Truman is a high-trust impact community for national security leaders. Together, we develop timely, innovative, and principled solutions to preserve and expand democracy, human rights, prosperity, and security around the world. We draw on our nationwide membership’s intellectual firepower, national security experience, and extensive personal networks to do the work required for lasting change. Our diverse membership includes Hill staff, federal employees, non-profit leaders, academics, industry leaders, political strategists, and elected officials across federal, state, and local government. With experience in uniform, as frontline civilians, and as members of the intelligence community, Truman members also know firsthand the stakes of our foreign policy choices. 


Our mission is to unite and equip a diverse community of American leaders to produce timely, innovative, and principled solutions to complex national security challenges.


We envision an inclusive US foreign policy that makes American lives better because it advances democracy, human rights, prosperity and security at home and abroad.


Day to day, Truman acts as a social impact accelerator like no other. We start with our tightly united community of national security professionals. Their innovative efforts have helped to open combat roles to women in the military, shaped the Iran Deal, focused the State Department’s reform efforts, and more. They also inform the work of our 501c3 think tank, the Truman Center. To make more change, better, and faster, unlocking the full talent and ingenuity of our membership and networks, we need a leader for the social impact accelerator elements of our work.


Duties and Responsibilities

Truman is seeking a Director of Impact Operations.  Reporting to the Executive Vice President, the Director of Impact Operations will assume vision, leadership, and execution responsibility for the following:


  • Skill-building: Unlock the capacity of our full membership by iteratively identifying and building out effective execution tools and skill sets. Drive adoption.
  • Make opportunities visible and actionable: In collaboration with other team leads and with the membership, identify major areas of opportunity for Truman as a whole, the better to seed and discover projects that might align with them.
  • Make efforts visible and actionable: Make member efforts visible to other members and to us at Truman HQ so that we can tell what’s working, match talent to needs in emerging projects, get credit and funding for the success, and scale it up. Build an information infrastructure that permits members to find and help each other without HQ intervention.
  • Build central support for distributed effort:  Support member and HQ theories of change by centralizing what must be centralized, templatizing what can be templatized, and making self-sustaining what need not rely on HQ attention, to include:
    • Training cells maintaining curricula, materials, and certification lists;
    • Advocacy cells focusing on particular issues or on sourcing ideas from the rest of the country;
    • Calls for action on particular issues, offered in such a way that members can freely contribute;
  • Measure success and failure: From hypotheses to projects to scaling to impact, be able to say what’s working and what isn’t so that we can make decisions accordingly.
  • Support our grant and donor fundraising efforts: Find projects that support ongoing funding lines, and support the generation of new funding lines by surfacing promising projects.
  • Project manage flagship events: Project manage major events for Truman Center and Truman Project, to include our annual Truman Conference and other major convenings.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated success in cultivating innovation ecosystems;
  • Demonstrated track record of managing complex, large events with high-level stakeholders;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at varying stages of development and implementation;
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communications abilities;
  • Facility with (and strong opinions about) platforms that enable innovation across distributed communities, including digital tools, pitch days, prize competitions, and the like.



  • Project management experience, certifications, and/or degrees
  • Lean Start-up/Lean Impact experience or certifications
  • Human-centered Design experience, certifications, and/or degrees
  • Teaching or instruction experience, certifications, and/or degrees
  • Extensive connections in the innovation, incubation, and accelerator community
  • A killer sense of humor 
  • Experience working with vendors related to events management and CRMs
  • Background in public policy, advocacy, and/or national security
  • An inextinguishable and infectious vision
  • A deep-seated need to help others change the world


Work Environment/Physical Demands

Work will be performed in an office environment based in Washington, DC. Occasional travel may be required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. All Truman staff perform additional duties as required, and as circumstances demand.


Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time exempt position, offering $75,000 - $95,000 annual salary, commensurate with experience, and excellent benefits, including vacation, subsidized health/dental benefits, and a competitive retirement plan.  


How to Apply

Please attach a thoughtful cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please describe work you’ve done to successfully (and unsuccessfully) develop an innovative ecosystem; what excites you about Truman’s work and opportunities; and some thoughts about how you’d kick our innovation ecosystem into overdrive.

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