Senior Research Associate and Project Manager

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Posted with Limited AccessNoLimited Access Period Ending DateTitleSenior Research Associate and Project ManagerPosting NumberS01259Full-Time/Part-TimeFull-timeTypical Hours Per Week37.5Regular, Temporary or TermRegularIf temporary or term, enter anticipated end dateBenefits Eligible?YesHourly/SalariedSalariedBand/LevelCNS4Hiring Minimum$82,500DepartmentCNSLocationMonterey, CA CampusHire contingent upon successful completion of the following post-offer screeningCriminal Background Check Position Summary

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Program Director of CNS’ Export Control and Nonproliferation Program, the Senior Research Associate / Project Manager will contribute substantively to the business development, core research, and project management of the program’s activities. These activities will include: managing implementation of multiple export control, sanctions, countering proliferation finance, and nonproliferation-related projects featuring innovative research, with a focus on the strategic development and application of specialized analytical methodologies and tools; coordinating XNP-related outreach and educational activities; managing strategic relationships with key CNS sponsors and practitioner contacts; fund-raising and, and in particular, the identification and development of new funding opportunities for XNP. Additionally, the Senior Research Associate and Project Manager will develop and manage collaborative projects across CNS programs and with external partner institutions. The position is expected to amplify CNS’ impact on and contribution to the export control, countering proliferation finance, and nonproliferation policymaking and policy implementation communities, and the selected candidate must be willing to engage in international travel, have enthusiasm for capacity-building work in the nonproliferation field, and be willing to actively seek grant- and contract-based funding for such activities. In support of the above activities, the Senior Research Associate and Project Manager will supervise a team of Senior Research Associates, Research Associates and/or Graduate Research Assistants. This is a full-time staff position.


Essential Functions

•Serve as Principal Investigator and manager for multiple grant-supported projects, and maintaining demonstrable subject-matter expertise. This includes conducting original research on topics relating to East Asia, export controls and sanctions, countering proliferation finance, and industry compliance with export controls.
•Work with multiple CNS programs and with external institutional partners.
•Develop, apply and champion specialized analytical methodologies and tools in support of the research described above.
•Organize, coordinate and oversee XNP educational, training and outreach events, of fellows programs, seminars, roundtable discussions and industry trade compliance benchmarking and outreach activities.
•Develop nonproliferation export control research and awareness-building opportunities for XNP and related CNS programs by identifying and confirming sponsor needs and requirements, as well as conceptualizing and drafting proposals, grant applications, and detailed work plans.
•Raise funds for XNP and other CNS projects and, in support of fund-raising: develop, manage and sustain relationships with key CNS sponsors.
•Hiring, supervising, and/or training Senior Research Associates or Research Associates, as appropriate.
•Hiring, supervising, and/or training Graduate Research Associates or interns, as appropriate.

General Responsibilities

•Conduct original research and write reports and scholarly articles on nonproliferation and export control-related issues in support of grants awarded to the Export Control and Nonproliferation Program (XNP) and assigned by the Program Director.
•Develop curriculum and educational materials for export control-related educational activities in support of grants awarded to the Export Control and Nonproliferation Program (XNP) and assigned by the Program Director.
•As needed, supervise Senior Research Associates, Research Associates, temporary contract staff, Graduate Research Assistants, and interns.
•Other duties as assigned.



•M.A. degree in political science, international relations or related area. Specialization in Nonproliferation Studies, Proliferation Finance, or Export Control Compliance preferred.
•Language coursework and/or proficiency in a foreign language strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

•Demonstrable and recognized subject matter expertise related to export controls and sanctions, countering proliferation finance, and international nonproliferation issues. Expertise in the above areas as they specifically relate to the East Asia region is a plus.
•Excellent organizational, administrative, analytical, research, writing, and copy-editing skills.
•Capable of multi-tasking and working in a challenging, intense, and dynamic deadline-oriented environment.
•Demonstrated fundraising skills to support sustainable research and educational projects highly desirable.
•Proven publication record on nonproliferation and export control topics via op-eds, essays, journal articles, and monographs.
•Capable of managing multiple research and educational projects, including organizing educational/training events. Use of Power Point, Prezi, and similar tools to create engaging, visually compelling presentations.
•Ability to work with on projects that include new analytical methodologies and tools, including network analysis and analysis of trade statistics and corporate registry documents. Ability to manipulate large datasets and conduct quantitative analyses.
•Ability to work well with colleagues and stakeholders from various cultural and professional backgrounds distributed across multiple offices and regions.
•Excellent oral and interpersonal communication skills, including international communication with visiting officials, scholars, fellows and students who are using English as a second language.
•Capable of presenting at international workshops, conferences, and events.
•In addition to excellent research and writing skills in English, ability to conduct research using primary sources in a language other than English is preferred.
•Willingness and ability to adapt to changing technologies and systems.
•Willingness and ability to comply with Institute policies, procedures and mandates.


•At least 5 years of professional experience in the nonproliferation, international/national security, and/or export control and nonproliferation finance fields, preferably with a demonstrated publication record. Experience coordinating export control-specific projects preferred.
•Substantial research experience in applying specialized analytical methodologies and tools.
•Previous experience supervising the work of others.
•Previous experience managing projects.
•Experience organizing events strongly preferred.
•Familiarity with US export control laws and regulations and anti-money laundering rules and regulations.
•Previous experience working with financial institutions implementing nonproliferation sanctions is a plus.

Physical Demands

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.

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    1. Resume/C V
    Optional Documents
    1. Cover Letter




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    Posted: 7/16/2019
    Application Due: 9/14/2019
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