Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)
Monday, Sept. 17 at 1:30 p.m.: The Center for Strategic and International Studies will host an event called “A Discussion on National Security with DIA Director Robert Ashley.” The event will be moderated by Seth G. Jones, and Juan C. Zarate. Register or livestream here.
Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 10:00 a.m.: The Brookings Institution will host a book discussion event on Paul J. Heer’s “Mr. X and the Pacific: George F. Kennan and American policy in East Asia.” Richard C. Bush and Tarun Chhabra will speak with Heer regarding containment and Kennan’s approach to the region, as well as his influence on U.S. policy toward China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. Register to attend here.
Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 12:00 p.m.: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host an event on “One State/Two States: Pathways for the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute” with Edward P. Djerejian, Marwan Muasher, Nathan J. Brown, Zaha Hassan, Gilead Sher and Joyce Karam. Register here.
Tuesday, Sept. 18: The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will be having a full committee hearing on the “Status of U.S.-Russia Arms Control Efforts.” The committee will hear testimony from Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Andrea L. Thompson, and Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy David J. Trachtenberg. Time is TBD. More details and livestream available here.
Thursday, Sept. 20 at 11:00 a.m.: The Brookings Institution will host an event on “Examining the Health of Democracy across Africa” with Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, Lauren Ploch Blanchard, Matthew Carotenuto and Kristin McKie. Discussion will be moderated by Michael O’Hanlon. RSVP here.
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This external sponsorship spring internship, beginning January 2019, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior or senior year or graduate students with an interest in national security to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. This intern will assist with running and maintaining Lawfare, a website devoted to serious, non-ideological discussion of national security legal and policy issues.
Lawfare will provide the selected intern with a set stipend amount.
Lawfare has emerged as the internet’s indispensable resource for information and analysis on the law of national security. Devoted to “Hard National Security Choices,” the site features top-quality writing and analysis from experts on developing stories in the national security arena, relevant legislation, and judicial opinions. It is a digital magazine that includes a podcast, a book review, research tools, a daily news roundup, an events calendar, and exhaustive coverage of events other media touch only glancingly.
This externally sponsored internship provides a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest. It will provide an opportunity for career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills.
Applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no less than 20 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule. The internship will last approximately 10 weeks.
The intern will have an opportunity learn a variety of research skills such as writing, research and blog maintenance. Learning will fall into three main categories:
Writing: Work with Associate Editor to monitor national security and foreign policy developments, and 4-5 times per week, co-write “Today’s Headlines and Commentary”; work with Associate Editor to co-write “The Week that Will Be,” a weekly feature that outlines upcoming events, academic announcements, and employment announcements; work with the Associate Editor to co-write a deep-dive analytical piece on a relevant national security law and policy issue; Sole-author “The Week that Was,” a weekly piece that provides a guide to the week’s Lawfare
Research: Provide research support to the Lawfare editorial team as needed.
Maintaining the blog: Tag and categorize Lawfare posts; track relevant Congressional hearings; track and add relevant events to the Events Calendar
In addition to providing direct support to the scholars, interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events as well as participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.
Graduate or undergraduate student (who has completed their freshman year) working towards a degree in government, political science, international relations, and law are encouraged to apply. Our most successful interns have very strong writing, analytical, and research skills, as well as excellent verbal and organizational skills—preferably demonstrated through prior independent research or previous experience as a research assistant.
Successful completion of a background investigation is required for interning at Brookings.
Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter as an attachment when you apply. Your cover letter should highlight your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals.
Selected applicants will additionally be required to submit two letters of recommendation or provide two professional references.
Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.
The Governance Studies program at The Brookings Institution (“Brookings”) is accepting applications for a two year Fellow appointment in support 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 in national security policy, a working knowledge of and strong interest in Congress and legislative politics, and experience reading and analyzing legislation.
The Governance Studies program at Brookings aims to be the leading, independent voice in the domestic policymaking sphere though analyzing policy issues, political institutions and processes, and contemporary governance challenges. 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 Fellow will have the opportunity to join the Lawfare editorial team and contribute toLawfare’s unparalleled analysis of complex challenges in the US national security arena, specifically as it intersects with Congress and legislative politics. This includes: writing thoughtful summaries and analyses of passed and proposed legislation for publication on the site, translating complex, technical documents for wider audience consumption, participating in relevant events, and discussing topics on the Lawfare podcast. As a part of the editorial team, the Fellow will collaborate with multiple stakeholders to edit works for publication and generate ideas for site content in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. She/he will also have the opportunity to do independent research within the Governance Studies program at Brookings.
A minimum of Master’s degree is required. Demonstrated expertise in national security policy, and a basic knowledge of and strong interest in congressional and legislative politics. The successful candidate will have a rare combination of superlative writing and editing skills, familiarity with Congress and congressional procedure, and experience reading and analyzing legislation. Candidates should have 1-3 years post-graduate experience in legislative affairs, national security, and/ or legal procedure. 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 the news cycle.
Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. Applicants must submit the following documents:
- CV with a list of publications
- Cover letter describing research interests
- Writing sample
Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Starting date is negotiable; however, filling the position by November 1, 2018 is strongly preferred.
Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.
The Central Intelligence Agency is seeking highly qualified candidates to join CIA’s Office of General Counsel. We are actively recruiting exceptional attorneys with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience levels. We seek attorneys with experience in areas including government contracts, technology and cyber-related law, national security law, employment, ethics, privacy, litigation, and federal appropriations law, among others. Prior national security experience is welcome but not required. If this opportunity sounds interesting to you, please visit our website for additional information and application instructions.
About the NSWG: The NSWG works behind-the-scenes to promote bipartisan consensus on nuclear issues and provide policymakers and the NGO community with the expertise it needs to make informed decisions on issues ranging from U.S.-Russia nuclear cooperation to Iran’s nuclear program. The NSWG’s leadership is comprised of foreign policy experts from the Executive and Legislative branches of government, as well as active and retired military officials and leading scholars in the field of nuclear security.
The Congressional Nuclear Security Fellowship provides highly qualified up-and-coming national security professionals with an opportunity to spend a year in the Congress working to promote bipartisan dialogue on nuclear issues.
Nuclear Security Fellows serve full-time in a House or Senate office, typically joining at the start of the legislative session. Fellows are treated as a member of the staff and are assigned responsibilities and duties based on the needs of the office. Typical Fellow responsibilities include preparing senior staff and Members/Senators for hearings, meetings, and briefings; advising office staff on a range of national security issues, including nuclear issues; answering constituent inquiries; and contributing to the legislative and policy priorities of their Members/Senators, under the direction of senior office staffers.
Fellows are also expected to encourage greater bipartisan discourse on nuclear issues by organizing briefings and events on timely nuclear policy issues, engaging their colleagues from both sides of the aisle and deepening their professional relationships with the Nuclear Security Working Group and the broader policy community.
- Fellows are selected through a competitive process on the basis of their professional experience, interpersonal and communications skills, specialized knowledge and professional references.
- While Fellows do not need extensive experience in nuclear policy, qualified applicants will have a strong record of professional achievement in national security roles in government, the military, academia or the private sector.
- Ideal candidates will also have an advanced degree in a relevant field, including international affairs, economics, defense planning, military operations or an area of the physical sciences with policy relevance.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time the Fellowship begins.
- If applicants apply while enrolled in an academic program, they must have completed their studies by the time the fellowship begins.
- Applicants may not be concurrent employees of the Federal government or Federal contractors at the time the fellowship begins.
Fellows are awarded a stipend of up to $85,000, based on past experience. Fellows also receive an annual travel allowance to facilitate travel to professional meetings and their Member’s district or state. Fellows receive their stipends as independent contractors, are not eligible for benefits and are not considered employees of the George Washington University or the Congress.
- The 2019 fellowship application opens in June
- Applications are due August 31, 2018
- Multiple interviews are conducted through November
- Hosting offices make selections in late November/early December
- Fellows begin placements in January
Application and Placement Process
- Interested candidates who meet the eligibility requirements can apply online
- The application consists of
- A complete application questionnaire
- A resume
- A one-page statement of interest
- A letter of recommendation from a colleague with first-hand knowledge of the individual’s professional experience and qualifications
- (Please note, the application asks applicants to submit information for three professional references, one of whom may also contribute a letter.)
- NSWG staff conduct initial interviews to assess an applicant’s fit and qualifications.
- Hosting offices interview finalists and extend offers.
- Individuals who accept a fellowship must agree to serve for a full year.
- Direct all application materials to email@example.com
Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States, U.S. Institute of Peace
The United States Institute of Peace has been charged by Congress with developing a “comprehensive plan to prevent the underlying causes of extremism in fragile states in the Sahel, Horn of Africa, and Near East.” To fulfill this mandate, the USIP has convened the Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States, co-chaired by Gov. Tom Kean and Rep. Hamilton and including, among others, Sec. Madeleine Albright, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Amb. Bill Burns, and Steve Hadley.
USIP is seeking experts in terrorism, extremism, state fragility, and/or U.S. policies dealing with these issues in the relevant areas to conduct research and draft briefing documents in support of the Task Force’s final report. In particular, the Task Force seeks experts who can help produce research papers dealing with three main topics: the presence, strategy, and future evolution of extremist presence in the designated regions; the root causes and drivers of extremism, particularly in fragile states, and their relation to fragility; USG policy and programs relating to countering extremism or providing stabilization assistance in the target countries. The ideal candidates will have a proven ability to conduct and publish original policy analysis on terrorism, extremism, and/or state fragility and will have significant knowledge of related topics, including U.S. national security strategy, conflict prevention, and global development strategy and policy.
The work of the Task Force will run from May through December 2018. Short-term, part, and full-time positions will be considered for qualified candidates. For more information, contact the Task Force’s Executive Director, Blaise Misztal: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
This is an opportunity for:
- An internal or external candidate to fill a GS-15 cadre position.
- A Federal Government employee to serve on a two-year reimbursable detail assignment in the ODNI. The detail assignment may be extended an additional year if all parties agree.
Who May Apply
Current GS employees at the same grade or one grade lower than the advertised position grade may apply.
Former members of the Peace Corps may be considered for ODNI employment only if five full years have elapsed since separation from the Peace Corps.
- For a cadre assignment:
- Current ODNI permanent cadre.
- Current ODNI Staff Reserve Employees. (A staff reserve employee who currently occupies this position may not apply.)
- Current Federal Government employees. (Current GS employees at the same grade or one grade lower than the advertised position grade may apply. )
- Candidates outside the Federal Government.
- For a detailee assignment:
- Current Federal Government employees. (Current GS employees at the same grade or one grade lower than the advertised position grade may apply. )
- The ODNI uses a rank-in-person system in which rank is attached to the individual. A selected ODNI candidate or other Federal Government candidate will be assigned to the position at the employee's current GS grade and salary.
- For a selected non-Federal Government candidate, salary will be established within the salary range listed above, based on education and experience.
- A current Federal Government employee, selected for a detail, will be assigned to the position at his or her current grade and salary.
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) provides legal advice and counsel to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and other ODNI officials on a wide range of legal issues to include intelligence and national security law; procurement and acquisition law; personnel law; government ethics, budget, and fiscal law; general administrative law; legislative support; government information practices (Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act); and intellectual property law.
Major Duties and Responsibilities (MDRs)
- THE OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL SEEKS ATTORNEYS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
- Acquisitions and Appropriations: Applicants should have in-depth knowledge and experience with both federal budget and execution and research and development programs. Preferred qualifications include a demonstrated expertise in the following areas: (a) National Intelligence Program budget and execution; (b) general acquisition and procurement law and policy, including major system acquisitions, source selections, and contract disputes and (c) intellectual property law, including patents, copyright and trademarks.
- Employment Law: Applicants should have demonstrated experience providing expert legal advice on EEO matters, human resources issues, and general employment related matters. Preferred qualifications include demonstrated experience appearing in litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on matters arising under federal statutes, including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other laws administered by the EEOC; including preparing pleadings, conducting and defending depositions, engaging in discovery, and representing the agency in court proceedings.
- Please Note:
- Attorneys in ODNI OGC rotate portfolios on a regular basis to provide legal support and guidance on unique and complex issues. Accordingly, attorneys are expected to provide expert legal counsel, advice and support across a wide range of legal issues, to include intelligence and national security law, FISA, litigation, privacy and civil liberties, international law, procurement and acquisition law, personnel law, government ethics, appropriations and fiscal law, administrative law, legislative issues, government information practices (Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act), and intellectual property. To that end, ODNI OGC is looking for attorneys who are well-rounded, have broad legal experience, and with an interest in a wide array of practice areas relevant to the intelligence community. Potentially one or more candidates will be selected from this advertisement.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Conditions of Employment
- Provide expert legal advice and guidance to senior Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) leadership on complex areas of law affecting ODNI's duties and responsibilities under the National Security Act, Presidential directives, Executive Orders, and other related laws and policies.
- Provide expert legal counsel to support the development, review, and preparation of United States (US) Government-wide and IC-wide policies, procedures, guidelines, rules, and standards.
- Counsel clients, including senior ODNI leaders, on complex legal issues and provide innovative and highly effective guidance on possible courses of action; expertly prepare complex, high profile, and persuasive legal documents on complex legal issues for a variety of internal and external recipients.
- Expertly conduct or direct legal research and analysis on extremely complex or sensitive legal issues as well as on laws, regulations, and policies that have a significant impact on ODNI and IC interests and brief ODNI leadership on issues and findings.
- Provide timely reviews of planned ODNI and IC activities for compliance with the Constitution and laws of the US, Executive Orders, and other applicable regulations and policies affecting ODNI and the IC and brief ODNI leaders on potential legal and policy issues, and develop solutions to address difficult legal problems having potential high-level or large-scale impact on the ODNI's or the IC missions or activities.
- Expertly analyze statutes, bills, reports, and Congressional materials, as well as proposed Executive Branch orders, directives, regulations, and policies, to determine their effect on the ODNI and the IC; provide expert advice and counsel to senior management on legislative proposals, Congressional testimony, and related documents.
- Provide expert briefings and advocate for ODNI and IC views on particular matters to Executive Branch entities, Congress, and private sector entities; cogently brief senior ODNI leaders on legal issues that relate to or effect ODNI and IC activities.
- Maintain productive working relationships with ODNI elements, IC colleagues, executive agencies, congressional personnel and members, congressional committees, and use these relationships to advocate ODNI and IC positions, support a continuing dialog, and provide insight into ongoing and planned ODNI and IC activities.
Mandatory and Educational Requirements
- Superior multi-disciplinary legal skills and experience dealing with complex legal issues, as well as an expert ability to interpret laws, regulations, judicial decisions, Executive Orders, and statutes involving complex concepts and issues.
- Superior research abilities, including the ability to quickly integrate and synthesize the facts and law to make legally sound decisions, and recommendations pertaining to the most complex situations, or in the context of ambiguous or ill-defined situations.
- Demonstrated ability to resolve complex legal problems, to think creatively to solve complex and novel legal issues, and to gain consensus among disparate organizations on legal and national security issues of common concern.
- Superior ability to routinely communicate, orally and in writing, the most complex concepts and issues in a manner well matched to the audience being addressed, and to consistently make sound, timely decisions in complex, ambiguous or ill-defined situations.
- Superior interpersonal, organizational, and problem solving skills, including the ability to work effectively both independently and in a collaborative environment and superior creative problem solving skills.
- Expert legal knowledge obtained through the completion of a Doctorate of Jurisprudence or Bachelor of Laws degree from an American Bar Association-accredited law school, and active membership of the Bar of the highest court of a US State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
The ODNI is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: The ODNI provides reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified applicants with disabilities. IF YOU NEED A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Intelligence Community Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Office Representative by classified email at DNI-EEOD-RA-ACF@exchange.cia.ic.gov, by unclassified email at DNI-EEOD@dni.gov, by telephone at 703-874-8360, by TTY at 703-874-8554, or by FAX at 703-874-8651. Your request for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE EEOD EMAIL ADDRESS. THIS EMAIL IS FOR REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS ONLY. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN THE 'HOW TO APPLY' SECTION BELOW.
JOB INTERVIEW TRAVEL: Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone, teleconference, or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, the ODNI hiring office will pay for travel by commercial carrier (economy class) or reimburse for privately owned vehicle (POV) mileage. If applicable, the candidate also will be reimbursed at a flat rate for commercial lodging and per diem.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the position description and required KSAs and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. The description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the work performed. Applicants will also be evaluated on their narrative responses to the KSAs. The best qualified applicants will be further evaluated through an interview process.
Background checks and security clearance
APPLICATION PACKAGES MUST CONTAIN ALL ITEMS LISTED ABOVE. AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE WILL BE INELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.
Your application MUST be received by midnight on the closing date of this announcement. Applications received after the closing date will NOT be eligible for consideration. To verify receipt of your application package ONLY, you may call or email at Phone: 703-275-3799; Email: Recruitment_TeamA@dni.gov.
Director, Rework America Task Force
REPORT: Senior Principal, Rework America Task Force
LOCATION: New York, NY or Washington, DC
About Markle Foundation:
Markle is a private foundation with a long commitment to deploying the power of communications and information technologies for public benefit. Markle achieves its objectives by directly operating projects in its areas of inquiry and does not make grants in response to unsolicited proposals. Markle has a demonstrated history of impact in its past work. More information is available at www.markle.org.
REWORK AMERICA TASK FORCE: A Markle Initiative.
The Rework America Task Force (RATF) seeks to transform our labor market from one solely focused on traditional credentials like degrees and work history, to one rooted in the skills needed for the jobs of the 21st century. We will harness the same forces disrupting our economy, from Big Data to Artificial Intelligence, to connect all Americans - especially the almost seven in ten Americans without a college degree - to new opportunities and training for in-demand jobs. We will advance a modern labor market that aligns the skills of our workforce to the needs of our employers, keeping American businesses competitive and giving American workers clear pathways to quality jobs over the course of their lives.
The RATF team is small, action-oriented and fast-paced. We are passionate about our mission, keen to learn, and enjoy what we do. We’re seeking candidates who excel in relationship-building, are results-oriented, and have strong research and analytical skills. Given the entrepreneurial nature of the Task Force, all team members execute a diverse portfolio of projects and contribute to the team through execution of pilots, supporting multiple initiatives and collaborating across teams and partner organizations.
- A demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles, balancing creativity and practical business judgment.
- A record of success in developing and seeking out the next challenge and thinking outside constraints to get things done, operating with a clear sense of purpose while being comfortable with ambiguity and change.
- A proven ability to develop and maintain relationships among many different types of people, especially at high-levels, and to apply critical interpersonal and judgment skills to affect outcomes.
- Knowledge of workforce and/or education policy issues.
The Director will work with the two co-Directors to provide the Rework America Task Force chair, Task Force members and associated Working Groups with substantive guidance and advice surrounding U.S. labor market trends, related impacts of automation and technological advancements, workforce management, worker education and upskilling, trends in technology and Artificial Intelligence, and employer skills-based practices. The Directors drive deliverables from the Task Force to support the Task Force mission of enabling all Americans continued access to the American Dream. The principal responsibilities include:
- Participate in developing the substantive underpinnings for Task Force objectives. Prepare materials, engage experts, supervise work product development and deliverables.
- Provide advice and assistance to the RATF Chair, in the form of written products, research, articles for publication and RATF meeting materials, as directed.
- Provide expertise and substantive direction to RATF Working Groups, guiding their outputs consistent with the goals of the RATF generally and the RATF Chair, specifically.
- Conduct outreach to experts, policymakers, and other relevant actors to inform RATF objectives and outcomes.
- Collaborate with Task Force staff and contractors as necessary to ensure appropriate subject matter expertise is available to Task Force members and Working Groups.
- Identify opportunities for the Task Force to engage in the national debate surrounding the future of work and ways to incentivize change in the U.S. labor market.
- Other tasks and responsibilities as requested or as assigned.
- Status: Full-time
- Salary: Competitive
- Travel: Moderate
- Degree or credential Requirements: None.
- Markle is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations and marital status.
- Applying: Please submit cover letter and resume to: RATFapplicants@markle.org, subject line: Director Application
Title: Policy Advisor
Report to: National Security Program Director
Location: Washington, D.C.
About Third Way: Third Way is a national think tank that champions modern center-left ideas. Our agenda is built on the bedrock belief that for political movements to succeed in our political system, they must relentlessly reimagine their policies, strategies, and coalitions. We are fighting for opportunity, so everyone has the chance to earn a good life; progress on social issues, so all have the freedom to live the lives they choose; and security, so we are protected from the global threats of the 21st century.
About the Position: Third Way is seeking a Policy Advisor for the National Security Program to analyze cyber security and national security issues and make policy recommendations. Reporting to the Program Director, this position is part of Third Way’s National Security team. Primary responsibilities include researching, developing and writing policy and message documents on major national security issues before Congress and the Administration with a particular focus in cyber security, national security law, and international treaties and organizations. The policy advisor also represents Third Way at external meetings with policymakers and advocacy organizations. A detailed knowledge of national security issues, very strong research and writing skills, good sense of humor and the ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment are required.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop and draft policy products
- Conduct in-depth research and distill complex issues into succinct and accessible formats, such as policy memos, idea briefs and opinion pieces.
- Draft memos, talking points, Q&A documents, prepare infographics and other presentation and briefing materials on National Security Program products.
- Monitor and analyze current events and developments on national security issues.
- Research and analyze legislative debates and political developments on such topics as cybersecurity, privacy & surveillance, international technology policy and international agreements.
- Monitor online databases, traditional and social media outlets, and reports from government, academia, and advocacy communities to stay abreast of relevant developments.
- Represent Third Way and work closely with Congress, the administration, advocacy organizations and other progressive leaders on national security issues.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree, graduate or law degree preferred but not required.
- A minimum of two years of congressional, federal, journalism, advocacy or other relevant experience.
- Demonstrated strength in clear, concise, and persuasive writing especially op-eds and/or policy memos.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Congressional processes and foreign policy tools.
- Work experience in a team environment with minimal supervision, demonstrating an ability to prioritize and take appropriate action.
- Exercise diplomacy in communications with external contacts and staff.
- Ability to coordinate multiple projects within specified time frames and multi-task various assignments.
- Discretion handling confidential information.
- Ability to meet deadlines.
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
- Excellent computer and MS Office Suite skills.
- Ability to solve problems creatively.
Skills, Traits, and Beliefs:
- Self-starting: Third Way seeks people who see and seize opportunities, take risks, learn from failure, and will bring a sustained passion for our mission.
- Collaborative: Third Way works in teams—sharing ideas, brainstorming, co-authoring products, and advancing its shared priorities.
- Creative: Third Way fosters divergent thinking that isn’t afraid to take on the orthodoxies of the left or the right. Team members come up with original insights, find unique ways to look at data, and challenge their preconceptions.
- Results-oriented: Third Way functions with an organizational commitment to clear objectives, ambitious timelines, accountability for results, and a focus on impact.
Unpaid Law Student Volunteer, Appellate Staff of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice
Title: Law Student Volunteer
Division: Appellate Staff of the Civil Division
Term: Academic year
Weeks/Hours: Full- or part-time. At a minimum, interns must work at least 20 hours per week for at least 10 weeks.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Job Description: Interns typically perform legal research, write memoranda, and prepare initial drafts of appellate briefs. In addition to case law and treatise research, assignments often entail searching legislative history to aid in statutory interpretation issues. Interns also participate as judges in moot courts with staff attorneys and are encouraged to attend oral arguments in the District of Columbia and Federal Circuits.
Qualifications: Candidates must be current law students who will have completed at least one year of law school by the start of the internship. Candidates must have excellent writing skills and high academic standing. Candidates must also be U.S. citizens or nationals, must have resided at least three of the past five years in the United States, and must successfully complete a background investigation.
Salary: Academic or work-study credit possible. Transit subsidies are available.
Application Process: All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and law school transcript (unofficial versions accepted). Applicants who are currently 1Ls are also required to submit an undergraduate transcript (unofficial versions accepted). An undergraduate transcript is optional for 2L and 3L applicants. Applications should be sent by email to Sonia Carson, Melissa Patterson, and Ben Shultz at email@example.com (link sends e-mail).
Application Deadline: Applications for fall- or spring-semester positions are accepted on a rolling basis, and positions are typically filled several months in advance. For the fall semester, applicants are encouraged to apply by April 1; for the spring semester, applicants are encouraged to apply by October 15. Please indicate the semester for which you are applying in the subject line of your email.
Relocation Expenses: N/A
Number of Positions: 3 to 5 per semester