The Henry L. Stimson Center
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 08

Position description

The Henry L. Stimson Center seeks two dynamic, self-motivated, and detail-oriented Fellows to develop and lead Stimson’s Security for the New Century (SNC) program. SNC aims to support Members of the House and Senate and their staff in gaining a deeper understanding of international security issues.  

About Security for a New Century

Security for a New Century is a Congressional education forum designed to foster in-depth dialogue around international security challenges—principally via briefings and seminars for Members of Congress and staff – in a non-partisan format. Briefing and seminars will explore and support constructive problem-solving around modern challenges, bring attention to the underlying issues in public debates, offer relevant insights to policymakers, and augment the work of major Committees. In support of these overarching goals, the program has three objectives:

1.     To support a balanced and diverse array of knowledge on international security issues in Congress, including nuclear security and non-proliferation, the multilateral system, global health, great power conflict, and countering extremism, to support broad and deeper Congressional engagement; and 

2.     To foster an environment in which long-range public policy goals relating to security can be developed in a bipartisan manner; and

3.     To strengthen communication between Congress and academia by inviting experts and researchers to attend study group sessions and briefings and participate as featured speakers.

Topics of these sessions are to be timed to take advantage of salient discussions on Capitol Hill. The SNC calendar will accommodate the legislative calendar and be responsive to requests from Hill staff and Members. All SNC sessions are off-the-record, interactive, and aimed toward developing pragmatic, workable solutions to today’s complex security problems. Rather than advocate singular solutions, SNC sessions are oriented to educate and provide policymakers and their staff with the background, facts, and analysis to craft smart policy.

About the Fellowship

Stimson seeks one Fellow to be based in the House of Representatives and one in the Senate. The House Fellow will host regular, not-for-attribution briefings on international security issues for staff, featuring leading speakers from academia, industry, civil society, and think tank communities. Fellows will organize up to 40 one-hour study group sessions per year co-hosted by their Members.  In the Senate, the Fellow will work on a bi-partisan basis on 1-3 projects, creating a Congressional study group and speaker series to inform innovative solutions on behalf of host offices around discrete international security policy challenges. 

Job Responsibilities:

Fellows must have a demonstrated interest in and knowledge of a broad range of international security and foreign policy issues, as well as extensive experience working on the Hill or closely with Members of Congress. Candidates should demonstrate an aptitude for and interest in interdisciplinary approaches; offer a sophisticated sensitivity to political and international issues; and have a sense of which topics are of greatest interest. Candidates should bring good judgment to ensure that SNC offers programming that is in the long-run representative of a range of viewpoints. Fellows must also have seasoned communication skills and a demonstrated ability to foster and facilitate open discussion on challenging subject matters.

Primary responsibilities will be to design, develop, and execute regular (up to 3-4 monthly) study seminars for Congress with great independence and limited supervision. The successful candidate will be able to organize seminar sessions on a wide range of issues with unique speakers, and bring new voices and innovative perspectives to the Hill. 

The fellowship is a one-year appointment with an optional second year for renewal upon agreement between the Fellow and the Center. 


  • Knowledge of international peace and security issues, preferably with experience in policy-making 
  • Prior knowledge of and/or experience on Capitol Hill and the legislative system
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • A willingness to work in a fast-paced environment and a demonstrated ability to manage time efficiently and under limited supervision
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including proficiency in grammar, editing, and proofreading
  • ·Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build and maintain relationships across partisan lines on controversial or highly partisan issues
  • An interest in developing solutions to the grand transnational challenges of our time
  • A calm-under-pressure and flexible approach when things move quickly
  • Accountability, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence necessary to represent SNC and the Stimson Center 
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and academic/foreign policy research

Education & Experience:

  • Master’s degree and at least five years work experience; or, commensurate work experience
  • Preferably at least three years working with or on the Hill; existing relationships with policymakers and staff highly desirable

Application instructions

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