United States of America: Chief of Staff – CHIEF01128-00001

Organization: US Institute of Peace
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 14 Jan 2018

THE ORGANIZATION The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) prevents, mitigates and resolves violent conflicts around the world by engaging directly in conflict zones and providing analysis, education and resources to those working for peace.

These are the values we expect each USIP employee to live up to in their work and in their interactions with their colleagues.

  • Commitment
  • Respect
  • Teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Openness


The Chief of Staff for the Center for Applied Conflict Transformation (ACT) is the chief integrator, synchronizer, and manager in support of the ACT Vice President. Work as a partner to the ACT Vice President, at times acting as a proxy, advisor, and a second set of eyes and ears. This role requires a combination of leadership, management, and acumen.


Operations and Advising:

  • Lead daily operations of a high functioning organization committed to a culture of shared responsibility for USIP’s mission, values, and the well-being of our staff.
  • Support and reinforce USIP’s core values of commitment, respect, teamwork, accountability, and openness, exemplifying a collaborative spirit and strong problem-solving orientation
  • Enhance the effectiveness and alignment of the components of ACT – ACT Central, the Academy, and Global Practice and Innovation. Amplify and strengthen programmatic contributions to the Center’s and USIP’s goals and objectives working with ACT’s leadership team to improve the operations and impact of all programs. Advise the President, Executive Vice President, Board members, Directors, and other management officials and staff on all ACT-related matters.
  • Oversee portfolio that includes: administration and operations, performance measurement, communications and employee engagement among other areas.
  • Lead, advise, and collaborate with a team of world-class staff (employees and contractors) with a commitment to inclusivity, transparency, and creativity.
  • Ensure information and communications flows that inform decision-making and the development, management, prioritization, and synchronization of staff activities and initiatives.
  • Make certain decisions to retain agility in decision making on behalf of the VP.
  • Monitor and coordinate internal requests to help ensure efficient workflow.
  • Conduct regular analysis and monitoring of information and operational activities, making recommendations or reporting trends requiring the attention of leadership.
  • Represent the ACT and the VP at meetings or other fora.

Staff Management and Development:

  • Manage ACT-level staff including coaching & mentoring.
  • Oversee and provide guidance to internal staff and external contractors.
  • Provide technical and administrative supervision to the department/program staff; ensure timesheets are submitted and approved; establish long-range work plans and ensure that appropriate goals and objectives are implemented; determine overall resource needs, including staffing and budget requirements.
  • Provide advice, counsel, and instruction to employees and evaluate employee performance.

Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in public policy, business administration, or other related field required.
  • Minimum of eight years of experience in a related field required. Familiarity with conflict management and peacebuilding strongly preferred.
  • Supervisory and management experience required.
  • Strong problem-solving orientation and demonstrated ability to resolve conflict.
  • High level of professional maturity and integrity as well as a solid work ethic.
  • Natural ability to build an effective team and exemplify a collaborative spirit required.
  • Superior creativity, leadership and communicative skills desired.
  • Positive energy, sense of humor and a can-do attitude required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative management style needed.
  • Strong ability to coach and develop staff needed.
  • Proven success in organization development and growth.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills, including competency in Excel and PowerPoint.

All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:

  1. Completed employment application including titles, dates of hire and salary history.
  2. Cover letter
  3. Resume

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Only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted.

No Phone Calls. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only.

USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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