Project Associate, Political and Security Affairs
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking a Political and Security Affairs (PSA) Project Associate to support various NBR projects, such as the PLA Executive Education Course, China’s Military Modernization, and projects related to specific countries or subregions such as Taiwan, Australia, and the Korean Peninsula. This opportunity allows the individual to strengthen skills in research, event planning, publications, and general office and project support, as well as be exposed to budgeting, fundraising, and business development practices, through on-the-job experience. This is a full-time, special assignment (temporary, one-year) position, January – December 2022. The Project Associate, Political and Security Affairs reports to the Senior Project Manager and Project Manager, Political and Security Affairs.
Project associates work on project teams to assist project directors and project managers in accomplishing specific project objectives. Project associates may take the lead on managing specific project tasks.
Project Assistance: providing substantive support for project implementation by drafting and proof-reading project descriptions, concept papers, correspondence, etc.; helping to maintain project documentation, web-pages, and filing systems.
Research Support and Writing: providing substantive research assistance for project teams and scholars; undertaking literature reviews; summarizing research papers; providing market research, writing talking points, and other materials as needed.
Development Support: helping to identify potential funding streams and providing support in proposal research and drafting.
Budget Support: assisting with building budgets for proposals and providing support to manage existing budgets.
Publications Support: reviewing, fact-checking, proof-reading, formatting, and copyediting publications; assisting with publications distribution (including mailings).
Database Administration: maintaining and updating project databases; data entry and research for institutional and project databases.
Event Planning: assisting with event concepts, providing administrative support for conferences, workshops, presentations, and briefings (drafting agendas; coordinating invitations, assisting with travel, accommodation, and venue arrangements; note-taking, etc.).
Phone Support: along with NBR interns and other project associates, helping to answer incoming calls to the organization and handling them appropriately.
Participating in and supporting other NBR activities as needed.
Project associates have substantive expertise on a range of countries and issues (substantive knowledge and/or language skills) and must be able to understand each project’s scope/relevance in order to work effectively with scholars and other stakeholders.
Degree holder preferably in Asia Studies, International Relations, Political Science, or a related field
Professional experience with research, writing, editing, event planning, or other responsibilities listed above preferred
Excellent written, oral, and research skills
Demonstrated proficiency in a relevant geographical or topical area of Asia studies and/or U.S.-Asia policy; reading proficiency in an Asian language, Mandarin preferred
NBR is an independent, nonpartisan research institution based in Seattle and Washington, D.C. We bring world-class scholarship to bear on the evolving strategic environment in Asia through original, policy-relevant research, and we invest in our future by training the next generation of Asia specialists.
With power, risk, and opportunity concentrating in Asia, at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) we tackle those critical issues that America’s leaders need to understand – because the decisions they make matter and the stakes are high. As the nation’s Asia policy think tank, we envision a future that is free, open, secure, and prosperous for all.
This is an opportunity to work in a supportive environment with a group of high performing, dedicated, and friendly colleagues. NBR offers a competitive benefits package of 17 annual paid holidays, paid sick time, and transit reimbursement options.
The application period for this position will close on December 5, 2021. To apply, submit the following materials through NBR’s employment site (https://nbr.applicantpro.com/jobs/). Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Cover letter summarizing your experience as it applies to the outlined responsibilities and qualifications
Recent 3-5 page writing sample that has not been edited by anyone else
Contact information for 3 professional and/or academic references
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