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Executive Director

CIP seeks an Executive Director (“ED”) who is prepared to join the fight, to shape and recruit programs and build a new American peace and security movement. At this critical moment in history, CIP is recruiting a new ED who will carry on and strengthen CIP’s mission to promote cooperation, transparency and accountability in global relations. CIP is searching for a fearless and principled leader, to take the organization in new directions that can respond to today’s unique foreign policy challenges.  Dedication to the mission is critical and equally important is a fighter who is unafraid to rock the boat. 

Reporting to the Board of Directors, s/he will work in partnership with the Board and staff to develop a strategic approach to increasing CIP’s impact and diversifying its partners and its funding base.

A key role of the ED will be to articulate a clear vision of CIP’s unique niche in the Washington policy community. The Executive Director will guide the process for building consensus on new directions and leading the organization through implementation of new directions and ideas.

The ED will have overall strategic, operational and managerial responsibility for CIP. S/he will work to diversify and expand funding streams and revenues, lead the 24-person core and program staff, promote professional staff development, evaluate programs, recruit new programs, prepare and manage budgets, raise CIP’s public profile and cultivate relationships with other organizations and leaders in the advocacy, foreign policy and research community.

The ED will spend substantial time on fundraising initiatives and ambassadorship, including spreading the word about the work and impact of CIP’s programs, meeting with and cultivating donors, attending events and speaking on behalf of the organization. This work is not limited to interactions with other think tanks, governmental officials ad agencies and NGOs, but also includes the media, foundations, individual philanthropists and the general public.


The ideal candidate will be an inspiring and creative leader who is passionate about fulfilling CIP’s mission and has a personal commitment to CIP’s overall philosophy. S/he will have the character, confidence and personality to work successfully in a highly visible role and to interact effectively with a broad range of colleagues, funders, staff and media. S/he will have proven track record of visionary leadership, successful organizational management, and a proven track record of fund raising and development.

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