Program Assistant, Transatlantic Defense and Security

The Center for European Policy Analysis seeks a qualified and highly motivated individual to serve as a Program Assistant for our Transatlantic Defense and Security program. The Program Assistant will provide day-to-day programmatic, research, administrative, financial and other integral support to the program staff for an initial one-year period with the possibility of extension, funding permitting. This position reports to the Director for Transatlantic Defense and Security and is based in Washington, DC.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about transatlantic issues with a demonstrated background in security and defense topics. He or she will be highly organized, familiar with the functions of a public policy non-profit organization, willing to work across cultures, adaptable, and capable of balancing multiple tasks simultaneously. They must be proactive, enthusiastic, detail-oriented, and work both independently and as part of a team. Digital and communication skills and event management skills are highly desired.


  • Manage day-to-day program activities and operations, including communication with project staff, partners, and external experts;
  • Coordinate and assist with planning and implementing program events, workshops and webinars;
  • Assist program team with research on NATO, transatlantic security, Russian and Chinese influence in Europe, and defense technology;
  • Contribute to digital communication efforts, lending fresh ideas for how to engage CEPA’s audiences and present our products, particularly in a virtual environment
  • Monitor grant compliance requirements and keep track of project activities, implementation plans, metrics, expenses and prepare financial reports;
  • Executive assistance, administrative support, and scheduling for program staff;
  • Assist program team with outreach to partners and maintain regular contact with CEPA’s network;
  • Assist program team with drafting background memos, talking points, agreements, SOPs or other documents necessary for the implementation of project activities;
  • Monitor and report on recent news developments relevant to the program’s focus areas.


  • Bachelor’s degree minimum; Master’s level education or equivalent knowledge in International Affairs, Political Science, or a related discipline is preferred;
  • One year of applicable program experience in a think-tank or similar setting is a benefit;
  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • Competence in project administration and managing logistics;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks in a high-pressure environment;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to handle sensitive information, interact professionally with senior officials and military leaders, meet deadlines, and maintain grace under pressure; and
  • Willingness to respond to an evolving set of priorities
  • Digital communication skills and event management skills are highly desired.

CEPA offers exceptional benefits that include:

  • Competitive pay;
  • Generous employer-subsidized health insurance;
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan; and
  • Generous paid vacation leave, sick leave, personal leave, and holidays.

Application Instructions:

We invite qualified candidates to send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to: Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Position available immediately with a view to filling the post as soon as possible. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

About CEPA:

CEPA is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan organization dedicated to the transatlantic relationship. Headquartered in Washington, DC, and led by a new generation of leaders from both sides of the Atlantic, CEPA brings an innovative approach to the policy arena. Our cutting-edge analysis and timely debates galvanize communities of influence while investing in the next generation of leaders to understand and address present and future challenges to transatlantic values and principles.