Business and Policy Programs Manager

Asia Society Texas Center
  • Location
    Houston, Texas
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 29

Position description

Asia Society seeks a Business and Policy Programs Manager. The staff member will work closely with the Director of Business and Policy to conceptualize single programs, year-long series, multiple year long-term series, and strategic partnerships with established local and national institutions, community groups, and local grassroots organizations. He/she will be responsible for program logistics leading up to the events and for executing tasks during the programs themselves. The successful candidate will have a proven record of working with ethnically diverse groups and handling matters which may be diplomatically sensitive.


Business and Policy programs

•Arrange financial and cost-sharing/revenue-sharing agreements, working in tandem with Director of Business and Policy, via memorandums of understanding with program partners.

•Assist team with proper protocol for VIPs, dignitaries, and visiting diplomats, including coordinating logistics for visits by academics, policy experts, business leaders, and high-level government officials.

•Draft remarks and talking points for senior staff, and board members.

•Envision department programming framework to ensure balanced programming across content, formats, themes, and geographic focus.

•Handle general program preparation: general research leading up to event, creating program concepts and descriptions, moderator questions, visual backdrops and printed programs, logistical details, and agendas for internal and external use, and reception planning as needed.

•Research developments (both short-term and long-term trends) in Asian economic performance, business development and investment, domestic and foreign policy, public diplomacy, and relations between Asian countries with the United States.

•Write post-program reports and synopses for local and global dissemination.

Young Leaders Institute (summer program for high school students)

  • Determine content and dates, working closely with programming team and senior staff as needed.
  • Effectively market the Institute to personal and professional contacts, in addition to efforts made by the communications and audience engagement team.
  • Manage the Institute, including communicating with parents and students, arranging speaker visits, small on-site modules for student engagement, and off-site experiences.
  • Recruit contract staff and interns, as needed to assist with the planning and execution of the event.
  • Report on lessons learned and analyze successes/challenges to prepare for next year.
  • Work with team to create measurable outcomes.

Volunteer Management

  • Communicate with colleagues to understand overall volunteer needs and recruit volunteers across all Asia Society Texas Center pillars to ensure appropriate coverage for all public programs.
  • Communicate with prospective volunteers, schedule and conduct trainings, and ensure that volunteers are properly trained before becoming a part of the volunteer corps.
  • Manage expectations and behaviors, both for volunteers who are exemplary and those who need additional coaching.
  • Plan a volunteer appreciation event, typically taking place each spring.
  • Record annual volunteer hours in order to report for possible institutional grant applications.
  • Send regular emails to volunteers outlining upcoming opportunities and scheduling them for the appropriate events.



  • Bachelor’s or master’s in business, international affairs, political science, public policy, or related field (master’s degree is a plus).
  • A minimum of five years of experience in business, diplomacy, economic development, government, policy, public advocacy, trade, or a related field (experience working on international issues, especially on Asia, is a plus).
  • Strong ability to interact with the public and high-level individuals and work collaboratively with diverse constituencies.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills; high level of diplomacy and tact.
  • Proven organizational skills, with strong ability to set priorities, manage multiple projects, work independently, demonstrate initiative, and perform under pressure.
  • Knowledge of Asia and a willingness to learn quickly.
  • Highly organized and accurate, with attention to detail.

Application instructions

How to Apply:

Please email your cover letter and resume indicating position and salary requirements to:

Human Resources Department

[email protected]

Indicate job title in the subject line.

Resumes without cover letters will not be accepted.  No phone calls, please.  Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted. Finalists will be required to provide three current references and complete a background check.

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