1919 Special Assistant to the Deputy for Policy and Strategy

Washington, District of Columbia, United States Full-time

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Special Assistant to the Deputy for Policy and Strategy in the Office of the President.  This position is based in Washington, D.C.

  Position Summary:

The Special Assistant to the Deputy for Policy and Strategy provides administrative, research, and operational support to the Deputy to the President for Policy and Strategy, with drafting responsibilities as assigned.


  • Policy and Strategy:

    • Assist Deputy with the preparation of evaluative and analytical content for policy and strategy development.
    • Conduct research and draft reports to obtain background information on various projects as requested by supervisor.
    • Format, edit, proofread, and distribute materials for internal and external audiences.
    • Occasionally lead or moderate discussions and working groups, especially among peers in the organization.
    • Draft notes and follow up tracking from meetings, as assigned.


    Administrative Support

    • Manage, track, and facilitate supervisor’s schedule and coordinate with other departments and strategic coordinators as assigned.
    • Provide administrative support to the Deputy including scheduling regular and ad-hoc meetings, responding to phone and email correspondence, making travel arrangements, and providing follow-up on any action items or assignments.
    • Coordinate correspondence, file reports, and preserve vital records as needed.
    • Help plan and coordinate the logistics of meetings and events, internally at headquarters as well as for visitors and Core Institute staff.


  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • ­ Master’s degree, or equivalent work experience, in International Affairs, Political Science, Human Rights or related discipline is preferred;
    • 2 + years of experience in democracy or human rights-related work;
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; familiarity with SharePoint a plus.


  • Other Qualifications:
    • ­ Strong writing skills;
    • Enthusiastic with a capacity and willingness to learn; anticipate needs by being proactive;
    • Ability to handle multiple demands, prioritize and produce high-quality work under pressure;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.


  • Competencies:
    • ­ Ability to work and collaborate in a team environment; 
    • High degree of organization and initiative;
    • Excellent interpersonal relations, oral and written communication skills;
    • Commitment to accuracy in all tasks, attention to details is extremely important.


Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  

Please, no phone call inquiries.  Direct questions to careers@ned.org with 1919 - SADPS - YOUR NAME in the subject line.

The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org