Senior Associate

The Henry L. Stimson Center
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Nov 08

Position description

The Senior Associate will be responsible for conceptualizing, managing, and substantively completing a newly funded multi-dimensional book project on the use or deployment of armed forces in support of discrete political/military objectives. The position requires significant expertise and credibility in the field of international security studies, as well as a deep knowledge of the academic literature on military strategy and international relations and proficiency in both qualitative and quantitative social science methods. The ideal candidate will have strong communication and public affairs skills and a publication record of note. 

The position will also be responsible for developing and seeking additional funding for a related defense initiative sustainable beyond the terms of the existing book contract.

About Stimson: The Stimson Center is a nonpartisan policy research center working to solve the world’s greatest threats to security and prosperity. Think of a modern global challenge: refugee flows, arms trafficking, terrorism. These threats cannot be resolved by a single government, individual, or business. Stimson’s award-winning research serves as a roadmap to address borderless threats through collective action.

Essential Functions

  • Oversee a book project exploring how governments have used armed forces in support of specific foreign policy goals in the years since the end of the Cold War, and assess the determinants of their successes and failures.
  • With the assistance of a small research team, lead research and analyze the issue both through quantitative methods and through case studies; 
  • Develop an understanding of and generate policy recommendations for how best to utilize US armed forces short of sustained combat to achieve foreign policy goals can both reduce the burdens now imposed on the military and better protect US security and the security of our allies; 
  • Set priorities, communicate these priorities effectively, and manage them efficiently;
  • Develop and implement mechanisms to evaluate project progress and ensure timely and high-quality work product;
  • Monitor project spending and funding;
  • Manage the associated project staff;
  • Prepare substantive content for funding proposals and participate with management in identification, development, and cultivation of funding sources for other enduring work at the Center;
  • Conceptualize, research, and publish analysis and finding through op-eds, reports, books, policy briefs, press releases, etc.;
  • Support other project work through evaluation of proposal ideas, writings, and finding areas of intersection of work; 

The above specified tasks may not be the only duties assigned. Employee will be required to carry out any other job-related instructions requested by their supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodations.


Required: 15 years relevant experience with Master’s degree in related field

Preferred: PhD in related field.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a bio, cover letter, resume and writing sample. We offer an exceptional benefits package, generous vacation and sick leave, and a convenient DC location. 

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