This position is located in the Kennan Institute (KI) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center). The Wilson Center was established by an Act of Congress in 1968 as the national, living memorial honoring President Woodrow Wilson.
Along with the National Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center, it is one of the three entities affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, and is governed by its own presidentially appointed Board of Trustees. The Center provides a non-partisan policy forum for tackling issues through independent research and open dialogue that seeks to inform actionable ideas for the policy community and the public at large. It offers a bridge between the world and Washington and between critical ideas and policy practice. Most of the Center's outreach efforts take place within the Center itself, but some of the activities take place in the region.
The Kennan Institute is the premier US national center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia, co-founded by George F. Kennan in 1974. The mission of the Kennan Institute is to build and sustain deep mutual understanding, cooperation, and exchange among intellectual and opinion leaders in the United States, Russia, and the surrounding states – a bedrock for regional and global peace, prosperity, and security. Insights from Kennan scholars, publications and events have proven invaluable for US policymakers, media, and the general public seeking to understand not only what is happening in Russia and the region, but why. Since the end of the Cold War, Kennan has developed even wider and deeper contacts with intellectual opinion leaders in Russia and Ukraine, establishing offices in Moscow (1993) and Kyiv (1999). During its 43rd anniversary year and beyond, the Kennan Institute will focus on its core strengths: Deepening “lanes of excellence” in scholarship; strengthening engagement with policy processes in the US and the region; and enhancing the depth and value of Kennan’s international alumni networks.
- As primary assistant to the Director and Deputy Director of the Kennan Institute, serves as administrative liaison for the office in carrying out Russian-related events or programs. Acts as liaison between the office of the Director and other Wilson Center offices and personnel, and centralizes the dissemination of information among Kennan Institute staff.
- Responsible for all external communication from the office of the Director, including rapid response and coordination with media outlets, and precise, professional outreach, and communication with high-level foreign contacts.
- Accompanies the Director to external meetings as necessary; prepares briefing and/or outreach materials, logistic arrangements, and follow up correspondence. Manages the calendar, travel, correspondence, and financial responsibilities.
- Assists with the development, planning, and execution of events.
- Assists with recruitment and provides orientation for staff interns throughout the year.
- Uses word processing software to produce and edit a variety of documents; maintains and revises the office filing system, including paper and electronic.
- Collects program information from Kennan staff to convey to Program Director.
- Assists Program Director and designated DC staff in managing administrative workflow in Kennan’s Washington, Russia, and Ukraine operations.
- Assists with outreach, including communications by phone, e-mail, webpages, social media, and various writing and editing tasks.
- Responsible for all external communication from the office of the Director, including rapid response and coordination with media outlets, and precise, professional outreach and communication with high-level contacts.
Occasional travel - Up to 10%
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