Executive Director (Robertson Foundation)

Robertson Foundation for Government
Washington, DC

Note: No longer accepting applications.

The federal workforce is at a crossroads. A “human capital crisis” caused by an unprecedented number of workers reaching retirement-eligible age, as well as the range of issues confronting the country–from East Asia to the Middle East to Northern Africa, has highlighted the ongoing need to recruit and retain dedicated federal employees. The need for the best and brightest to serve in federal government positions – particularly in the international arena – has never been more critical.

The Robertson Foundation for Government supports efforts to strengthen the federal government and its capacity to recruit and retain top-level talent through a signature Fellowship Program that partners with the best universities in the country. Focusing on foreign policy, national security, and international affairs, the Robertson Foundation empowers a select group of student fellows to pursue rewarding careers with the federal government.

The Robertson Foundation is seeking an Executive Director who will play a crucial role as a bridge between Foundation Fellows and the federal agencies where they ultimately serve. The Executive Director will be responsible for broadening and deepening the Foundation’s network among federal employees, and will work to expand both the number of students enrolled in the Fellows program and the number of students recruited to full-time, federal General Schedule positions after program completion. Reporting to the Board of Directors and overseeing a small staff in a family foundation, the Executive Director will ensure that program design and execution, communications, staffing, and finances cohesively advance the Foundation’s mission and match its high standards.

The ideal Executive Director of the Robertson Foundation will have:

  • At least 5 years of experience in senior program management, with at least 3 years of senior leadership in a non-profit or government environment.
  • Ability to build relationships and partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, including university officials, senior government executives, and others.
  • Proven ability to lead, motivate, and manage a staff, including the ability to design a well-structured team, attract talent, foster staff cohesion, and delegate effectively.
  • Strong budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and reporting.
  • Some knowledge of the intricacies of the federal hiring, onboarding, and staffing process.
  • Extensive knowledge of and a wide network within the federal bureaucracy is highly preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree and advanced degree is required.

Applications to the Robertson Foundation require both a cover letter and resume.