Program Manager (Full-Time)

The Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS) is seeking a program manager to join the full-time staff.

LCWINS’ mission is to improve national security by ensuring that women, in all their diversity, have equal space at the policy-making table. LCWINS is an organization of women and allies from across the political spectrum working to advance gender inclusion at the highest levels of the U.S. national security and foreign policy workforce.  

The program manager will work with the Executive Director of LCWINS to design and build out a new program aimed at championing women national security experts. In the summer and fall of 2020, LCWINS compiled a database of nearly 950 women who are well-qualified and ready to serve in senior national security leadership positions. Now LCWINS is seeking to build off of this momentum to construct a more comprehensive database of female national security talent, become the go-to resource for those seeking talented women national security experts for employment, board service, advisory services, media commentary, and more.

In addition to the primary project above, the program manager will assist the Executive Director with the success of the organization’s other substantive work and support the day-to-day administration of LCWINS.  The Executive Director manages all of LCWINS’ substantive programming, including executing webinars, supporting women through the political appointments process, tracking political appointments and the database initiative. As a growing non-partisan non-profit organization, the administration of LCWINS includes governance and management of LCWINS committees, relationship management with LCWINS’ Leadership Council, donor engagement and donation tracking, fundraising, strategic planning and budgeting, communications and other tasks as they arise. As the second full-time staff member in this startup non-profit, the program manager will also interact with and help to supervise the work of LCWINS’s part-time fellow and intern.

The ideal candidate has strong passions for national security and gender equity.  This role requires significant interface with senior leaders; discretion, good judgment and strong professionalism are essential to succeed in this role. Sincere devotion to diversity, equity and inclusion is required.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Design, implement and manage LCWINS’ new Database 2.0 program
  • Develop and maintain networks and contact lists for outreach, media, external partners, potential funders, potential donors and others.
  • Organize and manage the Google Drive for LCWINS; ensure good record keeping
  • Event management: help coordinate speakers, outreach to partners, email out invitations, receive and track RSVPs for LCWINS events
  • Meeting Administration: be available to attend at least two weekly Committee meetings (1 hr each, via phone/Zoom); take notes during meetings and disseminate to committees after the fact
  • Help coordinate in-person events for LCWINS (post-COVID) and virtual events
  • Draft correspondence for LCWINS
  • Research and writing in support of LCWINS advocacy
  • Keep the website up-to-date
  • Support Executive Director with tasks as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Qualifications:

  • Ability to manage and organize data and documents
  • Reliable and trustworthy with sensitive information
  • Exceptional judgment in interpersonal interaction and engaging with senior leaders
  • Understanding of national security issues, foreign policy issues and federal government workforce composition
  • Understanding of gender issues
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Experience with G-Suite Products (Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets)
  • Experience specifically with formatting, tracking and manipulating information in spreadsheets.

Desirable Skills:

  • Previous CRM experience
  • Data management experience
  • Previous federal government work experience in national security
  • Previous experience in nonprofit management
  • Previous advocacy experience

LCWINS is fiscally sponsored by the Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP). The program manager will be under contract with PCIP (not an employee). Benefits are limited. The salary for the position is $90,000/year. The program manager is expected to work 160 hours/month; hours are flexible. The Executive Director and the LCWINS Executive Committee mostly work in the Eastern Time Zone, but applicants are welcome from everywhere. This is a remote position.

Interested candidates should send a resume or CV, cover letter, one letter of recommendation and two additional references to  Applications will be accepted only until January 22.  

LCWINS seeks and values diversity and inclusion in all its activities, and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and members of other historically underrepresented groups to apply. You can find LCWINS’s Action Plan to Address Institutionalized Racism here. LCWINS does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.