Career Opportunities

About ASIL The American Society of International Law (ASIL) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational membership organization founded in 1906 and chartered by Congress in 1950. ASIL holds Category II Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and is a constituent society of the American Council of Learned Societies. The Society is headquartered at Tillar House in Washington, D.C. The mission of ASIL is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice.

The American Society of International Law is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by law. We value a diverse and inclusive workforce and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.


Current Openings at ASIL

FLSA Classification: Exempt

Reports to:  Executive Director

Location: 2223 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Summary: The Chief of Staff supports the Executive Director and staff to accomplish the Society’s goals and deliverables, leads and oversees human resources, benefits, facilities and operations, insurance, risk management and other operational areas in partnership with the Executive Director.

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Responsibilities:

  • Serve as liaison with staff, Executive Director and leadership regarding culture, employee well-being, project updates, proposals, and planning.
  • Develop and build collaborative relationships with all staff for increased efficiency and
  • responsiveness of existing operations and help define new operational strategies by working with Executive Director and leadership on special projects.
  • Support integration of various Society activities (communication, technology, publications,
  • development, etc.) across departmental lines to ensure a holistic approach to topics and issues of importance to the Society’s leadership and membership.
  • Support the expansion of proactive research projects.
  • Develop and manage the Society’s operations, administration and human resources policies and procedures.
  • Analyze and optimize overall organization workflow, segregation of duties, efficiencies in processes and systems, and applications.
  • Develop and maintain key overall organization performance indicators (KPIs) and benchmarks and convey them in meaningful visual and numeric dashboards.
  • As delegated, review and approve appropriate contracts and agreements.
  • Train, supervise, and evaluate support staff and manage outsourced resources.
  • Participate in the senior management team and contribute to the overall management of the organization.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Executive Office

  • Provide “big picture” strategic support to the Executive Director and senior management team.
  • Support the Executive Director (ED) on all projects related to strategy and operations including the strategic plan, and with next steps related to the ED’s work specifically.
  • Monitor progress/achievement with contributors to ensure timely and successful outcomes.
  • Proactively elevate and surface issues that could impact the successful execution of the organization’s commitments.
  • Support the Executive Director in preparing communications, public presentations, or correspondence.
  • Provide research, analysis, and recommendations to support the ED’s objectives, decision- making, and improvements.
  • Coordinate periodic work-planning (in collaboration with the Director of Finance) and performance management processes.
  • Provide an organizational strategy lens to the senior management team and shared systems/practices.
  • Support and contribute to a successful strategic plan and its deliverables.
  • Support the Executive Director in initiatives, projects, time management, communications, events, and other items as requested.
  • Provide backup support to the Executive Director to the staff as directed by Executive Director, including leading staff meetings.

Finance

  • Assist in the development of budgets for review and approval of the Executive Director and Executive Council and monitor and report on spending in accordance with budget.
  • Review and provide input to all financial and managerial reports, including cash flow.
  • Assist in the audit preparations in coordination with the Director of Finance. Serve as the Society’s contributing staff liaison to the Budget, Audit, and Investment Committees.

Human Resources

  • Oversee and manage human resources services and overall staff wellness including
  • coordinate recruitment exercises, performance management and feedback, staff development and planning, and compliance.
  • Manage payroll service including all modules and related tax obligations and reporting, including periodic payroll transmissions, compliance, and system maintenance.
  • Oversee and manage benefits administration and staff well-being including health and wellness insurance, retirement plans, and other benefits.

Facilities and Operations

  • Oversee and manage all contracts, facilities, repairs and maintenance, physical plant, office equipment and related items.
  • Oversee and manage all legal matters and regulatory filing including trademarks, intellectual property, business licensing and compliance. Serve as liaison between the Society and general counsel.
  • Assist and support all corporate insurance and risk management.
  • Oversee and manage property tax and related matters.

Communications and Technology

  • Support and assist in IT initiatives, projects, and updates.
  • Provide backup system administrator and overall support for websites, association management systems, document storage, email, and other technology services.

Programs

  • Oversee, support, and manage the Senior Program Manager, in consultation with the Executive Director.
  • Lead and support Programs contract management, logistics planning and other deliverables to ensure success.
  • Lead all Program contract reviews and negotiation with third party vendors, including facilities, hardware, and service providers.
  • Coordinate and support the Society’s United Nations program including grounds passes and quadrennial reporting, in concert with the Senior Program Manager and Executive Director.
  • Support the Senior Program Manager in the design and implementation of career
  • development programming and resources for law students and new legal professionals.

Development

  • Support fundraising initiatives by providing background information, diversifying funding streams, preparing draft budgets and proposals, and conducting substantive research where required.
  • Provide technical and application resources and support to optimize and streamline workflows and business intelligence.
  • Support funding applications requests.

Minimum Qualifications

  • JD, LLM or similar law degree required. MBA in business or related degree a plus. Certified Association Executive designation a plus.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ relevant operational leadership and people management experience with progressive responsibility.
  • Proficient in the use of association business applications including membership management systems, accounting, business intelligence and facilities management tools.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Track record in identifying and implementing measures to improve effectiveness, staff happiness and saving.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including membership/client engagement.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including advanced planning capabilities, organizing staff assignments, and ensuring professional obligations are met in a timely fashion.
  • Experience with not-for-profit, association, learned society, and/or membership organizations.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The American Society of International Law is an equal opportunity employer. We do not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by law. We value a diverse and inclusive workforce and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Visa Status

The American Society of International Law welcomes applications from persons of any
nationality. Non-US applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States on an on- going basis without sponsorship.

Compensation

The target salary range for this position is $130,000-$140,000, based on experience and qualifications. ASIL offers a generous benefits package and a stimulating, collegial work environment.

Remote Work

Unless authorized to work remotely, the employee will be required to perform the duties of the position in person, subject to public health conditions. All Society employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless an accommodation is requested and provided.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references as a single PDF document to jobs@asil.org. Please put "Chief of Staff" in the subject line. References will be checked only with your written consent. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The ASIL International Law Fellows program gives recent graduates the opportunity to gain professional experience working on the Society's research, education, and outreach programs. The positions are full-time and fellows work with their supervisor to identify areas of professional interest that can be developed while working at Tillar House. They also have the opportunity to select and attend various internationally themed events in the active D.C. international community. Applications are currently being accepted for the Gabrielle Kirk McDonald BASIL Fellowship, named for the distinguished jurist and former Honorary President of the Society. The Fellowships are open for six-month placements, beginning in April 2022, and fellows will be awarded a one-time $7,500 fellowship grant (subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes).

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Additional Career Opportunities through ASIL

Established in 2004, the Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program recognizes the legacy of Arthur Helton, a prominent human rights advocate and ASIL member. Helton died in the August 19, 2003 bombing of the UN mission in Baghdad.

Funded by contributions from ASIL members, interest groups, and private foundations, Helton Fellowships provide financial assistance in the form of "micro-grants" for law students and young professionals to pursue field work and research on significant issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and related areas.

Helton Fellowship micro-grants are intended to ensure that these individuals have access to modest amounts of funding that can often stand between them and their first professional opportunities to become effective practitioners, experts, and scholars of international law. The fellowships are intended to help cover for travel, housing, living expenses, and other costs related to the Fellow's fieldwork and research.

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Start Your Career with an ASIL Internship. ASIL offers students opportunities to become involved with its work while learning first-hand about the field of international law. See descriptions below of the specific internship positions available with the Society and how to apply. All positions are based at ASIL's Washington, DC, headquarters and generally require a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters and usually more during the summer. All internships are unpaid; however, interns may be eligible to earn academic credit through their school. During their internship, participants are encouraged both to attend ASIL events and to take advantage of the plethora of programs in international law and foreign relations that the DC area provides.

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Additional Career Resources

The longest running formal career development resource at ASIL, the Careers in International Law: A Guide to Career Paths in International Law is an invaluable publication for everyone from pre-law majors to current lawyers looking to move into the practice of international law. Available for over 15 years, the guide has always included personal insights into the practice of international law from global leaders in the field.

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The ASIL Job Board is a place where members of the international law community are invited to submit news of jobs and/or internships for which ASIL members might apply. Access to the jobs and internships listed on the Job Board is available to ASIL members and faculty and students at ASIL's Academic Partner schools. Questions about the Job Board should be directed to the ASIL Service Center at services@asil.org or +1-202-939-6001.

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