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Center for a New American Security

Program Director and Senior Fellow

Asia-Pacific Security Program – Washington, District of Columbia
Department Asia-Pacific Security Program
Employment Type Full-Time

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) seeks to hire a Program Director and Senior Fellow for its Asia-Pacific Security Program. This individual will be responsible for leading the program; conceptualizing, managing, and executing research projects; informing and elevating national debates related to the Asia-Pacific; and convening and engaging with stakeholders. He or she will also contribute to CNAS’ broader work related to national security.

The Asia-Pacific Security Program has an ambitious research agenda which includes sharpening America’s edge in the strategic competition with China; strengthening U.S. alliances and partnerships across the region; and managing the security challenges posed by North Korea. Research activities range from tabletop exercises to roundtable series to policy studies informed by extensive fieldwork. Drawing on the knowledge and real-world experience of its team and associated adjuncts, along with its network of public and private sectors partners, the program provides policymakers in the United States, the Asia-Pacific, and interested third regions with concrete ideas and recommendations on Asia-Pacific security issues.


The following is an overview of primary responsibilities. Other tasks may be required, and responsibilities will vary over time.

Program Management

  • Develop and implement a vision, strategy, and research agenda for the Program.
  • Direct a vibrant research team to design and implement multiple innovative research projects.
  • Recruit and support non-resident fellows, outside authors, and other CNAS and external contributors.
  • Work with CNAS leadership to develop resourcing plans and manage program budgets.
  • Raise funding for the program’s work, together with the Center’s development team.

Research and Analysis

  • Conduct original research and analysis to advance understanding and improve public policy related to the Asia-Pacific.
  • Write and publish reports, policy memos, articles, op-eds, and other written and multimedia products related to the core program themes.
  • Engage other experts to conduct research and analysis as part of the program’s mission.
  • Seek and embrace collaboration with other CNAS research programs.


  • Serve as an expert commentator in the media and engage in public outreach through social media channels, public speaking, and other outlets.
  • Lead and participate in events, such as working groups, panel discussions, and roundtables.
  • Conduct consultative meetings and outreach to senior government officials, thought leaders, members of Congress and staff.
  • Engage foreign partners both in the United States and abroad.

Institutional Responsibilities

  • Draft project proposals and target prospective donors for funding support.
  • Participate in the Center’s personnel hiring processes.
  • Attend internal meetings and represent CNAS at external events.
  • Mentor colleagues.
  • Staff CNAS events as needed.
  • Participate in networking and outreach.


Candidates should possess the following:

  • A graduate degree in a relevant field,
  • Relevant experience, preferably in policymaking,
  • Demonstrated publication history,
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in topics related to Asia-Pacific security,
  • Established networks on both sides of the Pacific,
  • Project management experience, ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously,
  • Ability to mentor, manage, support, and work well with colleagues and CNAS affiliates,
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising from foundations, the private sector, and/or individual donors,
  • Ability to communicate effectively with elected, appointed, and military officials; donors; and colleagues,
  • Demonstrated experience working with the media (print, TV, radio, podcasts) and familiarity/experience with social media.
  • Legal right to work in the United States.

About CNAS

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit research organization dedicated to developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies. Building on the deep expertise and broad experience of its staff and advisors, CNAS engages policymakers, experts and the public with innovative, fact-based research, ideas and analysis to shape the national security debate. CNAS is located in Washington, D.C.

CNAS abides by all Federal and District of Columbia employment laws. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.

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