Program Manager, Nuclear Security Engagement
Job Description Summary:
I. JOB OVERVIEW
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.
Entering its third 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.
The NSWG has an opening for a Program Manager to oversee and coordinate NSWG outreach to the U.S. Congress. Primary responsibilities include acting as the principal manager and point of contact for the NSWG's Congressional Fellowship program; orchestrating NSWG's outreach to the Congress, including through entrepreneurial development of personal relationships with key Congressional staffers; developing and tracking metrics of success for Congressional engagement; deploying metrics in reports to program funders; developing and organizing workshops, briefings and other events, including (but not limited to) events that include significant participation from Congressional Members and staff; day-to-day responsibility over public communications, including social media; and working in close cooperation with the NSWG Program Manager to implement the group's strategic plan.
The Program Manager will be tasked with developing and implementing a long-term strategy for legislative outreach; maintaining and expanding partnerships with Congressional offices; 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.
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. Successful candidates will have demonstrated success working independently to meet and exceed key milestones, strong interpersonal communications skills, a command of nuclear and broader national security policy issues and experience working with a diverse group of high-level individuals.
Specific responsibilities include:
• Sustaining and expanding 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.
• Identifying 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.
• Directing NSWG Congressional engagement through legislation tracking, building relationships with Capitol Hill staff and offices, and integrating NSWG's other research and programmatic activities.
• Developing and overseeing 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.
• Refining and applying analytic tools and methodologies to track progress toward NSWG goals and performance indicators.
• Coordinating the grant implementation and the proposal and reporting processes.
• Supervising other NSWG support staff as appropriate, and in tandem with NSWG chair.
• Performing 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.
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:
• Two years of full-time professional experience in nuclear security or related policy issues.
• Two years of 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 work with minimal supervision.
II. JOB DETAILS
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:
Employer will not sponsor for employment Visa statusInternal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S007821 Job Open Date: 12/03/2018 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: 10/29/2021 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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