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Policy Program Associate, Nuclear Policy
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Do you want to work at the intersection of technology and nuclear policy? Are you inspired to learn more about a cutting-edge area of policy development? Are you an early career policy professional looking to be part of a mission-driven organization? Do you want to grow professionally while being part of a team devoted to real-world change on important global challenges?

Position Overview
The Stanley Foundation seeks a program associate to join its Policy Programming Department to contribute energy, creativity, and analytical skill to the design and implementation of innovative programming on technology and nuclear policy. The Stanley Foundation’s nuclear policy programming currently focuses on the disruptive effects of emerging technologies on nuclear deterrence, disarmament, and nonproliferation.

As part of a two-person team responsible for the foundation’s nuclear policy programming, the chosen candidate will:

  • Enhance skills in writing, analysis, communications strategy, and project management.
  • Embrace constant learning about cutting-edge policy issues.
  • Participate and have a direct role in designing discussions with technology, nuclear, and international policy stakeholders.
  • Be a collaborative team player working in pursuit of the Stanley Foundation’s vision, mission, and organizational goals.
  • The ideal candidate will have:
  • Some experience providing support to the conceptualization and implementation of programming or projects.
  • An interest in gaining exposure to international policy, key players, and networks.
  • The ability to communicate complex issues to policy and nontechnical audiences with a clear writing style.
  • An aptitude for connecting people and ideas.
  • Experience with or interest in travel, both domestically and abroad.

Full Position Description
The policy program associate will contribute to the foundation’s nuclear policy work by supporting the conceptualization and implementation of programming activities to achieve the foundation’s policy change goals. The program associate will work in close collaboration with the program officer responsible for nuclear policy programming and the director of policy programming strategy to develop and implement the foundation’s strategy on nuclear policy and evaluate the relative success of its work. The program associate will also work in collaboration with all departments in the Stanley Foundation to deliver high-impact programming.

Key Responsibilities

  • Program Support: The program associate will support the program officer, working across foundation departments and with other organizations, to implement programming activities that will drive progress toward defined policy goals. The program associate will attend events run by the Stanley Foundation, its partners, or others. The program associate will be responsible for:
    • Keeping the program officer and others well informed of developments and progress on assigned activities.
    • Carrying out substantive research in support of programming efforts and commissioned analysis.
    • Working with the program officer to draft, edit, and produce various written products.
    • Liaising with the Communications Department and others on publications in the editorial process and production associated with written products.
    • Liaising with the Operations Department when organizing events, including when managing invitation lists, coordinating on logistics, and meeting agreed-upon schedules.
  • Learning: The program associate will participate in the learning process in the issue area as it relates to the foundation’s programmatic efforts. This includes working with the program officer to incorporate lessons learned from activity-specific evaluations as well as adjusting programming to reflect feedback from midterm and end-of-cycle evaluations. As a member of the foundation’s Policy Programming Department, the program associate will build subject matter expertise.
  • Networking and Relationship Cultivation: Because collaboration with other organizations is a key element of the Stanley Foundation’s work, the program associate will assist the program officer with networking and maintaining strong and supportive ties with key organizational partners. As a member of an institution with a strong vision for positive change, the program associate will display the determination and excitement of the mission through daily engaged and positive relationships with peers in and beyond the organization.
  • Team Contribution: As a member of the policy programming team, the program associate will contribute to cross-team learning for assessing broader organizational impact. The program associate will contribute to internal reporting mechanisms and procedures and will utilize excellent communication and collaboration skills as a member of the Stanley Foundation team.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate an interest in international affairs, particularly subject areas related to technology or nuclear policy. In addition, a strong candidate should possess:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree with coursework in a relevant discipline (international relations, political science, history, or a related social science field with an emphasis on global and/or foreign policy issues).
  • An interest in gaining substantive knowledge in nuclear policy.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical, research, and writing skills.
  • The ability to track details and manage multidirectional information flows in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated collaborative skills on behalf of shared goals in a team setting.
  • The ability to maintain poise under pressure.
  • The clear ability to connect larger ideas with the practical realities of their accomplishment.
  • Dynamic networking and relationship cultivation and maintenance skills.

Additional desirable traits include:

  • Project-implementation experience, including a proven capacity to set goals and meet deadlines and schedules.
  • Exposure to international policy work and a broad understanding of how policy change is created.
  • Experience tracking policy developments in an international issue.
  • Experience working with government and/or international organizations, particularly in nuclear policy.
  • Foreign language skills.
  • International study/travel/living experience.
  • Facilitation skills.

The program associate works under the direction of the program officer responsible for nuclear policy programming and reports to the director of policy programming strategy. The position requires frequent travel. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The Stanley Foundation offers competitive salaries and a full benefits package.

About the Stanley Foundation
The Stanley Foundation advances multilateral action to create fair, just, and lasting solutions to critical issues of peace and security. Our work is built on a belief that greater international cooperation will improve global governance and enhance global citizenship. We value our Midwestern roots and family heritage as well as our role as a nonpartisan, private operating foundation. We do not make grants but rather carry out our own programming.

Foundation policy programming relies heavily on policy dialogues involving US and foreign government officials, influential scholars, journalists, and nongovernmental experts. It also includes policy analysis and a wide variety of communication and advocacy activities to develop and build support for specific policy initiatives. Much of our programming activity is done collaboratively. More about the foundation and our work can be found at

This position is located at the foundation headquarters in Muscatine, Iowa. Iowa’s quality of life is ranked No. 1 in the nation by US News & World Report. Muscatine is a community of 23,000 people on the Mississippi River. The area offers affordable housing and a variety of recreational opportunities. Iowa City, Iowa (population 70,000)—home of the University of Iowa and the nationally recognized University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics—is a 45-minute drive from Muscatine. The Quad Cities area—comprising Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, and Moline and Rock Island, Illinois, with a combined population of over 350,000—is just a 40-to-50-minute

drive from Muscatine. While on-site work in Muscatine is mandatory, the Stanley Foundation has options for some remote work and flexible work hours.

Application Directions
Please send a letter of interest, résumé, references, and a writing sample that clearly and concisely describes a challenge in technology policy, nuclear policy, and/or international security policy to:

Debra Hughes
Human Resources Generalist
The Stanley Foundation
209 Iowa Avenue
Muscatine, IA 52761
Phone: 563-264-6888

Deadline for application: This position will remain open until filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, or other characteristic protected by law.

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