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IISS–US Office

Managing Director, IISS-US

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), headquartered in London and with offices in the US, Bahrain and Singapore, is the leading non-partisan provider of analysis on global security and defence issues and the convenor of major conferences and dialogues on these themes. The Institute is now seeking a Managing Director to work in its Washington DC office (IISS–US).

The IISS–US is tasked with developing networks in the US expert, government, business, media and philanthropic communities, projecting a distinct international perspective into US policy debates and drawing prominent Americans into global IISS activities. The Managing Director has responsibility for the operations of the IISS–US, including co-ordination of all finance, HR, ICT and facilities, and oversees governance and regulatory compliance. They are intimately involved in the development and execution of strategies to: recruit senior US official delegations to events such as the Shangri-La Dialogue and Manama Dialogue; promote IISS journals, books and digital publications; develop a strong programme of analytical events in Washington DC and New York; grow the IISS Individual and Corporate Membership; and identify fundraising opportunities to support IISS initiatives in the US and elsewhere. The Managing Director will collaborate closely with colleagues in other IISS international offices.

Applicants should have a minimum of five years’ work experi­ence in international affairs and/or non-profit management; hold a master’s degree or the equivalent in international affairs, public administration or business administration; possess superb written and oral communication skills; and demonstrate entrepreneurial flair.

Salary competitive and commensurate with skills and experience. The IISS–US provides a generous package of benefits, including full health coverage and a retirement plan with matching contributions.

Candidates should submit a résumé, cover letter and a list of three refer­ences by email, citing ‘Managing Director, IISS–US Application’ in the subject line, to The deadline for receipt of applications is 13 May 2015.

Candidates should be aware that inter­views for this role will take place in our Washington DC office in the week commencing 18 May 2015.

Special Projects Consultant (Part-time)

The IISS-US is recruiting a part-time Special Projects Consultant to be based in its Washington, DC office to support the organization of the 2015 Manama Dialogue and provide research assistance to a Washington-based Consulting Senior Fellow.

The Special Projects Consultant will be based in of the Washington office starting May 2015 on a part-time basis.

The Special Projects Consultant will work 18 hours a week during the months of May to August assisting the IISS-Middle East team in organising the attendance of high-level officials and non-government delegates ahead of the Manama Dialogue. This includes identifying, inviting and registering high-level government and non-government delegates from the US, Canada, and Latin America; liaising with various US government agencies to organize the itinerary, protocol and stay of attending officials; helping with administrative matters regarding their attendance (registrations, visas, etc.) and coordinating with the Manama Dialogue team in Manama and London. 

In the months of September and October the Special Projects Consultant will work full time, including in Manama, Bahrain during the month of October. While in Bahrain, the Special Project Consultant will work as part of the IISS-Middle East team in the run-up and during the Manama Dialogue (30 October to 1 November). 

From May to August, the Special Projects Consultant will also provide 12 hours a week of research assistance to a Washington-based Consulting Senior Fellow. 

The Special Projects Consultant will report to the Managing Director, IISS-US and the Managing Director, IISS-Middle East on issues pertaining to the Manama Dialogue, and the Consulting Senior Fellow and the Managing Director, IISS-US on issues pertaining to research assistance. 

The ideal candidate will have the following qualities: familiarity with the US government; experience in the Middle East; events management; an undergraduate or graduate degree in international affairs, security, development or the Middle East. 

Please apply by email to by 30 April 2015, attaching CV and covering letter outlining your experience and suitability. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

Due to the high volume of applications expected, only candidates invited for interview will receive a reply.

Only candidates who already possess the right to work in the US should apply.

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