Director, East Asia Program

Washington, D.C. /
Policy Studies – Policy Studies /
Quincy Institute (QI) seeks a Director for its East Asia Program, responsible for leading QI's China-focused work and overseeing work on Korea and Japan.  The Director’s primary responsibility is to build the program and oversee the high volume of research and analysis produced by the East Asia Program’s staff and fellows. She or he will also produce a significant portion of the program’s output. 
Candidates must be dedicated to advancing QI’s mission, vision, and principles of responsible statecraft, centered on diplomatic engagement and military restraint. The director will ensure the intellectual cohesion of the program, and she or he will produce scholarship that supports a sound U.S. approach to China.
In addition, the Director will be responsible for developing connections with the policy and media communities to maximize the visibility and influence of QI and its work. This task entails promoting QI’s work among decision-makers and contributing commentary to popular media.
This is a one-year appointment, renewable based on funding.  Distinguished visiting scholars or policy experts will be considered for this position. The person selected for this position will report to QI’s Executive Vice President. We seek to fill this position as soon as possible. We will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Application will close on April 2, 2021


    • Produce or oversee a high volume of original research and analysis, including reports, essays, op-eds, and videos designed for different audiences.
    • Build and facilitate the intellectual direction of the East Asia program and ensure the 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 concrete policy proposals.
    • Build a cohesive, strategic response to regional challenges with the goal of reshaping the parameters of debate around U.S. foreign policy, with a central focus on the U.S.-China relationship.
    • Develop positions quickly on issues of the day to facilitate a first-mover’s advantage in framing the policy and media narrative; help write press releases, draft key messaging, talking points and other materials used for public dissemination.
    • Mentor and guide two mid-career scholars/analysts on staff and relevant Non-Resident Fellows in the program.

External Outreach

    • Develop strong relations in the policy community, including on Capitol Hill.
    • Promote QI’s work among decision-makers and testify in Congress about major issues of U.S. foreign policy in East Asia.
    • 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 television news shows.
    • Organize and lead round-tables, study groups, and workshops.
    • Identify target audiences and media contacts for relationship cultivation in support of the program and individual scholars’ goals.

Experience and Background

    • PhD strongly preferred. 
    • Minimum of ten years as an academic or policymaker, preferably at a university, think tank, nonprofit or in government.
    • A well-established record of scholarship or policy work.
    • Demonstrated ability to speak and write knowledgeably and comfortably about public policy research and research findings to news media, 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 track record demonstrating a high level of commitment to the Quincy Institute’s goals.

Knowledge and Skills

    • Ability to produce detailed reports on U.S. policy in East Asia, with a focus on China.
    • Close familiarity with scholarship and policy developments related to critiques of liberal hegemony and in support of strategies of military restraint.
    • Fluency in Mandarin strongly preferred.
    • Exceptional writing and editing skills.
    • Ability to determine the newsworthiness of key research and to track and respond to broad trends in media coverage. Ability to translate foreign policy concepts into lively and engaging content.
    • Good organizational skills, strong interpersonal skills, and comfort working collaboratively and 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.
About the Quincy Institute
Quincy Institute is a newly formed public policy think tank in Washington, DC, whose mission is to promote ideas that move US 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.

Quincy Institute is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, ability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.