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Project Manager - Political and Security Affairs

The National Bureau of Asian Research
Washington, DC
  • Expired: January 13, 2023. Applications are no longer accepted.

The Project Manager provides project management and development support to the Political and Security Affairs (PSA) team, and supervises Political and Security Affairs Intern(s) and/or Project Associate(s).

This is a full-time (40-hours per week), hourly, non-exempt position reporting to the Vice President of Research. The position is based in NBR's Washington, D.C. office and offers the option for a hybrid work schedule.

The salary range for this position is $23.00 - $28.00/hr, depending on the candidate's qualifications and experience. NBR offers a benefits package that includes health insurance, 401k with matching, transit reimbursement and over 6 weeks of paid vacation and holiday per year, plus paid sick leave and paid professional development leave.


Project Managers work on project teams to accomplish specific project objectives, and take the lead on managing specific project tasks on schedule and within budget.

  • Project Management: managing part or all of projects across all parts of the project cycle (including project scoping, research, publications, events, and distribution) on schedule and within budget; drafting project descriptions, concept papers, correspondence, etc.; maintaining project documentation, web-pages, and filing systems
  • Research Management: coordinating substantive research assistance for project teams and scholars; summarizing research papers; working with experts to scope and develop lines of research inquiry; reviewing and undertaking quality control on expert pieces and intern research support
  • Grant Development: contributing to the development of new proposals and projects including researching new funding opportunities and assisting the scoping, methodology, and framing of project concepts; drafting proposal narratives and supporting the drafting of proposal budgets
  • Publications editing: reviewing and providing substantive feedback and edits to project publications; coordinating publications distribution
  • Grant reporting: drafting grant progress reports according to sponsor requirements, and responding to other sponsor requests or questions
  • Budgeting: developing project budgets, tracking project expenses, and preparing budget reports
  • Event Management: designing and coordinating conferences, workshops, presentations, and government briefings for projects
  • Staff Management: supervising project associates, fellows, and interns to achieve specific project objectives
  • Relationship Management: maintaining relations with project research leads; liaising with external experts and senior officials; developing relations with sponsors and other stakeholders
  • Outreach: representing NBR (esp. projects) before a range of audiences (e.g., project stakeholders and constituents)
  • Database Administration: coordinating the maintenance of and updating project databases
  • Participating in and managing other NBR activities as needed


Project Managers have substantive expertise on a range of countries and issues (substantive knowledge and/or language skills) and understand each project's scope/relevance in order to work effectively with scholars and other stakeholders.
  • Bachelor's degree in security studies, Asia Studies, international relations, or foreign policy, or other relevant discipline
  • 2+ years of relevant experience, including at least 1 year of experience managing projects and/or project development
  • Knowledge and experience in political and security issues in the Indo-Pacific, in particular of Northeast Asia (China, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula)
  • Excellent written, oral, and research skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Relationship development and management experience
  • Detail-oriented
  • Motivated self-starter who can work independently or as part of a team
  • Proficiency with an Asian language is preferred

Application Instructions

To apply, submit the following materials with your application.
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Writing sample
    • The writing sample must be a piece that has not undergone external editing, such as a paper for school or a draft of a published piece.
  • Three references

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

About NBR

The National Bureau of Asian Research is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution dedicated to informing and strengthening policy in the Asia-Pacific. NBR conducts advanced independent research on strategic, political, economic, globalization, health, and energy issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia. To learn more about NBR, please visit .

Additional Information:

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits. NBR provides over 6 weeks of paid vacation and holiday per year, plus paid sick leave and paid professional development leave. NBR offers affordable medical, dental, and vision insurance for Employees and their families. NBR offers public transit and parking reimbursement programs, 401k plan with company matching, and company-paid Life, AD&D and Long-Term Disability insurance.

NBR is committed to a workplace where inclusion is not only valued but prioritized. We're an equal opportunity employer and strive to create a welcoming and diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy or parental status, creed, military or veteran status, religion, ancestry, or national origin, disability, or other status or characteristic protected by applicable law.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during either the application or the recruiting process, please email your request to .

The National Bureau of Asian Research


Washington, DC
20599 USA