Monday, May 2, 2016

Special Assistant, National Security and International Policy Position with Center for American Progress for May or Recent Grad

American Progress seeks a Special Assistant to provide a variety of programmatic, administrative, and research-related tasks for the National Security and International Policy team. The team focuses on key policy areas related to U.S. foreign and security policy, including regional issues such as the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, as well as functional issues such as sustainable security, national defense, and global progressive policy. American Progress is looking for candidates who demonstrate attention to detail and an ability to juggle many tasks independently. Strong candidates also will possess background and interest in foreign and national security policy to support the team’s impact through programmatic, logistical, and administrative work. This position is located in Washington, D.C.
  • Scheduling and administrative duties for the Vice President and Managing Director, including assisting in the coordination and planning of meetings, events, travel, and donor or board reporting.
  • Supporting management of team finances and contracts through coordination with the Finance and Legal departments.
  • Maintaining the team’s project timeline and managing the team’s master calendar.
  • Supporting original research and analysis on policy and legislative issues, including conducting literature reviews and assisting in the drafting of columns, papers, and talking points, as well as proofreading, fact-checking, and editing documents, as assigned.
  • Maintaining proficiency in assigned policy areas of responsibility.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as international relations, political science, economics, or regional studies.
  • Strong writing and research skills. Please include a writing sample of no more than three pages on a topic related to U.S. foreign and security policy with your application.
  • Ability to work well within a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to multitask, attend to detail, and work well under tight deadlines.
  • Reading and speaking ability in a relevant language is a plus.
  • A deep interest in U.S. foreign and security policy and a commitment to the organization’s progressive mission, values, and ideals.
American Progress provides a competitive compensation and benefits package.
American Progress is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Application instructions

Email your Word resume and cover letter attachments
Or you may write to: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20005.
In your correspondence, please reference the exact title of the job you are applying for in the subject line. This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled.