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Please Note: This is a Federal position in the Excepted Service, with an initial appointment of NTE 2 years, which may be extended.


DUTIES: The incumbent of this position directs the Centers Middle East Program which addresses a broad range of issues related to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, including political, social, and economic development; the role of women; the aspirations of the younger generation; democratic and autocratic tendencies in governance; U.S. policy toward the MENA region; and the rise and fall of Islamist groups to help build knowledge and share expertise on U.S. policy towards the Middle East with the U.S. Congress, key policymaking communities, academia and the general public. Most of these efforts take place within the Center itself, but some of the activities take place within the MENA region as workshops, meetings and/or conferences or in other places around the United States and the world

The Director:

  • Serves as the Wilson Center’s chief expert and strategist on matters pertaining to Middle East and North Africa and serves as senior advisor to the executive leadership of the Center on these issues.
  • Provides strategic oversight to a high impact program designed to improve understanding about the Middle East and North Africa region and U.S. policy toward the Middle East.
  • Maintains an individual base of research and publications in his/her own area of expertise (Middle East Studies) and represents the Center to outside contacts with funding sources, policy and business leaders, and professional associations.
  • Develops and executes a fundraising strategy, primarily based on private donations from individuals, corporations, and organizations.
  • Oversees the operations of the Program, including supervising and managing the performance of staff within the Program.



Basic Requirement(s): Must possess a mastery of subject matter issues related to the MENA region, as evidenced by the possession of a Ph.D. or JD with a major in Middle East Studies or a related field focusing on U.S.Middle East relations; OR must possess a Masters degree with a major in
Middle East Studies or a related field focusing on U.S.Middle East relation and extensive experience with a focus on U.S.Middle East relations based on industry awards received and/or by subject matter expert review.


Must possess at least 12months of full-time, specialized work experience equivalent to the GS010114 grade level in the Federal service.
Specialized experience includes: providing strategic leadership and developing public programming in the field of Middle East and North Africa studies and U.S. policy designed to improve understanding about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region; research, publishing and speaking about these issues; supervising employees; and securing and managing financial resources from outside organizations and individuals to fund staff and programmatic/outreach activities related to the Middle East and North Africa region.

1. Demonstrated ability to direct a program designed to bring scholarship to focus on public policy issues related to the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) and Persian Gulf regions.
2. Knowledge of Middle East studies as evidenced by individual research and publications in the field.
3. Skill in developing and executing fundraising strategies for institutional or individual awards/support.
4. Experience planning, supervising and coordinating the work of subordinates.

1. Field experience in the Middle East region.
2. Proficiency (speak, read & ability to communicate) in one or more Middle Eastern languages.
3. Previous experience developing budgets and managing financial activities.
4. Broad knowledge of women’s issues in the region, Israel, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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