoints, and strategies, we will improve the quality of problem-solving in the states and in our local communities.

Basic Function:

Working closely with the Deputy Director and staff, the Program Coordinator will support communication, research and financial aspects of the Fellowship, with some additional administrative tasks. Our team shares a strong interest in the purpose of improving American governance and the health of our democracy. In helping us work towards these lofty goals through a Fellowship of exceptional political leaders, the Program Coordinator will be afforded a unique opportunity to make his or her mark through interesting and creative work that has a critical civic purpose.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The half-time time position has a combination of functions, including the following:


  • Support the growth of the Fellowships’ online activities, including social media and webinars, by performing research, managing information flow, and drafting content:
    • Conduct online research under supervision of the Director and Deputy Director
    • Information management: stay abreast of relevant information on Rodel Fellows and catalogue these updates
    • Reflect an understanding of political issues, motivations and desires in drafting Fellowship bulletins; translating these elements into good user experience on the website interface
  • Prepare preparatory and follow-up materials related to Fellowship events (meeting notes, handouts, etc.)
  • Help prepare funder and other reports, as well as miscellaneous correspondence, as appropriate and necessary
  • Conduct research, gather/analyze data as needed

Finance Administration:

  • Assist Deputy Director with tracking project-based budgets:
    • Review program expenditures on a monthly basis
    • Monitor spending across funders and project budgets to ensure spending is on track with funder timelines
    • Maintain and track funder records including funder grant agreements and budgets with detailed attention to end dates and reporting timelines
  • Process receipts, invoices, expenses and reimbursements and confirm account transactions


  • Assist in executing Fellowship events as necessary
  • Provide general administrative support as necessary

Principal Interactions:

Works closely with program staff and consultants; routinely interacts with event attendees and their staff.

Knowledge, Education and Experience:

  • A college degree is required, preferably in the social sciences; at least 2 years of related experience, including experience with finances or bookkeeping.
  • Excellent computer skills, particularly Excel, Word, and internet research. Any website development and maintenance a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills; experience and ability to write professional correspondence and communicate with senior elected officials.
  • Experience writing, editing, and proofreading, at a professional or student publication level.
  • Good attention to detail, organizational abilities and time management skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and productively with small internal teams.
  • A demonstrated ability to handle more than one project at a time.
  • Ability to be flexible and proactive.
  • Ability to handle information with the utmost discretion.
  • Interest in civil dialogue a plus.
  • Professional knowledge of American governance or related areas is a plus.

Level of Authority:

  • Non-supervisory position
  • No budget authority
  • Opportunities for advancement and increased responsibilities

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.


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