Project Liberty is seeking a dynamic Chief of Staff to support the Executive Director of McCourt Institute, using strong leadership and problem-solving skills to align executive functioning with strategic priorities. Successful candidates will thrive in planning engagement and managing critical relations, have experience managing and operating in an international environment at the crossroads of policy and technology, and have demonstrated success in developing a consensus-based multi-stakeholder environment.
Project Liberty’s McCourt Institute
The McCourt Institute, established in 2021 with founding partners Sciences Po in Paris and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., aims to ensure that sound digital governance and informed policymaking is prioritized in the development of new technology and embedded in the next generation of the web. The Institute works to enhance digital governance by supporting timely, actionable research on ethical technology and serving as a meeting ground for technologists, social scientists, policymakers and governance experts, and leaders from the public and private sector. The Institute is part of Project Liberty, an international non-profit initiative that seeks to transform how the internet works, create a more equitable digital economy, and develop a new civic architecture for the digital world.
The McCourt Institute is preparing for a phase of rapid growth to advance its mission, and therefore is seeking a hands-on leader who will play a key role supporting the Executive Director. This role, will oversee a team in charge of coordinating engagement with stakeholders, including but not limited to academia, and organizing events and overseeing communications of the Institute. Our ideal candidate will champion a culture of collaboration throughout the organization, working with both administrative and program staff to streamline operations, processes, and staffing, and will oversee project management, and problem-solve emergent issues.
This role is best suited for a candidate with deep expertise in nonprofit operations and management, strategic executive support and cross-functional leadership. Successful candidates will possess strong presentation and written communication skills, and a highly collaborative and solutions-oriented approach.
Location: Paris, France
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Provide support to Executive Director on strategic and operational issues such as strategic planning and goal-setting, fundraising and team and office management
Strategically manage the Executive Director’s time: manage executive assistant, review and evaluate leaders' external opportunities, internal priorities, long-term travel and meeting plans, and assess fit against priorities
Lead operations for McCourt Institute, liaising with PL leaders of HR, Finance, Legal and IT functions within Project Liberty to assist with the design and implementation of systems and processes to support a growing team in Europe and the US
Oversee cross-functional, Institute-wide projects or initiatives; drive collaboration and internal communications between Institute and other Project Liberty teams and entities; bring together important stakeholders and help drive decisions
Identify, cultivate, and manage international relations and partnerships with governments, international organizations, corporations and other stakeholders to raise the Institute’s profile
Prepare for and follow up on meetings: draft pitch decks, talking points and presentations, manage follow-ups and action items across internal and external engagements
- Lead communication activities for the McCourt Institute in collaboration with the Head of Communications of Project Liberty
- Adhere to and promote the values of the Institute
Master’s degree required in International Relations, Public Policy, Economics, Business Administration or a related field. Additional qualification in Information Sciences or Technology would be an asset.
4 to 7 years of progressive experience in working at the international level, including with international intergovernmental or corporate organizations, academia and non-profit organizations
Capable of effectively functioning and leading in a matrix environment across the Institute and the entire Project Liberty ecosystem
Strong leadership and planning skills, including demonstrated ability to work with senior management from diverse cultures and organizations
Ability to understand Project Liberty’s core business and the web3 ecosystem is strongly preferred
Capable of soliciting constructive input from and building consensus among groups of constituencies with differing priorities and perspectives
Needs to be an entrepreneur and a highly effective implementer in order to identify new opportunities for programs, campaigns, and partnerships to advance the Institute’s mission
Persuasive, well-organized, and compelling presenter with the confidence and skill necessary to represent the Institute effectively and professionally in international public policy forums
Experience with writing policy documents for a range of audiences, including governments
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Additional languages very desirable
Familiarity and comfort with Internet-based communication and work tools
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability interact positively in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment
Ability to travel as needed
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Project Liberty is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the core functions of the job.