Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute



Director of Programs & External Affairs

Position Purpose

The Director of Programs & External Affairs plans, executes and evaluates all CHLI programs in the Washington, D.C. area and nationally. Programs vary in purpose, publics, audience and logistics. They include policy forums on Capitol Hill, leadership conferences for college students and young professionals, networking receptions, annual meeting for alumni of CHLI internships and an annual trade symposium. Director of Programs & External Affairs will develop and manage the budget for each program – the CHLI President & CEO is responsible for fund development. Director of Programs & External Affairs will work collaboratively with CHLI Board of Directors, CHLI Advisory Council Members, strategic partners and sponsors to develop the agenda; manage speaker relations; and serve as point of contact for event planner/vendors. The Director will assist the President & CEO to maintain and establish relationships with external stakeholders including Members of Congress and strategic national and international organizations. The Director will support the President & CEO with the planning and fundraising of the annual awards gala, the main fundraising event of the organization. The Director will recruit and supervise the Communications & Marketing Fellow and office interns.

Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will be a servant leader, self-starter, highly motivated, proactive problem solver, enthusiastic and effective team player eager to support both the organization that includes staff, interns, Board of Directors, corporate advisors, alumni and strategic alliances.  The position requires excellent organizational, computer, administrative, customer service, oral and written communication skills, and the ability to perform a wide array of tasks in a fast paced environment with light supervision. The candidate must be available to work evenings and weekends, and travel within and outside of the United States.

Reports to: President & CEO

Principal Accountabilities

Include, but are not limited to:

  • People/Relationship Management
  • Professional, high customer service with all internal and external stakeholders
  • Recruit and supervisor volunteers, interns and fellows for semester-long programs or select events

Programs & Project Management

  • Lead on CHLI programs including the development and implementation of budgets, ensuring the programs are executed at or below budget, marketing plans to support corresponding sponsors, working with speakers, communicating program plans and goals to the President & CEO and Board of Directors
  • Liaison to Programs Committee led by a member of the Board of Directors

Finance & Fundraising

  • Manage budgets for each program – tracking income, expenses, and sponsorships
  • Assist the President & CEO with fundraising for programs and events


  • Provide weekly reports to the President & CEO
  • Prepare and present program updates at Board of Directors meetings, and before 5 to 500 people at programs and events
  • Correspond with consultants, event/program vendors and leadership

Critical Success Factors:

  • Fluent in both English and Spanish – i.e., read, write, and speak.
  • College or University undergraduate degree in Political Science or equivalent experience/training.
  • A minimum of 3 years of progressive leadership experience.
  • A keen interest and understanding of the political processes of the United States.
  • High comfort level in very public venues with high profile leaders.
  • Core Competencies, Skills and Abilities
  • Trustworthy – Director of Programs is privy to highly confidential discussions and needs to maintain the complete trust of the President & CEO, Chairman and Board specifically and with whom they interact.
  • Code of ethics – unquestionable personal honesty, integrity, and discretion.
  • Confidence – confident to represent the President & CEO when she is not available and/or CHLI at all times.
  • Leadership – must have strong servant leadership skills who serves as a coach and guide, as well as the ability to supervise others including volunteers; should be strong willed, a fast learner and able to effect positive changes fast.
  • Problem solver – identify, provide, recommend and/or act on solutions for stakeholders including the President & CEO, Board of Directors, Corporate Advisory Council Members, sponsors, program interns, alumni and partners.
  • Openness and intuition – willing to receive critical and fast paced feedback and keep communication open across all levels; able to listen to what people are saying, while simultaneously understanding what people aren’t saying to identify and address underlying issues.
  • Multitask – must be able to manage multiple projects, relationships and tasks while working along an Administrative Assistant, office interns, and working with the CHLI leadership.
  • Customer Service – must be focused on delivering excellent services to all CHLI stakeholders; ability to work with different people and ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Communications – strong oral and written skills and has as a keen ability as a public speaker; strong phone and business etiquette skills.
  • Political agility – familiar with public policy, politics, and people and how the three interact.
  • Financial – strong financial skills in managing budgets for CHLI programs; assist in proactively determining when to increase/decrease expenses and/or income to support strong programs.

Salary. CHLI offers a competitive salary that is commensurate with an applicant's experience and education.

Employment Eligibility.  All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Please submit applications by November 27, 2017, 4:00 pm EST.


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Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute
734 15th Street, N.W. Suite 620
Washington, DC 20005