Program Manager, Nuclear Security Engagement

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The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world's leading schools of international affairs and one of the largest schools of international affairs in the United States. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world.

The Nuclear Security Working Group (NSWG) is a nonpartisan group of senior foreign policy experts who work behind the scenes to promote informed discourse on nuclear security issues. NSWG members have served with distinction at the highest levels of government, the armed services, and academia. Through frequent meetings, conferences and routine exchanges among members, the NSWG enables leading global experts in international security and nuclear issues to cultivate and share expertise and collaborate on common objectives. The group conducts its activities in a not-for-attribution setting, enabling members and participants to freely express their thoughts and ideas. NSWG regularly engages with senior administration officials and members of both parties on Capitol Hill to help bridge the partisan divide and contribute to the formation and implementation of an informed nuclear security policy that serves the national interest of the United States.

Now in its second year, NSWG also operates an innovative Congressional fellowship program that places nuclear security experts in key House and Senate offices. Congressional Nuclear Security Fellows work to advance the level of awareness and understanding of nuclear policy issues among Members of Congress and their staffs while providing their hosting offices and colleagues with invaluable sources of nuclear and national security expertise.

Position overview

The NSWG has an opening for a Program Manager to oversee and expand NSWG's engagement to Congress and other key stakeholders. A significant aspect of these responsibilities is to manage the Congressional Nuclear Security Fellowship program.

The Program Manager will be tasked with developing and implementing a long-term strategy for legislative outreach; maintaining and expanding partnerships with Congressional offices affiliated with the fellowship program; directing the annual Fellowship search (including application review, candidate interviews and selection, and office placement); and developing and implementing analytic tools to track impact and progress toward program goals. The Program Manager will also take the lead in coordinating NSWG's reporting and communication to key stakeholders, including Funders, the University, and the broader policy community by revamping NSWG's activity tracking system and metrics. The Program Manager will also be expected to develop a medium-term strategic plan for sustainability and growth of NSWG activities.

This is an excellent opportunity for a seasoned mid-career professional with significant substantive experience in nuclear policy as well as demonstrated success with program implementation, administration, strategic communications, and government affairs. The individual will gain unique and valuable exposure to critical debates and players in the field of nuclear security while supporting NSWG's mission of cultivating principled, bipartisan leadership in nuclear security policy.

This position will be located on the Foggy Bottom campus. Normal work hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. with ability to adapt to non-standard hours as needed.

Specific responsibilities include:

• Sustains and expands the Congressional fellowship program by
o Managing existing partnerships with key hosting Congressional offices;
o Identifying and engaging new House/Senate offices with interest and/or responsibility in nuclear issues;
o Directing an annual nationwide search for qualified Fellowship candidates, including fielding and reviewing applications; conducting interviews; liaising with hosting House/Senate offices; and ensuring the successful and smooth placement and on-boarding of fellows;
o Regularly monitoring Fellow activities and identifying opportunities for collaboration between Fellows, NSWG, and the George Washington University community.
• Develops a strategic plan for medium to long-term sustainability, growth, and institutionalization of NSWG research and outreach activities.
• Identifies, recruits, and retains NSWG members as part of the overall NSWG sustainability and growth plan,
• Identifies opportunities for NSWG to convene well-attended, high-impact public events, drawing on NSWG resources and members as well as potential collaboration with Congressional Fellows and other partners.
• Directs NSWG Congressional engagement through legislation tracking, building relationships with Capitol Hill staff and offices, and integrating NSWG's other research and programmatic activities.
• Develops and oversees a comprehensive communications strategy for internal and external stakeholders-including the presidential administration, the University, the Washington policy community, and Funders-leveraging a variety of traditional and social media tools and outlets.
• Refines and applies analytic tools and methodologies to track progress toward NSWG goals and performance indicators.
• Coordinates the grant implementation and the proposal and reporting processes.
• Supervises other NSWG support staff as appropriate.
• Performs other work related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the NSWG chair from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master's degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

• Master's degree or higher in international affairs, security studies, political science, economics or similarly appropriate area of specialization preferred.
• Significant professional experience in nuclear security or related policy issues.
• Significant experience with program administration.
• Superlative communication, writing, and interpersonal skills.
• Experience working in Congress or similar legislative environment.
• Experience working in Washington policy settings and demonstrated ability to interact with senior experts.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
• Experience and familiarity with budgeting and financial management.
• Experience with grant management and proposal writing.
• Demonstrated competence with event planning and coordination.
• Ability to adapt to flexible hours, be proactive in solving challenges, and working with minimal supervision.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. College/School/Department: Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA) Family Academic Affairs Sub-Family Program Administration Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 2 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: M-F 8:30 - 5:30, evenings and/or weekends if required Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: No Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants: Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S007007 Job Open Date: 02/15/2018 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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        Posted: 3/2/2018
        Application Due: 4/14/2018
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