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Program Officer, Adam Smith Society

About the role

The Manhattan Institute seeks a highly-motivated Program Officer for its Adam Smith Society—a national, chapter-based network of free market–minded MBA students and business professionals. The Adam Smith Society (Smith Soc) works to promote discussion and debate around the broad societal benefits of capitalism and is building a community of MBAs and business professionals who believe in the importance and endurance of our free enterprise system.

Since its founding in 2011, Smith Soc has grown to more than 15,000 students and professionals in its network and maintains 33 MBA student chapters at some of our nation’s top business schools as well as professional chapters in nine major cities.

This position affords the selected candidate the opportunity to work for one of the most prestigious think tanks in the United States, to take ownership and responsibility of their own portfolio, to engage directly with leading executives, thought leaders and academics, and to creatively craft programming to share our content and commitment to free market ideas.

Reporting to Smith Soc’s Executive Director, the Program Officer will manage a portfolio of MBA student chapters around the country. The program officer will oversee all program planning and execution and serve as the liaison between student chapter leaders and the national office, while helping to drive Smith Soc membership. The program officer will also assist and assume various roles in planning and executing national programming.

The ideal candidate will possess strong attention to detail and the ability and desire to ensure an exceptional member, guest, and speaker experience at every in-person and virtual event in their portfolio. Successful applicants thrive working both independently and in a team environment.

Required qualifications and skills

  • The ability to manage multiple projects and meet assignment deadlines in a busy environment.
  • The ability to lead and motivate student chapter leaders.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational capability.
  • Excellent verbal communications skills, both in person and remotely.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to act as an ambassador for the Adam Smith Society and to successfully engage with students, speakers and potential Smith Soc members.
  • Experience with membership organizations a plus.
  • Desire to work in support of the Smith Soc mission.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; must have 1-3 years of related work experience.

To apply

Candidates are to submit a resume and letter of interest—which does not rely on stock language and specifically explains how the applicant’s experience relates to the job description—for review to The ability to work out of the Manhattan Institute’s Manhattan office is preferred, though remote options will be considered. Remote candidates will be expected to travel as part of the position. The salary and benefits package for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.


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