Director, Leadership Programs

George W. Bush Presidential Center
May 11, 2022
2943 SMU Boulevard, TX
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The George W. Bush Institute is a solution-oriented non-partisan 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. Learn more at


Essential Responsibilities


The Director will manage the execution and operations of the Bush Institute’s leadership programs and supports the Managing Director on the overall program design and strategy. The Director will also manage the shared services leadership team, which provides operational and implementation support to the Institute’s leadership programs.


Specific responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:


Leadership Program Development and Implementation:

  • In collaboration with the Executive Director of the Bush Institute and the Managing Director, manage the overall strategic direction of leadership programming within the Bush Institute.
  • Manage the leadership programs team, ensuring timely and quality performance on deliverables.
  •  Lead all program logistics, scheduling, site selection, and day-to-day coordination with other presidential centers and partners for leadership programs.  in close coordination with the content experts of each program.
  • Manage working groups and other coordination efforts across programs/partners.
  • Lead development and implementation of annual and project-based plans; ensure alignment with organizational mission and objectives.
  • Identify opportunities for innovation, efficiency, and improved impact across the Institute’s leadership programs.
  • Develop and oversee annual budgets, contracts, expense reports, and invoicing that contribute to an overall culture of fiscal responsibility.
  • Implement the alumni strategy across programs. Work collaboratively with the Donor Relations team and other Directors to raise general and/or program designated funds that help sustain our leadership development programs.
  • Lead other tasks and duties as assigned.


Presidential Leadership Scholars: In addition to the above bullets:

  • Working closely with staff at our partner, the Clinton Presidential Center,  to manage and continuously refine the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, along with the Managing Director. Oversee operations including staffing, budgeting, service delivery, and recruitment of program applicants.
  • Coordinate efforts with each affiliated Presidential Center, inside and outside of direct reporting lines, to deliver a unified and comprehensive program.
  • Develop and effectively manage key relationships with stakeholders at each Presidential Center and other partners.
  • Work with the development team at the Bush Center to assist in the execution of the fundraising plan.
  • In coordination with our partners, convene and inform the Advisory Committee and the Steering Committee on a regular basis to keep each Presidential Center engaged in the program and its progress, as well as participate as a Steering Committee member.
  • Manage PLS program staff and contractors.


Staff Management

  • Define staffing needs for leadership programs over time, working with the Managing Director to understand total staffing and support needs.
  • Manage performance of direct reports and build a high-performing cadre of skilled staff.
  • Working with the Managing Director, ensure that staff receive necessary training and career development.



  • Contribute content for web, social media, print, and other distribution channels as needed.
  • Work collaboratively with the External Affairs and Events teams to develop communication strategies and events that engage target audiences and drive impact and desired outcomes.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


The Director of Leadership Programs should have a minimum of 10 years of professional experience within a relevant field.  A graduate-level degree is preferred.


The qualified candidate will possess (a/an):

  • Minimum of 5 years of personnel management experience with a track record of progressive responsibility, including operations and logistics, strategic and long-term planning in a complex organization, budget/forecast management, and developing collaborative teams.
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Successful track record in project management, including developing program plans, setting goals, using resources effectively and managing through to results.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate and coordinate diverse efforts, contributions, and skill sets, both within and outside of the organization.
  • Ability to organize/prioritize work and meet deadlines within a fast-paced environment with multiple, competing demands.
  • Ability to travel domestically and/or internationally as needed.
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.


Additionally, the ideal candidate will:

  • Exude a make-it-happen spirit and a collaborative style.
  • Develop and maintain an extensive professional network.
  • Have a successful track record managing people and partnerships, as well as management of professional development programs and projects
  • Build and maintain relationships with senior executives, donors, and partners.
  • Perform with a highly driven, results-oriented work ethic.
  • Possess the highest ethical, professional, and personal standard and values.
  • Demonstrate political savvy and discernment related to confidentiality and cultural sensitivity.


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:               Director, Leadership Programs

FLSA Status:        Exempt

Reports to:           Managing Director, Leadership and Programming

Department:         Institute

Division:                Leadership and Programming

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