Associate Director

Location: Washington, DC
Department: Global Market Development


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.

Based in Washington D.C., the Institute’s Global Market Development (GMD) practice works with developing and emerging economies to help build and strengthen domestic financial markets and advance sustainable private-sector led growth. GMD does so by providing tailored policy advisory; by facilitating an informed and coordinated policymaking process across government institutions, private-sector stakeholders and civil society; and by training upcoming leaders in Central Banks, finance ministries, securities regulators, and other critical financial-markets policy institutions through our formal Capital Markets Scholars (CMS) program.


In many countries, insufficient skills in regulation, legislation, market intermediation and policy planning remain a central obstacle to successful capital-market development and to the creation of stable business and employment opportunities.  The Milken Institute, in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the George Washington University (GW) created the IFC-Milken Institute Capital Markets Scholars Program (CMS program) to address this human capital challenge. The CMS program brings mid-career financial policymakers to the U.S. for one semester of business school classes, followed by four months of work placements across the U.S. financial industry, and lifelong membership of an active alumni network. This year the CMS program is set to reach 80+ financial professionals across more than 40 countries – it is building the next generation of capital market leaders in the youngest and fastest growing parts of the world. 


The Milken Institute is seeking an Associate Director who will take the lead in administering the CMS program on a daily basis, under the leadership of the CMS Director. This is an amazing opportunity to advance the program’s success and global impact. 

Reporting to GMD’s Director, the Associate Director will be responsible for:

  • Taking a lead in administering the CMS program, including but not limited to applicant selection and onboarding, curriculum development, running a weekly speaker series and other events, co-leading group trips, and coordinating the internship program;
  • Managing the CMS program’s alumni network, including by maintaining the electronic alumni portal, regularly gathering feedback from alumni, and planning flagship alumni events;
  • Engaging with all key CMS program’s stakeholders, from regular communications with applicants, students and alumni to strategic discussions with outside partners and program supporters;
  • Providing inputs to the financial accounts and impact measures of the CMS program, and managing other administrative issues associated with the program;
  • Implementing and troubleshooting overall program and participant logistics, big and small; and
  • Assisting the CMS program Director in advancing new partnerships and the strategic expansion of the CMS program.

The successful candidate may also occasionally provide support to GMD’s advisory practice and its Executive Director, in particular as it relates to alumni requests for ongoing engagement by GMD.

An entrepreneurial Associate Director has the potential to play an important part in dramatically improving the policy environment for investment and private-sector led growth across developing and emerging economies. This role also presents an opportunity to build on and further strengthen an extraordinary portfolio of relationships with foreign governments as well as global financial institutions, corporate leaders, and members of the philanthropic community.


Successful candidates will have interest and experience working with developing country officials, demonstrated experience in program management across a range of institutions, outstanding inter-personal and human resources skills, strong work ethic, and the gravitas to administer one of the Institute’s most impactful and visible programs.

Interpersonal & managerial skills

  • Superior project management skills, with ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in coordination with multiple institutions
  • Outstanding interpersonal, human resources, and client relationship skills;
  • Personal attitude that includes being outgoing, entrepreneurial, action-oriented, flexible, with a willingness to adapt to changing situations

Professional experience

  • At least three years of work experience in international financial markets/banking, economics/economic development, or investment/financial policy and regulation
  • Deep understanding of developing countries, including experience working overseas or with a wide range of cultures; experience working with developing country policy officials is a plus
  • Experience in international education / alumni affairs is a plus
  • Experience with fund-raising and event planning is a plus

Academic qualifications & technical skills

  • Advanced degree in finance and/or economics, with a technical understanding of financial markets, corporate finance and/or economic development
  • Exceptional written and communication skills, including the ability to synthesize and communicate complex topics in a clear manner
  • High level of computer proficiency is assumed – including Microsoft Office, Adobe, WordPress, and other web-based communications tools.

All applicants should have the necessary authorizations to work in the United States of America.  

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 a letter or interest, together with your resume.  All application materials should be attached as PDF files. 



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