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The Nuclear Security Working Group (NSWG) is a nonpartisan group of senior foreign policy experts who work behind the scenes to promote informed discourse on nuclear security issues. NSWG members have served with distinction at the highest levels of government, the armed services and academia. Through frequent meetings, conferences and routine exchanges among members, the NSWG enables leading global experts in international security and nuclear issues to cultivate and share expertise and collaborate on common objectives. The group conducts its activities in a not-for-attribution setting, enabling members and participants to freely express their thoughts and ideas. NSWG regularly engages with senior administration officials and members of both parties on Capitol Hill to help bridge the partisan divide and contribute to the formation and implementation of an informed nuclear security policy that serves the national interest of the United States.
Entering its third year, NSWG also operates an innovative Congressional fellowship program that places nuclear security experts in key House and Senate offices. Congressional Nuclear Security Fellows work to advance the level of awareness and understanding of nuclear policy issues among Members of Congress and their staffs while providing their hosting offices and colleagues with invaluable sources of nuclear and national security expertise.
The NSWG has an opening for a Program Manager to oversee and coordinate NSWG outreach to the U.S. Congress.
The Program Manager will be tasked with developing and implementing a long-term strategy for legislative outreach; maintaining and expanding partnerships with Congressional offices; directing the annual Fellowship search (including application review, candidate interviews and selection and office placement); and developing and implementing analytic tools to track impact and progress toward program goals.
The purpose of these senior level positions is to provide coordination and program management on behalf of an academic program or initiative. This role will serve as a point of contact for the program, will answer typical and complex program questions from faculty, staff, and students, and will provide functional support and management for the program administration. Functional support could include answering external inquiries, enrollment guidance and basic academic advising, managing web presence and marketing efforts, drafting program materials, managing course evaluations, developing new programming, planning and executing events, tracking spending and processing payments, assisting with fellowship and grant opportunities, preparing and analyzing reports, and similar duties. Often these positions make recommendations to policy and procedure, and they are tasked with outreach to other GW stakeholders in order to assist in maintaining standard operational efficiencies. This position does not have direct reports but often schedules, trains and supervises temporary staff or student workers, or leads other program staff. Typical duties often are administrative in nature, and are under limited supervision or are independent of more senior personnel within the department, or program.
This is an excellent opportunity for a seasoned mid-career professional with significant substantive experience in nuclear policy as well as demonstrated success with program implementation, administration, strategic communications, and government affairs. The individual will gain unique and valuable exposure to critical debates and players in the field of nuclear security while supporting NSWG’s mission of cultivating principled, bipartisan leadership in nuclear security policy.
Specific responsibilities include:
• Sustaining and expanding the Congressional fellowship program by
o Managing existing partnerships with key hosting Congressional offices;
o Identifying and engaging new House/Senate offices with interest and/or responsibility in nuclear issues;
o Directing an annual nationwide search for qualified Fellowship candidates, including fielding and reviewing applications; conducting interviews; liaising with hosting House/Senate offices; and ensuring the successful and smooth placement and on-boarding of fellows;
o Regularly monitoring Fellow activities and identifying opportunities for collaboration between Fellows, NSWG, and the George Washington University community.
• Identifying opportunities for NSWG to convene well-attended, high-impact public events, drawing on NSWG resources and members as well as potential collaboration with Congressional Fellows and other partners.
• Directing NSWG Congressional engagement through legislation tracking, building relationships with Capitol Hill staff and offices, and integrating NSWG’s other research and programmatic activities.
• Developing and overseeing a comprehensive communications strategy for internal and external stakeholders—including the presidential administration, the University, the Washington policy community, and Funders—leveraging a variety of traditional and social media tools and outlets.
• Refining and applying analytic tools and methodologies to track progress toward NSWG goals and performance indicators.
• Coordinating the grant implementation and the proposal and reporting processes.
• Supervising other NSWG support staff as appropriate, and in tandem with NSWG chair.
• Performing other work related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the NSWG chair from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
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