Assistant Director

Center for the National Interest
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 03

Position description

The Center for the National Interest seeks an outgoing, pro-active, results-oriented individual to serve as its Assistant Director.  The Assistant Director has an important role in managing programs, conducting outreach, and writing and editing institutional materials.  The position also offers an opportunity to the highly-motivated individual for independent writing, particularly for the Center’s magazine, The National Interest.  The Assistant Director will help the Center’s President and Executive Director with a variety of institutional activities.

The Center for the National Interest is a non-partisan foreign policy think tank based in Washington, DC.  The Center’s principal programs deal with U.S. relations with China, Russia, Europe, Japan, Korea and the Middle East as well as with transnational issues like energy, non-proliferation and terrorism.  The Center also publishes the prominent foreign policy magazine The National Interest and its web site,, now the leading online defense and foreign policy publication.


Duties include:

Program management

-Coordinating the planning and execution of seminars, conferences, -briefings, and other meetings to maintain high quality

-Writing and editing meeting summaries

-Drafting reports to donors

External relations

-Media outreach for the Center and the magazine

-Managing web site updates and drafting regular email bulletins to subscribers

-Ensuring that key databases are adequately maintained

-Serving as the point-of-contact for media interviews and drafting press releases, newsletter articles, and other materials

-Contacting current and potential donors and advertisers

-Supporting the president and the executive director in planning major events


-Writing analysis/commentary articles in areas of expertise as other responsibilities permit

Other management/administrative duties as needed


Applicants should have at least a bachelor’s degree and preferably a master’s degree in international relations or a related field. Competitive candidates will also have two years’ administrative experience, ideally in an operational or program-related role in think tank or in a similar setting.  Strong writing skills and the ability to maintain close attention to detail while simultaneously managing multiple assignments are critical to success.  External relations/media relations experience is a plus.  Please note that this is a hands-on and detail-oriented junior management position with an opportunity for independent writing; administrative skills and an organizational mindset are essential.

Application instructions

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter—including salary requirements—and two short writing samples to Paul Saunders, Executive Director, by email at [email protected] or by mail at 1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC  20036.  No calls or visits please.  If applying by email, please type “Assistant Director” in the subject line.

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