Director, Asia-Pacific Trade, Investment and Innovation

11 Sep, 2022


Director, Asia-Pacific Trade, Investment and Innovation

Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI)
Washington, D.C.

The Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI), a solution-oriented think- and do-tank
headquartered in New York with an office in Washington, D.C., seeks a Director of
Trade, Investment and Innovation in its Washington office to develop and
implement policy projects, design and implement office programs and initiatives,
and help to deepen relationships with the U.S. and Asian economic policy
communities in Washington. This position reports to the Vice President and
Managing Director of the ASPI Washington D.C. Office.
• Engage in the design, goal-setting, and implementation of ASPI policy
projects in the trade, investment, and innovation field
• Build and strengthen relationships and partnerships with stakeholders in
these initiatives across multiple geographies, but particularly those based
in Washington: U.S., Asian, and other international government officials;
business leaders; representatives from multilateral organizations and civil
society; etc.
• Stay abreast of new policy developments; analyze policy; lead in the
coordination and development of policy roadmaps and recommendations;
draft white papers, articles, opinion pieces, and social media content for
myriad audiences
• Represent ASPI in both public settings and private, high-level briefings.
• Develop and implement strategies for promoting ASPI initiatives among
local and global audiences and securing the attention and engagement of
influential constituencies
• Manage the tasks of staff engaged in your initiatives, as well as the
budget of these initiatives, in concert with ASPI senior leadership
• Support the trade, investment and innovation work of the Vice President
• Plan and carry out fundraising activities for your projects and portfolio,
in coordination with the Asia Society’s development department and
ASPI senior staff
• Expand the network of partnerships and stakeholder relationships for the
D.C. office, particularly with the U.S. government, Congress, and
embassies, in close coordination with other Asia Society senior staff
• Develop, coordinate, and implement programs and initiatives for the D.C.
office, including but not limited to, developing, organizing, and
executing congressional, stakeholder, and Embassy office-wide
roundtables and private and public events involving ASPI senior
• Engage in other duties as assigned.
• At least 7-9 years of progressively responsible experience, including at
least three years in directly managing and leading initiatives focused on
trade, investment, and innovation.
• Expertise in trade, investment, and innovation matters, including with
focus on Asian policy and U.S.-Asia or intra-Asia relations.
• Professional experience analyzing or working on key issues in trade,
investment, and innovation.
• Proven history of generating impact in the policy space by working for
and/or engaging government officials, business leaders, and other
influential constituencies in policy projects.
• Professional experience participating in multidisciplinary, collaborative
research, analysis, and policy development projects in this field.
• Experience managing staff in a matrixed organization preferred;
experience in nonprofit management including strategy, fundraising, and
administration a plus.
• Experience in developing, coordinating, and running programs and
• Advanced degree in international relations/affairs, political science,
public policy, international economics, or other related area preferred.
• Proficiency in an Asian language a plus; fluency in English required.
• Experience living and/or working in Asia preferred.
The Asia Society, founded by John D. Rockefeller the 3rd in 1956, is a global nonprofit dedicated to identifying future pathways for Asia and the world which
enhance peace, prosperity, freedom, equality, and sustainability. Headquartered in
NYC, with 15 Centers located in Asia, the US and Europe, the Asia Society has a
dynamic and impressive Board of Trustees of more than 70 international leaders
representing thought leadership in policy, the arts, education as well as in
governance and philanthropy.
Asia Society is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and empowering
workplace. We believe that engaging staff, interns, and volunteers with diverse
backgrounds enables us to better realize our mission of navigating shared futures.
Asia Society offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, and vision
coverage, a 403(b) retirement plan, numerous paid holidays, tuition reimbursement,
self-development hours, and more. Please visit
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Benefit package highlights:
• An HRA plan (fully funded by Asia Society) supplements our medical plan and
covers the full annual deductible.
• After 1 year of service (1,000 hours), Asia Society contributes 6% of gross
earnings to an eligible employee’s 403(b) account, regardless of whether the
employee makes their own contributions.
• Asia Society offers Self-Development time off, including Self-Development
Summer Fridays between July 4th and Labor Day.
Asia Society is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are
strongly encouraged to apply.
To be considered for this role, all interested applicants must submit a completed
application to the following email:
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• Cover Letter
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Job posted: 2022-09-11