Associate Director

Location: Washington, DC
Department: Center for Strategic Philanthropy

About the Center for Strategic Philanthropy

Philanthropic capital is a growing and powerful economic force–particularly in the United States, where Americans donate more than $400 billion annually. At the same time, we are all on the cusp of the greatest intergenerational transfer of wealth ever, with $30 trillion poised to be transferred to heirs over the next 30-40 years. Given the stakes, it is imperative that this capital be invested as wisely as possible. 

The Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP) believes philanthropy has the opportunity and obligation to take on big risks to test bold ideas. We conduct deep due diligence across a range of issue areas, promote creative and well-informed giving strategies, and advise families and foundations on where and how to channel their philanthropy to maximize a return on their investment.

As systems thinkers, we pull back and examine the entire picture. We leverage the world-class convening power of the Milken Institute to assemble the best thinkers to examine root causes and identify the right leverage points to effect positive and lasting change. Currently, our work focuses on advancing medical innovation, protecting environmental assets, and building robust education models.

Further, we build communities of like-minded, forward-thinking philanthropists, create a marketplace of innovative giving practices, forge greater awareness of high-impact investment opportunities, and connect promising ideas with action and capital in order to tackle some of the world’s most pressing social challenges.

Associate Director Overview

The Milken Institute is looking for a talented professional to lead communications and marketing efforts in order to elevate the profile of CSP within its target market of philanthropic leaders, impact investors, next-generation leaders, policymakers and family foundations to  inspire funders to take action, and improve the overall impact of CSP’s work. The Associate Director will report to the Executive Director, CSP, with a dotted line to the Executive Director, Marketing & Communications (M&C).

Working with the broader M&C team, a successful candidate will able to:

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive marketing and thought leadership strategy for CSP, including traditional media, social media, etc.
  • Drive content generation for thought leadership pieces, including opinion pieces, blogs, white papers, etc., and work with M&C team on placement and promotion,
  • Identify opportunities for original research and support coordination with broader CSP and MI research teams in planning and publishing of research and findings,
  • Manage development of key communications tools, including collateral, case studies, etc.,
  • Manage content development for CSP’s digital presence, including website,
  • Effectively translate and communicate scientific and technical work to the public and philanthropic audiences,
  • Develop and execute distribution and promotion of CSP project-specific work products,
  • Liaise with external agencies and firms to support project-specific campaigns, as needed,
  • Support establishment and management of strategic relationships with key M&C stakeholders (i.e., wealth advisors, family offices, media contacts, etc.),
  • Identify opportunities for co-creation of content with other MI centers, fellows, experts, etc.
  • Monitor philanthropy trends and coverage of them in trade press and media,
  • Evolve CSP messaging, branding, and identity in line with overall MI updated identity,
  • Support development presentation materials for CSP leadership speaking engagements, and
  • Support proposal development and business development efforts, as needed.


  • Education to graduate level preferred,
  • At least 8 years of relevant work experience (experience in communications or marketing in the fields of private banking, wealth management, impact investing, philanthropy, or social impact),
  • Deep understanding of the target audience and effective communications channels,
  • Knowledge of peer organizations to best position CSP amidst the changing landscape,
  • Excellent writing skills, both for traditional and digital content (technical writing experience is a plus),
  • A strong personal network of philanthropy / wealth-related media contacts,
  • Strong interpersonal and client relationship/customer service skills,
  • Superior project management skills with ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines,
  • Personal attitude that includes being outgoing, entrepreneurial, action-oriented, flexible, with a willingness to adapt to changing situations and having a good sense of humor,
  • High intellectual capacity that can be and has been applied to learning new fields, and
  • High level of computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office, Adobe, and other web-based communications tools. 

About the Milken Institute

The Milken Institute is a globally engaged, publicly supported, non-partisan, nonprofit think tank with offices in Santa Monica, California, Washington, D.C., London, and Singapore. Its mission is to improve lives around the world by advancing innovative economic and policy solutions that create jobs, widen access to capital and enhance health. The Milken Institute offers an excellent benefit package including medical/dental, LTD, Life, Flex Spending Program, 403(b) tax-deferred retirement savings plan, and company gym. E.O.E.

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

To apply, please submit your information and upload your cover letter and resume - all applications materials should be attached as PDF files. Any application that does not include both a cover letter and a resume saved as PDFs will be rejected.



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