Frontlines of Freedom Program Officer


RDI is building a movement to renew democracy in the US and around the world through incisive commentary, thought-provoking events, direct aid to frontline communities, and cultivating unlikely alliances.

We are looking for a Program Officer to take the lead in building out Frontlines of Freedom (FOF), a flagship initiative of RDI. FOF’s goal is to convey the importance of defending democracy both domestically and internationally in the face of creeping authoritarianism by amplifying the experience of dissidents who have fought dictatorship in their home countries. These individuals are uniquely positioned to break through partisan shields and offer a positive message about how inspirational American democracy is, and how important it is to defend. Originally launched through a partnership with CNN in 2021, FOF’s network now unites over 120 dissidents from more than 40 countries, sharing their stories through conferences, social media, and other platforms.

The Program Officer will lead FOF into its next phase, sharpening its theory of change and identifying innovative opportunities and partnerships to amplify the voices of these pro-democracy messengers and convey the importance of American leadership in the global fight against authoritarianism.


  • You will begin at the strategic level, working with other key stakeholders to pull together the many strands comprising FOF into a single program with a theory of change and comprehensive strategy to achieve it.
  • Work with the CEO, Chief Content Officer (CCO), and our dissident network, develop a campus program to begin for the fall 2024 semester, combatting the most radical voices and bringing attention to the challenges facing the Free World with a particular focus on the frontlines of the global fight against authoritarian aggression ranging from Ukraine to Israel to Taiwan.
  • Work with the CEO and Director of Operations, present and track a budget for FOF programs.
  • Identify new mediums and audiences to elevate the stories of FOF dissidents in collaboration with RDI’s CCO.
  • Work with existing members of RDI’s team to grow FOF’s dissident network.
  • Coordinate logistics around speaking events with members of FOF’s network.
  • Travel for relevant events, conferences, dissident speaking engagements, etc.


  • US work authorization
  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant work experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Highly organized and a focused planner with good strategic vision
  • A proven track record of building a new nonprofit or political program, including developing a theory of change and a comprehensive strategy and set of tactics for achieving it
  • Experience working with college campuses is a plus
  • Must have a robust knowledge of global threats to democracy and familiarity with the pro-democracy space
  • Strong international affairs expertise, some regional knowledge, and a willingness to learn
  • Strong professional discretion when working with sensitive materials
  • A truly collaborative spirit; we are a small, but mighty team
  • Must have a driven work ethic, an insatiable curiosity, and a growth mindset
  • The ability to thrive under deadlines but also handle the unexpected with calm
  • Ability to work in RDI’s office in Washington, DC or New York, NY 1-3 times per week
  • We are looking for this position to start ASAP


We offer a competitive salary of $80,000-$105,000 depending on experience, generous benefits, flexible hours, paid time off, and unique opportunities for ongoing professional development. Benefits include a 401(k) retirement plan and a variety of nationwide medical, dental, and vision insurance options.


Please apply through our portal online here. Please email with any questions.