Special Assistant to the President (Speech Writer Writer and Researcher)

United States Institute of Peace - Washington, DC3.9

Contract
The Special Assistant to the President focuses on providing high level programmatic and administrative support to the President across a wide range of activities. This position is also an integral member of the Executive Office team. Together the EO team ensures the seamless management of multiple initiatives interacting daily with all levels of USIP staff including executives and important external stake-holders.

THE ORGANIZATION

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent non-partisan federal institute chartered by Congress with the mission of preventing and resolving international violent conflict. Linking research with policy we work in the world’s most challenging areas providing resources training and tools that address the drivers of violent conflict. Located on the National Mall USIP represents the American people’s shared values and commitment to peace around the world. Together we tackle the toughest problems and hold fast to the possibility of a more secure America and a more peaceful world.

If you have a passion for making the world a better place and want to have a front row seat to the world stage USIP is the place for you.

If you have a track record as a special assistant supporting a busy executive with speeches briefing materials strategic events and policy input then we want to talk to you about a tremendous opportunity to work with the Institute’s President. We are looking for someone with a passion for our mission who has strong research writing and organizational skills. The successful candidate will have a keen intellect a strong work ethic and a good sense of humor. S/he will be a go-to person for the President managing a variety of critical events issues and relationships. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to USIP’s mission of demonstrating to Congress the Executive Branch and the American people how the Institute reduces and prevents violent conflict around the work in support of U.S. national security interests.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Special Assistant to the President focuses on providing high level programmatic and administrative support to the President across a wide range of activities. This position is also an integral member of the Executive Office team. Together the EO team ensures the seamless management of multiple initiatives interacting daily with all levels of USIP staff including executives and important external stake-holders.

TARGET SALARY RANGE

Grade 11 - $68 - $77K

The Institute uses the General Schedule salary tables for administering compensation. Offers of employment are determined based upon candidate qualifications related experience internal equity and amount budgeted for the position.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Support for President:
Based on a passion for the mission of the Institute and an interest in the field of conflict peace and security the Special Assistant serves as the primary point of contact for daily substantive briefing materials for the President.
Works with the Chief of Staff and the Executive Assistant to ensure that the President has all necessary background information and prep materials for meetings speaking engagements travel and events.
Manages “run-of-show” for numerous high-profile events involving the President at the Institute.
As requested attends meetings with and/or for the President and takes notes for follow-up.
Accompanies President on key travel domestic and international providing on-the-go support.

Research and Communications:
Outstanding research skills quick in-depth information gathering and analysis.
Drafts all correspondence background briefs and talking points for the President across a range of activities.
Conducts and synthesizes research on events subjects and trends related to USIP’s work.
Researches and prepare briefings and communication materials for meetings and presentations.

Special Projects:
In a rapidly changing environment responds to a variety of special projects including; high level events working groups etc.

Support for Board of Directors:
Under the direction and oversight of the Chief of Staff drafts and prepares materials to support the work of USIP’s board including developing memos drafting agendas preparing briefing materials and tracking do-outs as requested.
Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree is required. Master’s degree in a related field highly desirable.
Abiding and strong interest in the mission and work of the Institute.
4 to 6 years substantive experience in a fast-paced organization ideally within international relations or public policy setting.
Demonstrated outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and previous experience working to support senior executives.
Knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite (Microsoft Word Excel PowerPoint and Outlook) and databases and/or data management tools.
Must have excellent research and writing skills ability to multi-task complex initiatives. strong organizational skills and ability to work independently yet collegially.
Ability to perform responsibilities in a mature responsible manner make decisions that are in the best interest of the Institute and exhibit grace under pressure.
Strict attention to detail and commitment to follow-through.
Must exhibit grace in the face of changing dynamics and competing priorities.
Must be a team-player collaborative and have a good sense of humor.
All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

HOW TO APPLY
To be considered for this position please submit a complete application package consisting of:
1. Completed employment application including titles dates of hire and salary history.
2. Cover letter
3. Resume

For questions about this position please email recruitment@usip.org. Do not send resumes or attachments to this email address.

Only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted.

No Phone Calls. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only.

USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race color age religion national origin sex marital status disability veteran status sexual orientation genetic information HIV/AIDS status political affiliations or belief pregnancy or any other characteristic protected by law.