Senior Program Officer or a Senior Director, Global Biological Policy and Programs team

Nuclear Threat Initiative
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Sep 07

Position description

The Nuclear Threat Initiative is seeking a Senior Program Officer or a Senior Director to join the Global Biological Policy and Programs team. The title of this position will depend on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.  This position will work in our Washington DC office, with a hybrid work from home option up to 2-3 days per week, as guided by internal policy and as approved by the program lead.  This position reports to the NTI Vice President for Global Biological Policy and Programs. 

NTI is a non-profit whose mission is to transform global security by driving systemic solutions to nuclear and biological threats imperiling humanity. The NTI | bio team is focused on reducing catastrophic biological risks, and we are working toward this goal by: strengthening biotechnology governance; bolstering biosecurity in countries around the world; strengthening international capabilities to uphold the norm against bioweapon development and use; driving progress in Global Health Security; and building the biosecurity field.

This selected candidate will help lead NTI | bio efforts to strengthen international capabilities to uphold the norm against bioweapons development and use, and they will have an opportunity to shape innovative, new work in this focus area. The responsibilities of this role will include: leading and overseeing research and writing focused on development of practical, innovative risk-reduction approaches; managing projects, budgets, and staff to meet strategic objectives; convening international events and managing relationships with global stakeholders; drafting internal leadership memos and briefing documents; and providing high-level support to other NTI | bio projects, as needed.    

Quality candidates will have a graduate degree in a relevant field (e.g., biology, biotechnology, chemistry, biosecurity, international affairs, public policy, public health, or a related field), along with 7 to 10 years of policy, research, and/or project management experience, including in biology/biotechnology, international security, global health, or international affairs.  

Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to strengthening global biosecurity, familiarity with key biosecurity concepts, and experience engaging international and/or domestic stakeholders to drive toward actionable outcomes.  Candidates should also have strong written and oral communication skills, experience conducting research, and demonstrated capacity to think creatively and develop new, innovative concepts. Additionally, candidates should have the ability to juggle multiple projects with competing deadlines, strong interpersonal skills, and experience managing a small team. 

This position will require regular domestic and international travel. 

In accordance with NTI’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we have adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. All employees are required to be fully vaccinated, unless a reasonable accommodation for medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs is requested and approved. 

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities, or requirements.

NTI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of all background and identities to apply. All applicants will be considered without attention to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, or any other quality or circumstance protected by Federal or D.C. law.

Application instructions

To apply:

Please send a resume and a cover letter to [email protected]. The subject line should read: “NTI BIO SPO/SD”.  The position will remain open until filled. Early application is encouraged.