Public Policy Manager, National Security Institute

George Mason University   Arlington, VA   Full-time     Management
Posted on July 28, 2022
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Public Policy Manager, National Security Institute


The National Security Institute aims to be the intellectual powerhouse supporting a robust American national security posture—dedicated to incorporating a realistic assessment of the threats facing the United States and finding real-world answers to hard national security questions- and we also strive to educate the next generation of leaders.


NSI is looking for a Public Policy Manager who will be responsible for successfully supporting NSI’s policy missions, including engaging with policymakers, national security and foreign policy experts, and members of the media and public.


George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.



  • Build relationships with federal elected officials and executive branch officials, associations, industry partners, nonprofits, and other third-parties to promote and build support for NSI’s mission and policy expertise, through both regular in person and virtual meetings and engagements;
  • Represent NSI before Congressional and executive branch officials and staff;
  • Create, develop, and disseminate information and materials to policymaking and public audiences, as well as manage the development and execution of programs, briefings, and events that advance NSI’s mission;
  • Review and analyze regulations, legislation, laws, and public policy for updates, including tracking legislative and congressional developments that impact NSI’s mission;
  • Lead and coordinate NSI policy priorities, including developing expert written materials and associated whiteboarding sessions, policy conferences, and other policy-focused programming;
  • Assist with research, writing, and publishing NSI research and advocacy papers and other written materials;
  • Manage program and project budgets and coordinate other necessary administrative support;
  • Interact with NSI leadership and staff, as well as media, general public, and government officials to plan and coordinate activities;
  • Manage activities related to NSI’s website and social media accounts; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience;
  • Demonstrated, effective organizational skills and attention to detail; and
  • Ability to effectively balance multiple projects and activities in a fast-paced environment.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Public policy experience; and
  • Experience in event management.


Special Instructions to Applicants  

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 10581z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.


George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.