Special Assistant to the CEO

Full Time

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) seeks to hire a special assistant to support the chief executive officer (CEO). The special assistant will support primarily the CEO by scheduling meetings, drafting letters and emails, answering phones, arranging travel logistics, and managing other administrative duties for the executive office. The holder of the position will learn much about non-profit management and national security policy.


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

  • Schedule meetings and appointments for CEO and EVP;
  • Strategically manage the calendar of the CEO;
  • Arrange travel logistics;
  • Draft email and letter correspondence;
  • Manage email communication;
  • Answer CEO office phone calls;
  • Assist in event planning, preparation and closure;
  • Coordinate the Shawn Brimley Next Generation National Security Leaders program to include, but not limited to:
    • Managing application and selection process,
    • Scheduling monthly leadership dinners,
    • Organizing international study tour,
    • Assisting in drafting and submitting program funding proposals.


  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Exceptional organizational and multi-tasking abilities;
  • Attention to detail, problem solving approach to challenges, energy, and collegiality;
  • Ability to work cooperatively as a member of a team;
  • Legal right to work in the United States.

To Apply

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


A complete application must include a cover letter explaining interest and qualifications for the position and a resume or CV.

CNAS abides by all Federal and District of Columbia employment laws. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin

About CNAS

The Center for a New American Security develops bold, innovative, and bipartisan national security and defense policies that promote and protect American interests and values. 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 and elevate the national security debate. As an independent and bipartisan research institution, CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow. CNAS is located in Washington, DC.