Director, Global Programming

Director, Global Programming


The Milken Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank determined to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health. We do this through independent, data-driven research, action-oriented meetings and meaningful policy initiatives.

Our work is guided by the formula that our founder and chairman, Michael Milken, developed: Prosperity equals the effect of financial technology acting to multiply the value of human capital, social capital and real assets. Stable economic growth most often occurs where people have access to education and health care, can participate freely in the political process, and can aspire to property ownership. The formula is our understanding of the relationship between finance and a strong society.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director, Global Programming, will have a leading role in planning and executing major Milken Institute Events, including the 23rd Annual Global Conference which is an internationally recognized forum for people and organizations driven by a collective commitment to divergent thinking and sustainable solutions to some of the world’s greatest needs. Bringing to the stage the best and most creative thought leadership, the conference includes insights that touch every sector, from developing markets to accelerating medical research.

Key responsibilities:  

  • As a key member of the programming team, conceptualize original and relevant programming content for MI events.
  • Identify and recruit high-level and relevant speakers for MI events, utilizing your extensive network of contacts in addition to your proven ability to find pathways to key people. 
  • Work closely and in a leadership role across the Events team and other MI departments to shape and execute MI events. 
  • Interact with senior executives and decision makers externally, both in representing MI in general and specifically in securing important speakers. 
  • Be on top of major trends and external events that are shaping the global conversation, to ensure that MI programming is timely, relevant, and engaging. 

Experience and profile:

  • Senior level, with 10+ years of relevant experience in event programming, journalism, or non-profit programming work directly related to events. 
  • Intellectual curiosity and creativity, to help MI programming team create strongest and most relevant content for our major events, especially but not only Global Conference. 
  • Proven resourcefulness and tenacity in recruiting speakers; enough of a “marketing brain” to be able to persuasively pitch and recruit speakers. 
  • Well-informed on global events, commitment to working in a dynamic nonprofit environment.   Able to “connect the dots” between people and ideas. 
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment of event execution and planning.    Proven and effective manager, ideally with experience in a matrixed organization. 
  • Location:   MI Santa Monica headquarters.  Compelling candidates in the Washington DC area will be considered. 
  • Education:  BA minimum, graduate degree preferred. 

Note: We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas at this time. Being authorized to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment.

The statements herein are intended to 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 required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.  

Please submit a cover letter and resume - all applications materials should be attached as PDF files. Any application that does not include both a cover letter and a resume saved as PDFs will be rejected.