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Program Associate Program on New Approaches to Research & Security in Eurasia

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Job Description Summary:

The Elliott School of International Affairs’ Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) currently seeks a Program Associate for the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS). PONARS Eurasia is a network of over 100 scholars based mainly in the United States, Russia, Ukraine, and other post-Soviet states. The network addresses a comprehensive array of important foreign, security, and domestic policy challenges related to Russia and post-Soviet Eurasia and their environs. Its core missions are to connect scholarship to policy on and in Russia and Eurasia and to foster a community among rising leaders of the post-Cold-War cohorts of scholars committed to developing and disseminating policy-relevant and collaborative research. Through its international conferences, events, publications, media outreach, and vibrant discussion listserv, PONARS Eurasia provides incentives and resources for its members to apply their research and analytical skills to pressing contemporary policy issues, and (especially important for non-native English speakers) to do so in professional, fluent, and engaging prose. PONARS Eurasia conferences and publications deliver this academically-informed analysis to policy, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), media, and educational communities in the United States and post-Soviet Eurasia, as well as to a broader interested global public.

The PONARS Eurasia Program Associate reports to the leadership of the Program, works closely with the managing editor and a research assistant, and manages all the operational and administrative duties for the project, including managing events and their related financial tasks. Specific responsibilities include:

Financial management: Manages and tracks spending of PONARS Eurasia funds. Manages program resources and processes reimbursements, purchase orders, honoraria, and invoices. Manages all program P-card expenses through iBuy. Assists project directors with grant proposals and budget development, budget tracking, and close-out procedures.

Event management: Oversees all logistics for PONARS Eurasia events, including coordinating travel and accommodation logistics for speakers, collecting information from speakers, finding and reserving event space, coordinating catering, advertising/publicizing events, on-site management for events , managing all financial aspects of events, supervising support staff at events, room set-up, and sometimes taking notes on or recording/filming events.

Editing: Editing work on PONARS Eurasia papers and publications, drafting various texts (announcements of events or other programming, summaries of the contents of presentations made at events and workshops, materials for the website), assisting project directors with writing interim and final reports.

Marketing and technical management: Manages PONARS Eurasia’s presence online, including the program website (posting content, website design, technical management) and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube), including posting content regularly, maintaining PONARS Eurasia branding, and interacting with followers in order to grow audiences. Edits event videos and posts them on YouTube.

Participates in and helps out with other IERES activities when needed.

Performs research tasks and small editing projects.

Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications:

• Professional-level English editorial skills
• Exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail
• Event planning experience
• Experience with website development and maintenance
• Background in European and Eurasian studies
• Prior professional experience in either project or program management
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Strong teamwork skills
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office, specifically Word, Excel
• Copy editing experience
• Audio/video production and editing experience (Final Cut Pro, iMovie)


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom
College/School/Department: Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA)
Family Academic Affairs
Sub-Family Program Administration
Stream Individual Contributor
Level Level 1
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
Hours Per Week: 40
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:30 to 5:30, plus some evenings and weekends
Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work.
Telework: No
Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Internal Applicants Only? No
Posting Number: S006455
Job Open Date: 07/03/2017
Job Close Date:
If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:
Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.
EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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