Senior Director, Center for Corporate Diplomacy

Title: Senior Director, Center for Corporate Diplomacy

Employment Status:  Exempt

Salary: $110,250 - $134,400 commensurate with experience

Supervisor Title: Vice President, External and Corporate Affairs

Date Revised:  April 2023

 Summary of Position:

The Senior Director, Center for Corporate Diplomacy works with the VP, External and Corporate Affairs to lead and oversee all corporate engagement efforts within the Meridian Center for Corporate Diplomacy. This includes driving new revenue through business development efforts, developing and managing the Center’s budget and business plan, Corporate Council member engagement, program development, thought leadership and content creation, and relationship building with government and diplomatic stakeholders.

This position is located in Washington D.C. and Meridian requires MD, DC, or VA residence for all employees. The position may work partially remotely until further notice.

Position Responsibilities

  • Oversees all financial and programmatic aspects of the Meridian Center for Corporate Diplomacy.
  • Responsible for developing and achieving the Corporate Diplomacy Center’s business plan, a program portfolio of about $4-5M, to include tailored convenings, international exchange programs, corporate diplomacy training, and more.
  • Leads a team of 4-5 full time staff; responsible for hiring, retention, training and professional development opportunities for the team.
  • Leads and manages all new business development efforts within the team.
  • Creatively develops new program concepts and curricula that can be pitched to potential funders or responses to funders goals.
  • Effectively articulates and markets Meridian’s value proposition to potential funders.
  • Contribute to thought leadership development – through publishing or speaking engagements.
  • Manage and steward a portfolio of high-level corporate donors with specific annual goals and objectives, communicating and engaging regularly (through in person meetings/calls/emails) to ensure continued financial support and partnership.
  • Oversees the design and execution of corporate events as needed by identifying and confirming high level speakers and relevant topical themes to the corporate community, building an audience of interested stakeholders, etc.
  • Directs corporate-related communications content, including developing content, e-newsletters, digital/social media content.
  • Forge and maintain relationships with key strategic players in the private sector/CSR community, to position Meridian as a significant presence in the Washington economic diplomacy landscape.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Economics, International Relations, or related field.
  • 10+ years of job-related experience working with corporate membership/partnership programs or business development for non-profits, trade associations, or other organizations.
  • Trade policy, economic diplomacy and events management experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of best practices in adult learning and evaluation desired.
  • Or any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Knowledge and understanding of complex international business issues including trade.
  • Ability to develop and deliver strong presentations (verbally and written) to persuade high-level audiences.
  • Exceptional organizational and multi-tasking abilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment, including building strategic partnerships.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and planning skills and the ability to communicate strategic plans to the team and others.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate across the enterprise in an extremely complex organization.
  • Ability to gain internal respect and build consensus.
  • Strong inter-cultural communication skills; maturity, cultural sensitivity, and tact suitable for working with individuals from around the world.

Technical Requirements

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Outlook and Teams is necessary for this role
  • Internet Browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer)
  • Experience with Canva, Zoom and Salesforce is helpful

Employer’s Statement

Meridian is committed to creating a diverse environment. We believe in empowering global leaders and amplifying voices of a wide variety of backgrounds to create pathways for greater understanding, shared value and respect for all cultures as connecting people has been our foundation for over 60 years. If you share our values and enthusiasm to promote non-partisan collaboration to address global challenges and opportunities, you can find a home at Meridian.

As an equal opportunity employer, Meridian promotes equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, family responsibilities, marital, veteran or military status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Equal employment opportunity will be offered and maintained to all persons at every stage and condition of employment, including recruiting, hiring, training, upgrading, promotion, transfer, discipline, layoff, recall, and termination.

How to Apply 

Qualified candidates should apply here. Only candidates being considered for this position will be contacted. NO PHONE CALLS in reference to this position will be accepted.