Program Director and Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

Full Time

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) seeks to hire a Program Director and Senior Fellow for its Transatlantic Security Program. This individual will be responsible for leading the program; conceptualizing and executing research projects; informing and elevating national debates related to the transatlantic relationship and Europe; and convening and engaging with stakeholders. He or she will also contribute to CNAS’ broader work related to national security.

The Transatlantic Security program explores and analyzes the relationship between the United States, Europe, and Russia with a focus on mutual security. From determining how the NATO alliance should address 21st century threats to examining the future of the European Union to examining Russian gray zone tactics, the program aims to craft new and innovative ways for the United States to work closely with its European allies. This is done in a variety of ways, from tabletop exercises to policy studies to direct engagement with communities across America through its flagship “Across the Pond, in the Field” project. Drawing on the knowledge and real-world experience of its team and associated adjuncts, along with its network of public and private sectors partners, the program provides policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic with concrete ideas and recommendations on transatlantic security issues.


The following is an overview of primary responsibilities. Other tasks may be required, and responsibilities will vary over time.

  • Program Leadership
    • Develop and implement a vision, strategy and research agenda for the Program.
    • Advise and support non-resident fellows, outside authors, and other CNAS and external contributors.
    • Work with CNAS leadership to develop resourcing plans and manage program budgets.
    • Raise funding for the program’s work, together with the Center’s development team.
    • Supervise a small research team.
    • Direct the “Across the Pond, in the Field” project, which takes small groups of Europeans and Americans to cities across the United States in an effort to reinvigorate the transatlantic partnership and engage new audiences.
  • Research and Analysis
    • Conduct original research and analysis to advance understanding and improve public policy related to transatlantic relations, NATO, EU, and Russia.
    • Write and publish reports, policy memos, articles, op-eds, and other written products related to the core program themes.
    • Engage other experts to conduct research and analysis as part of the program’s mission.
    • Collaborate with other CNAS research programs.
  • Outreach
    • Co-host a weekly podcast, “Brussels Sprouts,” on transatlantic issues. Help identify and invite guests on the show.
    • Manage, promote, and help draft the weekly “Dish” email newsletter on transatlantic relations.
    • Serve as an expert commentator in the media and engage in public outreach. through social media channels, public speaking and other outlets.
    • Lead and participate in events, such as working groups, panel discussion and roundtables.
    • Conduct consultative meetings and outreach to senior government officials, thought leaders, members of Congress and staff.
    • Engage foreign partners both in the United States and abroad.
  • Institutional Responsibilities
    • Draft project proposals and pitch prospective donors.
    • Participate in the Center’s personnel processes.
    • Attend internal meetings and represent CNAS at external events.
    • Mentor colleagues.
    • Staff CNAS events as needed.
    • Participate in networking and outreach.


Candidates should possess the following:

  • A graduate degree in a relevant field
  • Relevant experience, preferably in policymaking
  • Demonstrated publication history
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in topics related to transatlantic relations and transatlantic defense
  • Established networks on both sides of the Atlantic
  • Project management experience, ability to handle number projects simultaneously
  • Ability to train, supervise, support and work well with others
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising from foundations, the private sector or individual donors
  • Ability to communicate effectively with elected, appointed, and military officials, donors and other colleagues
  • Demonstrated experience working with the media (print, TV, radio, podcasts) and familiarity/experience with social media
  •  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

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Your complete application must include a cover letter explaining why you are interested in and qualified for this job and a resume or CV.

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