We’re Hiring: Full-Time Positions in the Janne E. Nolan Center on Strategic Weapons

The Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) is expanding our nuclear team in the Janne E. Nolan Center on Strategic Weapons, an institute of CSR. This year, CSR plans to hire 3-5 full time staff members to help advance and expand our vision for reducing the risks of nuclear war and driving momentum toward future arms control measures, with an aim of at least 1-2 new team members joining CSR in the coming months.

Over time, we expect some ideal candidates will be later or mid-career leaders, while others may be entry level or relatively new to this field of work. Across the full group of new hires, CSR seeks to build further expertise in Russia and China. Additionally, CSR will aim for some members of its expanded team to have some prior government service in the nuclear field, relevant regional affairs, and/or international security broadly.  

Depending on the experiences and skills of selected individuals, and the composition of the full team as it grows, the people filling these roles will be responsible for leading or assisting in the following types of activities:

  • Helping CSR prioritize its efforts to drive progress on specific steps to reduce nuclear risks (including some of the concepts outlined here) based on how the geopolitical environment and security perceptions evolve.
  • Conducting outreach with key stakeholders to understand their goals and needs, and to promote CSR ideas. This will include regular discussions with stakeholders from the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch, other nations, and international organizations.  
  • Conducting research and analysis on nuclear weapons risks and developing ideas for risk-reduction measures.
  • Writing and editing reports, op-eds, and quick-turn blog posts; and helping to develop and produce podcasts and webinars.
  • Planning and executing meetings, events, and workshops to maximize impact.
  • Contributing to project management and organizational responsibilities.
  • 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 international security issues.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Strong working knowledge of international security issues and trends
  • Expertise in and/or passion for addressing nuclear risks
  • Interest in or knowledge related to addressing other strategic weapons threats, including biological and chemical weapons risks
  • 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 (for candidates considered beyond entry-level or early-career)
  • Location at least part time in Washington, DC or ability to travel there when needed

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 growth. Depending on CSR’s future growth, and the skills and interests of the candidate hired, this person may work on other strategic weapons issues and additional security topics over time. Compensation will vary based on the experience levels and responsibilities across the range of positions for which CSR is hiring, and ranges can be discussed during the interview process, in addition to CSR’s vacation, health, and retirement benefits. 

Apply at this link. CSR will accept applications on a rolling basis.

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.

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