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Special Projects & Strategic Initiatives Lead


Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives Lead

June 2022 | Full time | U.S.-based role with Global Scope (New York, Washington, DC, or Minneapolis preferred)


Reports to Alight CEO

Please submit your application by or before June 1. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Hello Hello! So you’re interested in joining us? Welcome, we’re happy you’re here.

When you Join Alight, you’ll find…

A team with deep experience in co-designing solutions that create new value around the world. We know we need to always be better, and we believe in the power and abundance of everyday people, everywhere, to change the world with us.

A culture of radical accountability to our customers –as we help build a meaningful life for and with the displaced, we ask them what they want and then deliver on it.

An organization that refuses to settle for anything less than delivering human-worthy services.


If you are looking to be part of a living, breathing, ever-changing organization full of disrupters and doers, then read on!


We strive to represent the diverse communities we serve. Applicants who contribute to this diversity and those who bring lived experience with displacement are strongly encouraged to apply.


About the Role

Alight is looking to fill a key role within the executive office. The Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives Lead will report to the CEO and work closely with Alight’s Executive Team. In this role, you will play a critical role transitioning Alight into its next era, led by a new leadership team and a new strategy. You will collaborate with the Alight CEO and broader Alight team to lead the planning and implementation of the new strategy including reorganizing the team, designing initiatives, establishing operational excellence, and engaging the community. You will work closely with the Senior Manager of the Executive Office and Administration.                                                                                             

As Special Projects Lead, your priorities will include:

  • Executive Team Effectiveness – Set agendas and prepare for weekly e-team meetings. Plan and prepare in-person e-team gatherings 3 – 4x/year. Co-lead projects with executive team members as needed. 
  • Internal Communications – Partner with the CEO to prepare monthly updates to the Alight team and board. Draft other internal communications from the CEO as needed.
  • External Communications – Identify and vet opportunities for the CEO to represent Alight externally. Prepare her for conferences, events, and speaking engagements.
  • Strategy and Goal Setting – Support Alight’s functional teams and country teams in setting strategies that align with the organization’s strategy. Set the framework for regular strategy shares from country and functional teams. Lead annual goal setting process for the organization, teams, and executive leadership.
  • Partnerships and Fundraising – Work closely with the development and communications teams to position the CEO for high leverage partnership and fundraising opportunities. Participate in partnership building and fundraising activities.
  • Thought Partnership: Act as an advisor and confidant to the CEO. Represent the organization externally. Gather and connect with industry leaders.



These are “must-haves” when you join Alight:

Open heart and open mind. You start by listening. You believe another person’s truth and it changes you. It unlocks your way of thinking in that moment, it opens your world. 

Curiosity. You are always learning. You ask why and why again. You know that change (big and small) is constant, which means your curiosity to learn is matched with adaptability to evolve.

Trust. You believe that people do their best, are disciplined, and care about this as much as you do. You take responsibility for your part and know how to step back and give others the space to shine.

We’re also looking for folks with the following skills and experience:

  • This isn’t your fist time supporting an executive team, your past experience reveals myriad examples of bringing together stakeholders and supporting teams at all levels of an organization.
  • You’re proactive. You can’t help but think five steps ahead. If you don’t have the answer, you take initiative to figure it out. You see areas for improvement and dive in to make things better.
  • You’re strategic. You blend rigor with creativity. You keep the organization’s mission front and center and are able to push us forward on the path we’ve defined.
  • You’re a natural organizer. You enjoy making complex tasks simple. You believe in administrative systems and can make tedious processes feel seamless for you and your teammates.
  • You have a high attention to detail for your and others’ work. You pay attention to all the moving parts and their implications.
  • You write with clarity and directness, and can give easy to understand instructions to our stakeholders—Alight team and board, partners, donors, etc.
  • You partner with and adapt well to colleagues that represent different learning and processing styles (i.e., visual learners, verbal processors, etc.).
  • You thrive in a fast paced, complex, high pressure, and dynamic environment. You have clear processes to manage work but are able to shift and adapt as opportunities and needs emerge.
  • You’re relational and enjoy working directly with multiple stakeholder groups from all walks of life.
  • You know the importance of proximity and getting close. You are willing and able to travel to Alight offices in our locations around the globe up to 25% of time.

These are the things we’re aiming to find. However, we’re open to being surprised. If you embody the spirit of Alight, care deeply about the cause, and if you bring something else that’s special, then please reach out.


Benefits & Compensation

Salary range: average starting salary is $105,000 USD, commensurate with experience.

Borderless Team of 2,500 staff worldwide that sees possibility, celebrates moments of abundance, shares new ideas, and strives to do a better thing every day.

Family Friendly – We know that you are a whole person with a life and a family. We honor this. In return, we expect that you will take ownership of your work and follow-through on your commitments; sometimes that means flexing your schedule and we’re good with that.

Learning & Development – Access thousands of free online learning courses to take at your own pace and tailor to your professional goals.

Health, dental, and MedEvac Insurance – We strive to offer the best-in-class healthcare plans to our staff each year.  We cover 100% of the cost for your health premium and 75% of the cost for coverage for your spouse/dependents.

Retirement – We contribute 6% of your salary regardless of your contribution amount, after one year of service.

Generous Leave Time – Between vacation days, personal leave days, and holidays, you have ample opportunity to take time off when you need it.



We are on a journey to build Alight, a new platform of amazing people and organizations providing lifesaving services and creating breakthrough solutions for and with the displaced.

Alight is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.  Alight complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

We strive to represent the diverse communities we serve. Applicants who contribute to this diversity and those who bring lived experience with displacement are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Minneapolis, MN 55413
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