Program Assistant/Receptionist

Center for the National Interest
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Sep 11

Position description

The Center for the National Interest seeks a program assistant/receptionist to support programs on the greater Middle East, the Asia-Pacific region, and in other areas as needed. This is an entry-level position with opportunities to gain significant responsibility over time. The ideal candidate will be articulate and personable, highly organized and detail-oriented, and able to manage multiple simultaneous assignments. Strong writing and editing skills are also important.

Duties include

Answering telephones and greeting visitors;

General administrative support, such as keeping schedules, making travel arrangements, filing, submitting expense reports, placing telephone calls, and typing and editing correspondence;

Organizing seminars and other events, note taking, and writing summaries of meetings and events;

Updating and editing the Center’s website;

Typing and editing articles, reports, books, and other published products;

Coordinating the activities of program interns;

Providing research support; and

Completing other tasks as necessary.


B.A or B.S. is required. M.A. or M.S. is desirable. Experience in a policy institute or similar environment and demonstrated interest in international affairs are strongly preferred. Salary is competitive.

Application instructions

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and one or two writing samples to John Van Oudenaren, Assistant Director at the Center for the National Interest at [email protected]. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis with the Center seeking to make a final hiring determination by early October.

About the Center for the National Interest

The Center for the National Interest is a non-partisan foreign policy institute founded by former President Richard Nixon to promote strategic realism in U.S. foreign policy. The Center’s principal programs focus on regions including China and East Asia, the Middle East, and Russia and Eurasia, as well as functional issues such as defense policy, energy security and climate change, and intelligence and national security. The Center also publishes the prominent foreign affairs magazine The National Interest, which appears online at  

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