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Program Coordinator and Research Assistant (Russia and Eurasia) - Europe, Russia and Eurasia Program
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
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At CSIS we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of more than 200 employees working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

The Europe, Russia and Eurasia Program produces forward-looking analysis on transatlantic issues, NATO, the European Union, and the Arctic as well as political, economic and security developments in Russia and the post-Soviet region. The program is seeking a highly organized, detail oriented, responsive, and entrepreneurial individual to work on a range of administrative and substantive activities in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment. The Program Coordinator and Research Assistant is an integral part of the team and will support both the day-to-day operations and substantive goals of the program, focusing on the Russia and Eurasia portfolio. The successful candidate will be expected to play a key role in advancing new initiatives and policy proposals with responsibilities for budget management, outreach, event planning, writing, as well as research and administrative support.
The successful candidate will be a team player, possess excellent communication skills, and have a keen interest in and aptitude for the Russia and Eurasia region. The Program is aiming for a June 6, 2022, start date.



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

Project Management (75%), including but not limited to
• Provide ongoing task management, including coordinating project deliverables and the program calendar relating to the Russia and Eurasia portfolio.
• Coordinate logistics for public events, private events, and other activities including meetings, seminars, and briefings.
• Manage the publication process for reports and other digital products.
• Develop, monitor, and review project budgets and annual program budgets.
• Assist in preparation of fundraising proposals and reports to donors.
• Oversee the program’s communications portfolio, including Pardot correspondence, tweets, or other social media content.
• Liaise with external contacts and other CSIS experts.
• Manage intern selection process and supervise interns’ day-to-day activities and responsibilities.
• Other tasks as assigned by the Director.
Research (25%), potentially including but not limited to
• Conduct topical and regional research in support of Europe, Russia, and Eurasia program publications and briefings.
• Provide substantive guidance to the program’s network of experts during the publication, drafting, and editing process.
• Draft and edit commentaries and reports as needed.


• B.A./B.S. in international relations, economics, political science, or another related field, and strong academic record with a demonstrated focus on Russia and the post-Soviet space.
• 1–2 years related research and/or administrative experience. Internships may be counted towards this experience.
• Demonstrable and strong research, writing, and communication skills.
• Strong organizational and time management skills, along with as an ability to work well independently and in groups.
• Excellent verbal, written, and communication skills, with an ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from constituency groups, media, and governmental entities.
• Be capable of managing multiple projects and priorities simultaneously, with an ability to problem solve in a timely and professional manner.
• Be highly motivated, enthusiastic, detail-oriented, organized, and possess a proactive attitude with a willingness to help wherever needed and to work collaboratively with the team.
• Russian language fluency highly desired; fluency in other regional languages is a plus.


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 directly addressing the required and preferred knowledge, education, experience, and skills listed; and a two-page writing sample as separate, clearly labeled PDF documents at

Applicants should submit all materials prior to 12:00 p.m. EST on May 16th.

The selected candidate is expected to be located in D.C. and work full-time, five days a week, Monday through Friday.

For more information on the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program please visit

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