Project Manager - Political and Security Affairs

The National Bureau of Asian Research
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jun 22

Position description

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), a D.C.-based, non-profit, research think tank, is seeking a Project Manager. The Project Manager provides project management and development support to the Political and Security Affairs (PSA) team. The position will manage projects that may include: The People's Liberation Army Conference, upcoming PSA programming on strategic stability and nuclear issues, ongoing programming on Taiwan, and others.

The ideal candidate will thrive on managing details and possess strong writing skills, a demonstrated proficiency in a relevant geographical or topical area of Asia studies and/or U.S.-Asia policy, and a can-do attitude and entrepreneurial spirit. In addition, candidates with two or more years of project management experience and knowledge of the activities of a research institution are preferred. This is a great opportunity to apply your Asia security expertise at a research think tank.  

This is a full-time (40 hours per week), hourly, non-exempt position reporting to the Director, Political and Security Affairs. The position is available immediately, and salary is commensurate with the successful candidate's qualifications. NBR offers a benefits package that includes health insurance, transit benefits, 401k with matching, paid vacation/sick/holidays, and more.

NBR values smart and flexible people who possess a good heart and integrity. If you possess the skills, qualifications, and our values, please apply! 

Project Management Responsibilities (75%)

Project management responsibilities support the implementation of existing PSA projects including:

  • Project Management: managing part or all of up to three research projects across all parts of the project cycle (including project scoping, research, publications, events, and distribution) on schedule and within budget; drafting project descriptions, concept papers, correspondence, etc.; maintaining project documentation, web-pages, and filing systems
  • Research Management: coordinating substantive research assistance for project teams and scholars; summarizing research papers
  • Publications editing: reviewing and providing substantive feedback and edits to project publications; coordinating publications distribution
  • Grant Reporting: drafting grant progress reports according to sponsor requirements, and responding to other sponsor requests or questions
  • Budgeting: developing project budgets, tracking project expenses, and preparing budget reports
  • Event Management: designing and coordinating conferences, workshops, presentations, and government briefings for projects (drafting agendas; coordinating invitations, coordinating travel, accommodations, and venue arrangements, etc.)
  • Staff Management: supervising project associates, fellows, and interns to achieve project objectives
  • Relationship Management: maintaining relations with project research leads; liaising with external experts and senior officials; developing relations with sponsors and other stakeholders
  • Outreach: representing NBR (esp. projects) before a range of audiences (e.g., project stakeholders and constituents)
  • Database Administration: coordinating the maintenance of and updating project databases
  • Participating in and managing other NBR activities as needed

Grant Development Responsibilities (25%)

Grant development responsibilities support new PSA fundraising and business development efforts including:

  • Fundraising: researching new funding opportunities and identifying open grant applications
  • Proposals: assisting the scoping, methodology, and framing of project concepts; drafting proposal narratives and supporting the drafting of proposal budgets and budget justifications; responsible for the quality of proposals before they are submitted; identifying experts and scholars to contribute to potential projects
  • Relationship Management: building and maintaining strong partnerships with grantor point-of-contacts


  • Bachelor's degree in security studies, Asia Studies, international relations, foreign policy or similar field
  • 2+ years of relevant experience, including at least 1 year of experience managing projects and/or contributing to project proposals, project development, and fundraising
  • Knowledge and experience in political and security issues in the Indo-Pacific, in particular China, Taiwan, and the Korean Peninsula
  • Advanced skills in an Asian language is a plus
  • Curiosity and willingness to take on projects that range widely in terms of region, topic, or scope
  • Comfortable in a growing organization and with learning from doing
  • Humble attitude and willingness to take on any task, large or small

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