Project Assistant, Asia Society Policy Institute
Location: New York
Department: Asia Society Policy Institute
Reports to: VP of International Security and Diplomacy
Job Type: Full-Time Regular (May 2023 – May 2025)
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt (Overtime-Eligible)
Compensation: $40,000 - $45,000
Asia Society Policy Institute in New York is recruiting for a full-time Project Assistant. The Project Assistant will support the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) research project "Trilateral Development Dialogue to Action" ("TD2A") with research and administrative support. The project assistant will be allocated the tasks, duties, and responsibilities listed below under the guidance of the Associate Director, Program Officer, and Vice President of International Security and Diplomacy.
- Research, analysis, and editorial support:
- Compile primary and secondary research on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), overseas development aid and assistance, and China’s interactions with the Global South to create and maintain a database of relevant articles, reports, speeches, and government documents;
- Draft research memorandums on China’s international development agenda, initiatives, and programs with the Global South, relevant developments pertaining to overseas development assistance and the BRI, and emerging issues pertaining to the U.S., China, and the Global South and development assistance;
- Identify and map government and non-government actors, agencies, corporations, and stakeholders relevant to U.S. and Chinese development programs and agendas and impacts in the Global South;
- Identify and maintain a database of relevant government officials in China and select Global South countries, as well as of experts, scholars, and representatives from international and multilateral institutions, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector;
- Prepare materials for use in public and private events, including but not limited to program handouts, presentations, talking points, and social media.
- Administrative support:
- Liaise with project participants, experts, and individuals connected with the project;
- Assist in the coordination and execution of meetings, convenings, and briefings. Work as a rapporteur for the meetings, convenings, and briefings;
- Arrange travel as necessary;
- Provide additional administrative support as needed.
- Masters graduate with background in International Affairs, Development, or related field;
- 1-2 years of experience working in the development field, preferably in government, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, or multilateral development institutions and organizations;
- Strong organization skills and attention to detail;
- Superior time-management skills and ability to identify key priorities;
- Fluency in English required; proficiency in Mandarin a plus;
- Demonstrated project management experience including providing administrative and financial support for projects.
Asia Society offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, and vision coverage, a 403(b)-retirement plan, numerous paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, self-development hours, and more. Please visit asiasociety.org/about/careers and click on “Employee Benefits” to view our full benefits summary.
Benefit package highlights:
• An HRA plan (fully funded by the Asia Society) supplements our medical plan and covers the full annual deductible.
• After 1 year of service (1,000 hours), the Asia Society contributes 6% of gross earnings to an eligible employee’s 403(b) account, regardless of whether the employee makes their own contributions.
• The Asia Society offers Self-Development time off, including Self-Development Summer Fridays between July 4th and Labor Day.
ABOUT ASIA SOCIETY:
The Asia Society, founded by John D. Rockefeller the 3rd in 1956, is a global non-profit dedicated to identifying future pathways for Asia and the world which enhance peace, prosperity, freedom, equality, and sustainability. Headquartered in New York City, with 15 centres located in Asia, Europe, and the U.S., the Asia Society has a dynamic and impressive board of trustees of more than 70 international leaders representing thought leadership in policy, the arts, education as well as in governance and philanthropy.
Asia Society is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and empowering workplace. We believe that engaging staff, interns, and volunteers with diverse backgrounds enables us to better realize our mission of navigating shared futures.
Asia Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer who values diversity in the workplace. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
HOW TO APPLY:
To be considered for this role, all interested applicants must submit a completed application to ASPI Jobs (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A completed application must include:
- Resume OR CV
- Cover letter
- Writing Sample (between 5 – 10 pages on a relevant topic)
- Subject line: ASPI Project Assistant