2047 Senior Director, Europe

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | PROG | Full-time


Senior Director, Europe – (Job # 2047)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Washington, DC


The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Senior Director for Europe. The position is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary:


The Senior Director for Europe leads a 12+ person professional staff responsible for a large, multi-sectoral grants program, and serves on the program leadership team. The Senior Director is responsible for the development and implementation of a programmatic strategy that integrates organizational goals, political developments, and civil society priorities. The Senior Director demonstrates deep commitment to the Endowment’s mission, exceptional political acumen and programmatic judgment, as well as strong leadership and management skills.  The Senior Director is responsible for, either directly or through subordinate managers, supervision and development of staff, including hiring, development and discipline.    




Develops and directs implementation of grant-making strategy for the region

Defines funding priorities;

Ensures high-level of financial and programmatic oversight of grants;

Ensures rigorous review and evaluation of grants;

Manages production and review of material for the executive team and the Board of Directors and other audiences.

Manages a 12-15 member professional staff

Assigns staff responsibilities, including those subordinate managers;

Supervises staff in their daily activities, including but not limited to setting priorities and performance goals, assigning and directing their daily tasks and work, tracking and ensuring productivity and work quality, approving/disapproving work schedules and timesheets, approving/disapproving vacation requests, providing oral and written feedback and conducting performance counseling, preparing performance appraisals, and preparing/monitoring progressive discipline actions;

Recommends hiring, transfer, suspension, promotion, discharge, assignments, comparability assessment inputs, merit increases, and disciplinary actions;

Develops and mentors assigned staff by providing guidance and advice on programmatic, political and administrative issues; arranges professional development opportunities (e.g., stretch assignments, project lead assignments, training courses, etc.);

Ensures adherence to policies.

Manages program budget, including annual appropriation and other sources of revenue;

Manages program administrative budget to ensure alignment with funding priorities and stewardship of resources; and

Manages implementation of policies; presents policy adjustments and revisions proactively.

Represents the Europe program with Endowment leadership, the Board of Directors, the core institutes, government officials, elected representatives, and the media;

Manages and develops high-level relationships with regional experts, policy analysts, government officials, foundation representatives, and civil society leaders in the United States and abroad;

Participates regularly in public events and other outreach efforts, including giving talks, speaking on panels, briefing stakeholders, and writing articles and op-eds;

Maintains high-level of knowledge of democracy issues, politics in the region, grantee activities and impact, and funding environment; 

Travels frequently to the region, often in challenging environments.





Master’s degree in a relevant field (history, international relations, political science, area studies, etc.) required; 

15+ years of democracy promotion-related program experience required; 20 preferred;

Extensive field-based travel and experience required; and

≥6 years of management experience required.


Other Qualifications:

Recognized expertise in the region, with professional experience in more than three countries;

Fluency in at least one regional language; Russian preferred;

In-depth understanding of civil society organizations, networks, and issues in the region;

Proven record of accomplishment with respect to strengthening democratic institutions and practices; and

Authorized to work in the United States



Excellent leadership, management, and interpersonal skills;

Strong written and oral communication ability, including public speaking;

Proven political assessment aptitude;

Sound understanding of and relationships with government officials, Congressional staff, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations in Washington, DC;

Adept at managing relationships among diverse groups and individuals;

Able to articulate clear and compelling reasons for courses of action;

Possesses a firm grasp of domestic and regional policies and trends that affect the Endowment and its mission in the region; 

Able to create a positive, productive, and collaborative work environment that fosters staff development.


To Apply: 

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references. Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org with 2047 – Senior Director, Europe - YOUR NAME in the subject line.

The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org.