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


Program Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law 

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The Inter-American Dialogue is seeking a professional to shape, manage, and oversee the Dialogue’s longstanding and recognized work on Rule of Law.

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

Created in 2015, the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program seeks to deepen, expand and institutionalize the Dialogue’s ongoing work on democracy, human rights, justice, and security in the Western Hemisphere. The program addresses a set of inter-connected issues facing a number of Latin American and Caribbean countries. This includes: democratic checks and balances, accountability for human rights violations, corruption and transparency, citizen security and organized crime, judicial independence, and freedom of expression. The program also applies a rule of law lens to analyses of US foreign policy and the role of international organizations in the Americas.

The program has focused on shaping national and regional policy debates, convening policymakers and experts on critical rule of law challenges, generating policy ideas, and disseminating them through the publication of articles and working papers, and organizing a steady output of public and private fora on current rule of law issues. The new director will be expected to build on existing program strengths and respond to emerging opportunities.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone committed to high-quality programming and constructive and innovative ideas to tackle these important issues. The director will form part of a dynamic senior management team dedicated to advancing democratic governance, social equity, and prosperity in the hemisphere.


  • Design and conduct innovative research and produce timely, high-quality, and balanced analyses on the most salient rule of law issues in the Americas. Produce reports, articles, interviews, and engage with US and Latin American media to help disseminate information, constructively shape the policy debate, and devise practical solutions to key problems.
  • Establish and maintain networks of experts and other stakeholders from government, civil society, academia, and the private sector in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada.
  • Convene leading experts with diverse perspectives to formulate and advance actionable recommendations on hemispheric rule of law issues via policy papers, public and private fora, and briefings for public officials.
  • Help build interest and commitment to the program and its core objectives among policy officials from national governments, multilateral organizations, civil society groups, business associations, academic communities, and prospective funders.
  • Travel periodically to the region to support program efforts and represent the Dialogue in various external policy discussions and external engagements.
  • Work closely with the President and the Director of Development to identify and pursue fund-raising opportunities for the program and to assist in developing proposals.


  • Interested candidates should have graduate training in a relevant field;
  • 8 or more years of work experience in international affairs or public policy;
  • Excellent organizational, management, written, and oral communication skills;
  • Strong research and analytical skills;
  • Expertise and knowledge of key issues related to rule of law in the Americas;
  • Ability to work effectively with different sectors in both the Latin American and Washington policy communities;
  • Fluency in both Spanish and English (Portuguese is a plus).

To Apply:

For consideration, please submit your resume, a cover letter, 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.

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.