Program Assistant/Officer, Materials Risk Management

Posted March 21, 2019

Primary Projects: NTI Nuclear Security Index, Gender Champions

The Nuclear Threat Initiative is seeking a program assistant to join the Materials Risk Management program. NTI works to protect our lives, environment, and quality of life now and for future generations. We work to prevent catastrophic attacks with weapons of mass destruction and disruption (WMDD)—nuclear, biological, radiological, chemical, and cyber.

The Materials Risk Management (MRM) team’s mission is to prevent nuclear and radiological terrorism. The MRM program works with governments, industry, international organizations, and experts to minimize these risks by securing, minimizing, and, where possible, eliminating dangerous nuclear and radiological materials, and promoting sustainable materials management practices. The MRM program also seeks to strengthen the global institutional capacity for managing these materials and promotes cooperation to reduce nuclear and radiological threats.

Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy is a leadership network that brings together heads of organizations working in nuclear policy who are committed to break down gender barriers and make gender equality a working reality in their spheres of influence. Gender Champions include Presidents, Directors, and other institutional heads of organizations whose agendas and/or members address nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear weapons policy, nuclear disarmament, nuclear security, nuclear deterrence, nuclear energy, and other related topics. Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy is housed within NTI and led by Laura Holgate, Vice President for MRM.

Primary Responsibilities

The Program Assistant will be responsible for supporting two key NTI initiatives, the NTI Nuclear Security Index ( and the Gender Champions program (

Nuclear Security Index Responsibilities

  • Day-to-day management of the primary research process
  • Data review and analysis of results to inform development of storyboards and data visualizations/graphs
  • Support development of the print report, online publications, and the Index website
  • Engage with external experts to ensure relevance and accuracy of the data
  • Support outreach to governments
  • Draft and edit internal memos, briefing documents, meeting notes, and talking points
  • Support meetings and events, including the launch of the Index

Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy Responsibilities

  • Assist with identifying and recruiting Gender Champions.
  • Maintain and build the Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy (GCNP) website, including updating information on Champions and adding resources on the website.
  • Convene quarterly meeetings of the Focal Points designated by each organization. Organize training sessions, retreats, and other Focal Point events as the need arises.   
  • Compile information on implementation of Champions’ pledges and develop and publish an annual report to highlight the progress made.
  • Develop and execute GCNP media strategy for electronic and print media.
  • Represent GCNP at meetings and conferences.
  • Develop GCNP related materials for conferences and meetings.
  • Perform other duties and projects as assigned by the Vice President, Materials Risk Management.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., nuclear engineering, political science, international relations) or relevant government or military experience
  • Experience supporting or leading primary research studies
  • Experience displaying data and insights through graphics and visualizations using PowerPoint, Tableau, and other tools
  • Experience in website management and social media campaigns, including WordPress and Twitter
  • Familiarity with best practices in nuclear security and/or the nuclear energy industry
  • Experience working on diversity or gender initiatives

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., nuclear engineering, political science, international relations)
  • Experience analyzing data to develop conclusions and recommendations
  • Descriptive statistics, econometrics, data science, or political risk experience
  • Strong writing and qualitative research skills, including persuasive and policy writing experience
  • Strong verbal communications and interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional facility with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint; proficiency with other productivity tools including Microsoft Outlook and Google Docs
  • Comfort with and ability to prioritize and monitor multiple tasks and workstreams
  • Commitment to improving both nuclear security and diversity

Send a resume and a cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line: NTI Index/GCNP position. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of Friday, April 26.

NTI is committed to attracting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce. We are an equal opportunity employer. Discrimination for any reason other than that of individual merit is prohibited by NTI policy. Specifically, NTI bases its employment decisions upon the needs of the organization and the individual merit of applicants and employees, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, or any other quality or circumstance protected by Federal or D.C. law.