Senior Director/Senior Fellow, China

  • Reports to: Senior Fellow, Asia Program
  • Staff reporting to this position: China Policy Analyst; China Program Coordinator
  • Department: National Security and International Policy
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Director/Senior Fellow for China on the National Security and International Policy (NSIP) team. The person in this role will manage and oversee American Progress’ China policy research programs, including work on China’s global governance ambitions, climate policy, technology developments, and appropriate U.S. and regional strategies in context. The Senior Director or Senior Fellow will also oversee the China program’s substantive work, including writing reports and columns, engaging with the public and other stakeholders, and managing grants and fundraising. This position is a limited-term appointment of three years, with the possibility for renewal.


  • Develop and execute the strategic priorities of the NSIP China program.
  • Serve as an expert on all aspects of U.S. policy toward China, including China’s political system and policy process, China energy and climate issues, and China’s global governance ambitions.
  • Organize international engagements and travel, including leading emerging scholar and high-level dialogues, once international travel becomes safe.
  • Research, write, and edit expert columns, briefs, and reports, frequently relying on Mandarin Chinese language abilities.
  • Plan and execute strategic communications, including developing op-eds with strategic voices to advance policy goals.
  • Engage with policymakers to drive the desired impact for American Progress’ policy goals and democracy solutions.
  • Engage in rapid response on China issues, including through talking points, fact sheets, columns, op-eds, and other tactics as appropriate; serve as a resource to media and policymakers.
  • Engage regularly with the diplomatic and foreign policy community.
  • Work across American Progress, including the NSIP team, to plan and coordinate meetings and events with experts, policymakers, and government officials in both the United States and China.
  • Supervise China program staff.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience on U.S.-China policy with a proven track record in the field.
  • Deep expertise on China’s political system and policy process; deep understanding of Chinese bureaucracy.
  • Strong Mandarin Chinese language abilities, including the ability to use open source Mandarin Chinese language documents for American Progress’ research efforts.
  • Knowledge of federal policymaking, including as it relates to working with Congress and federal executive branch agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to set strategic priorities for the team and balance multiple projects at once.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as attention to detail.
  • Strong ability to formulate policy recommendations and convey complex information to a D.C. audience through research products, briefings, and talking points.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well on and with teams.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.
  • Experience with China climate policy is preferred.

The salary for this position begins at $140,000. American Progress offers full and competitive benefit packages. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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.

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Additional information

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