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Program Coordinator and Research Assistant - Southeast Asia Program
Center For Strategic And International Studies in Washington, DC
Date Posted 03/31/2021
Nonprofit-Program Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center’s 220 full-time staff and large network of affiliated scholars conduct research and analysis and develop policy initiatives that look to the future and anticipate change.


CSIS is seeking a Program Coordinator and Research Assistant to join the Southeast Asia Program. The Program Coordinator and Research Assistant will assist in day-to-day operations, including budget management, outreach efforts, event planning and coordination, management of interns, and administrative support. The Program Coordinator and Research Assistant will also provide research assistance on substantive projects, co-author reports and analyses with senior staff, and help formulate the Program’s research agenda.

The Southeast Asia Program is recruiting a Program Coordinator and Research Assistant who is highly motivated, professional, and has a very strong interest and understanding of the domestic politics, foreign policy, and political economy of Southeast Asian nations.


Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

Administrative (50%):

  • Maintain Southeast Asia Program calendars, correspondence, and travel itineraries
  • Assist with maintaining financial oversight of the program through budget preparation, analysis, and review
  • Assist in preparation of fundraising proposals and reports to donors
  • Coordinate event logistics for meetings, conferences, seminars, and briefings (including where relevant arranging food, AV, webcasting)
  • Draft and edit external correspondence and communications
  • Manage the publication process for reports and other digital products
  • Acts as a primary liaison for internal programs
  • Assist with outreach activities and contacts management
  • Update web and social media content
  • Hire and supervises interns
  • Draft contracts and manage expenses including payment to consultants/associates

Research (50%):

  • Conduct research on a range of economic, political, and security topics in Southeast Asia in support of Program goals
  • Research and author publications
  • Represent the Program by participating in meetings and coordinating on joint projects within CSIS and externally
  • Help formulate new research agendas and draft project proposals


  • B.A./B.S. required from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution.
  • Program management, budget, and event planning experience desired.
  • Knowledge of Southeast Asian political, security, and/or economic issues.
  • 1-2 years of professional experience preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail essential.
  • Must possess a self-starting, entrepreneurial mind-set and be able to work well independently and in teams.
  • Must possess strong communication skills including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from constituency groups, media, governmental entities, and the general public.
  • Experience with social media in a professional setting desired.
  • Must be able to work in the United States.


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Interested applicants should submit a résumé, a cover letter, a recent transcript, and a brief writing sample. Applications that do not include all the listed documents will not be considered.

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