The Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) seeks a full-time staff member to join the Janne E. Nolan Center on Strategic Weapons, an institute of CSR. The person filling this role will initially focus much of their time on CSR’s projects that address biological risks. Depending on CSR’s growth, and the skills and interests of the candidate hired, this person may work on nuclear and other strategic weapons issues and additional security topics over time. Examples of focus areas the person filling this role will have upon joining CSR include:
- Advancing the policy recommendations outlined in CSR’s recently-published Handbook for Ending Catastrophic Biological Risks
- Building on CSR’s previous research on pathogen early warning, including its major 2021 report Toward a Pathogen Early Warning System
- Assisting with CSR’s Alliance to End Biological Threats
- Aiding in international engagement that promotes the strengthening of multilateral biosafety, biosecurity, and pandemic prevention efforts
The person filling this role will:
- Conduct outreach to help ensure biological threats, both naturally occurring and deliberate, are recognized and understood, and promote ideas and policies that help ensure responses are commensurate to the threat. This will include educating stakeholders on such risks and opportunities for mitigating them, for example through briefings to U.S. Congressional and Executive Branch experts, meetings with innovators in science and technical fields, and more.
- Assisting in planning and execution of CSR outreach efforts, including meetings, events, and workshops.
- Engaging, leading, and at times mobilizing stakeholder networks and strategic partners.
- Conducting research and analysis on strategic threats and how to best address them.
- Writing and editing reports, op-eds, and quick-turn blog posts; and helping to develop and produce podcasts.
- Assisting in project management and organizational responsibilities.
- Leading events, discussions, and briefings; and participating in public speaking and media relations.
- Contributing to fundraising efforts and maintaining strong relationships with funders.
- Contributing to social media efforts, including through generating and promoting content on platforms such as, but not limited to, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
- Participating in strategic evaluation, development, and personnel processes for CSR.
- Helping to advance CSR’s diversity and inclusivity goals.
- Taking on other responsibilities that may be requested, as CSR’s interdisciplinary environment requires flexibility and an interest in working across a variety of security areas.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Strong working knowledge of international security issues and trends
- Expertise in and passion for addressing catastrophic biological risks
- Interest in addressing other strategic weapons threats, including nuclear and chemical weapons risks; knowledge and experience regarding these issues is beneficial but not required
- Strong writing, communication, and interpersonal skills
- A desire to work in multidisciplinary, silo-busting environments
- A combination of experience relevant to the roles identified above and an advanced degree
- Location (at least part time) in Washington, DC is strongly desired
CSR has a flexible work environment with members of our team spanning the United States and the world. Outside of specific meetings and events (when they may be conducted safely) teleworking is our norm. CSR will help the right candidate develop or expand skills required for success in this position and expects there will be opportunities for future growth.
Compensation will range from $75,000-$110,000 per year, depending on qualifications, plus benefits.
Apply at this link. CSR will accept applications on a rolling basis, until March 1, 2022.
CSR is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee, job applicant, subcontractor, prospective subcontractor, volunteer or prospective volunteer on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.