Job summary

CSIS is seeking a Program Coordinator and Research Assistant or a Program Manager and Research Associate to join the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) to contribute to PONI’s mission of developing the next generation of nuclear experts and leading cutting-edge research on a range of nuclear issues. The Program Coordinator and Research Assistant/Program Manager and Research Associate will primarily be responsible for assisting with managing PONI’s programming and conducting research and writing and will play a key role in advancing PONI’s initiatives. The ideal candidate will have experience developing, planning, and executing programmatic activities (e.g. private and public conferences, workshops, simulations/table top exercises, etc.), an exceptional ability to write and carry out original research with guidance from senior staff, and superior communication skills. Candidates with interest in and/or experience with managing budgets, as well as research on arms control, nonproliferation, and the intersection of emerging technologies and nuclear issues are preferred. She/he reports to Rebecca Hersman, Director, Project on Nuclear Issues and Senior Adviser, International Security Program.

The position will be hired at either the Program Coordinator and Research Assistant or Program Manager and Research Associate level based on qualifications toward required skills and experience. The minimum annualized salary for the Program Coordinator and Research Assistant role is $43,000, and $50,000 at the Program Manager and Research Associate level. Final salary is competitive and is based on candidate’s qualifications and skillset.

Essential duties and responsibilities

Essential functions and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following

Program Management 50%

• Organizes and coordinates logistics for program events including meetings, briefings, roundtables, dialogues, international exchanges and major conferences;
• Assists in conceptualizing new project ideas;
• Assists with maintaining and updating PONI websites and communications;
• Assists in outreach and recruitment for participation in PONI programs;
• Assists with day-to-day monitoring and managing elements of the program budget and closely coordinates with Finance and Accounting.
• Other administrative and research tasks as needed.

Research 50%

• Supports the program’s research agenda through research and writing, particularly on nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction issues;
• Monitors relevant nuclear trends and developments for how they impact program interest areas;
• Assists with layout, editing, dissemination, and promotion of publications;
• Contributes to broader WMD and national security research efforts as part of the Senior Adviser’s portfolio;
• Provides research support on a range of nuclear weapons-related issues including arms control, nonproliferation, evolving deterrence dynamics, and the intersection of emerging technology on nuclear issues.

Knowledge and education

• Bachelor’s degree required for the Program Coordinator and Research Assistant level and Master’s degree required for the Program Manager and Research Associate level;
• Strong knowledge, interest, and experience on nuclear weapons.
• Demonstrated ability to conduct rigorous research and present information clearly and efficiently;
• Superior writing and analytical skills;
• Demonstrated ability to plan and execute events and conferences;
• Ability to manage competing priorities and multiple projects under tight deadlines;
• Strong communication skills;
• Ability to write, think, and operate both independently and on a team;
• Ability to interact with and respond to questions from a range of individuals with diverse interests and backgrounds;
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

Physical requirements and work conditions

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 to finger, 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.

How to apply

Interested applications should submit a resume, cover letter, and 3-5-page writing sample to
Affirmative Action Employer.