China Program Coordinator, National Security and International Policy

  • Reports to: Senior Fellow
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: National Security and International Policy
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


The China Program Coordinator will provide administrative and research support across a range of China policy issues and programs for a two-year term beginning January 2020. Administrative duties will include managing travel logistics for international research programs, planning and supporting events, scheduling, and completing other administrative tasks as directed. With supervision, the China Program Coordinator will also conduct directed research and related tasks on a variety of China policy issues, leveraging both English and Mandarin Chinese resources to help the China team answer targeted research questions.

Successful program coordinators demonstrate an ability to multitask, prioritize their work to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment, and identify and respond to important communications on behalf of the China team. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated research and organizational skills and pay careful attention to deadlines and follow-up communications. Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with high-level policy professionals, both internally and externally, are important.


  • Provide operational support to the China team, including assisting in the coordination and planning of public and private meetings, events, and travel; processing and filing forms; providing on-the-ground support for international programs; and providing other administrative support to assist with China program management, including grant reports.
  • With direction, conduct open source policy, market, and regulatory research in Mandarin Chinese.
  • Assist with drafting talking points, presentations, testimony, and other written material to assist the China Policy Director and other National Security and International Policy (NSIP) staff in communicating the team’s China research findings to an external audience.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Ability to conduct open source research in Mandarin Chinese and handle ground logistics.
  • Good to fluent spoken Chinese and good written Chinese, i.e., email and text communication, is required; the interview process will include a Mandarin language test.
  • General knowledge of Chinese political, security, and economic issues with a demonstrated interest in U.S. foreign policy toward China.
  • Experience using common Chinese data sources.
  • Prior experience living, working, or studying in China is preferred but not required.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required.
  • Comfortable traveling internationally and supporting international delegations and senior leadership from American Progress and partner organizations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well on a team.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Critical thinking and writing skills; ability to take thorough notes and provide initial drafts to the China Policy Director and other NSIP staff.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70.

To Apply

Please follow the link below to the online application. When completing the application, be sure to combine your cover letter and resume/CV into one Word or PDF file and upload this combined document. The system does not allow for multiple files.

This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.
Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.
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Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

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