Program Assistant (Russian Liaison)
This position is located in the Kennan Institute (KI) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center). The Wilson Center was established by an Act of Congress in 1968 as the national, living memorial honoring President Woodrow Wilson.
Along with the National Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center, it is one of the three entities affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, and is governed by its own presidentially appointed Board of Trustees. The Center provides a non-partisan policy forum for tackling issues through independent research and open dialogue that seeks to inform actionable ideas for the policy community and the public at large. It offers a bridge between the world and Washington and between critical ideas and policy practice. Most of the Center's outreach efforts take place within the Center itself, but some of the activities take place in the region.
The Kennan Institute is the premier US national center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia, co-founded by George F. Kennan in 1974. The mission of the Kennan Institute is to build and sustain deep mutual understanding, cooperation, and exchange among intellectual and opinion leaders in the United States, Russia, and the surrounding states – a bedrock for regional and global peace, prosperity, and security. Insights from Kennan scholars, publications and events have proven invaluable for US policymakers, media, and the general public seeking to understand not only what is happening in Russia and the region, but why. Since the end of the Cold War, Kennan has developed even wider and deeper contacts with intellectual opinion leaders in Russia and Ukraine, establishing offices in Moscow (1993) and Kyiv (1999). During its 43rd anniversary year and beyond, the Kennan Institute will focus on its core strengths: Deepening “lanes of excellence” in scholarship; strengthening engagement with policy processes in the US and the region; and enhancing the depth and value of Kennan’s international alumni networks.
Occasional travel - Up to 10%
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
All Qualifications criteria must be met by the closing date of announcement.To qualify for this Grade 7 position, you must have one of the following:
Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the Grade 6 grade level in the Federal service providing support in social and traditional media; coordinating events with target audiences in the media, government, or foreign policy communities, and using computer software (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) to collect, analyze, and compile specialized data to produce documents or reports relevant to the organization; or
Education: One year of graduate level education directly related to the work of the position; or
Combination of Specialized Experience and Education which fully meets the qualification requirements of the position.
Possession of the following knowledge and skills are highly desirable:
- Russian language skills are highly desirable, but not required.
- Experience in and knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, and the former Soviet region.
In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
EEO Policy: The Wilson Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors.
Reasonable Accommodation: Federal agencies provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Note: More than one position may be filled from this announcement, as needed.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement.
Qualifying applications will be placed into one of the following categories:
1. Gold (Best Qualified)
Applications in the Best Qualified category will be evaluated to ensure that the Specialized Experience and other eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the résumé and supplemental documents submitted.
You will be rated based on the following competencies:
- Organizational Awareness
- Oral Communication
- Written Communication
- Clerical and Administrative
- Event Planning
- Office Automation
- Manages and Organizes Information
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