Managing Director, Asia Society Policy Institute
Job Details
New York - , NY
Full Time


With a problem-solving mandate, the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) is a think- and do- tank that tackles major policy challenges confronting the Asia-Pacific in security, prosperity, sustainability, and the development of common norms and values for the region.

The Managing Director manages global operations for the expanding institute, oversees budgets and communications strategies, develops and vets projects and ensures project goals are met, and more. The Managing Director is part of ASPI senior leadership team, reporting to ASPI and Asia Society President Kevin Rudd.




Operations, Planning, and Budget Management:

  • Coordinating with the President, manage ASPIs global operations including planning, goal setting, monitoring, and evaluationincluding a plan for growth of a global footprint, centers within ASPI, and revenue.
  • Prepare work plans and annual budgets, and oversee project budgets; engage in budgetary forecasting and long-term forecasting, ensure that long-term strategic planning is guided by realistic projections, including examining historic and projected trend lines in both costs (e.g. staffing, direct research, indirect costs) and revenues.
  • Together with the President and the Societys Operations Department, manage an ongoing, transparent process that better integrates budget with revenues, revenue planning, forecasts, and risk assessment.
  • Supervise multiple direct and indirect reports.
  • Engage in the recruitment and hiring process for all ASPI staff.
  • Monitor monthly financial reports ASPI offices.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of events, projects, and processes to inform future investment of time and resources in these efforts.


Project and Communications Management:

  • Help develop projects, including researching and vetting areas of work.
  • Review all content and reports.
  • Help to create and oversee a content and outreach strategy for all ASPI content.
  • Develop and maintain relations/collaborations with policy, nongovernmental, educational, and philanthropic organizations in the U.S. and Asia.
  • Create substantive partnerships with ASPI pillars to engage in cross-cutting and innovative policy work with arts and education.
  • Manage, steward, and refresh the ASPI Council.
  • Represent Asia Society at meetings and conferences and deliver presentations.



  • Collaborate with External Affairs team and other ASPI colleagues on fundraising.


  • Advanced degree in a relevant field, preferred.
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience managing projects and operations; experience in non-profit management including strategy, institution-building, fundraising, board and donor relations, and administration, strongly preferred.
  • Strong background in Asian affairs, policy and/or U.S.-Asia relations.
  • Expertise in one or more of ASPIs core themes.
  • Demonstrated success at building and scaling up an organization, designing and implementing multi-faceted projects, and launching new thematic programs

About Asia Society

Asia Society, founded by John D. Rockefeller the 3rd in 1956, is a global non-profit 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, 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 and click on “Employee Benefits” to view our full benefits summary


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.


Please submit your resume and cover letter, indicating salary requirements.

Asia Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.