Program Coordinator & Research Assistant – Economics Program

Website The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)


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The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decisionmakers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of over 220 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to develop policy initiatives that look to the future and anticipate change. CSIS is regularly called upon by Congress, the executive branch, the media, and others to explain the day’s events and offer recommendations to improve U.S. strategy.

The primary purpose of this position is to coordinate and support the administration and management of the Economics Program. The PCRA coordinates and manages the Director’s schedule, serves as the Director’s executive assistant, assists with personnel and workflow management, manages the day-to-day finances of the program, tracks and manages project budgets, assists with grant management, administratively supports the team, and assists with research. This position will be roughly 90% administrative and 10% research support.


Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

Program Management – In close consultation with the Deputy Director, coordinates day-to-day program workflow and supports the execution of project work plans. Proactively manages team information flow. Serves as the main point of contact for the program, coordinating with other programs and departments internally, and communicating with external stakeholders and key contacts

Administrative Support – Serves as the executive assistant to the Director and provides administrative support in the day-to-day operation of the program, including managing the intern hiring process, processing timesheets, coordinating team activities, et al.

Program Finances – Manages the day-to-day budget of the program, assists with development of project-related budgets, assists with preparation for internal budget reviews, tracks and records all allocations materials, tracks and manages grant budgets, and tracks program expenses.

Research – Serves as a Research Assistant to the program. Responsible for assisting the Economics Program research team in writing briefings, articles, concept papers, reports, and research-related business correspondence.


• Bachelor’s degree required;
• Academic degree or significant work experience in economic policy preferred;
• Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to coordinate and support a large and dynamic team;
• Comfortable in a fast-paced environment and able to thrive under pressure;
• Proactive problem solver with strong decision-making skills;
• Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail;
• Strong communication skills, including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from constituency groups, media, governmental entities, and the general public;
• Interest in the Asia-Pacific;
• In possession of sound judgment, impeccable integrity, positive attitude, and a creative outlook;
• Temperament to communicate with a variety of personalities in a tactful and professional manner.

Physical requirements and work conditions:

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Performances of duties require the use of hands and fingers to handle or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Interested applicants should submit a résumé, cover letter, and writing sample at References will be requested directly.

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