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Deputy Director, Partnerships in Proliferation Prevention Program

Deadline to apply: January 17, 2022

Deputy Director, Partnerships in Proliferation Prevention Program

The Henry L. Stimson Center (Stimson), a nonpartisan policy research center, seeks a dynamic individual to serve as the Deputy Director for its Partnerships in Proliferation Prevention (PPP) Program. The ideal candidate will have substantive expertise on policies and practices to prevent the proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons and their means of delivery (CBRN), with a mix of non-government and government experience. We seek a team member with outstanding analytical and writing abilities, strong communication and public affairs skills, a publication record of note, and experience managing programs, staff, and budgets. The candidate must be comfortable with the core values of the Stimson Center and working with diverse staff and external communities.

The PPP Program seeks to empower those who seek to reduce the risk of CBRN proliferation and use, particularly with reference to implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) and other nonproliferation instruments. We contribute to a wide range of nonproliferation efforts at the national, regional, and global level, especially through the development of unique resources and tools for use by the nonproliferation community. These include the Assistance Support Initiative online database and tool, online databases on legal frameworks for securing radioactive materials and chemicals of proliferation concern, and a cheminformatics tools to help front-line officers identify chemicals of proliferation concern. The PPP Program also engages in joint projects with other Stimson programs, again with the aim of creating practical tools to prevent proliferation. Concomitantly, PPP Program staff have a strong record for producing academic and policy materials.

The selected candidate will be required to be based in the Washington, DC area. This is a full-time exempt position reporting to the Director, PPP Program. Salary is commensurate with experience and organization-wide compensation levels.


Provide day-to-day oversight of major PPP projects;
Carry out research and analysis on CBRN nonproliferation issues;
Supervise, mentor, and ensure professional development of program staff;
Publish work and help with editing of Stimson Center publications;
Engage in public speaking, media engagements, and other forms of outreach;
Help plan, convene, and oversee in-person and virtual meetings and events;
Monitor project budgets and prepare funding reports;
Identify and cultivate funding sources, and prepare funding proposals;
Build relationships with influential individuals and institutions; and
Perform other tasks as needed.


Master’s degree or higher in a related field;
5+ years relevant work experience;
Substantive knowledge of CBRN nonproliferation issues;
Superior writing skills and analytical capabilities;
Strong program and budget management experience;
Ability to work independently and to collaborate with peers in a team environment;
Diplomatic skills and cultural sensitivity; and
Strong candidates will have some of the following:
fundraising and program management experience;
prior educational or professional experience in the CBRN nonproliferation field;
language skills with one or more of the UN languages, in addition to English;
experience with data science methods and platforms, or with programming languages.
Applications Requirements:

Please submit the following in a single PDF in the order listed below:

Cover letter including salary expectations;
Resume maximum two pages;
Short writing sample op-ed style, maximum two pages; and
Long writing sample paper-style, maximum 10 pages.

Applicants selected for interviews may be required to complete one or more short research, editing, and/or writing assignments.

Stimson is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates, supports, and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.


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