Research Associate and Program Manager, Center for Defense Concepts and Technology

Hudson Institute seeks a research associate and program manager to work with its Center for Defense Concepts and Technology. Responsibilities include research, writing, and editing, as well as program management and administrative assistance. This is a full-time position based out of Hudson’s Washington, DC office, reporting to the Center’s senior staff.

About Hudson Institute

Hudson Institute is a research-focused public policy think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C, dedicated to promoting American leadership for a secure, free, and prosperous future. For more than half a century, Hudson Institute has been challenging conventional thinking by developing new ideas and practical solutions to shape critical foreign and domestic policy decisions.

Primary Duties

Under the direction of the Center’s senior staff, the research associate and program manager:

  • Manages the daily events and activities associated with the Center, including managing lists of key audiences of the Center’s work, organizing meetings and events, and coordinating with other Hudson Institute colleagues on the Center’s priorities and objectives.
  • Assists in the preparation of workshops and wargames and participates in their execution.
  • Tracks sponsor contractual requirements, generates status reports, and submits status reports to sponsors.
  • Tracks the Center’s financial status and coordinates budget planning with senior staff.
  • Conducts high-quality research and analysis on a variety of policy issues, tracking policy developments in the Center’s issue-areas. 
  • Assists in drafting and editing op-eds, policy memos, reports, and other scholarship.
  • With an eye toward relevant developments in national security and foreign affairs, proactively considers and pitches opportunities to the Center’s senior staff to influence policy debates.
  • Manages interns that work with the Center, including managing their ongoing workloads and providing feedback and general supervision. 


Successful performance in this position involves consistent, high-level fulfillment of each of the duties described above. Additional requirements and qualifications for the position include:

  • Commitment to Hudson Institute’s mission and supporting the work of the Institute’s scholars and staff.
  • US citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, history, economics, philosophy, or other relevant fields. 
  • Experience using the Microsoft Office suite, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work closely and effectively with others, including Hudson’s senior management, fellows, and staff.
  • Ability to prioritize competing work responsibilities. 
  • Commitment to acting with integrity and the utmost professionalism.
  • Relevant foreign language skills (including but not limited to Japanese, Korean, or Mandarin) are helpful, but not required.
  • Relevant computer science skills in programming languages such as R, Python, or Java are helpful, but not required.