Manager, External Affairs

Washington D.C.
Oct 26, 2018
Feb 18, 2019
Full Time

Are you interested in contributing to the free enterprise movement at one of America’s leading think tanks? We have an opportunity for a creative, entrepreneurial, hardworking individual to help lead AEI’s external affairs team. You will be responsible for marketing our work to and developing relationships with key leaders in think tanks, business organizations, nonprofits, community groups, and state and local government. 

The ideal candidate will be happy in an intellectual, detail-oriented, fast-paced, and creative environment. Day-to-day responsibilities include building and maintaining high-level relationships, managing outreach and communications to key audiences through our Leadership Network and other vehicles, overseeing the growth and maintenance of AEI’s contact lists, and marketing AEI’s scholarly research products and programs. This position will also plan conferences and events at AEI headquarters and around the country that leverage AEI scholarship, build new relationships, and strengthen existing ones.

These responsibilities require demonstrated project management experience, excellent interpersonal skills, an entrepreneurial spirit, attention to detail, ability to multitask and meet tight deadlines, and strong writing and communication skills. Candidates must be committed to AEI’s mission and understand the public policy landscape. The ideal candidate has 5–10 years of job experience.

Willingness to work in a fast-paced environment is a must. Bachelor’s degree is required. Experience with a contact management database such as Salesforce is a plus. The position will include regular travel, and the incumbent will represent AEI at outside conferences and events. The manager of external affairs will interface regularly with scholars, research assistants, and members of the broader AEI communications and outreach teams. 

Qualified candidates should submit an online application to complete with a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and a writing sample.

About AEI

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world.  The work of its scholars and staff advances ideas rooted in a belief in democracy, free enterprise, American strength and global leadership, solidarity with those at the periphery of our society, and a pluralistic, entrepreneurial culture.

AEI is committed to making the intellectual, moral, and practical case for expanding freedom, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening the free enterprise system in America and around the world.  Its work explores ideas that further these goals, and AEI scholars take part in this pursuit with academic freedom.  AEI operates independently of any political party and has no institutional positions.  Its scholars’ conclusions are fueled by rigorous, data-driven research and broad-ranging evidence.

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