Policy Program Associate, Mass Violence and Atrocities

Organisation :

The Stanley Foundation

Location : United States

Function : Program Support, Relationship Cultivation

Organisation type : Non-governmental Organization (including non-profits and not-for-profits)

Industry : International Affairs

Posted on : 17 Jul 2019

Application Deadline : 31 Jul 2019

Policy Program Associate, Mass Violence and Atrocities Position Announcement and Description

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Do you want to be a part of a team devoted to real-world change and pushing for innovation on important global policy challenges? Are you a policy professional looking to be part of a mission-driven organization? Are you inspired to help identify ways societies can effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from mass violence and build more resilient, peaceful societies?

Position Overview

The Stanley Foundation seeks a program associate to join its Policy Programming Department to contribute energy, creativity, and skill to the design and implementation of innovative programming on mass violence and atrocities.

Our current programming is focused on engaging diverse stakeholders at multiple levels to create durable and inclusive institutions and mechanisms that strengthen societal resilience to mass violence and atrocities.

As part of a team responsible for our programming on mass violence and atrocities the chosen candidate will:

  • Embrace constant learning about cutting-edge policy issues.
  • Have a role in designing and participate in discussions with international policy stakeholders.
  • Enhance skills in project management, analysis, writing, and communications strategy.
  • Be a collaborative team player working in pursuit of the Stanley Foundation’s vision, mission, and organizational and programming goals.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Some experience providing support to the design and implementation of programming or projects.
  • An interest in gaining exposure to international policy, key players, and networks.
  • The ability to communicate clearly—verbally and in writing—complex policy issues to expert and non-expert audiences.
  • An aptitude for connecting people and ideas.
  • Experience with and/or interest in travel in the US and abroad.

Full Position Description

The policy program associate will contribute to our programming on mass violence and atrocities by supporting the design and implementation of programming activities to achieve the foundation’s policy change goals. The program associate will work in close collaboration with others on the team responsible for the foundation’s programming on mass violence and atrocities, as well as the director of policy programming strategy, to develop and implement the strategy for this programming and evaluate the relative success of its work. The program associate will also work in collaboration with all other departments in the Stanley Foundation to deliver high-impact programming.

Key Responsibilities

  • Program Support: The program associate will support the mass violence and atrocities programming team, working across departments and with other organizations, to implement programming activities that will drive policy progress in targeted areas. The program associate attends events run by the Stanley Foundation, its partners, or others.

    The program associate will be responsible for:

    • Preparing programming-related planning documents (e.g., concept notes, agendas, invitation lists), scheduling planning meetings, and other tasks related to programming implementation activities.
    • Drafting, editing, and producing various written products in collaboration with others on the team responsible for the programming on mass violence and atrocities; may include on-site rapporteuring and drafting of publications and other outputs from events.
    • Researching substance- and policy-relevant topics in support of programming efforts and commissioned analysis.
    • Tracking developments in mass violence and atrocities-related policy and with other organizations’ work related to our defined policy goals.
    • Liaising with the Communications Department and others on publications in the editorial process and production associated with commissioned and other written products.
    • Liaising with the Operations Department when organizing events, including when managing invitation lists, coordinating on logistics, and meeting agreed-upon schedules.
    • Keeping others on the team responsible for the programming on mass violence and atrocities well informed of developments and progress on assigned activities.
  • Learning: The program associate will participate in the learning process as it relates to our programmatic efforts. This includes working with the others on the team responsible for our programming on mass violence and atrocities to incorporate lessons learned from activity-specific evaluations as well as adjusting programming to reflect feedback from mid-cycle and end-of-cycle evaluations. As a member of the Policy Programming Department, the program associate will build subject matter expertise.
  • Networking and Relationship Cultivation: Because collaboration with other organizations is a key element of our work, the program associate will assist with networking and maintaining strong and supportive ties with key organizational partners. As a member of an institution with a strong vision for positive change, the program associate will display the determination and excitement of the mission through daily engaged and positive relationships with peers in and beyond the organization.
  • Team Contribution: As a member of the policy programming team, the program associate will contribute to cross-team learning for assessing broader organizational impact. The program associate will contribute to internal reporting mechanisms and procedures as requested and will utilize excellent communication and collaboration skills as a member of the Stanley Foundation team.


The ideal candidate will demonstrate an interest in international affairs, particularly subject areas related to policy or mass violence and atrocities. In addition, a strong candidate should possess:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree with coursework in a relevant discipline (international relations, political science, history, area studies, or a related social science field with an emphasis on global and/or foreign policy issues).
  • An interest in gaining substantive knowledge in mass violence and atrocities or other human protection-related policy areas.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical, research, and writing skills.
  • The ability to track details and manage multidirectional information flows in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated collaborative skills on behalf of shared goals in a team setting.
  • The ability to maintain poise under pressure.
  • The clear ability to connect larger ideas with the practical realities of their accomplishment.
  • Dynamic networking and relationship cultivation and maintenance skills.

Additional desirable traits include:

  • Project-implementation experience, including a proven capacity to set goals and meet deadlines and schedules.
  • Exposure to international policy work and a broad understanding of how policy change is created.
  • Experience tracking policy developments in an international issue.
  • Experience working with government and/or with international organizations, particularly in mass violence and atrocities or other human protection-related policy areas.
  • Foreign language skills.
  • International study/travel/living experience.
  • Facilitation skills.

The program associate reports to the director of policy programming strategy. The position requires frequent travel. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The Stanley Foundation offers a competitive salary and benefit package.

About the Stanley Foundation

The Stanley Foundation advances multilateral action to create fair, just, and lasting solutions to critical issues of peace and security. Our work is built on a belief that greater international cooperation will improve global governance and enhance global citizenship. We value our Midwestern roots and family heritage as well as our role as a nonpartisan, private operating foundation. We do not make grants but rather carry out our own programming.

Foundation policy programming relies heavily on policy dialogues (involving US and foreign government officials, influential scholars, journalists, and nongovernmental experts). It also includes policy analysis and a wide variety of communication and advocacy activities to develop and build support for specific policy initiatives. Much of our programming activity is done collaboratively with other organizations. More about the foundation and our work can be found at www.stanleyfoundation.org.


This position is located at the foundation office in Muscatine, Iowa, a community of 23,000 people on the Mississippi River. The area offers affordable housing and a variety of recreational opportunities. Within commuting distance of Muscatine are Iowa City (population 70,000)—home of the University of Iowa and the nationally recognized University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics—and the Quad Cities area—comprising Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa and Moline and Rock Island, Illinois, with a combined population of about 350,000. While on-site work in Muscatine is mandatory, the Stanley Foundation offers flexible work hours and some remote workdays.

Application Directions

Please send a letter of interest, résumé, references, and a writing sample that explains in a clear, direct way how a policy change came about and what the key levers were that facilitated that change to:

Deb Hughes
Human Resources Generalist
The Stanley Foundation
209 Iowa Avenue
Muscatine, IA 52761
Phone: 563-264-1500
E-mail: decb64_cG9zaXRpb25Ac3RhbmxleWZvdW5kYXRpb24ub3Jn_decb64

Deadline for application: This position will remain open until filled.