Primary Role:
The Director of the SAFE Network will report to the President of OEF. The core responsibilities of the Director will be to ensure the success of the SAFE Network, build institutional systems for impact, and foster a culture of excellence at all levels. The Director is accountable for leading and managing all initiatives undertaken by the SAFE Network, including planning, organizing, staffing, and supervising program activities.

This position requires a highly specialized skill set and expertise related to nuclear weapons risk reduction and military conflict de-escalation. The ideal candidate will have significant project management experience across technical, analytic, and policy-oriented teams, as well as a demonstrated ability to manage multiple competing demands. As this is a new program, the Director will be tasked with leading all aspects of the initial design, development, implementation, and management of the SAFE Network.

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter detailing your experience and salary requirements and a CV or resume, to Daryn Ridenour at [email protected]. Please reference the job title in the subject line of your email.

For full consideration, please submit application materials prior to March 1, 2018.

The Opportunity
Over the last decade, the civilian capacity to produce and manage relevant non-classified data has improved rapidly, coupled with an equally rapid reduction in cost. This, combined with a cadre of recently retired senior military and foreign policy officials motivated to confront nuclear weapons risks, presents an unprecedented opportunity for impact. Thanks to OEF’s financial independence, we are well-positioned to take advantage of this opportunity.

In 2018, OEF will launch its newest program: The Shared Awareness, Fusion, and Engagement (SAFE) Network. The SAFE Network will be an apolitical, data-driven, civilian network dedicated to nuclear weapons risk reduction, military conflict de-escalation, and crisis prevention by:

  • Compiling and synthesizing open-source, crowd-sourced, and commercial data and intelligence;
  • Producing state-of-the-art analyses targeted at de-escalation of conflict between nuclear weapons states;
  • Building relationships and sharing information across conflict boundaries;
  • Enlisting a network of retired senior military officers, nuclear weapons experts, senior diplomats, and other qualified third parties to interrupt and/or delay potential conflict escalation.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Direct and manage a team of Associate Directors;
  • Identify, lead, coach, develop, and retain a high-performance team;
  • Promote a culture of safety, high performance, and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality and efficiency.


  • Honor and implement OEF’s vision for the SAFE Network;
  • Accountable for an initial budget of approximately $1.2M USD;
  • Establish and build collaborative relationships in support of the SAFE Network’s mission internationally;
  • Develop annual budgets and long range plans to ensure the effective implementation of SAFE Network strategies;
  • Develop strategic goals and objectives;
  • Methodical evaluation of funding and partnership opportunities to further the mission;
  • Represent the SAFE Network and OEF at high-level international fora.


  • Develop and refine all aspects of communication including web presence, public outreach, and outward-facing materials;
  • Utilize events as a method of accomplishing programmatic goals as appropriate;
  • Identify and develop new external funding opportunities.


  • Collaborate with M&E to establish an assessment framework and regularly evaluate the program to track goals and measure impact goals;
  • Ensure sound fiscal management;
  • Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local laws, and other regulations;
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication with OEF leadership;
  • Other duties as necessary.