Program Coordinator, Middle East Security and Energy, Economics, and Security Programs

Full Time

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) seeks to hire a Program Coordinator to support the Center’s Middle East Security and Energy, Economics, and Security programs. The Program Coordinator will manage numerous programmatic, administrative and logistical responsibilities. Candidates with an undergraduate degree are encouraged to apply. This entry-level position is administrative in nature but presents an opportunity to work with two of the Center’s dynamic research teams in an energetic and collaborative environment.  

The Program Coordinator will be expected to perform the variety of tasks outlined below for both the Middle East Security and the Energy, Economics, and Security programs. Responsibilities will vary over time and for each of the two programs that will be supported.


Event Design and Management

  • Managing the schedule of workshops, meetings, and travel, particularly for the Program Directors of both programs.
  • Coordinating, managing, and executing events.
  • Maintaining databases of past and prospective meeting participants.
  • Coordinating bulk emails and mailings.


  • Drafting formal invitations.
  • Drafting and submitting project proposals and project mid-term and final reports.
  • Drafting correspondence to donors.

Administrative Tasks

  • Scheduling and assisting with calendar management.
  • Booking travel, particularly for the Program Directors.
  • Managing the professional contacts lists for the Program Directors.
  • Managing and processing expenses, honorariums, invoices, and internal financial records, as well as contracts, and liaising with the Center’s Accounting and Operations teams.
  • Creating and managing project and program budgets.
  • Recording media, Congressional, VIP, and donor engagement and liaising with the Center’s External Relations team.
  • Managing the publications calendar for the programs’ research projects and liaising with the Center’s Publications team.
  • Producing quarterly reports detailing the research production, events, and engagement for the Center’s internal use and engagement with outside stakeholders.

Institutional Responsibilities

  • Attending internal CNAS meetings.
  • Staffing CNAS activities as needed.

Background Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree. 
  • Administrative work experience in an office environment.   
  • Careful attention to detail and record keeping.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Collegiality.
  • Discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Strong multitasking and time management capabilities.
  • Computer competency, including proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Legal right to work in the United States.  

About CNAS

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit research organization dedicated to developing strong, pragmatic, and principled national security and defense policies. Building on the deep expertise and broad experience of its staff and advisors, CNAS engages policymakers, experts, and the public with innovative, fact-based research, ideas, and analysis to shape the national security debate. CNAS is located in Washington, D.C.

To Apply

CNAS is accepting online applications only. Candidates must apply online using this link.

Complete application must include a cover letter explaining interested in and qualifications for the position and a résumé or CV.      

All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or national origin.