The Henry L. Stimson Center is seeking a Program Director for the Nuclear Security Program. The Program Director will be expected to expand research, develop new projects, and manage existing projects that address the opportunities and challenges in the nuclear security field with the goal of reducing nuclear risks and promoting nonproliferation. The program engages with industry to develop cost-effective enterprise risk management approaches and with governments, international organizations as well as industry to support effective implementation of nuclear security treaties and UN resolutions.

In addition to developing new projects, including attracting funding, a successful candidate will manage the Nuclear Security Program team to execute two current projects: (1) developing engagement strategies, including interfacing with industry stakeholders, to promote the concept of “security governance” in nuclear facilities, and (2) overseeing a series of roundtables that promote strong nuclear security measures worldwide, including implementation of the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials, as amended.

This is a one-year funded position. The Program Director is expected to generate funding for subsequent years to continue the program.

Essential Functions

  • Conceptualize and implement research projects that advance knowledge, debate, and policy-making in specified areas of national/international security;
  • Set priorities for projects, communicate these priorities effectively, and manage them efficiently;
  • Develop and implement mechanisms to evaluate project progress and ensure timely and high-quality work product;
  • Conceptualize, research, and publish analysis and findings through op-ed’s, reports, books, press releases, etc.;
  • Prepare substantive content for funding proposals and participate with management in identification, development, and cultivation of funding sources;
  • Build relationships with influential individuals and institutions in the field;
  • Relay timely and useful information to press contacts upon request;
  • Support other projects through evaluation of proposal ideas, writings, and finding areas of intersection of work;
  • Monitor project spending and funding; and
  • Manage project staff.

The above-specified tasks may not be the only duties assigned. Employees will be required to carry out any other job-related instructions requested by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodations.

Skills and Experience


The ideal candidate for this position would have:

  • Demonstrable work experience in researching nuclear security issues/enterprise risk management or in implementing related programs;
  • Some knowledge of risks related to radiological/nuclear activities from an operational, regulatory, nation-state, and international level;
  • 10 years of relevant experience with a Bachelor’s degree in related field or minimum seven years relevant experience with a Master’s degree in the related field, or Ph.D. in related field;
  • Experience in program management, particularly in developing new projects within nuclear security;
  • Fundraising experience: cultivating and maintaining funder relationships, writing proposals, and track record of soliciting and securing program funding;
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organizational skills and alignment with Stimson mission and core values.


  • Knowledge of risk assessment related to physical security,
  • Experience in a leadership position in a research team and demonstrable experience working in multi-disciplinary research projects and teams;
  • Experience with project budgeting/financial management; and
  • Background in risk management, corporate governance, business strategy.

Application Requirements

Submit cover letter and CV in a single PDF document.