Director

The Milken Institute is a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank that helps people build meaningful lives, in which they can experience health and well-being, pursue effective education and gainful employment, and access the resources required to create ever-expanding opportunities for themselves and their broader communities

A center of the Milken Institute, the Center for the Future of Aging’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen societies by promoting healthy, productive, and purposeful aging.

Background: The rapidly shifting demographic landscape resulting from increasing longevity and low birth rates is attracting attention from business leaders, policy makers, scholars, philanthropists, and the media in countries with aging populations across the world.  The threats to aging societies are real and the challenges are significant, but a new understanding of the opportunities is emerging. Change is coming and with it the potential to improve health, increase financial security, grow economies, strengthen inter-generational bonds, and develop more civil and supportive societies.

Traditional retirement is being re-imagined as older adults turn away from age-segregation, decline, and mass leisure to launch start-ups, continue their work and education, and contribute to their communities through volunteerism and civic engagement. Companies are recognizing that age is the next frontier in diversity and inclusion, and a longevity economy is developing as markets recognize the demand for products and services for the aging demographic. Innovations in medicine and technology present prospects for increasing both lifespan and health span. Disease prevention and wellness for healthy longevity attract increasing attention. Communities are being re-designed for an older demographic.

Healthy, productive and purposeful aging holds promise for strengthening societies, expanding economies, and improving the lives of older adults and of people of all ages. The Center plays a leadership role in efforts to change hearts, minds, priorities, policies, and practices through its convening, research, and communications initiatives.

The Position: The Institute seeks a talented professional to build and manage the Center’s Business Council and Academic and Policy Advisory Board. The Council is the premiere membership opportunity for leaders seeking to raise awareness, drive change, and ensure that companies and their stakeholders fully realize the implications of population aging. The Academic and Policy Advisory Board is composed of recognized and respected experts in academia and policy who inform the Center’s work and the Business Council’s engagement. The Director will be actively involved in goal setting, growth strategies, program development, and Council/Board recruitment, and will be responsible for budgeting, management, and reporting. The director will serve as the principal liaison with Council and Board members and their organizations, and will manage staffing, scheduling, arranging, and agenda-setting for all meetings and calls, and creation and delivery of all Council and Board-related materials.

Reporting to Paul Irving, Chairman and Nora Super, Senior Director, the right candidate will be an adept and engaging writer and speaker, a strong relationship builder, a strategist and tactician, exceptionally well-organized, and willing to tackle tasks from the highest concept to the smallest detail. The director will be involved in daily interactions with diverse, talented, and highly accomplished individuals, and foundation, corporate, family office, and high net worth donors and sponsors. Sophistication, service orientation, intuition, and passion for the work are critical characteristics for this key position. This is an exceptional opportunity to participate in work that is making a difference and in building an entrepreneurial hub with an ambitious mission of change.

Tasks include: Membership recruitment, retention, and service -- Recruitment and retention of sponsors, donors, corporations, foundations, high-net worth individuals, and global experts; including current Business Council and Academic and Policy Advisory Board members; Continuous and high-quality service to members to keep them engaged and participating in Center activities; Developing/writing – Compelling materials to advance the Center’s mission, programs, and relationship network; ; Speaking – Institute and Center events; Organizing/leading – Conference sessions, Council meetings, etc.

Requirements:

  • Deep interest in changing the face and culture of aging.
  • Minimum of ten years of increasingly responsible and relevant experience in sophisticated nonprofit, corporate, professional services or academic institutions, preferably with exposure to high-level leaders in the public and private sectors.
  • Skill in managing external boards/committees and staff and development of business plans.
  • Demonstrated fundraising expertise.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication abilities: one-to-one and one-to-many.
  • Engaged listener and learner. Powerful intellectual curiosity.
  • Outstanding academic and professional credentials.
  • Unwavering commitment to excellence. Gravitas and credibility. Executive presence and charisma. Passion, enthusiasm, and drive.
  • Natural connector and collaborator. Ability to create and deepen relationships with donors, sponsors, and senior-level leaders in the field. Excel in working with a broad range of personality types, styles, and perspectives – someone whom others will quickly accept.
  • Critical thinking skills, including the sort of intelligence that appreciates the balance between structure/process and creativity.
  • Maturity, sound judgment, discretion, self-motivation, and accountability. Personal confidence to acknowledge and accurately report both success and failure with clarity, objectivity, and candor.
  • Ability to translate strategic planning into entrepreneurial execution on a daily basis. Attitude of "no job is too small" and attention to detail and quality that ensures outstanding results.
  • Experienced traveler. Acquainted with major centers of influence in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Integrity and reputation for ethical behavior.

Note: These statements 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.

Please submit a cover letter and resume - all applications materials should be attached as PDF files.

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