Associate, Higher Education & Workforce Development

Location: Washington, DC
Department: Center for Strategic Philanthropy

About the Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy

The Center for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP) is a fast-growing entity within the Milken Institute, a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank determined to increase prosperity by advancing solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs, and improve health.

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 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.

CSP conducts deep due diligence across a range of issue areas, creates and promotes well-informed giving strategies, and advises families and foundations on where and how to channel their philanthropy to maximize a return on their investment. In addition, we identify and share best practices and appropriate metrics that can help guide new and existing giving programs to ensure that resources are invested to optimize outcomes.

Historically, much of our work at CSP has focused on medical research philanthropy but we are making significant growth in the areas of environmental conservation, higher education, workforce development, strategic philanthropy, and mental health. We are seeking an early career professional to provide both programmatic and administrative support to the growing team primarily, but not exclusively, in higher education and workforce development.


  • Conducting desktop research around program issue area and providing thoughtful summaries/analyses;
  • Identifying new approaches and key opinion leaders within program issue areas;
  • Proactively brainstorming and sharing ideas for events, thought leadership, external presence and business development;
  • Attending and reporting findings from external meetings, conferences, press briefings, etc.;
  • Providing administrative and logistical support for related programs, events, and meetings;
  • Representing the Center and the Institute with key stakeholders; and
  • Managing and monitoring agendas, documents, and calendars for high-level partners.


  • Bachelor’s degree and two or more years of work experience ideally at a nonprofit organization;
  • Strong project management and time management skills;
  • Exceptional critical thinking, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Tact, diplomacy, and ability to navigate partner relationships;
  • Proactive, entrepreneurial, reliable, collaborative, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, good sense of humor, and positive mindset.

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.

Please submit a 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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