Career Opportunities: Director, Veterans and Military Families (5569)

February 13, 2023

Requisition ID 5569 – Posted 01/11/2023 – Institute – Military Service Initiative – Bush Center – Dallas, Texas – Institute Programming – George W. Bush Institute



The George W. Bush Institute is a solution-oriented non-partisan policy organization focused on ensuring opportunity for all, strengthening democracy, and advancing free societies. Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the Bush Institute is rooted in compassionate conservative values and committed to creating positive, meaningful, and lasting change at home and abroad. We utilize our unique platform and convening power to advance solutions to national and global issues of the day by influencing policy, not politics. Learn more at bushcenter.org.


Essential Responsibilities 


The Director, Veterans and Military Families (VMF) has overall responsibility for the strategy, design, planning, and execution of the VMF initiative and for achieving its stated goals. This position is also responsible for supporting the Managing Director of Domestic Policy in driving overall mission, strategy, and impact of the Bush Institute, in coordination with the Executive Director. Specific responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:


Strategic Planning and Development

  • Serve as senior subject matter expert responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Veterans and Military Families Initiative.
  • Provide program and policy guidance to executive leadership; brief and influence relevant stakeholders on strategy, implementation, and impact of initiatives.
  • Oversee and empower staff working on education, employment, and health and well-being areas of focus.
  • Lead development and implementation of annual and project-based plans; ensure alignment with organizational mission and objectives.
  • Drive achievement of program outcomes that advance the Bush Institute as a thought leader and lead to inspire/direct action on veteran transition.
  • Develop and oversee annual budgets that contribute to an overall culture of fiscal responsibility.
  • Create a long-term strategy for VMF that achieves Institute aims and objectives and produces measurable results.


Action Partner and Sponsor Recruitment and Management

  • Recruit and oversee the work of staff, fellows, and independent contractors; develop and foster team culture.
  • Develop key external alliances and partnerships; sustain a robust and growing network of relevant thought leaders, stakeholders, and action partners.
  • Direct the Veterans and Military Families Advisory Council, working closely with the Managing Director and Chair to recruit members, set agendas, and fulfill duties of advising on strategic direction, program focus, fundraising, and achievement of results.
  • Work collaboratively with the Domestic and Global teams on cross-cutting issues.
  • Work collaboratively with the Donor Relations team to raise general and/or program designated funds that help sustain MSI programs.
  • Work collaboratively with all team members to support a positive and productive work environment, consistent with Institute values and mission.



  • Represent the Bush Institute in the media, in external speaking engagements with high-level audiences, and with other stakeholder groups.
  • Develop thought leadership and contribute content for web, social media, print, and other distribution channels as needed.
  • Work collaboratively with the External Affairs and Events teams to develop communication strategies and events that engage target audiences and drive impact and desired outcomes.
  • Complete other tasks and duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 


The qualified candidate will possess (a/an):

  • Graduate degree, or military equivalent.
  • Active-duty or equivalent guard/reserve military service strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 15 years’ experience in a relevant field, with experience in public policy, program management, plan development, measurement systems and content measurement preferred.
  • A proven track-record in strong leadership in increasing the effectiveness of high-performing organizations.
  • Extensive professional network with experts in related fields, along with a track record of working collaboratively and productively
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to travel as necessary.
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.


Additionally, the ideal candidate will:

  • Evidence of a make-it-happen spirit and a collaborative working style.
  • Demonstrate success in an entrepreneurial, start-up environment.
  • Be successful managing large and complex programs with diverse stakeholders, and is results-oriented.
  • Maintain an excellent reputation in the field of service to the military and military-family population.
  • Have the ability to organize/prioritize work and meet deadlines within a fast-paced environment and with multiple, competing deadlines.
  • Demonstrate the highest ethical, professional, and personal standards.


The George W. Bush Presidential Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.


Physical Demands


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit stationary at a desk and use computer equipment.


Position:         Director, Veterans and Military Families

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Reports to:     Managing Director of Domestic Policy, George W. Bush Institute

Department:   Institute

Division:         Veterans and Military Families Initiative