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Job Req ID:  11306

Academic Program Assistant

Classified title:                       Academic Program Assistant      

Role/Level/Range:                ATO/02/OD
Starting Salary Range:         $31,421 - $42,500

Employee group:                   Full Time
Schedule (hours/days):         M-F, 40 hours/week
Employee subgroup:             Non-Exempt, Salaried
Department Name:               Kissinger Center

Personnel area (School):      JHU SAIS


Program Assistant

Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs


Founded in 1943 and a Johns Hopkins division since 1950, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins (SAIS) has been educating global leaders for more than 70 years. As a highly selective graduate institution with a distinguished faculty, SAIS consistently ranks as one of the top schools of international relations in the world. SAIS was founded to provide a practical approach to training students in international leadership and foreign relations, and to provide mid-career educational opportunities for those already working in related fields. Today, SAIS offers the MA, MIPP, MAIA, MAIS, MIEF, GPP, and Ph.D. degrees and enrolls 640 full-time students in Washington, D.C., primarily in the school’s two-year Master of Arts program. Nearly 40 percent of the students are non-citizens coming from more than 70 countries. About 200 students attend SAIS Europe in Bologna, Italy, while about 180 students attend the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China. To learn more about SAIS, visit


The Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS is home to a distinguished faculty of scholars and practitioners working to address some of today’s most complex global challenges. Through innovative curricula, research, and programs, the center aims to revitalize scholarship in diplomatic and military history and to examine the changing global order through a renewed focus on geostrategy, great power politics, and war and peace. To learn more about the Kissinger Center, visit


Position Description


The program assistant supports the Kissinger Center’s mission to advance and develop curricula, research, and programs in historically-informed strategy and statecraft. The program assistant will be responsible for day-to-day administration of the center and will serve as executive assistant to the center’s director. Responsibilities include scheduling and travel, financial accounting, data and file management, drafting budgets, correspondence, and other documents, staffing conferences and events, and conducting timely research for special projects.   




  • Assistant to the Director:  serve as the director’s executive assistant, helping to manage calendars, book travel, and undertake timely research for special projects, as required.


  • Office Management:  consistent with SAIS and JHU regulations, develop and implement office policies and procedures, manage files, distribution lists, and other information, procure office supplies, liaise with operations, and control access to the office suite.


  • Financial Administration:  track expenditures against the center’s budget, process reimbursements, review monthly financial reports, and help draft budgets.


  • Events:  support center staff to organize conferences and events, manage A/V requests, organize catering, and serve as note-taker, as required.   




Individual must have an interest in the study of foreign policy, including familiarity with universities, graduate training, and scholarly research in international affairs. Attention to detail and a demonstrated ability to handle concurrent projects, meet deadlines, and work independently and as part of a dynamic team are essential. Excellent writing and communication skills and discretion and confidentiality in business dealings are required. Previous experience in accounting and/or event planning is preferred.


High School diploma/GED required. Bachelor’s degree highly preferred. Two years office/clerical experience required. Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

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