Senior Director of Operations and Outreach, CED

Arlington, VA
354/CED Outreach
Arlington, VA
Depends on Experience 
Full Time

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About the Committee for Economic Development (CED)

The Committee for Economic Development (CED) is the Public Policy Center of The Conference Board.  Since its inception in 1942, CED has addressed national priorities that promote sustained economic growth and development to benefit all Americans. These activities have helped shape the future on issues ranging from the Marshall Plan in the late 1940s, to education reform in the past three decades, and campaign finance reform since 2000. CED's research findings are coupled with multi-pronged outreach efforts throughout the country and abroad, achieving tangible impact at the local, state, and national levels.



The Senior Director of Operations and Outreach at the Committee for Economic Development (CED) primarily focuses on assuring the smooth and efficient running of the CED organization and is specifically responsible for disseminating CED’s public policy positions and research reports through designing and running CED’s conferences, dinners and events.  The position also supports fundraising efforts, Trustee engagement and the procurement of grant funding.  This role requires experience in successfully managing a staff organization with an emphasis on external and internal communications efforts, developing and running outreach events, engaging with public policy leaders and managing foundation grant applications and funding CED programs.  Coordination of activities and collaboration with all functions within CED as well as across functions involving the interaction of CED and TCB is essential for success.    


REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS:                     

Reports to the President, Committee for Economic Development (CED)   



Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinates all activities within CED to assure smooth and efficient delivery against the organizational mission and objectives. 
  • In partnership with President of CED, builds communications and outreach plans to assure optimum exposure of CED policy positions.
  • Leads outreach efforts by providing briefings to public policy officials, media and other organizations. 
  • Serves as speaker and facilitator for CED events, including conferences, conference calls, podcasts, webcasts, etc. 
  • Designs and executes all CED events i.e. policy symposiums, conferences, dinners, etc.   Includes arranging speakers.
  • Provides communications plans and support for Trustee engagement and communications i.e. podcasts, webcasts, conference calls, newsletters, etc.
  • Identifies potential foundation grant opportunities, oversees grant application writing efforts and closure of grant opportunities.
  • Serves as a key leadership executive within CED, requiring creative thinking, collaboration, strategy, and budget planning and management.
  • Partners with President and CED Center team to ensure high level Trustee satisfaction.
  • Manages staff personnel and provides organizational leadership, particularly in CED President’s absence.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:                         

  • Ability to engage with senior level executives and discuss global business issues
  • Very strong organizational management skills with the ability to effectively track and follow-up on activities across a broad spectrum of functions
  • Strong external communications track record.
  • Knowledge of philanthropic foundation grant funding
  • Ability to build relationships across all levels of the organization and to collaborate across departments to achieve goals
  • Demonstrated leadership in adapting to change, solution orientation and resilience in managing member satisfaction.
  • College degree; preferably graduate degree in public policy, government relations, political science or similar degree
  • Strong skills in organizational management, business development, business communications, strategic thinking and budget management are a must.