Associate, Leadership Programs

George W. Bush Presidential Center
July 21, 2021
Dallas, Texas, TX
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Rooted in the guiding principles of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, the George W. Bush Presidential Center engages communities in the United States and around the world by cultivating leaders and advancing policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges. The Bush Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, and the George W. Bush Institute, the non-partisan, public-policy arm of the Bush Center. The Bush Center is located on the campus of SMU in Dallas, Texas, and also includes a 15-acre park, a full-service restaurant, Café 43, and a museum store.

Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization with the mission of cultivating leaders and advancing policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges. It raises current and thought-provoking issues and builds programs to address the challenges facing our nation and our world. The work of the Bush Institute is inspired by the principles that guided the Bushes in public life: education is the foundation of a successful life; freedom is a universal human desire; free enterprise is the engine of economic prosperity; and every human life is precious.

Essential Responsibilities

The Associate, Leadership Programs will provide daily administrative support for the Director of Leadership Programs and will support the operations of leadership programs at the Bush Center. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to learn a range of skills across our leadership programs. Specific responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:

Director Support

  • Successfully balancing administrative support for the Director with program support responsibilities.
  • Supporting external communications and relationship management with program partners and other key constituents.
  • Planning and coordinating meetings, including drafting agendas, inviting attendees, preparing read-ahead materials, and circulating key takeaways.
  • Coordinating travel.
  • Processing expense reports and invoices.
  • Coordinating and administering special projects, including administrative processes, improvement efforts, etc.

Program Support

  • Work closely with program managers to provide support as needed.
  • Coordinate logistics for program participants and speakers.
  • Create program schedules.
  • Develop program materials and resources for participants and speakers.
  • Maintain detailed records of the program application process, participants and partner contact information.
  • Manage program application platform.
  • Coordinate, manage and book transportation and logistics at program sites.
  • Assist with meeting management and scheduling.
  • Assist with scheduling Steering and Advisory Committee meetings and preparing meeting materials.
  • Serve as a point of contact for program participants and speakers.
  • As needed, travel to attend program modules for logistical support.
  • Support program team with administrative and other tasks as needed.
  • Providing primary support for respective team meetings, including tracking action items and follow-up.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The qualified candidate will possess (a/an):

  • A minimum of two years relevant work experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Zoom).
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Consistent diplomatic and professional demeanor.
  • Excellent spoken and written communication/presentation skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and follow up.
  • Demonstrable successful track record in a fast-paced organization.
  • An interest in and affinity for the policy and programmatic work of the Bush Institute.
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of the Bush Center.

Additionally, the qualified candidate will:

  • Perform with a highly driven, results-oriented work ethic.
  • Operate with the highest levels of integrity and ethical judgment.
  • Demonstrate a make-it-happen spirit and collaborative working style.
  • Thrive in a team-based environment—sharing duties, pitching in to help, building trust, engaging in productive conflict, holding one another accountable.
  • Be comfortable working under pressure and on tight deadlines.
  • Be able to travel up to 25%, as needed.
  • Engage in other tasks that may be assigned as needed.
  • Be able to maintain regular, dependable attendance at the office.

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 20 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, Leadership Programs

FLSA Status:      Exempt

Reports to:         Director, Leadership Programs

Department:       Institute

Division :            Leadership Programs

Application Instructions

To apply, please go to the website,, and click on "About" at the bottom of the page. Then click on "Careers". You will be redirected to our employment site, where you can submit an online application to the position.

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