Associate Director of Events - Content & Projects

Job description

Foreign Policy (FP) is a magazine of global news and ideas. We explain Washington to the world and the world to Americans—and we do that by covering big trends in not only security and defense but also issues surrounding climate change, immigration, politics, culture, and more. FP is more than just a magazine: We have a research division that has been at the forefront of research on gender parity, 5G, security, and more. Our podcast division is flourishing and includes successful shows I Spy, And Now the Hard Part, and Don’t Touch Your Face. FP Events convenes top leaders in government, business, and civil society for critical and timely conversations on a wide range of topics. 

FP Events is growing the scope, diversity, and reach of our programs. We have successfully launched and built out a robust virtual event program over the past year. We are continuing that trajectory while also introducing a “roadmap for re-entry” back to in-person events in late 2021 or early 2022. We’re seeking an Events Director to help us strategically and creatively by building on FP’s unique capabilities and strengths while continuing to set ourselves apart from the competition. This new position will enable us to meet new challenges and build capacity for continued growth.

What you'll do:

Content management

  • Understand and keep current on geopolitical issues relevant to FP’s audience and clients

  • Effectively synthesize complex topics into compelling, digestible concept ideas (topics for events /panels), liaising and brainstorming with FP Editorial Leadership as appropriate.

  • Formulate content strategies and produce content, including
    • event sketches

    • speaker briefing materials

    • email marketing and messaging for digital /social advertising

    • live-tweeting during events

  • Speaker curation and outreach: identify prospective speakers with an eye on curating high-level lineups that are on-topic, innovative, diverse, and will be an audience draw; ability to energetically and creatively track down and pursue target speakers globally

  • Oversee content development and delivery that meets specific event objectives /client priorities, while continuing to serve the interests of FP’s event audience and protecting the FP brand

Project management

  • Develop and maintain full-scale, detailed project plans to be used in tracking key project milestones and deliverables.

  • Collaborate and communicate cross-functionally to ensure buy-in and successful execution of event strategy (by the events team and other relevant FP staff /freelancers)

  • Create detailed production timelines, scripts, and run-of-show documents

  • Make recommendations on internal event processes or technology, supporting configuration, testing, and execution

  • Help create and manage production schedules for virtual broadcasts (scripts, coordination with streaming/video production engineers)

  • Assist with sourcing venues, staffing, F&B, vendors, etc., for both in-person and virtual events, as appropriate


  • Knowledge of and demonstrated interest in foreign policy / global affairs at the intersection of policy and business
  • Prior (event) marketing and content management experience
  • Excellent copywriting and verbal communication skills required
  • Ability to navigate speaker networking, utilizing contacts to identify experts and leaders, both elected, appointed and professional, while avoiding potential conflicts
  • History of working successfully with high caliber editorial and content teams
  • Demonstrated success managing complex and dynamic projects with experience managing temp support (freelancers)
  • Experience in the (virtual) event and video production landscape, aware of current trends, technologies, vendors, and best practices for delivering compelling (virtual) programs; experience with webinars and/or live streaming on social media preferred; broadcast production experience is a plus!
  • Strong aptitude for time management and prioritizing between simultaneous workstreams
  • Creative, innovative, and resourceful, with a get-it-done mentality
  • High-energy individual with a strong sense of ownership who will take pride in their performance and its impact on the events team and the company’s overall success
  • Familiar with GSuite Apps, Zoom, WordPress, e-mail marketing, and/or CRM tools

*Candidates must possess the legal right to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this opportunity.

Foreign Policy is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to an inclusive environment for all employees. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.