Director of Studies

Washington, D.C.
Policy Studies

The Quincy Institute (QI) seeks a Director of Studies to oversee and build QI’s research program and manage a high volume of work produced by QI’s scholars and fellows. He or she will set an intellectually coherent research agenda dedicated to making an impact on policy in pursuit of QI’s mission. To maximize the visibility and influence of the Quincy Institute and its work, the director will build strong relationships in the policy making, academic, NGO, and media communities. 

Candidates must be dedicated to advancing QI’s mission, vision, and principles of Responsible Statecraft centered on diplomatic engagement and military restraint. The Director of Studies will oversee QI’s four research programs: The Middle East Program, the East Asia Program, the Ending Endless War Program and the Democratizing Foreign Policy Program.

The person selected for this position will report to QI’s Executive Vice President. 

Research and Publishing

    • Oversee and ensure the quality of policy analyses, policy briefs, and other research by the Institute’s experts.
    • Produce a high volume of research products, ranging from lengthy reports to op-eds and online commentary, as well as accompanying videos and podcasts.
    • Coordinate the work of QI’s scholars to maintain a coherent intellectual agenda in line with QI’s principles of Responsible Statecraft.
    • Develop research objectives and timelines for each of QI’s programs based on an assessment of current events.
    • Build a cohesive, strategic response to global 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.

External outreach

    • Develop strong relations in the policy community, including on Capitol Hill.
    • Promote QI’s work among decision-makers.
    • Develop and manage a network of QI fellows, consisting of academics, policymakers, and journalists who will contribute to QI’s intellectual life and generate QI research and policy products. 
    • Develop and manage a network of “grasstops” experts and activists in Congressional districts in order to maximize the reach of the Institute.
    • Develop social media presence with the goal of increasing awareness of, engagement with and support to the organization and its experts.
    • Use knowledge of the program's research and Congress’s legislative agenda to inform policy.
    • Organize and lead round tables, study groups, and workshops at QI.
    • Identify target audiences and media contacts for relationship cultivation in support of QI’s goals.

Education and experience

    • PhD strongly preferred. 
    • Minimum of seven years in academia or policymaking, preferably at a university, think tank, 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.
    • The 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.

Knowledge and skills

    • 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. 
    • A team player with exceptional communication skills and a high level of initiative, discretion, poise, and mature judgment.
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet tight deadlines. Attention to detail and strong multi-tasking skills. Extensive project management skills and an ability to think critically about long-term operations and goals.
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.