The National Endowment for Democracy

About the organization

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a 501(c)3, bipartisan organization that serves as America’s leading foundation for freedom, providing support for democratic activists, civil society organizations, and independent media throughout the world, as well as the NED core institutes: the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the International Republican Institute (IRI), the Solidarity Center, and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). Through nearly $300 million in grants annually to 1,800 partners in over 100 countries, NED is at the heart of supporting a global infrastructure for democracy.


Strategy: The Director will be responsible for developing an institutional strategy to address the rapid and sweeping information space changes that are driving political development in countries around the world. Working in close collaboration with other departments, including NED’s seven regional program teams and Democracy Support Activity (DSA) peers at the International Forum for Democratic Studies (Forum), the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), and the World Movement for Democracy (WMD), the Director will weave together multiple strands of work to ensure NED’s efforts on information space are impactful, targeted, and forward-leaning. The Director will be responsible for identifying: areas of engagement where NED is particularly well-placed to have an impact; programming that links locally-driven priorities with international developments; and information-related projects that are critical to the advancement of NED’s mission. The Director will also lead NED’s effort to develop a coherent approach across the NED family, including the four core institutes (NDI, IRI, Solidarity Center, and CIPE).


BA in relevant field required; MA or PhD preferred.

- 11+ years of professional experience.

- Experience with international democracy and human rights programming, either as an implementer or grant-maker.

- Deep knowledge of the information space field, including independent media, audience analytics, enabling environments, policy and regulation, social media, and media sustainability.

- International, field-based experience.

- Understanding of related policy issues and political dynamics.

- Ability to incorporate and synthesize a broad range of highly technical information and translate it into understandable and actionable information for colleagues and external audiences.

- Strong relationships and networks in the field of independent media and information space.

- Fluent on trends in audience analytics, business models and the use of social media.

- Deep understanding of cyber threats; use of a wide range of social media platforms; and ICT security protocols and tools.

- Project and staff management experience.

- Excellent written and oral communication skills.

- Highly organized.

- Strong interpersonal skills.

- Entrepreneurial mindset and abilities.

- Able to work independently – identify opportunities and challenges and propose strategies and solutions.

- Authorized to work in the United States.

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