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The Manhattan Institute seeks a highly-motivated Program Officer for its Adam Smith Society. Founded by MBA students at some of America's top business schools, the Adam Smith Society brings together students and professionals to discuss and debate the contributions of the free market to advancing human flourishing and opportunity for all. Like its parent organization, the Manhattan Institute, the Adam Smith Society is committed to defending free enterprise while welcoming the participation of all open-minded people interested in the competition of ideas. 

Since its founding in 2011, Smith Soc has grown to more than 15,000 students and professionals in its network and maintains 33 chapters at some of our nation’s top business schools as well as a national network of professional members. 

This position affords the selected candidate the opportunity to work for one of the most prestigious think tanks in the United States, to take ownership and responsibility of their own portfolio, to engage directly with leading executives, thought leaders and academics, and to creatively craft programming to share our content and commitment to free-market ideas.

Reporting to Smith Soc’s Executive Director, the Program Officer will play a leading role in executing events for our professional network, while contributing to all aspects of the Adam Smith Society’s efforts. 

The ideal candidate will possess strong attention to detail and the ability and desire to ensure an exceptional member, guest, and speaker experience at every in-person and virtual event in their portfolio. Successful applicants thrive working both independently and in a team environment.

Required qualifications and skills

  • The ability to manage multiple projects and meet assignment deadlines in a busy environment.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational capability.
  • Excellent verbal communications skills, both in person and remotely.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to act as an ambassador for the Adam Smith Society and to successfully engage with students, speakers, and potential Smith Soc members.
  • Experience with membership organizations a plus.
  • Desire to work in support of the Smith Soc mission.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; 1-3 years of previous work experience a plus.

To apply

Candidates are to submit a resume with references and letter of interest—which does not rely on stock language and specifically explains how the applicant’s experience relates to the job description—for review to careers@manhattan-institute.org. The ability to work out of the Manhattan Institute’s Manhattan office is preferred, though remote options will be considered. Remote candidates will be expected to travel as part of the position. The salary and benefits package for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.
 

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