Executive Director, Sine Institute of Policy & Politics (15379)

Washington D.C.
Feb 11, 2019
Mar 18, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time



This position will be responsible for the successful launch and ongoing leadership of the Sine Institute of Policy and Politics, a significant new university-wide institute at American University. 


The Sine Institute is a laboratory for university-wide collaboration and an incubator for policy innovation, convening the best and brightest in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, as well as journalism.  It will draw on the strengths of AU’s schools, including the School of Public Affairs, the School of International Service, the School of Communication, the Kogod School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Washington College of Law, fostering an environment that facilitates ongoing exchange to gain insights and engender knowledge.


The Sine Institute will harness AU’s location in Washington, DC at the nexus of government and a growing international business center to connect diverse perspectives from around the country and around the world with the university’s world-class academics and research; experienced practitioners in the international and domestic spheres; leaders in business, nonprofits, government, and journalism; and the most politically-active student body in the US to make real, lasting change in policy and politics.


The Institute stands apart through its focus on the role of business and the nonprofit community in public policy, the rise of the importance of economic regions in the United States, and international policy issues.


A cornerstone of the Sine Institute is its fellowship program.  Each spring, the Institute will host six in-resident fellows from the US and around the world, bringing expertise from all levels of government service, politics, journalism, the nonprofit sector, and business.  The fellows will collaborate with students and AU scholars to uncover new ways in which theory will inform cross-sector solutions.


Work Environment


  • This position will supervise a staff member focused on events (full-time) and communications (part-time). 
  • This position will oversee Sine Institute fellows
  • Nights and weekend work for events and overnight travel may be required


Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • 35-Exempt
  • Division Leader A


Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience


Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree

  • 10+ years of relevant experience


Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check


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