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Director - Renewing American Innovation

Research Programs & Projects

Washington, DC
ID: 995-233



The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a bipartisan, nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to advancing practical ideas to address the world’s greatest challenges. Founded in 1962, CSIS’s purpose is to define the future of national security. The organization is guided by a distinct set of values: non-partisanship, independent thought, innovative thinking, cross-disciplinary scholarship, integrity and professionalism, and talent development. CSIS’s values work in concert toward the goal of making real-world impact.


Today, CSIS is one of the world’s preeminent public policy institutions on foreign policy and national security issues. The Center’s more than 240 full-time staff and large network of affiliated scholars conduct research and analysis and develop policy initiatives that look to the future and anticipate change. They organize conferences, publish, lecture, and make media appearances that aim to increase the knowledge, awareness, and salience of policy issues with relevant stakeholders and the interested public. CSIS is regularly called upon by Congress, the executive branch, the media, and others to explain the day’s events and offer recommendations to improve U.S. strategy. CSIS has impact when its research helps to inform the decision-making of key policymakers and the thinking of key influencers, working toward a vision of a safer and more prosperous world.


CSIS has recently launched a major center-wide initiative called Renewing American Innovation. The central thesis of the project is that the Untied States is in a great competition with China and other countries and needs to improve our domestic policies and structures to enhance the innovation ecosystem. Our initial focus is on strengthening technology transfer, strengthening intellectual property protection and reinforcing a stronger American participation in global standards-setting.


We are looking for a leader for this effort. The Senior Fellow would report directly to the President and CEO, and work closely with prominent senior leaders with extensive policy experience. The most important attributes sought for the position are self-initiative, constructive collaboration with senior affiliates and senior Center staff, working experience in aspects of innovation in policy and practice. The Senior Fellow would be the leading voice for our project on a day to day basis. Compensation will be in scale with background and experience.


Functions include but are not limited to the following:


• Research and Thought Leadership: Be active through original research, written and multi-media publications (commentaries, briefs, reports, podcasts, videos), and engagement with stakeholders including U.S. and foreign policy makers and the media. Leverage CSIS’s platform and convening power to foster new policy ideas, influence policy makers. Track the impact of the program’s work on shaping policy debates and decisions.
• Strategy and Vision: Craft a strategic plan for the program that moves a set of policy priorities and aligns with donor interests, team capability, and CSIS’s strategic plan. Provide direction and inspiration to ensure team, programmatic, and organizational success. Build a thoughtful communication and outreach plan to reach target audiences.
• Fundraising and Donor Management: Secure new and/or follow-on funding to support personnel costs, overhead, travel, and all other program costs. This includes building an annual program fundraising strategy, developing concepts and writing proposals for new opportunities, maintaining relationships with current donors, and fostering new partnerships.
• Team Leadership: Lead a talented team to execute the work of RAI. Provide supervision and active mentoring of staff, including research interns. Collaborate substantively with other CSIS programs on research, publications, and events, and contribute to the overall success of CSIS.




• Minimum 5 – 8 years of experience in university tech transfer, “deep tech” incubation, IP licensing, or other innovation-related experience
• Established track record of thought leadership.
• Ability to communicate effectively and play a constructive bridging role across a range of communities, including policymakers, academia, and the investment community.
• Proven track record of managing a team of individuals to plan, execute, and disseminate research on time, at a consistently high level of quality, and in a manner that reaches its intended audience.
• Strong capacity for fundraising and planning to ensure the ongoing financial stability of the program and to enable the program to meet strategic objectives.
• Experience working in the policy community.
• Strong public speaking and media skills.
• Ability to work well with colleagues across the Center to cultivate productive, interdisciplinary engagement and projects.
• Dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and objectives within the program and across the Center.



The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment. 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 must submit a resume/CV with writing sample to