Vice President of Institutional Affairs/Chief of Staff

Washington D.C.
Mar 24, 2017
Apr 28, 2017
Full Time

Working with the President of the Kennedy Center, the Vice President of Institutional Affairs/Chief of Staff provides critical senior staff support for the Kennedy Center. As the chief external lead to the Administration, Congress, the diplomatic community, and foreign governments, this position  acts as liaison and ombudsman and chief of protocol to these communities and develops strong institutional relationships and open communication with them on the activities of the Kennedy Center.

The Vice President works internally as liaison to the Board of Trustees and supports the work and governance of the Board in coordination with the President’s office, the General Counsel and the Development team at the Kennedy Center.

The Vice President works closely with the senior management team to provide strong, responsive and dynamic communication between the President’s office and the Kennedy Center staff.  The Vice President plays a critical role in collaborating with senior management to establish and fulfill outreach initiatives to ensure awareness of and support for the Centers role as a national center for the performing arts and as a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy.

Duties and Responsibilities:

45%     Creates and executes a strategic plan for the Center’s government relations to foster relationships locally, nationally and internationally with key organizations and governments.  As directed by the Kennedy Center President, the Vice President plans, develops and implements high visibility projects that fulfill the Center’s mission. Identifies and pursues opportunities to position the Kennedy Center positively with the Administration.

  • Serves as liaison to key White House, State Department, Cabinet, and other Cabinet officials to develop joint projects with those agencies.
  • Manages liaison with the Office of the Management and Budget and guides strategy and communication regarding the Center’s funding priorities to the Administration.
  • Oversees and manages the Center’s relationships on Capitol Hill, and develops outreach and advocacy for the Center’s mission, goals and financial priorities
  • Supervises Manager, Institutional Affairs in achieving the goals stated for both  legislative and executive branches.
  • Serves as protocol officer of the Kennedy Center and supports all communication and outreach to foreign governments and their embassies.

20%     In coordination with the President, General Counsel and the Development office, the Vice President serves as Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees, and has primary responsibility for the governance of the Board through management of the board agenda and committee structure.  The Vice President serves as liaison and point of contact for the Executive Committee, Nominating Committee and Operations Committee of the Board of Trustees and other Committees as assigned by the President.

20%     Provides support and facilitates communication for the Office of the President to ensure achievement of annual institutional goals and priorities; facilitates communication related to cross departmental projects. 

10%     Provides strategic leadership on specified annual projects supporting the achievement of the Kennedy Center strategic plan as well as institutional priorities stated as deliverables for the plan each year.

5%       Supervises the outreach to a wide range of city and community organizations and serves as  community ombudsman.

  • Manages and serves as liaison to the Community Advisory Board.
  • Manages and serves as liaison to the Latino Advisory Panel.


  • Must have a bachelor’s degree; additional advanced degree is optional.  A minimum of 10 years’ experience in legislative policy either on Capitol Hill or in advocacy for arts legislative policy.
  • Broad and substantial experience working with Members of Congress and strong relationships and understanding of a broad spectrum of the federal government is required
  • Awareness of and substantial experience with both political and protocol processes are required.  He/she must have a fluency in federal arts funding policy and legislative processes and procedures.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning and project management.

Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required:

  • Ability to organize and communicate with a broad spectrum of constituencies and interests outside the institution and across the Departments within the institution to convey goals, priorities and strategies of the Institutional Affairs Department
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are a prerequisite
  • Ability to multi-task, work on a deadline and under pressure in a fast paced office
  • Work collaboratively with a diverse staff and external constituencies

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world premier performing arts organization and our nation’s cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion.

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