Senior Director

Location: Santa Monica, CA
Department: Center for the Future of Aging

The Milken Institute seeks a talented professional to play a vital role in advancing the Center’s ambitious program initiatives. Working with the Center’s chairman, staff, and advisory board, as well as the Institute’s development, events, communications and research departments, and external stakeholders, the managing director will formulate and execute high impact programs, events, and communications strategies to build awareness and effect change. This is an exceptional opportunity to scale a philanthropic enterprise in the context of a larger organization, participate in work that makes a difference, and build an entrepreneurial hub with an ambitious mission of change.

The right candidate will be a sophisticated, solutions-focused strategist, tactician, and relationship builder, an engaging writer and speaker, and a team leader willing to tackle tasks from the highest concept to the smallest detail. In the context of program creation and advancement, the managing director will have direct responsibility for development and campaign initiatives encompassing corporate, foundation, and high net worth donors and supporters, and will have significant responsibility for advisory board and network engagement.

General Qualifications:

  • 15 plus years of relevant experience in sophisticated corporate, non-profit, professional services or academic institutions, preferably with exposure to both the public and private sectors
  • Outstanding academic and professional credentials
  • Strong interest in the challenges and opportunities of aging, health and financial well-being
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities to motivate and drive teams and manage their performance
  • Outstanding organization and program planning and implementation abilities
  • Relationship development and fundraising skills; ability to engage diverse donor groups and institutions at the highest level
  • Collaborative, cross-sectoral thinker
  • Analytical, data-driven, intellectually curious
  • Compelling writer and speaker; strong communication skills (one-to-one and one-to-many)
  • High emotional intelligence; engaged listener and learner
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Passion, enthusiasm, and drive; commitment to excellence
  • Computer Skills (MS Office, Internet, and emails)

Academic Qualifications:

Prefer terminal degree (MD, PhD, or JD); Will consider MBA, MPP or the like for exceptional candidates

General Responsibilities:

  • Work with Center chairman and stakeholders to plan and advance the Center mission and to implement its plans and programs.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Center’s chairman, staff, and advisory board, development, events, communication and research departments, and external stakeholders
  • Active leadership in fundraising and developing resources (grants, donors, foundations, sponsorships, corporates) necessary to support the Center’s programs
  • Responsible for effective utilization of resources and fiscal management
  • Responsible for administration of the Center’s day-to-day operations including administrative functions, programs, sessions, and seminars.
  • Developing and writing reports, editorials, marketing materials, digital content etc.
  • Speaking and active involvement in meetings conventions, panels, media, etc.

About the Milken Institute:

The Milken institute is nonpartisan, nonprofit, think tank with offices in Santa Monica, California, Washington, D.C., London and Singapore.

About the Center for the Future of Aging:

The mission of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging is to improve lives and strengthen societies by promoting healthy, productive and purposeful aging.  Through its research, communications, and convening initiatives, the Center is committed to supporting aging populations across the globe by creating awareness of and suggesting solutions to challenges affecting countries, communities, businesses, and families.

The Centers widely read reports, and its sessions at the Milken Institute Global Conference and summits in the United States, Europe, and Asia, address issues ranging from healthy longevity and purposeful aging to public policy imperatives to the opportunities of investment and innovation in the longevity economy. The Center’s signature initiatives includes its influential Best Cities for Successful Aging report and index, its Mayor’s Pledge campaign, and its multi-faceted program on business and the future of aging.

The Center seeks to:

  • Change the perception of older adults in policy, business, media and other domains
  • Promote policies and practices to enable lifelong productivity and engagement
  • Identify opportunities for investment and innovation in the longevity economy

Encourage prevention, wellness, and scientific advancement to extend healthy life


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