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Senior Director of Cybersecurity Programs

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute

Sales & Business Development
Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024


Aspen Institute

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Aspen Digital

Aspen Digital is a nonpartisan technology and information-focused organization that brings together thinkers and doers to uncover new ideas and spark policies, processes, and procedures that empower communities and strengthen democracy. This future-focused Aspen Institute program inspires collaboration among diverse voices from industry, government, and civil society to ensure our interconnected world is accessible, safe, and inclusive – both online and off. Across its initiatives, Aspen Digital develops methods for elevating promising solutions and turning thought into networked impact. To learn more, visit aspendigital.org


The Senior Director of Cybersecurity Programs oversees all aspects of Aspen Digital’s cybersecurity programs and initiatives, both existing and to be developed. Along with staff, the Senior Director ensures superb execution of existing projects and top-tier gatherings and working groups, identifies and drives policy change across the cybersecurity arena, and engages deeply with high-profile stakeholders across government, the private sector and civil society. Already a subject matter expert, the ideal candidate will consistently grow thought leadership and a strong professional network relevant to cybersecurity and technology, as well as help develop a vision and strategy for the next iteration of Aspen Digital’s growth and leadership in the field.

The Aspen Institute’s cybersecurity program, founded in 2017, stands as the field’s leading convenor of high-level dialogues between the senior-most levels of industry, government, and civil society, helping to drive change on issues like diversity in the cybersecurity field, artificial intelligence, workforce, critical infrastructure security, international cyber norms and standards, and disinformation. Its work has helped lead to Fortune 100 hiring reforms, federal legislation, and spawned the respected Aspen Commission on Information Disorder. Its its events regularly host Cabinet and sub-Cabinet leaders from across the US government, as well as executives from foreign partners and allies. Specific programs under this umbrella include the US Cybersecurity Group, the Global Cybersecurity Group, the Aspen Cyber Summit, and the Aspen Cyber Collaborative, as well as the program’s cyber workforce project, its efforts around cyber civil defense, and other regular public and private events throughout the year, ranging in size from intimate closed-door roundtables to large-scale public conferences.

The salary range for this position is $190,000 - $220,000. The Senior Director will report to the VP and Executive Director of Aspen Digital. The Senior Director will directly manage the Directors of the US and Global Cyber Groups and other program staff, as well as serve as a thought partner to other program leaders, including the AspenTech Policy Hub and Aspen Digital’s Managing Director. The Senior Director will also engage regularly with key supporters of the Cyber Program.

This is a hybrid, Washington, DC-based position. Selected candidates are expected to work in person at the Washington, DC office approximately two days per week.


  • 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; and

  • Willingness and ability to travel.


The Aspen Institute offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, and prescription benefits, retirement benefits, and paid leave.

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

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