Deputy Director and Fellow, Southeast Asia Program

Deputy Director and Fellow, Southeast Asia Program

CSIS - Center for Strategic and International Studies

Washington DC, United States

Job Description

The CSIS Southeast Asia program seeks a Deputy Director. The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of Southeast Asia political, economic and security dynamics, experience in policy research, analysis and/or formulation, and have an entrepreneurial spirit to help launch new initiatives that will help shape a policy agenda in Washington.

About the CSIS Southeast Asia Program:

The CSIS Southeast Asia Program is Washington’s leading platform for sustained high-level policy dialogue focusing on Southeast Asia and U.S. interests in the region. It provides policy recommendations and builds political, economic, and people-to-people ties between the United States and Southeast Asian countries. The program advises policymakers, private sector partners, and a worldwide online audience through a mix of timely, practical publications and programs aimed at broadening the constituency of active and interested parties on policy issues related to the region.


CSIS is seeking a Deputy Director to help manage the Southeast Asia Program. Under the supervision of the Director, the Deputy Director manages the day-to-day workflow of the Southeast Asia Program, and plays a key senior role in supporting the Director to advance all major initiatives.

The Deputy Director carries first-line daily managerial responsibilities for personnel management, budget oversight, fundraising and grant management. The Director also looks to the Deputy Director for helping to develop the substantive direction of the program; organize research, events, and writings; and manage program staff. In addition, the Director looks to the Deputy Director to be a key adviser and strategist, and to actively support strategic planning for the Southeast Asia program.


The Deputy Director reports the Director of the Southeast Asia Program. Functions may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Under the supervision – and in close consultation with the Director – manages and coordinates the day-to-day Southeast Asia program work flow, with a special focus on refining and executing concrete work plans for specific projects;
  • Contributes substantively to at least one priority policy area of the Southeast Asia program’s work;
  • Plays a leadership role in convening expert groups, representing the Southeast Asia Program publicly, and chairing public events;
  • Provides thought leadership and strategic guidance for the Southeast Asia Program;
  • Provides close supervision and mentorship of associate staff and interns;
  • Edits reports, commentaries, and blogs to a consistent quality; takes a major role in strengthening the Southeast Asia program communications strategy;
  • Works closely with the Director to oversee department budget; manages grants, including preparing applications and reports; secures new and/or follow-on funding for projects and initiatives;
  • Supports the Director in managing relationships within CSIS and with external stakeholders and partners


  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree strongly preferred;
  • Deep knowledge of Southeast Asia political, economic, and security dynamics;
  • Government service and substantive research experience working on U.S.-Southeast Asia policy preferred;
  • Experience managing personnel, projects, budgets, and grants strongly preferred;
  • Superior writing, editing, and analytical skills, especially based on policy research;
  • Ability to operate under pressure and in a fast-paced environment;
  • Must possess strong communication and convening skills including the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from constituency groups, media, governmental entities, and the general public;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Candidates should possess sound judgment and impeccable integrity, positive attitude and creative outlook;
  • Ability to interact with and respond to questions from a range of individuals with diverse interests, backgrounds and dispositions.

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