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Want to Run Lawfare? We Need a Director of Operations

By Benjamin Wittes
Monday, September 17, 2018, 3:03 PM

Lawfare is growing, not just as a website but also as an organization. And we are hiring a new Director of Operations to help us grow. If you’re someone who loves Lawfare and wants to be involved—central, even—to the next few years of the site’s life but you’re not an editorial person, just a hard-charging entrepreneurial type who knows how to run an organization, we want to hear from you.

The Lawfare Institute, Director of Operations


The Lawfare Institute is accepting applications for a Director of Operations to manage the business functions of Lawfare, a high-impact, rapidly-growing, nonpartisan website examining issues at the intersection of national security and the law, published in cooperation with Brookings. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in financial management, including budgeting and accounting, and interest in long-term strategic planning. Familiarity with non-profit operations is desirable, but not required. The ideal candidate will have had experience in all of these areas and should be able to work independently on the business functions of the blog from his or her first day.

About Us:

Lawfare, founded as a small blog in 2010, has grown to become one of the nation’s most trusted sources of information and analysis on issues of national security law, covering a broad range of issues from cybersecurity and terrorism investigations to war powers and government surveillance.


The Director of Operations will be responsible for overseeing the following business needs:

  • Systematizing operations
  • Fundraising: events, initiatives and relationship management
  • Short-term and Long-term Strategic Planning
  • Financial Management, including budgeting and accounting
  • Human Resources Management, including payroll
  • Social Media
  • Facilities
  • Public Relations

The Director of Operations will be a part of Lawfare’s senior management team, working with the publication’s Board, Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor to help accomplish the organization’s goals. That includes generating new ideas for how to improve operations, recruiting, development and public relations.


Required: a minimum of three years of post-graduate experience in management consulting, nonprofit management or small business management or a Masters in Business Administration. We require demonstrated expertise in planning and financial management. In addition, the successful candidate will have a rare combination of systematic thinking abilities, assertiveness, communication skills, practicality and efficiency. An excellent candidate also has some experience and/or interest in legal writing, national security, or journalism. Experience managing the business functions of an non-traditional publication would set the candidate apart.

He/she should also be able to work well as a part of a team, thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, and react quickly to changes in business needs. The Lawfare team is small, hard working and opinionated. He/she should be energized by challenging environments and willing to step-up and “own” the business’s mission as a part of the leadership team.

Additional Information:

Lawfare requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume to with the subject line [OPERATIONS DIRECTOR APPLICATION]. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • CV
  • Cover letter describing business experience and interest in Lawfare
  • At least two references from previous positions relevant to this job description

Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.