CSIS is seeking a Deputy Director and Fellow/Senior Fellow to join the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI). She/he reports to Rebecca Hersman, Director, Project on Nuclear Issues and Senior Adviser, International Security Program. The core mission of PONI is to develop the next generation of policy, technical, and operational nuclear professionals by fostering, sustaining, and convening a networked community of emerging experts prepared to meet the nuclear challenges of the future. Under the supervision of the PONI Director, the Deputy Director and Fellow/Senior Fellow manages the day-to-day workflow of PONI and plays a key role in supporting the Director to advance all PONI initiatives. The Deputy Director and Fellow/Senior Fellow will be responsible for daily managerial responsibilities for personnel management, budget oversight, fundraising, and grant and contract management. The Director will also look to the Deputy Director and Fellow/Senior Fellow to be an active contributor to major programmatic decisions, to be a key adviser and to actively support strategic planning for PONI. The position will be hired either as a Fellow or Senior Fellow based on qualifications toward required skills and experience.


The Deputy Director/ Senior Fellow reports the PONI Director.

Functions may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Manages and coordinates the day-to-day work flow of PONI in close consultation with the PONI Director
  • Provides close supervision and active mentoring of associate staff
  • Edits report, commentaries, and blogs; takes a major role in strengthening PONI’s communication and outreach strategy
  • Works closely with the Director to oversee the program budget; manages grants and contracts, including preparing reports; develops applications and proposals for new opportunities; secures new and/or follow-on funding
  • Supports the Director in managing relationships within CSIS and with external stakeholders and partners
  • Plays a leadership role in convening expert groups, representing PONI publicly, and chairing and leading PONI events, workshops and international exchanges
  • Provides thought leadership and strategic guidance for PONI
  • Leads both individual and collaborative research projects that advance critical issues in the nuclear field


  • M.A./M.S. required, PhD preferred
  • At least 5 years professional experience in nuclear policy and related field
  • Experience managing personnel, projects, budgets, and grants strongly preferred
  • Substantive research experience working on nuclear weapons issues and international security
  • Superior writing, editing, and analytical skills
  • Ability to operate under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, execute and lead complex events and/or conferences
  • Strong communication and convening skills including the ability to effectively present information
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to interact with and respond to questions from a range of individuals with diverse interests, backgrounds and dispositions from across a wide spectrum of views on nuclear policy
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated success working in highly collaborative, team based environments with a demonstrated commitment to professional development, mentoring and education
  • Candidates should possess sound judgment and impeccable integrity, positive attitude and creative outlook

Areas of expertise:

  • Candidate should demonstrate recognized expertise in a range of nuclear policy issues to include deterrence, arms control, nonproliferation, and regional nuclear challenges through publication, research and/or professional experience
  • Strong knowledge, experience and interest in nuclear weapons science and technology, modernization and emerging technologies preferred
  • Experience developing and running scenario-based discussions, simulations, table-top exercises or war games preferred
  • Experience with creative multimedia approaches to research products and educational tools preferred


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Performances of duties require the use of hands and fingers, to handle or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Location Washington, District of Columbia, United States Position TypeFull-Time/Regular

How to Apply:

Interest applicants please submit your resume and cover letter by clicking the “apply” link below.