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Director & Senior Fellow, Alliance for Securing Democracy

Department: Alliance for Securing Democracy
Location: Washington, DC
Job Type: Full-time

Job Summary:

The Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD) is a nonpartisan initiative housed at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), which develops comprehensive strategies to deter, defend against, and raise the costs on autocratic efforts to undermine and interfere in democratic institutions. With team members based in Washington, DC and Brussels, ASD brings together experts on disinformation, malign finance, emerging technologies, elections integrity, economic coercion, and cybersecurity, as well as Russia, China, and the Middle East, to collaborate across traditional stovepipes and develop cross-cutting frameworks. By shining a light on autocratic tactics, closing vulnerabilities in democratic systems, and imposing costs on those who seek to undermine our institutions, ASD is helping to support democratic values. Working with policymakers, the private sector, and civil society, we advance innovative thinking to better understand and counter threats to democracies worldwide, share lessons learned, and develop strategies that go beyond the standard policy toolbox.

The Director is the overall leader and manager of ASD, and is responsible for translating the strategic vision into practice. Along with a Co-Director, the Director serves as the key interlocutor for the ASD’s Advisory Council and other key supporters of the initiative. They work to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programming, strategic planning, and outreach to core stakeholders, and work closely with donors and partner organizations. The Director also serves as the key point of contact for GMF leadership, particularly the President and Executive Vice President.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

The Director is the primary public face of ASD, and plays a key role in the establishment and enhancement of ASD’s image through visible engagement with relevant policymaking stakeholders and through public media appearances. The Director will also be responsible for senior-level Congressional and government engagement in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. The Director is also expected to be a thought leader on ASD’s issues, advancing ASD’s analytic framework for understanding efforts to undermine democracy and policy strategies to strengthen democracy.

The Director is responsible for ensuring ASD has the necessary resources to carry out its mission, to include fundraising to meet those needs. The Director will maintain strong relationships with existing donors to ensure they are kept abreast of and invested in ASD’s work, as well as engage new potential donors and supporters. Working with other members of ASD’s leadership, the Director is also responsible for determining the human capital necessary to carry out ASD’s work; for the recruitment, hiring, and retention of competent, qualified talent to fill those roles; and for developing contracts to fill specialized needs. The Director supervises key staff. Prior leadership experience and a proven track record of managing staff and resources are required.

The Director oversees efforts by the team to develop and manage formal and informal partnerships with other institutions and experts in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere that are working on related issues, and is responsible for building a broad-based advisory network with advisory groups focused on specific issue areas. The Director will oversee the development and execution of mechanisms to convene these partners and leverage their work to position ASD as the premier hub of activity on these issues. The Director will also identify and develop collaborative mechanisms with partners, including to leverage existing efforts and pool resources.

Knowledge and Skills Needed:

  • 15+ years of related experience required, preferably with some government tenure
  • Significant experience in leadership positions that require management of personnel and resources, as well as strategic planning, in organizations of comparable size (20+ staff) or larger
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to maintain strong relationships with donors and Advisory Council members, cultivate new relationships with prospective donors and partners, and be a strong leader to ASD’s staff
  • An established track record of publications and considerable substantive knowledge of and experience in the field of autocratic efforts to undermine democracy or related national security issues.
    • Knowledge of a subset of ASD’s core issues – ranging from European politics and Russian, Chinese, Iranian, or other authoritarian states’ foreign policy to emerging technologies and strategies for strengthening democratic institutions – would be considered a plus
  • An established media profile and excellent public speaking and communication skills


A graduate or professional degree

GMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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