Program Manager - Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics

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  • Added Date: Wednesday, 06 July 2022
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The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decisionmakers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

The CSIS Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics is dedicated to providing thought leadership for the policy community about the dynamics of Chinaโ€™s economy and its implications for industries and other countries. Our work โ€“ research, publications, events & outreach โ€“ focuses on Chinaโ€™s overall economic trajectory, industrial policy, and Americaโ€™s China policy.

The Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics is recruiting a Program Coordinator or Program Manager who is highly motivated, professional, and has a strong interest in Chinaโ€™s political economy. In coordination with the programโ€™s associate director, the program coordinator/program manager is responsible for overseeing a wide range of program components, including: organizing program events and meetings, supporting budget management and financial reporting, scheduling meetings and activities, supporting the internship program, assisting visiting fellows, managing the programโ€™s social media presence, and liaising with research programs and support offices at CSIS and with members of the policy community outside of CSIS. The role has room for additional growth in program management after mastery of essential duties and responsibilities.

The salary for this position starts at $50,000 annually and is subject to change based on experience level.

Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

โ€ข Manages essential elements of the day-to-day operations of the program and assists the program director and associate director.
โ€ข Plans and executes all programmatic meetings.
โ€ข Organizes all public and private program events and conferences.
โ€ข Assists the programโ€™s associate director with all financial transactions (revenue and expenses), including the day-to-day budget of the program, development of all project-related budgets, preparation of regular budget reviews and reporting to external funders, and development of a strategy for addressing budgetary needs and program growth.
โ€ข Represents the program vis-ร -vis other research programs and functional support offices within CSIS and vis-ร -vis external stakeholders in government, the private sector, and the non-profit community in the United States, China and elsewhere.
โ€ข Manages external communications, including maintenance of contacts databases, event descriptions and invitations, drafting of the program newsletter, and dissemination of program publications in all formats.
โ€ข Supports the programโ€™s internship program and assists its visiting fellows.
โ€ข Other administrative tasks as needed.


โ€ข Bachelorโ€™s degree required.
โ€ข Minimum of 1-4 years of administrative office experience required.
โ€ข Strong attention to detail, professionalism, good judgment, time management and leadership skills are essential.
โ€ข Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
โ€ข Ability to multitask and to work closely with a range of individuals with diverse backgrounds, dispositions, and executive levels.
โ€ข Ability to write business correspondence and other relevant writing assignments.
โ€ข Ability to build complex project budgets and manage expenses.
โ€ข High competency with office-related software (such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Acrobat, etc.).
โ€ข A positive attitude, creative outlook, and ability to project a positive and professional image to the public, co-workers, and external stakeholders.
โ€ข Familiarity with and interest in contemporary China (including Chinese-language skills and previous travel) and a passion for project management are plusses.


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Performances of duties require the use of hands and fingers to handle or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.ย The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity


To apply, interested applicants should submit a rรฉsumรฉ, cover letter, writing sample (no more than 2,000 words), and college transcript(s) at To guarantee your application will be fully considered, apply by July 15, 2022.

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