Administrative Coordinator, Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS)

Carnegie Mellon University
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 06

Position description

At Carnegie Mellon University, the study of politics through the discipline of political science with support from other social science disciplines is centered in the Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS). IPS carries on a respected tradition of interdisciplinary political science at Carnegie Mellon as it also builds upon the university’s rich heritage of applying basic science to issues of public policy. IPS oversees many different academic programs and centers. The academic programs include the undergraduate major in International Relations and Politics (IRP), the minor in International Relations and Politics, the minor in Politics and Public Policy, the Accelerated Master’s Program of International Relations and Politics (IRP/AMP), CMU’s Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP), and the Master of Information Technology Strategy Program (MITS).  The affiliated research centers include the Center for International Relations and Politics (CIRP) and the Institute for Strategic Analysis (ISA). 

IPS administers the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program. In this semester-long program, students live, work, and study in Washington, DC, coming into direct contact with political, business, and community leaders and learning about the most pressing policy issues of the day.

IPS is seeking to hire an Administrative Coordinator for the Washington Semester Program. In this role, your responsibilities will include:

  • Providing administrative and clerical support to the Institute for Politics and Strategy.
  • working closely with the director and staff to ensure that all programs and projects run smoothly.
  • Assisting with the work flow within the department, and support budget and other related processes. 
  • Providing support for all IPS events (ISA, CIRP, CMU/WSP) held in Washington, DC.
  • Managing the director’s calendar and complex travel schedule and needs, including the scheduling of confidential meetings.
  • Helping to staff the IPS Washington, DC, office and providing program support for the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP). 
  • Compiling and distributing the weekly IPS newsletter.

We are looking for someone who has an understanding of the protocol for engaging with military personnel and government officials. The position is based in Washington, DC, and will require regular travel around the city and occasional travel to the Pittsburgh campus.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • At least three years of relevant work experience required.
  • Experience working in an academic or government environment preferred.
  • Very strong writing skills required.

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