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Assistant Director - Executive Education (AILA)

Research Programs & Projects

Washington, DC
ID: 1021-233



At CSIS we actively seek to employ a diverse group of people who embody our organizational values. We welcome and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

The AILA assistant director is responsible for providing rising leaders with training and learning opportunities in leadership, professional development and global issues. S/he should have an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for strengthening talent. The AILA assistant director will manage all program components, including training and program development, project management and implementation, partnership-building, budgetary matters, personnel supervision, and external relations. AILA provides internal learning and professional development programs to CSIS interns and young professionals as well as for visiting groups. The assistant director also supports Executive Education at CSIS, which is responsible for developing intensive and substantive training programs for outside organizations, including corporate, government, and foreign partners.



Essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

I. Leadership Training and Professional Development
• Develop creative curriculum for and be the face of the CSIS Internship Program (e.g. leadership training, skill-building workshops, foreign policy speaker series, hackathons, unconferences, etc.)
• Design professional development initiatives and leadership trainings for CSIS young professionals and interns (e.g. Management fundamentals, technical skills training, career development workshops, workplace conduct, etc.).
• Build and facilitate learning and development programs and seminars for external groups (e.g. crisis management simulations, multi-day training seminars, creativity in leadership workshops, etc.)
• Oversee existing personal and professional development opportunities for CSIS young professionals, including mentorship programs, journal publications, and service committee.
• Research and stay up-to-date with best practices for instructional design principles, learning, and development.
• Monitor and evaluate programming impact.

II. Strategic/Future Planning
• Generate and develop innovative ideas for new projects, partnerships, collaborations, events, and speakers.
• Contribute to the development and management of short- and long-term strategic goals and contribute to the development and implementation of overall departmental vision.
• Develop and write new proposals for prospective funders, including budget development and coordination with CSIS’s Office of Strategic Planning.

III. Funder and External Partnerships
• Communicate regularly and effectively with external partners and funders.
• Develop new partnerships and identify organizations and individuals that are in need of leadership training opportunities.
• Serve as department liaison/main point of contact.

IV. Program Management
• Foster projects from the ideation stage through planning and implementation phases.
• Communicate across departments center-wide.
• Coordinate and facilitate the execution of program events and projects.
• Contribute to external and internal outreach by developing promotional materials and designing strategic communication plans.

V. Administrative and Staffing
• Manage and oversee day-to-day operations.
• Assist in the management of lower-level staff.
• Manage program and project finances including all project-related budgets, day-to-day expense management, and preparation for internal budget reviews.
• Draft program correspondence, MOUs, and other official agreements.
• Support senior program staff, including through logistics, scheduling, and program communication and collaboration with other CSIS departments and operations.
• Recruit, hire, and manage program interns and additional staff as needed.




• Bachelor’s degree in related field
• 3-4 years of related experience in program/project management, learning and development, educational and instructional design, curriculum design, community management, and facilitating training programs.
• Strong knowledge of US foreign policy and global issues.
• Superior communication skills and good judgment.
• Excellent organization, time management, and attention to detail.
• Experience managing complex budgets.
• Ability to work independently, in a team, and closely with a range of individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
• Comfortable with public speaking

• Experience with at least one of the following: online learning, management training, change management, design-thinking, human-centered design, innovation and creativity training, personality and behavioral assessments.




The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Performances of duties require the use of hands and fingers to handle or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 


Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.


Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.



Interested applicants should submit a résumé, cover letter, and college transcript at