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Job Description

The McCain Institute for International Leadership, a part of Arizona State University, seeks a full-time Program Coordinator for National Security and Counterterrorism Programs based in Washington, DC.  Working closely with and reporting to the Senior Director for National Security and Counterterrorism Programs, the Program Coordinator will assist in the design, development and execution of McCain Institute programming related to national security and counterterrorism.

Essential Duties

  • Conduct research on topics to include national security, terrorism and counterterrorism, extremism and efforts to counter violent extremism;
  • As required, draft/edit summaries and reports on program-related topics;
  • Assist in programmatic design of National Security and Counterterrorism program, to include formulating structure and content for a McCain CT Fellowship Program and other program activities aimed at countering violent extremism;
  • Draft/edit program-related input for McCain Institute and Arizona State University publications;
  • Manage and coordinate events related to the program on national security and counterterrorism, to include working with appropriate Institute/ASU colleagues;
  • Engage with full range of ASU academic and administrative departments in support of program activities;
  • Manage scheduling of Institute/ASU facilities to support programming activities;
  • Prepare budget proposals, recommendations and approvals for McCain Institute programming related to national security and counterterrorism;
  • Manage and monitor program expenditures and exercise budget control functions in keeping with McCain Institute and Arizona State University regulations and guidelines;
  • Provide administrative support to the Senior Director for National Security and Counterterrorism Programs, to include travel arrangements and coordinating with appropriate Institute/ASU counterparts;
  • As appropriate, supervise junior staff, to include program assistants and interns; and
  • Represent the National Security and Counterterrorism Program in both internal and external engagements as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in field appropriate to area of assignment AND two years administrative/coordinator program experience; OR, Six years of progressively responsible administrative/coordinator program experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of a Master’s degree in public policy, national security or related field or current enrollment in Master’s program;
  • Experience operating in a professional environment focused on national security issues;
  • Experience in using initiative and being a self-starter, while operating within broad guidance parameters;
  • Evidence of effective verbal and written communication skills;
  • Experience in engaging with and briefing colleagues and counterparts at all levels;
  • Experience in using organizational skills, prioritizing and executing multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Experience with event management and coordination.

Working Environment

  • Activities are primarily performed in a regular, climate controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, standing, walking.
  • Use office equipment including a desktop computer.
  • Lift up to 20 pounds.
  • Clearly communicate to perform essential duties.
  • Receive regular review of completed tasks.

About the McCain Institute

The McCain Institute, founded in 2012 as part of Arizona State University, is located in the heart of Washington, D.C.  Inspired by the leadership of Senator John McCain and his family’s legacy of public service, the McCain Institute is a non-partisan, do-tank dedicated to advancing character-driven leadership in the United States and abroad.  The Institute acts to defend human rights, foster security and advance freedom.  Learn more at