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Manhattan Institute

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Manhattan Institute seeks a highly-motivated Program Officer for its Adam Smith Society—a national, chapter-based association of free-market MBA students and alumni. Since its founding in 2011, the Adam Smith Society has grown its presence to 34 student chapters in our nation’s elite business schools, professional chapters in nine major cities, and a base of 10,000+ members.

Reporting to the Society’s Director, the Program Officer will have his/her own portfolio of MBA student and professional chapters throughout the U.S. The Program Officer will manage all of the chapters in his/her portfolio, engage in program/event planning and execution and serve as the liaison between chapter leaders and the national office.

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 one of the 100+ on-campus and professional network events in their assigned portfolio. Successful applicants will thrive working both independently and in a team environment.

Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • 1-3 years of related work experience (relevant internships may be considered experience)
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work on assignments in a busy environment
  • Exceptional attentiveness to detail and organizational capability
  • Excellent verbal communications skills, both in person and by phone
  • Ability to use professional and persuasive written and verbal communications skills to successfully interface with members, scholars, business leaders, political leaders, etc.
  • An outgoing personality, discretion, good judgment, and the willingness and ability to act as an ambassador, both within the Society and at public events throughout the year
  • Experience with MBA programs/students or with a membership organization (Greek organizations, Federalist Society, Social Clubs, etc.), a plus
  • An interest in exploring and promoting the benefits of free enterprise
  • Bachelor’s degree

This position requires the candidate to work out of our Manhattan office. The salary and benefits package for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF:

  • Cover letter which does not rely on stock language and specifically explains how the applicant’s experience relates to the job description, as well as your salary requirements
  • Résumé

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

Questions can be directed to Katy Gambella, Network Engagement Manager at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.