Program Assistant/Receptionist

Center for the National Interest
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Nov 26

Position description

The Center for the National Interest seeks a program assistant/receptionist to support programs focused on the Middle East  and the Asia-Pacific.  The program assistant/receptionist will report to two of the Center’s senior staff and be available to the management for other assignments as needed.

Duties include

  • Answering telephones and greeting visitors;
  • General administrative support, such as keeping schedules, making travel arrangements, filing, submitting expense reports, placing telephone calls, and typing and editing correspondence;
  • Organizing seminars and other events, note taking, and writing summaries of meetings and events;
  • Updating and editing the website and preparing social media posts;
  • Typing and editing articles, reports, books, and other published products;
  • Coordinating the activities of program interns;
  • Providing research support; and
  • Completing other tasks as necessary.


B.A or B.S. is required. M.A. or M.S. is desirable. Office experience preferred. Experience in a policy institute or similar environment and demonstrated interest in international affairs are strongly preferred. Familiarity with MailChimp or other bulk-mailing services is desirable, but not required. Salary is competitive.

Application instructions

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and one or two writing samples (each sample should be no longer than five pages) to Matt Reisener, the Center for the National Interest’s Chief of Staff, at [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The ideal start time for this position is mid-December 2019 or early January 2020.

No calls please.

About the Center for the National Interest

The Center for the National Interest is a non-partisan foreign policy institute founded by former President Richard Nixon to promote strategic realism in U.S. foreign policy. The Center’s principal programs focus on regions including China and East Asia, the Middle East, and Russia and Eurasia, as well as functional issues such as defense policy, energy security and climate change, and intelligence and national security. The Center also publishes the prominent foreign affairs magazine The National Interest, which appears online at  

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