Program Assistant/Associate, Campus Operations

Your most meaningful learning has involved deep exploration and thought on America’s role in the world. You’re excited to connect with others and revive a long overdue conversation about key issues in the foreign policy debate centered on a more careful, realistic global approach. If this sounds like you, keep reading.

The John Quincy Adams Society (JQA) is a nonpartisan national network of professionals and students focused on U.S. foreign policy, with a centering vision of strategic restraint – an America that “goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy,” in John Quincy Adams’ words. This role works with our campus chapters, which aim to help the next generation of national security leaders advance both intellectually and professionally while promoting a broader and more strategic conversation about America’s approach to international affairs.

The Society’s model is a proven method of driving long-term policy change. Organizations that gather current and future policy elites around a set of principles have had major impact – consider the Fabian Society’s reshaping of the Labour Party in Britain or the Federalist Society’s transformation of jurisprudence in the United States. Domestic politics and the more competitive international system mean there is a ripe opportunity to shift U.S. grand strategy.

Our campus chapters form the ground level of this process, giving students the opportunity to hold rigorous discussions of U.S. foreign and defense policy, to hear views they may not have otherwise heard, and to connect with opportunities and mentors that can help them launch their careers. That means that in this role your positive impact is not only on the long-term trajectory of U.S. foreign policy, but also on the lives of the students you help.

We are looking for a self-driven candidate with a passion for the critical field of foreign policy to invigorate existing JQAS student chapters through strategic relationship building, identify and recruit new chapter leaders and faculty partners, and shepherd the success of chapters as a leading venue for foreign policy on their campuses. Experience with a JQA Society chapter is desirable but not required.

Consistent with our use of Market-Based Management (MBM), the Society strives for a flat and dynamic internal culture which prizes creativity and growth. We believe each member of our team can find new ways to advance the Society’s mission, and that everyone has a unique contribution to make. The Society’s national office is a small team, so there are many opportunities in all our roles to challenge yourself and learn new skills. As you master this role, there may be opportunities to expand your responsibilities in areas where your skills and goals align with the Society’s needs.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Engage current JQA student chapter leaders in educational content to deepen their knowledge of relevant foreign policy issues
  • Identify and cultivate meaningful relationships with new chapter leaders and faculty partners
  • Partner with chapters to ensure success and overcome challenges
  • Mentor chapter leaders as they prepare for impactful foreign policy careers; serve as an exemplar of professionalism for them
  • Help with the Society’s annual summer conference
  • Occasional help with Society digital events
  • Must be able to travel up to 20%

Desired knowledge and skills you bring to the team:

  • 0-4 years’ experience in a professional office environment; internships are acceptable relevant experience
  • Demonstrated experience and success with a student organization in a leadership role
  • Commitment to the idea that America’s foreign policy should be rooted in a strategy of realism and restraint, risking U.S. troops only when truly vital national interests are at stake
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build rapport quickly
  • Ability to engage effectively with people in all parts of the political spectrum
  • Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Political Science, History, or related field of study

We believe that diversity in experiences, perspectives, knowledge, and ideas fuels creativity, broadens knowledge, and helps drive success. That’s why we’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer and strive to treat all employees and applicants with honesty, dignity, respect, and sensitivity. We welcome all qualified applicants regardless of color, race, religion, religious creed, sex, gender or gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy (including medical needs which may arise from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), military and veteran status, genetic information, marital or familial status, political affiliation, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local laws, regulations, or ordinances.

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