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Director, Lectures and Seminars

Title:                       Director, Lectures and Seminars

Reports to:             Vice President, Policy Promotion

Department Purpose:       

To advance conservative ideals and policy issues by providing a prominent, public, and professionally managed forum for key leaders and policymakers to present their best, principled policy proposals to the broadest audience of issue leaders with a focus on key Heritage products and policy solutions to achieve our vision for America.

Job Summary:          The Director of Lectures and Seminars works at the nexus of policy development with the policy experts on program ideas and outreach endeavors of the Policy Promotion team and all Heritage departments to further the mission, vision and goals of The Heritage Foundation.  In addition to a proven commitment to conservative values and principles, the Director should have experience in a range of policy issues, both foreign and domestic, working knowledge of the federal bureaucracy, and strong managerial, organizational and networking skills.  Strong time management and problem-solving skills are fundamental.  Creativity, enthusiasm and a sense of teamwork are a plus.

Job Duties:

  • Supports, maintains and enhances Heritage’s leadership role in the conservative movement and achieves the highest standards of professionalism in event staging, programming and marketing.
  • Coordinates the overall planning and promotion of general public events in our Lehrman and Allison Auditoriums, develops specific and measurable department goals to advance the Foundation’s vision and mission, and complements and supports the goals of other Heritage departments.
  • Establishes department priorities, prepares and monitors the department budget, and uses resources effectively to achieve Foundation objectives.
  • Oversees and manages an average of 200 public events per year, greets participants and distinguished guests, opens programs, and introduces the Heritage host.
  • Works with other Heritage departments to grow the audience and impact of Heritage events.
  • Manages and provides overall direction to Lectures and Seminars staff and oversees their training, maintains event data, and prepares periodic reports and program assessments. 
  • Promotes relevant, insightful research of movement allies utilizing our shared principles; identifies and grows new audience networks; and educates and equips the American public so that they can become strong policy advocates.
  • Identifies and develops ideas for panels, lectures and other Heritage public events and assures that programming furthers the mission and goals of Heritage.
  • Acts as a “talent scout” for participants as well as program concepts and devotes time to reading, research, and intensive discussion with policy experts both within and outside the organization.
  • Serves as Heritage’s liaison to allied organizations and their leadership, Congressional support staff, high-level Administration personnel, Embassy staff, state and local elected officials, and movement colleagues in the planning of co-hosted public events.

Skill Factors:

Education:             BA/BS minimum.

Experience:           5-6 years of political or public policy experience. 

Management:        Management experience is advantageous but not required. Creativity and organizational skills are required. Experience in strategic planning and goal setting is required.

Communication:   Excellent writing, presentation and public speaking skills. An articulate advocate of Heritage’s mission and vision.

Computers:           Microsoft Office and Outlook.

Special Skills/Requirements:  

  • An understanding of and commitment to conservative principles is required.
  • Ability to effectively interact with the rest of the management team; a team builder.
  • Understands and supports the Heritage mission and vision for America, and the department's goals and objectives.
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