Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Executive Director, Peacebuilding Engineers Program


This is a new, yet pivotal position that supports one of PeaceTech Lab’s growth areas: educating the next generation of humanitarian engineers. The Peacebuilding Engineers Program will sharpen the skills of talented young technologists and engineers and will give them the opportunity to serve communities in conflict zones around the world who are working to create sustainable peace. We are looking for a dynamic, entrepreneurial thinker/doer who can motivate, teach, mentor peacetech entrepreneurs in the field, while embracing the core values of peacebuilding.
The Executive Director takes the lead role in the Peacebuilding Engineers Program, responsible for organizing and teaching courses, mentoring students, further development and planning of the program, financial management, and public outreach. The position requires a unique mix of skills ranging from teaching and peacebuilding expertise to entrepreneurism and tech savvy.
The program is aimed at two distinct audiences: university partnerships and corporate continuing education. Participants in both components of the program will primarily learn through coursework and instruction. The curriculum will look at the intersection of peacebuilding and technical innovation. Some participants will be able to further grow their skills through co-ops and field placements. The ED will oversee and participate in the experiential learning and related travel, identifying appropriate venues for students to work with global peacetech entrepreneurs.
This position will work in close collaboration with the Lab’s leadership.


  • Refine and execute a business plan for the Peacebuilding Engineers Program
  • Manage relationships with program partners
  • Develop and administer online coursework in peacebuilding for engineering students and professionals.
    • Create and teach up to 4 tailored courses with a current university partner
    • Adapt online coursework to a corporate education setting
    • Develop new coursework as needed
  • Set up a scholarship program to be funded via an endowment. Endowment should support three scholars-in-residence for a year (or six scholars for 6-month fellowships) in the Lab
  • In collaboration with university staff, create a defined structure and scope of work for co-op students to work with PeaceTech Lab on specific programs
  • Identify new university partners and corporate clients for online coursework
  • Create revenue sharing agreements with new partners
  • Develop fundraising strategy to a diverse base of funding sources, primarily focused on universities, foundations and corporations. Some of this fundraising will be done in partnership with universities


  • Master’s degree or PhD in related disciplines.
  • Ten (10) to 15 years related experience.
  • Must possess entrepreneurial drive and spirit.
  • Knowledge of the field of peacebuilding, development or social change, and strong grounding in technology in any or all of the fields. Knowledge of engineering fields helpful.
  • Teaching or training experience including developing curricula; familiarity with facilitating online courses.
  • Experience in nurturing relationships within organizations and with the technology industry, universities, funders, and other relevant partners.
  • Experience implementing high-quality programs, ensuring that deliverables and external reporting meet the highest standards and budget requirements.


Commensurate with education and experience




Looking to hire immediately


Washington, D.C.

Please send resume and cover letter to

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