The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.
The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program’s (FSP) mission is to illuminate and solve the most critical financial challenges facing American households and to make financial security for all a top national priority. We aim for nothing less than a more inclusive economy with reduced wealth inequality and shared prosperity. We believe that transformational change requires innovation, trust, leadership, and entrepreneurial thinking. FSP galvanizes a diverse set of leaders across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to solve the most critical financial challenges. We do this through deep, deliberate private and public dialogues and by elevating evidence-based research and solutions that will strengthen the financial health and security of financially vulnerable Americans. The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program is committed to ensuring the diversity of our team. While not a minimum or mandatory qualification, we strongly encourage candidates of color, those who identify as Native American, women, people of low-income backgrounds, those who are differently-abled, and those with first-hand experience of financial security inequity to apply for this role.
The Manager will be part of the Policy and Market Solutions Team at the Aspen Financial Security Program, reporting to the Director of Policy and Market Solutions. The Policy and Market Solutions Team works across sectors and disciplines, seeking to highlight market and policy gaps, source promising policy and market ideas that can help improve financial security, jumpstart creative solutions, and build a diverse set of leaders who can turn ideas into action. The Policy and Market Solutions team works closely with Aspen FSP’s Insights and Evidence team, which develops and elevates data-driven insights that describe American’s financial security challenges.
The successful candidate for the Manager role will be able to balance big-picture, strategic thinking with a focus on important details. They will thrive in an entrepreneurial environment and will be able to adjust strategy and tactics as circumstances change. The candidate will be an excellent communicator.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Work with the Director, Policy and Market Solutions, Aspen FSP leadership, the Policy Lead, and the rest of the Policy and Market Solutions team to shape, develop and execute our strategy for impact and associated work plan for financial services, housing, and other market leader action-taking and engagement
Serve as a go-to resource within Aspen FSP for relevant market developments, opportunities, and decision points
Strategically track major developments and changes (trends, growth, new products, major announcements, IPOs, leadership movement, etc.) in key markets relevant to FSP’s work, including banking, asset management, insurance, fintech, housing innovation, employers, benefits and more
Conduct and prepare written analysis including blogs, op-eds, and reports
Attend relevant conferences, panel discussions and other market events
Represent Aspen FSP with market leaders and innovators
Strategically develop and selectively nurture a network of relationships with market innovators who are positioned to lead on issues of financial security
Quickly build trust and credibility with a range of external stakeholders such as financial services providers, research partners, and other collaborators
Surface and participate in the development of and stewardship of grant opportunities
Manage complex projects from start to finish using project management tools and strong communication skills
Collaborate closely with staff across the Aspen FSP team
Minimum Bachelor’s degree required, Graduate/Masters degree, or equivalent relevant experience, a plus.
Commitment to the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program’s mission of financial security for all
4-6 years of experience working in or with the financial services industry
Superior organizational, project and time management skills with strong attention to detail and deadlines
Strong and efficient writing skills; ability to quickly synthesize data and present succinct, cogent arguments verbally and in writing
Strong communication, presentation and facilitation skills
Ability to commit to up to 10% domestic travel, with occasional evening meetings (12/month)
The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.
Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and handle stress. Candidate must also have the ability to meet the regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.