NTI Project Manager and Research Associate
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
NTI Project Manager and Research Associate
Posting Number: S01269
Regular, Temporary or Term: Regular
Benefits Eligible?: Yes
Hiring Minimum: $54,000 annually
Department: James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)
Location: Monterey, CA Campus
Hire contingent upon successful completion of the following post-offer screening: Criminal Background check
Under the general direction of the Deputy Director of CNS, the NTI Project Manager and Research Associate oversees all ongoing grants from the Nuclear Threat Initiative. Management of the NTI grants principally involves drafting budgets and deliverables schedules, negotiating their terms with the funder, and managing the successful implementation of the deliverables in line with the budget and schedule. Day-to-day management responsibilities involve tasking and providing quality control for deliverables produced by a large number of CNS staff, outside sub-contractors, and graduate research assistants from the Monterey, Washington, DC, and Vienna offices. The position includes direct supervision of those staff and students principally assigned to NTI grants. This is a full-time staff position.
• Act as liaison between the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies for ongoing grants, meeting with NTI staff in Washington, DC or Monterey as needed;
• Create budget and deliverables proposal for the next year's funding prior to NTI's annual board meeting, and travel to DC to negotiate the terms of the agreement;
• Supervise staff in multiple CNS programs (which may include IONP, NISNP,EANP, CBWNP, and the Education Program) and offices (including Monterey, Washington, DC, and Vienna), who are responsible for producing NTI content. Provide necessary training, resources, mentoring and professional development opportunities to staff, as well as feedback on performance, including through the MIIS performance evaluation process;
• Liaise with CNS Director, Deputy Director, and Assistant Director to ensure sufficient staffing to meet NTI obligations, including by drafting position announcements, serving on search committees, and interviewing applicants to fill vacancies;
• Provide guidance to staff on graduate research assistant hiring in support of the NTI work each semester;
• Hire and directly supervise and mentor several GRAs each semester, and undergraduate interns each summer;
• Manage the production and submission of NTI deliverables by CNS personnel, reviewing final deliverables to ensure high quality control;
• Facilitate regular meetings with staff working on NTI deliverables to assess progress and troubleshoot quality control issues;
• Provide weekly, mid-term, and annual deliverables reports to NTI;
• Ensure that staff and students working on NTI deliverables have proper equipment, materials, and guidance.
• Conduct original research and write reports and scholarly articles on the proliferation of nuclear weapons to state and non-state actors, their means of delivery and strategies for control;
• Participate as a subject matter expert in conferences and other professional activities;
• Based on nonproliferation expertise and teaching experience, provide input in CNS MA and other nonproliferation curricula development;
• Train CNS junior staff, graduate research assistants, visiting fellows, and interns in research and analysis best practices in the field of nonproliferation by developing appropriate materials and running center-wide training sessions each semester;
• Participate in other CNS projects and activities as needed.
• M.A. degree in political science, international relations, or a related field.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Expertise in the field of nonproliferation, including applying open source tools;
• Excellent analytical, research, writing, and presentation skills;
• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
• Ability to manage a large project spanning multiple CNS programs and offices, and especially:
• Ability to manage people effectively, and specifically a large number of staff, subcontractors, graduate research assistants, and interns involved in creating content for the NTI portfolio;
• Ability to prepare and negotiate budgets, monitor expenses, control costs, and manage resources wisely;
• Ability to liaise effectively with major funders, and negotiate grant renewal terms;
• Ability to set and maintain high standards for the quality and timeliness of deliverables.
At least three years of relevant experience.
The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey maintains a smoke-free workplace and complies with the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and Drug-Free Workplace Act.
Position requires light to moderate physical effort and the ability to work at a computer keyboard for extended periods of time.
Open Until Filled: Yes
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