Executive Director

Job Description

Job Overview

The Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation leads and manages all aspects of the Center, including setting and executing the Center’s vision; overseeing the staff, fellows, and students; providing high-level direction for all research and projects; and leading the Center’s coordination with the Office of the Provost and throughout Georgetown University. The Executive Director serves as the spokesperson for the Center, leads fundraising and development efforts with philanthropic partners and funders, and forms strategic partnerships with internal Georgetown and external organizations.



Work Interactions

The Executive Director reports to the Provost of Georgetown University and is advised by the Beeck Center Advisory Board. The Executive Director serves as the overall leader and manager of the Beeck Center, directly supervising director-level positions including the Deputy Director, Director of Finance + Operations, Director of Marketing + Communications, and Director of Programs. They also supervise the Associate for Partnerships + Development. The Executive Director carries out the mission and  vision of the Beeck Center and oversees all research, curricular, and programmatic work. The Executive Director also consults and collaborates with other members of the Georgetown community including the Initiative on Technology & Society.




  • Management and Leadership – 50%
    • Set the vision for the Beeck Center at a high level, including refining the mission, prioritizing projects, building and managing the team, and securing resourcing to execute the vision
    • Manage and lead all aspects of the Center
    • Provide direction and feedback on the work of the Center at regular intervals with the staff, fellows, and students including meetings and informal touchpoints
    • Regularly report on the Beeck Center’s work to the advisory board and Provost
  • Strategy and Fundraising – 30%
    • Design a future-proofing strategy for the Beeck Center including a clear focus for the Center’s work with organization-wide goals, outcomes, and key results
    • Develop and direct an annual budget
    • Design a multi-year funding strategy for investment from funding partners, including a financial sustainability plan that might include other sustainable revenue streams
    • Develop and maintain relationships with philanthropic partners and donors
    • Secure funding to operate the Center
  • Engagement, Partnerships, and Communication – 15%
    • Serve as the external spokesperson and lead for the organization with press, funders, and internal and external partners
    • Direct the Center’s branding and communications strategy 
    • Deliver regular remarks to represent the Center in high-level settings
    • Publish authoritative content establishing the Center as a continued field leader
    • Establish strategic relationships with internal and external partners to collaborate on joint projects and/or funding opportunities and support complementary work
  • Teaching and Curriculum – 5%
    • Develop and teach new curriculum
    • Mentor and coach students
    • The Executive Director is encouraged to engage in semi-regular academic activity such as teaching or scholarly publication.




The Executive Director must have:

  • Master’s degree or higher degree in public policy, law, administration, or similar field.  Comparable work experience may be accepted in lieu of a degree. 
  • Minimum of 15 years professional experience with at least 7 years of management responsibilities.
  • Deep experience in public interest and social impact work 
  • Commitment to the Beeck Center’s mission to improve systems that are the foundation for daily life, using data, design, technology, and policy as instruments for equitable societal change.
  • 5+ years work experience in the public sector and/or public interest sector.
  • Commitment to centering equity, serving the public, and building trust.
  • Experience directing the vision of an organization, including business development and fundraising from philanthropic and other funders.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • A demonstrated record of publishing different types of writing such as academic articles, research papers, opinion pieces, blogs, and other field-leading pieces.
  • Demonstrated record of delivering high-level remarks and interacting with senior-level stakeholders. 
  • Knowledge of the landscape of government service delivery, administration, procurement, budgeting, and/or related policy
  • Extensive professional network of policymakers and stakeholders in federal, state, and local government as well as stakeholders in the private and civil society sectors 



Salary, Benefits, and Employment Term

The Executive Director position is a full-time, three-year term appointment with an opportunity for renewal. The salary band for this position is $190,000-$220,000, commensurate with experience, and includes full benefits.



Working Environment

The Beeck Center operates as a distributed team, with most team members working in person in our Washington, D.C. offices and some working remotely. A distributed team means there will be heavy reliance on asynchronous communication channels such as Slack, Asana, and email while also having many meetings fully virtual or hybrid to include remote employees, using Zoom.

This position has been designated as hybrid. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University. Such review may necessitate a change to a position’s mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University’s mode of work designations for staff and AAP positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources website: https://hr.georgetown.edu/mode-of-work-designation.

With the hybrid designation, this role will be expected to work from the Beeck Center’s two office spaces in Washington, D.C.: one on Georgetown University’s Hilltop Campus and a second downtown on Georgetown’s Capitol Campus. We prioritize spending time in person with each other as well as with our student analysts for collaboration and career development as well as building relations across the various other centers on campus.



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Complete the Georgetown University Application – accepting on a rolling basis.

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Georgetown University offers a wide variety of comprehensive and competitive benefits. Benefits packages include comprehensive health, dental and vision plans, disability and life insurance coverage, retirement savings programs, tuition assistance, voluntary insurance options (including group legal, accident, and critical illness), and much more. Whatever your need, the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits will be standing by to support you. You can learn more about the benefits offered to eligible faculty and staff at https://benefits.georgetown.edu or view the online interactive benefits guide for more information.