Senior Director of Cybersecurity Programs




June 28, 2024

About the organization


Aspen Institute

Organization type

Social Impact Organization

In A Nutshell


Hybrid Washington, D.C., USA



Job Type


Experience Level


Deadline to apply

June 28, 2024

Oversee all aspects of Aspen Digital’s cybersecurity programs and initiatives, both existing and to be developed.


  • Lead the continuous growth and success of the flagship Aspen US and Global Cybersecurity Groups, working closely with the group staff director and co-chairs to guide workstreams, recruit members, engage with government partners, and drive policy impact.
  • Lead the program’s schedule of annual, recurring cybersecurity events, including the flagship Aspen Cyber Summit — developing conference themes, agendas, recruiting speakers, participants, and sponsors, and overseeing event logistics, in partnership with the Aspen Digital events team — as well as other high-profile events and regular issue-specific roundtables, seminars, and workshops.
  • Engage with existing funders and help develop new sources of revenue from philanthropic and corporate entities. Help develop, secure, and oversee project budgets and funding.
  • Manage and grow Aspen Digital’s corporate, government, and civil society engagement on cybersecurity issues, including developing educational and high-profile webinars, roundtables, and other live events that regularly engage senior corporate leaders and officials from around the world.
  • Identify and recruit program participants from a wide, diverse set of backgrounds.
  • Handle relevant logistics, including protocol matters liaising with national and international dignitaries, with a high degree of care and service.
  • Oversee the Program’s Cyber Civil Defense (CCD) efforts, working closely with craig newmark philanthropies (cnp) and the many CCD grantees. Duties will include ensuring coordination among grantees, assisting with public events, and publicizing CCD activities and successes. The Senior Director will regularly engage with cnp to ensure that Aspen Digital is meeting cnp’s goals.
  • Participate in the development and execution of other Aspen Digital initiatives and serve as a resource for program staff on emerging technologies, cyber topics, and overall strategy.
  • Represent Aspen Digital and Aspen cyber initiatives to the industry and the media as warranted, including thought leadership on cyber issues via op-eds, press interviews, public engagement, industry events, overseas exchanges, social media, and more.
  • Other duties as requested by Executive Director, Aspen Digital.


  • 15+ years of experience, with 8-10 years in a leadership role with a track record of accomplishments.
  • Extensive content knowledge and networks in the areas of cybersecurity and technology policy.
  • Deep understanding of US government roles and responsibilities in cybersecurity, key positions, and proven ability to interface with senior leaders from across government branches.
  • Record of success performing in demanding environments that require strategic planning and execution; coordination across functions; stakeholder engagement; and leadership in a team context.
  • Proven experience leading and managing staff as well as external partners from diverse backgrounds (industry, philanthropy, nonprofit).
  • Communications savvy: Experience in public speaking and thought leadership, including ability to guide a room of senior leaders, and to engage diverse audiences in public and private settings. Strong, demonstrable writing and editing skills.
  • Entrepreneurial acumen and drive, ability to see and respond to opportunities to strengthen and/or course correct program plan to increase program reach.
  • Experience with fundraising, program development, and design.
  • Experience handling dignities and protocol issues.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast changing, dynamic environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including a desire to learn.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.

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