Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

Director of Events

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington D.C.-based nonpartisan research institute focusing on national security and foreign policy, is seeking a motivated and talented events professional to manage FDD's growing events program.


  • Work in partnership with FDD programs and departments to oversee the strategy, planning, and execution of virtual and in-person meetings and events to advance FDD's mission.
  • Build out FDD's policy events program in support of long-term strategy and goals.
  • Work with FDD teams on program content, supporting assets, and promotional materials.
  • Define and track the goals and metrics of success for FDD's event program.
  • Implement best practices for superior event execution and on-site experience for guests and attendees.
  • Develop and build upon network of venues, vendors, and other event support services.
  • Manage event budgets and negotiate and review contracts, RFPs, and BEOs for venues and vendors.
  • Review and approve event materials and other collateral.
  • Provide outstanding customer service for event speakers and guests, including dignitaries and VIPs.
  • Oversee events associate and select other event staff and vendors.


  • Extremely detail-oriented, well-organized, and strong written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • A team player with superior problem-solving attitude.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently in remote or office setting, independently and as part of a team.
  • Familiarity with WordPress, Adobe Creative Cloud, and/or video editing skills is a plus.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of event planning experience required, including successful management of multiple large-scale events.
  • Management experience preferred.
  • Requires limited domestic travel (6-8 times per year) and some evening events (15-20 per year).
  • An interest in and understanding of FDD's issues.
  • Bachelor's degree required.

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter outlining relevant skills, experiences, interest in and any knowledge of FDD issues, examples of past events managed, and goals.

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