Program Manager

3434 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA ● Virtual Req #59
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
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The Institute for Humane Studies seeks a Program Manager to run a suite of programs in IHS’s Peace and International Cooperation and Immigration and Freedom portfolios. You’ll lead the development and successful delivery of your portfolio of programs, being accountable for ensuring they are executed according to program standards, meet stated objectives, explore important and timely topics, and maximize effectiveness, while driving ongoing program analysis and process improvement.

You’ll set the vision, strategy, and goals for your programs in line with IHS's organizational goals.
To do so, you’ll work closely with a cross-functional team, building and maintaining good working relationships with other teams internal to IHS as well as external program partners. We’re looking for a leader who will model the IHS valuesand approach discussions with epistemic humility, respect, and curiosity.

This position provides excellent opportunities for professional development on a growing team that is dedicated to supporting faculty, aspiring faculty, and other idea transmitters. In this role, you’ll get to combine your interest in ideas with your project management experience to create quality programs that support our audience of academics and thought leaders, ensuring deliverables are met, on time and on budget.

Responsibilities for the role include:

  • Developing vision, strategy, and goals for your portfolio of programs that contribute to the IHS vision as well as objectives for the Programs team.

  • Managing the day-to-day execution of key programs in your portfolio, including budget oversight.

  • Working with external and internal partners to create and shape each of your programs.

  • Managing relationships with key external partners, including providing clear and consistent verbal and written communication.

  • Coordinating with other internal teams to drive project timelines.

  • Regularly staffing IHS programs – depending on program location, role would involve up to 15% travel time.

  • Measuring program effectiveness.

Qualified candidates will possess:

  • Three to five years of relevant professional experience (nonprofit or academia preferred).

  • Experience in strategy development (preferred).

  • Experience driving timelines and projects.

  • Thoughtfulness and poise in maintaining relationships.

  • A strong understanding of classical liberal principles.

  • A keen understanding and appreciation of academia, current public intellectual discourse, and/or contemporary thought leaders.

  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills.

About the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University:

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) supports and partners with university professors working within the classical liberal intellectual tradition. Our vision is that higher education becomes a place where the open exchange of ideas flourishes, and where ideas within the classical liberal tradition are regularly taught, discussed, challenged, and developed so that they inform scholarly and public discourse on the key challenges facing a free society.


Each year, IHS provides thousands of aspiring and established professors graduate student fellowships, career development support, research funding, and support for on-campus student programs. Most importantly, through its scholarly convenings IHS connects these scholars to one another to form a diverse and growing community of thought leaders advancing ideas essential to the good society—a pluralistic and tolerant society in which individuals and communities flourish in a context of openness, dignity, equality, and freedom.


We have a flexible, professional, open office environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship and provides substantial opportunity for professional growth. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. IHS provides exceptional benefits to all employees, including health and dental insurance coverage (which includes paying 100% of the health and dental insurance premium for individuals), health savings accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings program, a parking permit and 12 free tuition credit hours annually at George Mason University.

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