Executive Coordinator

Third Way Executive coordinator
Location Washington, DC U.S.A.
Application deadline 31 October 2020
Contract type Permanent
Hours Full-time
Salary Salary to commensurate with experience
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Third Way is a national think tank that champions modern center-left ideas.

Our work is grounded in the mainstream American values of opportunity, freedom, and security. But we identify as center-left because we see that space in U.S. politics as offering the only real path for advancing those ideals in the century ahead.

Our agenda is ambitious, aspirational, and actionable. It is built on the bedrock belief that for political movements to succeed in our political system, they must relentlessly re-imagine their policies, strategies, and coalitions.

We are fighting for opportunity, so everyone has the chance to earn a good life; progress on social issues, so all have the freedom to live the lives they choose; and security, so we are protected from 21st-century global threats.

The role

Third Way is seeking an Executive Coordinator to directly support three members of Third Way’s management team with administrative/logistical responsibilities as well as communications and social media. This person will work extremely closely with the organization’s Social Policy & Politics Program and the Economic Program.


As the Executive Coordinator, a typical day might include…

  • Managing schedules, calendars, meeting set-up, and logistics as well as ensuring appropriate follow-up after events;
  • Helping to draft and coordinate content for program social media handles and expand their reach by building and maintaining Twitter lists of journalists and influential people in specific policy areas;
  • Coordinating travel arrangements (including preparing travel authorizations, travel advance requests, travel reimbursements, booking transportation and lodging, and travel preparation);
  • Providing background research in preparation for meetings and events;
  • Preparing expense reports and processing bills and invoices;
  • Tracking and documenting program-wide impact and press mentions;
  • Planning and executing the logistics of events on and off Capitol Hill, including by working directly with vendors; and
  • Proofreading public documents, op-eds, and press releases.

Experience and skills

This might be the job for you, if you…

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree and experience managing administrative tasks;
  • Have experience supporting an organization’s social media or digital communications;
  • Possess excellent communication, organizational, and administrative skills;
  • Are able to work under short deadlines and deliver in a fast-paced environment;
  • Are able to juggle multiple projects with competing priorities simultaneously; and
  • Have impeccable attention to detail and proofreading skills.

Other useful information

In the Third Way Culture, we are looking for…

Self-starters: People who see and seize opportunities, take risks, learn from failure, and will bring a sustained passion for our mission.

Collaborators: People who work in teams—sharing ideas, brainstorming, co-authoring products, and advancing its shared priorities.

Creators: People who foster divergent thinking; that aren’t afraid to take on the orthodoxies of the left or the right. Team members come up with original insights, find unique ways to look at data, and challenge their preconceptions.

Results-oriented: People who function with an organizational commitment to clear objectives, ambitious timelines, accountability for results, and a focus on impact.

Respectful: People who embrace the diverse perspectives of everyone and fosters the values of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness at all times.


Participate in Third Way’s comprehensive onboarding program. You’ll learn about all aspects of Business Operations, which includes benefits, IT, finance, and office operations.

Meet your Third Way Buddy, be introduced to the entire staff, and start to learn the TW’s culture.

Learn our current processes for payroll, compliance, and labor tracking, and how you will partner with Finance and the rest of the Business Operations team on these processes.

Participate in weekly one-on-ones with your manager to ensure you fully understand the expectations of the job.

Attend your departmental weekly meetings. You’ll learn about the key goals of your program, how they’re doing, what challenges they face, and how you will contribute.


Gain an understanding of each employee’s role and their contribution to the organization.

Sit in on a riveting story about Third Way’s history with one of the original founders of Third Way. You will learn about our successes, as well as our failures. This will also afore you the opportunity to learn about future direction.

Incorporate TW’s Style Guide and Production process into your work products.

Participate in, at least, one of our internal Professional Development training or a Center for Fun activity.

Learn and experience TW’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and respect in the workplace.


Feel a sense of comfort and familiarity with the staff, your team, and your work.

Continue to attend weekly departmental meetings with a stronger understanding of your team’s strategic goal.

Bring new ideas and suggestions to your weekly one-on-ones with your manager.

Attend and participate in external functions with other members of your team.

Complete your 90-day self-evaluation and performance review with your manager.

Partner with your manager to establish your long-term goals for the remainder of the year.

Third Way is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates, supports, and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.