Policy Advisor for the National Security Program

Job description

Third Way is a national think tank that champions modern center-left ideas. Our agenda is built on the bedrock belief that for political movements to succeed in our political system, they must relentlessly reimagine their policies, strategies, and coalitions. We are fighting for opportunity, so everyone has the chance to earn a good life; progress on social issues, so all have the freedom to live the lives they choose; and security, so we are protected from the global threats of the 21st century. 


About the Position

Third Way is seeking a Policy Advisor for the National Security Program to analyze cyber security and national security issues and make policy recommendations. Reporting to the Program Director, this position is part of Third Way’s National Security team.

 

Primary responsibilities include researching, developing and writing policy and message documents on major national security issues before Congress and the Administration with a particular focus in cyber security, national security law, and international treaties and organizations. The policy advisor also represents Third Way at external meetings with policymakers and advocacy organizations. A detailed knowledge of national security issues, very strong research and writing skills, good sense of humor and the ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment are required. 

 

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Develop and draft policy products
  • Conduct in-depth research and distill complex issues into succinct and accessible formats, such as policy memos, idea briefs and opinion pieces.
  • Draft memos, talking points, Q&A documents, prepare infographics and other presentation and briefing materials on National Security Program products.
  • Monitor and analyze current events and developments on national security issues
    • Research and analyze legislative debates and political developments on such topics as cybersecurity, privacy & surveillance, international technology policy and international agreements.
    • Monitor online databases, traditional and social media outlets, and reports from government, academia, and advocacy communities to stay abreast of relevant developments.
  • Represent Third Way and work closely with Congress, the administration, advocacy organizations and other progressive leaders on national security issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, graduate or law degree preferred but not required
  • A minimum of two years of congressional, federal, journalism, advocacy or other relevant experience
  • Demonstrated strength in clear, concise, and persuasive writing especially op-eds and/or policy memos
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Congressional processes and foreign policy tools.
  • Work experience in a team environment with minimal supervision, demonstrating an ability to prioritize and take appropriate action
  • Exercise diplomacy in communications with external contacts and staff
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects within specified time frames and multi-task various assignments
  • Discretion handling confidential information
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent computer and MS Office Suite skills
  • Ability to solve problems creatively

In the Third Way Culture, we are looking for…

  • Self-starting: Third Way seeks people who see and seize opportunities, take risks, learn from failure, and will bring a sustained passion for our mission.
  • Collaborative: Third Way works in teams—sharing ideas, brainstorming, co-authoring products, and advancing its shared priorities.
  • Creative: Third Way fosters divergent thinking that isn’t afraid to take on the orthodoxies of the left or the right. Team members come up with original insights, find unique ways to look at data, and challenge their preconceptions.
  • Results-oriented: Third Way functions with an organizational commitment to clear objectives, ambitious timelines, accountability for results, and a focus on impact.

Compensation:

Competitive compensation and benefits.