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Council for a Livable World and the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation are seeking an Executive Director to serve both organizations. This individual will lead a dedicated staff of seven and have the support of two distinguished boards of directors, two advisory boards and a national online network of supporters around the country.

The Organizations:

Council for a Livable World is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization that advocates for policies to reduce the threats of conflict, war and weapons of mass destruction and elect Members of Congress to advance these goals. The Council was founded in 1962 by nuclear physicist Leo Szilard and other scientists who pioneered the development of atomic weapons and immediately became concerned about their use and spread.

The Council’s sister organization, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan research organization that provides expert policy analysis and thought-provoking research to reduce the threats of conflict, war and weapons of mass destruction. Center experts provide in-depth analysis and commentary on such issues as nuclear weapons, nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear terrorism, Iran’s nuclear program, military policy, missile defense, national security spending, and the North Korea threat.

Council for a Livable World’s Candidate Fund and PeacePAC is a connected PAC to raise funds for pro-arms control candidates running for the Senate and House of Representatives.

Taking advantage of this unique combination, the three organizations work together for non-proliferation, deep reductions and the eventual elimination of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.  

Position Summary:

The Executive Director is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to advance the organizations’ mission of advocating for sensible national security policies, to help elect congressional candidates who support them, and for implementing these programs. The Executive Director reports to the boards of directors, who provide oversight, guidance and assistance.

The ideal candidate is a self-directed, energetic administrator with a passion for national security policy, a familiarity with the advocacy and educational communities and a vision for how a small organization with 50-plus years of involvement in key national security issues can shape future debates on U.S. global engagement and U.S. foreign policy priorities.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Work with the boards to grow the organizations and shape their strategy and programs to meet the needs of its stakeholders and the broader national security and non-proliferation community;
  • Develop and implement the Center’s and Council’s work program on a day-to-day basis, and ensure progress toward advancing the organizations’ missions;
  • Manage the staff, and work with the boards of directors and online supporters to continue to inform and shape national security debates;
  • Successfully raise funds for both organizations through a combination of foundations, individual meetings with major donors, direct mail to supporters, online solicitations, and occasional fundraising events for both the organizations and the candidates we support;
  • Manage bequest and major gift outreach and campaigns;
  • Manage the organizations’ finances including developing annual budgets, raising revenue, authorizing expenditures, and maintaining and reporting to the boards accurate financial records of revenues and expenses;
  • Meet regularly and maintain strong relationships with donors and key stakeholders;
  • Communicate regularly to supporters through online and direct mail newsletter an e-appeals.
  • Work with national networks of foreign policy thinkers and activists, as well as specific issue advocacy coalitions;
  • Serve as a prominent voice in delivering the Council’s and the Center’s messages to key stakeholders, both publicly and privately, including policymakers, the media, funders and other issue experts;
  • Follow politics with an eye to choosing candidates to endorse and prepare endorsements;
  • Work with Members of Congress and their staffs on national security legislation and maintain regular relationships with policymakers;
  • Work with political campaigns;
  • Oversee all external communication of the organizations, including blogs, tweets, Op-Eds, e-alerts and letters to supporters.
Qualifications: We do not expect that any candidate will come fully equipped with all these attributes, but hope she or he will be willing to aspire to achieve them.
  • Five to ten years of experience in an advocacy organization or a think tank;
  • 10+ years in a policy or management position at a think tank, advocacy organization, in the federal government, on Capitol Hill or in the military;
  • Demonstrated leadership, inter-personal and organizational skills;
  • A proven track record in individual and institutional fundraising;
  • A broad network of relevant professional relationships;
  • Experience in electoral and congressional politics, and as a lobbyist;
  • Experience with coalitions;
  • Excellent public speaking and communications skills;
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently and collegially in a campaign-style environment; and
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills, and skills in managing organizations. 

Competitive non-profit salary commensurate with experience. Benefits package included.

The Council and the Center are equal opportunity employers and committed to building a diverse workplace; women, minorities, and candidates from non-traditional backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  The position is located in Washington, DC, on Capitol Hill; some national travel is required.

Please send a cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample to by December 1, 2015. This is a rolling application process until the position is filled. Interested candidates should apply early.


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The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and its sister organization Council for a Livable World ( offers full-time internship opportunities for students and recent graduates interested in policies to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons and increase peace and security.

With a small dedicated staff, interns will have the opportunity to work with everyone including the Executive Director to help shape the organization’s work on important issues. The staff is committed to investing in their interns, and are eager to spend time working with them to hone their skills to develop future leaders in the nuclear nonproliferation and national security community.

Former Center interns have gone on to graduate studies at top universities in the United States, and many are now working in intelligence, think tanks, Congress, the executive branch, and NGOs throughout the country and the world.

Located on Capitol Hill in the heart of Washington, D.C, the Center is a respected non-profit organization that educates Congress and the public on national security issues through policy, advocacy, and investigations. Center interns have the opportunity to contribute to the organization in a number of issue areas.



ScovillelogoIn addition to its internship program, the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation also participates in the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship. The Scoville Fellowship pays a stipend for recent college graduates to work with NGOs in Washington, DC on peace and security issues for six to nine months. For further information, please visit the Scoville Fellowship’s website.



Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Research news, policy, and developments in the Executive Branch and Congress related to Council issues including but not limited to: U.S. nuclear weapons posture, security, and spending; Pentagon budget; military engagement in the Middle East; U.S.-Russia relations, chemical & biological weapons; and missile defense.
  • Provide assistance to all members of the staff including the Executive Director, communications and development teams to learn and develop new skills including fundraising activities, building operations capacity and engaging on social media.
  • Write articles, fact sheets, op-eds, blogs, letters to the editor, tweets, and other communications analyzing news and developments on core areas of focus and in support of the Council and Center’s policy and advocacy goals;
  • Attend events on Capitol Hill (briefings, hearings, lobby visits, special events) and at other think tanks/non-profit organizations relevant to the Center/Council’s work and provide a comprehensive summary for distribution to Center/Council staff
  • Engage in communications outreach and youth outreach on national security issues;
  • Research and craft smart, compelling, and attractive digital content for our social media outlets
  • Help to manage our reputable Center/Council Twitter handles, Facebook pages, YouTube accounts, and other online outlets
  • Write and publish well-researched pieces for the Center/Council blogs
  • Develop mastery of our content management programs in order to support the communications associate with maintenance of our two websites and blog sites.
  • Contribute to the Center/Council weekly newsletter
  • Help to edit and proof publications from Center/Council staff
  • Work collaboratively with Center/Council staff as well as the broader nuclear policy community to brainstorm the most effective messaging tools, as well as innovate on new ones
  • Track online conversations and keep current about our issues, transforming into content where appropriate
  • Provide assistance to Center/Council staff including some administrative and event planning.
  • Interest in peace and security issues, especially nuclear policy, nonproliferation, and federal spending policy;
  • Superior oral and written communication skills;
  • Commitment to progressive security policies;
  • Excellent research, computer and internet abilities. Knowledge of HTML a plus;Excellent time management skills;
  • Able to work individually and collaboratively as part of a team is a must;
  • Sense of humor.

COMPENSATION: $500 a month, based on a 32 hour work week (which is a desirable workload, but not required. A smaller workload will be compensated appropriately).. (Please note: In order to receive the stipend, you must be legally authorized to work in the United States.)

ACADEMIC CREDIT: Yes, if qualified

HOURS: Full or part-time, 3-4 months in duration.




Spring: Closed.

Summer (early June-early September): March 11
Fall Semester (early September-mid-December): July 8
Please see the top of this page for the exact dates of the next available internship.


Applicants should e-mail the following materials to the address below. Please submit all materials  as a single Word or PDF document, in the order listed below.

  • Cover letter—please describe your research areas of interest, as well as your dates of availability, and number of hours available per week.
  • Resume
  • Brief writing sample, preferably on an issue related to our work (no longer than 1,000 words)

Please Note: Due to the high volume of applicants, only those who qualify will be contacted regarding the next steps. All applications must be complete with required materials to be considered, and those selected will be contacted only after the deadline for submissions has passed.


Please email materials to:
Greg Terryn
internships AT armscontrolcenter DOT org

For Applicants: please put “Internship Application – [Your Name]” in the subject line of the email