Job Opportunity: Program Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law

TITLE: Program Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program

REPORTS TO: President & CEO


The Inter-American Dialogue is seeking a professional to shape, manage, and oversee the Dialogue’s longstanding and recognized work on democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.

Created in 2015, the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program seeks to deepen and expand the Dialogue’s ongoing work on democratic institutions, human rights, and justice in the Western Hemisphere. The program addresses a set of inter-connected issues, including the system of checks and balances, accountability for human rights violations, freedom of expression, corruption and transparency, judicial autonomy, and the implications of militarization. The program also applies a democracy lens to analyses of US foreign policy and the role of international organizations in Latin America and Caribbean.

The program has focused on shaping national and regional policy debates, convening policymakers and experts on how to address critical challenges to democracy and the rule of law, generating and disseminating policy ideas, and organizing a steady output of public and private fora on current rule of law issues. The new director will build on existing program strengths and identify emerging opportunities, including using the Dialogue’s Cities Initiative framework that explores local responses to national and transnational challenges.  

This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative thinker/practitioner interested in providing vision and leadership to the Dialogue’s work on democracy and the rule of law. The director will form part of a dynamic senior management team dedicated to advancing democratic governance, social equity, and prosperity in the hemisphere. 

The Dialogue is Washington’s leading forum for exchange among opinion leaders of the Western Hemisphere. It is an independent, nonpartisan center for policy analysis on political, economic and social issues in the Americas. Its more than 100 members from the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean include former presidents as well as prominent political, business, academic, media, military, and religious leaders. 


  • Design innovative research and prepare timely, high-quality, and evidence-based analyses on the most salient program issues. Produce articles, interviews, blogs, and reports and engage with US and Latin American media to help disseminate information and constructively shape the policy debate;
  • Convene leading experts with diverse perspectives to formulate and advance actionable recommendations on hemispheric democracy and rule of law issues via public and private fora, and briefings for public officials. 
  • Establish and maintain networks of experts and other stakeholders from government, civil society, multilateral organizations, and the private sector in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada. 
  • Travel periodically to the region to support program efforts and represent the Dialogue in policy discussions and external engagements.
  • Work closely with the Director of Development and Partnerships to identify, pursue, and develop proposals for fundraising opportunities with corporate, foundation, US government, and multilateral donors. 


  • Interested candidates should have graduate training in a relevant field; 
  • 10 or more years of work experience in international affairs or public policy; 
  • Deep expertise and experience in key issues related to democracy and the rule of law in the Americas; 
  • Excellent organizational and management skills; 
  • Strong research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills; 
  • Network of contacts and ability to work effectively with variety of stakeholders in both the Latin American and Washington policy communities; 
  • Ability to work effectively with different sectors in both the Latin American and Washington policy communities; 
  • Fundraising experience is preferred; 
  • Full professional fluency in both Spanish and English (Portuguese is a plus).

The Inter-American Dialogue is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status. 

For consideration, please submit your resume, a cover letter, and two writing samples in English and Spanish to, and indicate the position and last name in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Position will be open until filled.