Associate, Freedom and Democracy

George W. Bush Presidential Center
July 1, 2022
2943 SMU Boulevard, TX
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The George W. Bush Institute is a solution-oriented nonpartisan policy organization focused on ensuring opportunity for all, strengthening democracy, and advancing free societies. Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the Bush Institute is rooted in compassionate conservative values and committed to creating positive, meaningful, and lasting change at home and abroad. We utilize our unique platform and convening power to advance solutions to national and global issues of the day by influencing policy, not politics.

The Global Policy section of the Institute is launching a new initiative focused on corruption and kleptocracy. This work will look at how “dirty” money comes into the United States and other democracies, try to assess the magnitude of the problem, and examine its deleterious impact on our financial institutions, our private sector—such as the real estate market—and our political process. It will also analyze ways to combat this scourge and focus on its impact in other areas, including on democracy and human rights, women’s advancement, and public health.


Essential Responsibilities


The Associate will work with the Managing Director, Director, and Deputy Director on all facets of the Bush Institute’s work on Freedom and Democracy, in particular in the planning and execution of various programs, publications, and events related to our policy agenda and in alignment with the Bush Institute’s vision. The specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting the planning and execution of policy and programmatic work of the corruption and kleptocracy Initiative under the Freedom and Democracy portfolio, including research assistance, creating content for publication, preparing talking points, creating presentation materials, and other related responsibilities.
  • Coordinating with the Research and Evaluation team on quarterly program outcome measures and progress.
  • Supporting special projects and research on corruption and kleptocracy.
  • Assisting the team in planning and coordinating possible Advisory Council meetings, including drafting agendas, inviting attendees, preparing read-ahead materials, and circulating key takeaways.
  • Collaborating with Event Operations, Communications, Development, and other departments on meetings, events, communications planning, outreach, and donor stewardship.
  • Completing other duties and tasks as assigned, including assistance with other new projects.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


The qualified candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, economics, international relations or a related field and 2-3 years of experience in policy or program management. An advanced degree in a relevant field can be substituted for relevant experience.
  • Commitment to the vision and mission of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency with various technologies, software and programs including Microsoft Office Suite (primarily, but not limited to, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access) among others.


In addition, the ideal candidate for this position will:

  • Demonstrate strong quantitative reasoning skills and a high degree of comfort with data-intensive work.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of curiosity about and knowledge of the problems posed by corruption and kleptocracy around the world and confronting the United States.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Successfully multitask and balance demands of multiple priorities; manage ongoing projects, including tracking and reporting results.
  • Operate with a make-it happen spirit, collaborative style and possess the ability to thrive in a team-based environment.
  • Demonstrate clear and engaging communication and interpersonal skills as this position will have to speak, write, present and interact with various team members in a dynamic organizational environment in addition to various donors and stakeholders.
  • Be able to travel as needed.


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.


Position:               Associate, Freedom and Democracy

FLSA Status:        Non-Exempt

Reports to:           Managing Director, Global Policy

Department:         Institute

Division:               Freedom and Democracy, Global Policy

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