Director of Middle East Program
The Quincy Institute (QI) seeks a Director for its Middle East Program. The Director’s main responsibility is to build the Institute’s Middle East Program and oversee the high volume of research and analysis produced by its staff and associated fellows. He or she will also produce a significant portion of the program’s output.
The position requires a strong background in the Middle East as a region and specific expertise in Iraq and/or Yemen.
In addition, the Director will be responsible for developing connections with the policy and media communities to maximize the visibility and influence of the Quincy Institute and its work. This task entails promoting QI’s work among decision-makers and contributing commentary to the popular media.
The Director will advance QI’s mission by ensuring the intellectual cohesion of work produced in the program. Candidates must be dedicated to advancing QI’s mission, vision, and principles of Responsible Statecraft centered on diplomatic engagement and military restraint.
The person selected for this position will report to QI’s Director of Studies.
Research and Publishing
- Produce a high volume of original research and analysis on the Middle East, with a focus on Iraq and Yemen.
- Produce reports, essays, op-eds, and videos designed for different audiences.
- Build and facilitate the intellectual direction of the Middle East program.
- Set timelines for publication of research and analysis.
- Ensure quality of research and analysis produced by the program.
- Coordinate the work of the program's scholars to maintain a coherent intellectual agenda in line with QI’s mission.
- Develop restraint-oriented theories into policy proposals that marshal expert research.
- Mentor other scholars in the program.
- Develop positions quickly on issues of the day to facilitate a first-mover’s advantage in framing the policy and media narrative.
- Build a cohesive, strategic response to regional challenges with the goal of reshaping the parameters of debate around US foreign policy.
- Help write press releases, draft key messaging, talking points and other materials used for public dissemination.
- Develop strong relations in the policy community, including on Capitol Hill.
- Promote QI’s work among decision makers.
- Testify in Congress about major issues of US foreign policy in the Middle East.
- Develop social media presence with the goal of increasing awareness of, engagement with and support to the organization and its scholars.
- Use knowledge of the program's research and Congress’s legislative agenda to inform policy.
- Provide expert commentary and represent QI on major news shows.
- Organizing and leading round tables, study groups, and workshops at QI.
- Prep colleagues for media interviews, as needed.
- Connect QI’s work to scholars and activists in geographical areas of expertise.
- Identify target audiences and media contacts for relationship cultivation, in support of the program and individual scholars’ goals.
Education and experience
- PhD strongly preferred.
- Minimum of five years as an academic or policymaker, preferably at a university, think tank, or nonprofit or in government.
- A well-established record of scholarship or policy work.
- Ability to speak and write knowledgeably and comfortably about public policy research and research findings to news media; key partners including state, local and federal policymakers; and general audiences.
- Familiarity with the foreign policy landscape and experience representing an organization and its agenda to external audiences.
- Ability to take charge of projects and complete them on time, on budget, and with attention to detail.
- A high level of energy, commitment, and enthusiasm for the Quincy Institute’s programs and goals.
- The ability to work cooperatively with colleagues in the Institute’s collaborative culture.
- Ability to produce detailed reports on US policy in the Middle East, with a focus on Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
- Fluency in Arabic strongly preferred.
- Strong writing and editing skills, and familiarity with AP Stylebook guidance.
- Ability to understand and accurately summarize public policy research, including breaking down data.
- Ability to determine the newsworthiness of key research and to track and respond to broad trends in media coverage.
- Strong organizational skills and interpersonal skills, and comfort working within a small team.
- High initiative, discretion, poise, mature judgment, team player and articulate. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet tight deadlines. Attention to detail and strong multi-tasking skills. Project management skills and the ability to think critically about long-term operations and goals.
- Ability to translate foreign policy concepts into exciting and engaging content.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three writing samples
About the Quincy Institute
The Quincy Institute is a newly formed public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to promote ideas that move U.S. foreign policy away from endless war and toward vigorous diplomacy in the pursuit of international peace. It envisions a world where peace is the norm and war the exception. The Institute operates independently of any political party.
The Quincy Institute is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.