Director, Global Policy (5369)

19 Apr, 2022


Director, Global Policy (5369)

Bush Center
Dallas, TX


Rooted in the guiding principles of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, the George W. Bush Presidential Center engages communities in the United States and around the world by cultivating leaders and advancing policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges. The Bush Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, and the George W. Bush Institute, the non-partisan, public-policy arm of the Bush Center. The Bush Center is located on the campus of SMU in Dallas, Texas, and also includes a 15-acre park, a full-service restaurant, Café 43, and a museum store.


Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization with the mission of cultivating leaders and advancing policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges. It raises current and thought-provoking issues and builds programs to address the challenges facing our nation and our world. The work of the Bush Institute is inspired by the principles that guided the Bushes in public life: education is the foundation of a successful life; freedom is a universal human desire; free enterprise is the engine of economic prosperity; and every human life is precious.


Essential Responsibilities

The Director of Global Policy is primarily responsible for the strategic development and implementation of original public policy research and programmatic efforts to advance free societies around the world.

This position is also responsible for supporting the senior leadership team in driving the overall mission, strategy, and impact of the Bush Institute, particularly across the global policy portfolio of freedom and democracy, global health, and women’s advancement. Specific responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:


Policy/Program Development, Implementation, and Subject Matter Expertise

  • Serve as senior subject matter expert on global policy issues related to democracy, strengthening of institutions, and American leadership and engagement.
  • Conduct and oversee research and policy analysis on these issues and support the development of policy products and position papers.
  • Working closely with the Managing Director of Global Policy, participate in the development and implementation of annual and project-based plans; ensure alignment with organizational mission and objectives.
  • Drive achievement of program outcomes that advance the Bush Institute as a thought leader and lead to inspire/direct action on democracy, strengthening of institutions, and American leadership and engagement.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues on the global policy team tackling issues of global health and women’s advancement.
  • Leverage the Bush Institute’s convening ability and platform to maximum effect.
  • Provide program and policy guidance to executive leadership; brief relevant stakeholders on strategy, implementation, and impact of initiatives.
  • Be accountable to a set of shared Bush Center goals and values.


Action Partner, Sponsor Recruitment, and Management

  • Develop key external alliances and partnerships, including internationally; sustain a robust and growing network of relevant thought leaders, stakeholders, and action partners.
  • Work collaboratively with the donor relations team to raise general and/or program-designated funds that help sustain global policy programs.



  • Write, speak, and serve as a resource for key influencers and policymakers across the public, not-for-profit, and private sectors.
  • Represent the Bush Institute externally in publications, media, public events, and other forums.
  • Contribute content for web, social media, print, and other distribution channels.
  • Work collaboratively with the communications and events teams to develop communication strategies and events that engage target audiences and drive impact and desired outcomes.
  • Complete other duties as necessary or assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The qualified candidate will possess (a/an):

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field; an advanced degree is preferred but not mandatory.
  • Minimum of ten years’ experience in global issues; significant public policy experience strongly preferred.
  • Successful track record in project management, including developing program plans, setting goals, using resources effectively and managing through to results.
  • Superb organizational, communication, and collaborative skills.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • A strong professional network of experts in the field.
  • Experience supporting complex projects with multiple, diverse, national and international stakeholders.
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally.
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of the Bush Center.

Additionally, the qualified candidate will:

  • Be a creative problem solver who generates new ideas and can adjust plans to meet changing needs.
  • Exemplify a make-it-happen spirit and a collaborative style.
  • Provide a successful track record managing people and partnerships.
  • Demonstrate success in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Possess the highest ethical, professional and personal standard and values.
  • Demonstrate political savvy and discernment related to confidentiality and cultural sensitivity.


The George W. Bush Presidential Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit stationary at a desk and use computer equipment.

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Job posted: 2022-04-19