Senior Director, CED

New York, NY
New York, NY
Depends on Experience  Annual

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Position Summary: 

The CED Senior Director, a senior member of the CED team, develops CED’s Strategic and Operating plans, manages the dissemination CED’s public policy positions and research reports,  manages the designing and running CED’s conferences, awards celebrations, dinners and events, management of the foundation grant process and implementation, analyzes the daily operations of the Center, and collaborates with CED senior staff to implement CED’s Strategic and Operating plans, assure the smooth and efficient running of CED and develop improvements to ensure the CED team meets its performance metrics.


  • Creates Center success metrics as part of CED’s Strategic and Operating plans.
  • Coordinates all activities within CED to assure smooth and efficient delivery against the organizational mission and objectives. 
  • Prepares center project reports across all events, activities and projects, analyzes project data against set goals, and briefs the President weekly with the status reports from senior management.
  • Responsible for the design and execution of all CED events including conferences, awards ceremonies, public policy discussions, among others.
  • Responsible for CED’s foundation grant acquisition and implementation of grant programs, including  the identification of potential foundation grant opportunities, the procurement of grant funding, and the project management of successful foundation grants.
  • Leads the development and implementation of outreach plans to public policy officials in congress and the executive branch, the public policy and the business community and coordinates monthly report to president on CED staff outreach efforts.
  • Leads the Marketing & Communications Team and the Member Engagement Manger to build and implement communications plans to assure optimum exposure of CED policy positions and engagement of Trustees in those plans.
  • Responsible for quality control of all products and materials for the President’s review and assures smooth and efficient delivery of all activities and projects against the organizational mission and objectives.
  • Oversees coordination of functions with the other TCB Centers. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Very strong organizational management skills with an emphasis on strategic thinking and operational management skills, including the ability to effectively track and follow-up on activities across a broad spectrum of functions.
  • Strong skills in business development, business communications, and budget management.
  • Developing, managing and implementing outreach, efforts and events.
  • Engaging with public policy leaders.
  • Knowledge of philanthropic foundation grant funding, managing foundation grant applications and grant project management.
  • 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 Trustee satisfaction.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • College degree; preferably graduate degree in public policy, government relations, political science, or similar degree.
  • 10 years of experience in organizational management, business development, business communications, strategic thinking and budget management.