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Program Coordinator & Research Assistant-Strategic Technologies Program

At CSIS we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups.

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 seeks a Program Coordinator and Research Assistant to support the Strategic Technologies Program. The Program Coordinator and Research Assistant will assist in day-to-day operations, including budget coordination, outreach efforts, event planning, supporting the internship program, and other administrative assistance. The Program Coordinator and Research Assistant will also provide research assistance on substantive projects, co-author reports and analyses with senior staff, and help formulate the Program’s research agenda. This is an in- person position at the CSIS headquarters.

The minimum annual salary for this position is $55,000.

Essential duties and responsibilities

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

Administrative (65%)

  • Maintain Program calendars, correspondence, and travel itineraries
  • Coordinate event logistics for meetings, conferences, seminars, and briefings
  • Draft and edit external correspondence and communications
  • Assist in preparation of fundraising proposals and reports to donors
  • Manage the publication process for reports and other digital products
  • Acts as a primary liaison for internal programs
  • Assist with outreach activities and contacts management
  • Help with the internship program, including recruitment, application review and selection;
  • Update web and social media content
  • Assist with maintaining financial oversight of the program, including budget monitoring and expense tracking
  • Assist with managing day-to-day office operations in person

Research (35%)

  • Conduct research on a diverse range of issues in support of Program projects. Current research projects include but are not limited to cybersecurity, digital transformation, cloud computing, innovation, emerging technologies, privacy and data governance, and U.S.-China technological competition.
  • Research and co-author publications
  • Represent the Program by participating in meetings and coordinating on joint projects within CSIS and externally
  • Edit, proofread and fact check program materials for internal and external use
  • Synthesize complex issues into clear and concise language to ensure program materials are relevant for a global, non-technical audience

Knowledge, education, and experience

  • B.A./B.S. required from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution.
  • Strong academic record with a demonstrated interest in international technology policy issues.
  • Program management, budget, and event planning experience desired.
  • Research experience. Ability to write clearly and concisely, particularly about technical concepts.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple assignments under deadlines effectively.
  • Strong professional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with social media in a professional setting desired.
  • Must be able to work in the United States.

Physical requirements and work conditions

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment. 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.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to apply

To apply, interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and college transcripts at">

The posting will close on March 3, 2023.