Research and Communications Assistant (China)

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Research
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SCHOOL/UNIT DESCRIPTION:

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) is Stanford University's primary forum for interdisciplinary, policy-oriented research in international affairs. FSI produces scholarship, teaches and trains future leaders and scholars in international studies, and informs and influences policy making around the world.

 

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POSITION SUMMARY:

FSI is seeking a Research and Communications Assistant to work directly with FSI Director Michael McFaul on his scholarship and media outreach.  For the research part of the position, work will focus mostly on the China sections of McFaul’s new book on Great Power Competition in the 21st Century. For the communications part of the position, work will focus mostly on assisting McFaul with social media, television, radio, and his regular Washington Post column and other publications. The Research and Communications Assistant will also prepare briefing materials for Professor McFaul’s frequent media appearances and talks and provide programmatic and administrative support for FSI workshops and seminars, and assist with updating Michael McFaul’s website, drafting his monthly newsletter and providing support for his public talks and presentations. The position also will provide teaching support for Professor McFaul’s classes and provide programmatic and administrative support for FSI workshops and seminars.

 

Duties include:

  • Conduct literature research, synthesize information, and help write curriculum for seminars, such as “Political Mobilization and Democratic Breakthroughs” and “A New Cold War? Great Power Relations in the 21st Century.”  
  • Assist with teaching course to Stanford students (prepare syllabus; review student petitions to enroll in course and select appropriate students accordingly; track attendance; manage all communications with students and guest speakers; liaise with Registrar’s Office).
  • Assist with research and writing for Professor McFaul’s new book on great power relations in the 21st century. 
    • Provide edits and recommendations on additional topic areas to include and discuss. 
    • Communicate and coordinate with publishers and relevant stakeholders for book-related activities.
    • May oversee, train, and supervise student research assistants.
  • Help organize events for the Grand Strategy project (organize public talks, arrange visits of the guest speakers, provide logistics and advertise the event among students, faculty and the community).
  • Prepare and write briefing materials for meetings, conferences and trips.
    • Create new presentations and update talking points for public talks.
    • Manage Professor McFaul’s website and monthly newsletter.
    • Liaise with American and foreign media and translators on McFaul’s written material, interviews, and social media posts.  

 

The successful candidate will be deeply knowledgeable in international relations, Chinese domestic and foreign affairs, Asian security and politics, and U.S. foreign policy. Fluency in Chinese language strongly preferred.

 

This is a 100% FTE fixed-term position. The term concludes one year from the start date, and may be extended based on program need and funding availability.

 

CORE DUTIES:

  • Assist in designing experiments, exercising independent initiative and judgment gained from completing a variety of high-level assignments, including activities such as defining variables, formulating hypotheses, and selecting subjects, sources of information, or planning and coordinating experimental protocols.
  • Adapt or work out the details of new, nonstandard procedures, with the supervisor providing only general guidance and suggestions.
  • Interpret, synthesize, and analyze data using scientific or statistical techniques.
  • Solve problems and make decisions which affect the direction of the research and result in independent contributions to the overall project.
  • Select and apply standard calculations and formulas independently to compile data or process documents; often serve as a resource for research methods and numerical analyses.
  • Co-author sections of research publications and regulatory reports as needed.
  • Complete project-related administrative and budgetary responsibilities of a limited scope as needed.
  • Supervise staff or students as needed, including oversight and instruction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work.

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education & Experience:

Bachelor of Arts degree in an applicable social science related field and two years applicable experience, or combination of education and relevant experience in an applicable social science.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Fluency in Chinese language strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to oversee and provide basic direction to staff.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:

  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking.
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork.

 

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends.
  • May travel occasionally.
  • Occasional overnight travel

 

WORK STANDARDS:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

 

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*The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

 

*Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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