Posted time December 9, 2022 Location DC

How to Apply

To apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to [email protected] by December 30, 2022.

Please use email subject line “(Your Last Name) Program Director Application” when submitting your materials.


Description of Position Responsibilities:

The Program Director (PD) will work closely as part of the SDI team in developing Sustained Dialogue initiatives on new campuses, workplaces, and communities, maintaining, and strengthening current programs, and further developing SDI infrastructure.

The position will report to the Executive Director regarding the following responsibilities:

        1. Progressing current work by directly supporting a portfolio of campuses, workplaces and communities:
          1. Including fielding troubleshooting phone calls; creation of personalized dialogue guides; mentorship; individual programmatic recommendations; and advising each unique SD program’s content, curriculum, and structure.
        1. Coordinating conferences, summits, and other events (when possible due to Covid-19):
          1. Content; logistics; outreach; content facilitation of one 4-day event in July, two half-day events per year, and other large events as needed.
        1. Developing new programs through outreach to new campuses, workplaces, and communities:
          1. Fielding interest from partners; marketing SD to likely new partners; personalizing program recommendations; completing sales and onboarding processes with interested partners.
        1. Designing and conducting in-person and virtual training workshops at colleges, workplaces, and communities (may require travel):
          1. Facilitating varied virtual or in-person trainings for varied groups including college students on campuses, employees in workplaces and community members in locations around the U.S. Trainings range from 2-16 contact hours over a period of 1-4 days. Trainings are located across the U.S. and may in the future require frequent travel, both weekend and workweek.
        1. Designing new curriculum pieces for trainings and updating existing pieces to adapt to new challenges.
        1. Presenting at national conferences or other key gatherings, as needed. Presenting the work of SDI as in conference presentations and/or keynotes to large audiences.
        1. Developing new offerings and materials for relevance and impact for varied campus audiences, workplace audiences, and community groups.
        1. Oversee the implementation of Sustained Dialogue Retreats on new and existing campuses.
          1. Continuous updates and adaptations to existing curriculum; individualized retreat agendas for each member campus; adaptation of retreat for each campus; creating, distributing, and conducting evaluations of retreat programs; traveling to co-direct retreats on new campuses as needed (may require weekend and work-week travel).
          2. Training retreat moderators, including designing retreat training, customizing retreat training for each campus, delivering 16-hour training to each campus running retreats, providing ongoing coaching and mentorship to retreat organizers and moderators.
        1. Managing opportunities for monthly virtual engagement for Sustained Dialogue Campus Network (SDCN) advisors, students, and faculty.
        1. Maintaining strong relationships with SDCN alumni and coordinating opportunities for program engagement.
        1. Manage and oversee roster of SDI Associates for short-term contract assignments, this includes the following:
          1. Managing assignment of Associates’ projects, overseeing Associates’ preparation for and implementation of assigned projects, coordinating Associates’ project contracts and invoices

Position reports to the Executive Director of SDI.

Location: This position is limited to those based in the United States, with remote work within the U.S. with potential travel to complete in-person work with clients and to the SDI office in Washington, DC. We regret that we are not able to sponsor visas for candidates who are not eligible to work in the United States at the point of this hire.


Compensation as an employee of the Institute will be comprised of an annual salary of $60,000-$70,000, paid biweekly, plus benefits as described below:

        1. Health Insurance: The Institute will provide your health, vision, and dental insurance.
        1. FICA: The Institute will make the appropriate contribution from your withholdings and the required statutory withholding for the Institute.
        1. Worker’s Compensation: The Institute will provide appropriate worker’s compensation.


        1. Federal and State Income Taxes: The Institute will establish and maintain appropriate federal and state income taxes.


        1. Unemployment Insurance: The Institute will establish and maintain appropriate unemployment insurance.


        1. Professional Development: The Institute will consider on a case-by-case basis directly relevant academic and/or professional training up to $1,000 in tuition each year of employment.


        1. Retirement Simple IRA Option: You are eligible for the SDI SIMPLE IRA plan. Employer will make a matching contribution equal to your chosen salary reduction contributions, up to a limit of 3% of your compensation for the year.


        1. Vacation Days: SDCN employees receive 15 days of vacation annually.
        1. Holidays: SDI observes federal holidays as paid days off from work.
        1. Sick/Personal Days: Personal days are to be taken for illness, unexpected appointments, and other needs. An employee is entitled to 10 personal days per calendar year.

Note: All benefits are subject to change at the sole discretion of the Institute.

Candidate qualities:

        • Ability to navigate in a “virtual first” office environment
        • Strong skills for working effectively with many types of people
        • Ability to learn details of partner environments and learn tailored approaches to meet partner needs
        • Interest in SDI’s mission to develop leaders able to transform differences into the strong relationships essential to effective decision-making, democratic governance, and peace.
        • Interest in having a large contribution to a team of less than 4 people
        • Familiarity with institutions of higher education
        • Up-to-date knowledge of dynamics related to social identity and social polarization
        • Interest in teaching the Sustained Dialogue peace process primarily
        • At least 3-5 years of experience working professionally in a similar role or field

Applications will be accepted until December 30, 2022. Early applications are encouraged.

To apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to [email protected] by December 30, 2022. Please use email subject line “(Your Last Name) Program Director Application” when submitting your materials.


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT: Sustained Dialogue Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. SDI is incorporated in Ohio and headquartered in Washington, DC.


To ensure we find the right candidate and honor your time, we will conduct an applicant search in up to three rounds after review of resumés using the approximate timeline outlined below:

        • Applications due: Friday, December 30, 2022
          • Candidates will be notified if they are moving to round one by: Thursday, January 5, 2023
        • Round One: 30-minute phone screen
          • Anticipated Dates: Tuesday, January 3 – Thursday, January 12, 2023
          • We would love to learn more about you. You will participate in a 30-minute phone call where we will ask questions about your experience and interests.
          • Candidates will be notified if they are moving to round two by: Thursday, January 19
        • Round Two: One hour Zoom interview
          • Anticipated Dates: Tuesday, January 17 – Wednesday, January 25
          • Spend some time with the SDI team, virtually. This will include an interview where we ask you to discuss your skill set and experience related to the position. After round two, with your permission, we may also reach out to your professional references.
          • Optional: Give a presentation excerpt totaling less than 15 minutes in the last portion of this phone screen regarding a topic that you have previously presented for another context. This optional presentation should relate to the role or field.
          • Candidates will be notified if they are moving to round three: Monday, January 30
        • Round Three (as needed)
          • You may have the opportunity to meet with the Executive Director one-on-one. This session will allow for deeper conversations about details/day-to-day operations of the position, and a chance to ask any lingering questions. We may ask you to complete a small written or oral assignment to demonstrate your skill set.
            • Date: Monday, January 30 – Friday, February 10
            • Candidates will be notified of the final hiring decision by: Friday, February 17
        • Expected Start Date: March 3 – 17, 2023

This job is Expired