Job Description

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.


CSIS is seeking a Program Coordinator and Research Assistant to join the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) to work on research projects and coordinate events. The Program Coordinator and Research Assistant is responsible for conducting research and writing, and for assisting with project management within the program. The Program Coordinator and Research Assistant supports the operational and substantive goals of PONI and will be expected to play a key role in advancing PONI’s initiatives, including the Nuclear Scholars Initiative, conference series, and multilateral nuclear dialogues. She/he reports to Rebecca Hersman, Director, Project on Nuclear Issues and Senior Adviser, International Security Program.



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

The program coordinator and research assistant’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Supports the program’s research agenda through research and writing, particularly on nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction issues;
  • Monitors trends and developments in program interest areas, and provides updates to program staff;
  • Assists with layout, editing, and dissemination of publications;
  • Organizes and staffs 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;
  • Assists in outreach and recruitment for participation in PONI programs;
  • Other administrative tasks as needed.
  • Contributes to broader WMD and national security research efforts as part of the Senior Adviser’s portfolio;



  • B.A./B.S. in International Relations, Political Science, or related field;
  • Strong knowledge and experience on nuclear issues;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct rigorous research and present information clearly and efficiently;
  • Superior writing and analytical skills;
  • 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;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute events and/or conferences;
  • Ability to interact with and respond to questions from a range of individuals with diverse interests and backgrounds;



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 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.


To apply, interested applicants should submit a résumé, cover letter, and college transcript at