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Administrative Specialist, Policy Programming Department

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Position Overview
The Stanley Foundation is looking for an organized, efficient, and detail-oriented administrative specialist to join its policy programming department. This full-time position provides direct administrative support to the vice president/director of policy programming strategy, and additionally supports the Policy Programming team consisting of four program officers and four program associates who are collectively responsible for conceptualizing and implementing the foundation’s policy and media programming. The foundation’s policy and media programming focuses on three global peace and security threats: climate change, nuclear weapons, and mass violence and atrocities.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A collegial attitude and a readiness to perform a wide range of tasks.
  • The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Tech savviness, proficiency in Microsoft Office, and adeptness at learning new software.
  • Intellectual curiosity.
  • A commitment to the foundation’s mission.

About the Stanley Foundation
The Stanley Foundation advances multilateral action to create fair, just, and lasting solutions to critical issues of peace and security. The foundation’s work is built on a belief that greater international cooperation will improve global governance and enhance global citizenship. The organization values its Midwestern roots and family heritage as well as its role as a nonpartisan, private operating foundation. The Stanley Foundation does not make grants but rather carries out its own programming.

Foundation policy programming relies heavily on policy dialogues (involving US and foreign government officials, influential scholars, journalists, and nongovernmental experts). The foundation’s work also includes policy analysis and a wide variety of communication and advocacy activities to develop and build support for specific policy initiatives. Much of our programming activity is done collaboratively. More about the foundation and our work can be found at

Key Responsibilities

  • Administrative Projects and Tasks: Supports the vice president/director and the department by completing a variety of projects and tasks. This may include preparing itineraries, booking accommodations, and handling other travel-related preparations for team members; preparing expense reports and check requests for processing; creating, updating, and finalizing reports, memos, and correspondence; basic Web research; and other day-to-day support functions.
  • Programming Support: Supports the vice president/director and the department by assisting with tasks and processes related to policy and media programming. This may include tracking proposals for programming activity as they move through internal process, scheduling programming and other group meetings, scheduling conference calls with outside collaborators and partners, adding programming events to the calendar on the foundation’s Web site, drafting and generating reports from post-convening assessment surveys, and proofreading and offering edits to draft documents. 
  • General: A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of administrative experience in a professional environment or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of administrative experience in a professional environment or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, Office 365) and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Expert organizational and prioritization skills with demonstrated high attention to detail; proven ability to handle multiple activities and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to convey written and spoken information in a clear, concise, professional, and collaborative manner.
  • Experience proofreading and offering edits to material written by others.

The administrative specialist works under the direction of and reports to the vice president/director of policy programming strategy. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The Stanley Foundation offers competitive salaries and a full benefits package.

This position is based at the foundation headquarters, located in Muscatine, Iowa, a community of 23,000 people on the Mississippi River. The area offers affordable housing and a variety of recreational opportunities. Iowa City, Iowa (population 70,000)—home of the University of Iowa and the nationally recognized University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics—is a 45-minute drive from Muscatine. The Quad-City Area—comprising Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, and Moline and Rock Island, Illinois, with a combined population of over 350,000—is just a 40-to-50-minute drive from Muscatine. The foundation allows flexible work hours and telecommuting for some positions with supervisor approval.

Application Directions
Please email a letter of interest, resume, and references to the attention of:

Debra Hughes
Human Resources Generalist
The Stanley Foundation
209 Iowa Avenue
Muscatine, IA 52761
Phone: 563-264-6888

Deadline for application: This position will remain open until filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation or other characteristic protected by law.

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