Third Way is a national think tank that champions modern center-left ideas. Our agenda is built on the bedrock belief that for political movements to succeed in our political system, they must relentlessly reimagine their policies, strategies, and coalitions. We are fighting for opportunity, so everyone has the chance to earn a good life; progress on social issues, so all have the freedom to live the lives they choose; and security, so we are protected from the global threats of the 21st century. 

Take your career to the next level at Third Way. We are committed to the professional development of our staff. As a member of our team, creativity and collaboration are encouraged and expected. Our new office space was specially designed to facilitate team projects and allow for groups large and small to brainstorm, discuss an idea or proposal, or map out a strategy.

Third Way is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates, supports and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.

Senior Manager of Events, Development & External Affairs

Development & External Affairs

Third Way is a national think tank that was founded back in 2005 to champion modern center-left ideas. Our work is grounded in the mainstream American values of opportunity, freedom, and security. We are proud of the organization that we have built and continue to seek out talent who contribute to our ambitious mission. We are deeply committed to promoting a culture of results and respect where every employee has opportunities to contribute, develop, and grow professionally.

Third Way is seeking a Senior Manager of Events to plan and execute a full slate of organization-wide political and policy events. These will include a mix of national conferences, private convenings and salons, Hill briefings, receptions and other types of in-person and virtual gatherings.

As the Senior Manager of Events, a typical day might include…

• Organizing and executing public in-person, hybrid, and virtual events including venue selection, contracting, designing the floor plan, speaker management, coordinating A/V needs, staffing, budgeting, selecting catering, and other related activities
• Managing and liaising with Third Way event consultants on all major programming
• Collaborating with Communications, Development, and Third Way policy teams to strategize and conceptualize organization-wide public and private events, including topics, participants and formats to attract press and fulfill the organization’s mission
• Advising policy teams on event best practices during planning stage
• Working closely with the Communications team on invitations, digital marketing, event collateral, graphic design needs, and other branding as needed
• Creating staffing plans for events, including leading pre-event briefings and designing prep materials for staff
• Oversee event budgets and managing support staff on event execution
• Researching venues and managing relationships with vendors, serving as Third Way point of contact, and coordinating invoicing
• Drafting runs of show, load-in schedules, emergency preparedness plans, logistics memos, and seating charts, when applicable
• Managing onsite execution of events including set-up, tear-down, registration and vendor crews, catering, oversee photographers, video crews and staging crews in preparation for and during events
• Ensuring all relevant event attendance data is tracked in Salesforce and shared with the appropriate staff
• Maintaining high standard of event execution, staying up-to-date on industry trends and innovations, and working to consistently improve the overall quality of Third Way events.

Within 1 month you'll...

• Participate in Third Way’s comprehensive onboarding program. You’ll learn about all aspects of Business Operations, which includes benefits, IT, finance, and office operations.
• Meet your Third Way Buddy, be introduced to the entire staff, and start to learn the TW’s culture.
• Learn our current processes for payroll, compliance, and labor tracking, and how you will partner with Finance and the rest of the Business Operations team on these processes.
• Participate in weekly one-on-ones with your manager to ensure you fully understand the expectations of the job.
• Attend your departmental weekly meetings. You’ll learn about the key goals of your program, how they’re doing, what challenges they face, and how you will contribute.
• Share coffee with the COO and learn about the history and growth of Third Way.

Within 2 months you'll...

• Gain an understanding each employee’s role and their contribution to the organization.
• Attend program overview sessions to learn more about each team’s contribution to TW’s mission.
• Sit in on a riveting story about Third Way’s history with one of the original founders of Third Way. You will learn about our successes, as well as our failures. This will also afore you the opportunity to learn about future direction.
• Incorporate TW’s Style Guide and Production process into your work products.
• Participate in, at least, one of our internal Professional Development trainings or a Center for Fun activity.
• Learn and experience TW’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and respect in the workplace.
• Meet with each program head individually to plot out monthly, quarterly, and annual event goals

Within 3 months you'll...

• Feel a sense of comfort and familiarity with the staff, your team, and your work.
• Continue to attend weekly departmental meetings with a stronger understanding of your team’s strategic goal.
• Bring new ideas and suggestions to your weekly one-on-ones with your manager.
• Attend and participate in external functions with other members of your team.
• Complete your 90 day self-evaluation and performance review with your manager.
• Partner with your manager to establish your long-term goals for the remainder of the year.
• Fully takeover all aspects of Third Way event planning and execution


This might be the job for you, if you…

  • have a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in event/meeting planning including digital and hybrid events, political and think tank experience a plus
  • have strong organizational, logistics and people skills
  • possess a high degree of attention to detail and ability to respond effectively to rapidly occurring changes
  • are able to interact comfortably with elected officials, corporate executives, and other VIPs
  • are able to manage multiple tasks with various deadlines in a cross-functional environment
  • maintain a broad understanding of and interest in current events and political issues
  • experience using Salesforce and Eventbrite for event management
  • want to contribute towards Third Way’s mission.
  • take pride in and ownership of in your work.
  • are curious and eager for professional development.
  • think on your feet and adapt to changes effortlessly.
  • communicate clearly and effectively in writing and verbally.
  • are motivated and driven by your passion to opportunity, freedom, and security.
  • want to make a difference and an imprint as Third Way’s newest Senior Manager of Events.

In the Third Way Culture, we are looking for…

  • Self-starters: People who see and seize opportunities, take risks, learn from failure, and will bring a sustained passion for our mission.
  • Collaborators: People who work in teams—sharing ideas, brainstorming, co-authoring products, and advancing its shared priorities.
  • Creators: People who fosters divergent thinking; that aren’t afraid to take on the orthodoxies of the left or the right. Team members come up with original insights, find unique ways to look at data, and challenge their preconceptions.
  • Results-oriented: People who function with an organizational commitment to clear objectives, ambitious timelines, accountability for results, and a focus on impact.
  • Respectful: People who embrace the diverse perspectives of everyone and fosters the values of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness at all times.

Third Way is committed to the health, safety and wellness of all employees, candidates, stakeholders, and communities. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 full vaccination. Proof of full vaccination status will be required after an offer of employment is extended and accepted. Failure to provide proof of full vaccination prior to the start date will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Third Way offers a flexible, hybrid work environment to support our employees’ healthy work\life balance.


Third Way is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates, supports and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.