Senior Leadership Education Development Specialist (2117)

Hawaii, United States
$88,114.00 - $88,114.00
Mar 14, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The East-West Center was established in 1960 to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific. The Leadership Program is part of the larger Professional Development Program at East-West Center, which hosts capacity-building programs for participants from multiple nations, cultures, and professional sectors.  

The Leadership Program brings together people who want to co-create the future as self-reflective, resilient agents. Using experiential, place-based learning with a focus on equity, cohorts of leaders practice new strategies in nurturing environments. They are able to see themselves differently by prototyping new roles in diverse contexts. Peer-to-peer learning and investment are at the core of our program experience. 

Applications are being accepted for a two-year, limited appointment as a Senior Leadership Education Development Specialist. The Senior Leadership Education and Development Specialist is responsible for collaboratively managing program-specific teams to (a) plan, organize, and facilitate existing East-West Center leadership education and development programs and ensure they are relevant to the Asia Pacific, (b) develop, design, and deliver new programs and initiatives that anticipate and respond to the region’s leadership opportunities and needs, and (c) support partnership-development and fundraising efforts that help secure the Leadership Program’s regional mandate.  

Major duties include supporting and strengthening existing programs by managing, planning organizing and teaching across the range of existing EWC Leadership programs – including in-person, virtual, and blended programs; working collaboratively with the program team to ensure high quality programming; develop and redesign program content to respond to needs of the region; monitor and evaluate all programs; and scan and analyze emerging leadership issues and opportunities to use in curriculum development. The position will also collaborate with local and regional partners in development of new programs related to emerging and critical regional issues; work to develop new funding initiatives; work to expand alumni offerings; and network with groups and professionals across the Asia Pacific region.


Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field
  • Plus four years professional experience in both the U.S. and Asia Pacific settings in leadership and professional development in Asia Pacific contexts (in the region and/or with participants from the region)

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Robust professional network in Asia Pacific, especially in leadership and professional development
  • Virtual program experience; knowledge of online teaching and collaboration platforms
  • Leadership and professional development program design, delivery, monitoring and evaluation
  • Cultural competency with individuals and groups from the US and Asia Pacific, as well as mixed groups with diverse representations and social identities
  • Writing skills; success in grant writing, published articles within relevant fields
  • Online communication skills: ability to communicate with a network of diverse stakeholders through online platforms
  • Verbal skills: ability to communicate with a network of diverse stakeholders
  • Fluency in English
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with people of diverse cultural, professional, and social backgrounds


  • Fluency in a language of the Asia Pacific region

COMPENSATION:  Salary is $88,114 per year including a cost-of-living allowance (COLA) currently at 10.28% (subject to change) and an attractive benefits package.

OTHER INFORMATION: This position is based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Work will be conducted primarily remotely while COVID restrictions are in place, but successful candidates are required to reside in Hawaii throughout their appointment. Employees are expected to be onsite at our Honolulu offices once it is deemed safe to do so.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit an application at Application should include a resume and a cover letter with the position title and a statement addressing how the required qualifications are met. Also include names and contact information of three professional references. Screening and assessment will be based on materials submitted. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

An Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled.

As required under Title IX, the East-West Center does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities it operates, including in admissions and employment.