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Job Announcement | Fellow and Director of Academic Affairs

May 19, 2022

Position title: Fellow and Director of Academic Affairs
Category: Full-time

The Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) is a U.S. policy institute and public outreach organization dedicated to helping Americans understand the breadth and importance of the relationship with the Republic of Korea. Through our publications, programs, and public events, KEI seeks to advance scholarship and understanding of Korea in ways that will inform policy makers and the American public of the security, economic, and political implications of our connections to the Korean Peninsula.

KEI is seeking a Fellow and Director of Academic Affairs to lead KEI’s collaboration with the academic and policy communities. The Fellow and Director conducts his or her own research and analyses, organizes public events on issues related to Korea and U.S.-Korea relations and serves as an expert and commentator on the Korean Peninsula and the region. Working with the 11-member KEI staff and reporting to the Vice President, this Director sets the agenda for academic programs, policy research, and KEI’s publications.

This is a full-time position based in Washington, D.C. with the possibility of two days per week of telework, subject to program and office requirements. The position requires domestic and international travel. KEI offers a competitive benefits package including 401k; 100% employer-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; Flexible Spending Account; transportation subsidies; on-site fitness center, and generous leave policies. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead KEI’s engagement with academia and the policy community by developing and managing KEI’s academic programs.
  • Develop research by outside contributors and conduct his or her own research.
  • Convene expert groups for roundtables and lead KEI policy meetings.
  • Organize and moderate panels and run simulations at universities across the United States.
  • Oversee all aspects of KEI’s editorial and publication process; develop topics, identify authors, provide edits, arrange for reviews, and perform other related duties.
  • Write regularly for the KEI blog and outside publications, including op-eds and research papers.
  • Take a major role in KEI’s outreach to the media, academia, and policy circles by briefing and participating in public events and conferences.

Qualifications and required skills:

  • M.A. in Economics, Political Science, International Relations, Public Policy, Regional Studies or a related field. Ph.D. preferred.
  • At least 3 – 5 years of experience working in academia or engaging in policy work with a demonstrated expertise in the politics, economics, and/or security of the Korean Peninsula as well as U.S. foreign policy and/or regional dynamics in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Must be able to lead independent policy research, issue-focused meetings, and events without supervision.
  • Excellent organizational skills to manage multiple programs and coordinate editorial and publication projects simultaneously.
  • Attention to detail to oversee logistics for programs.
  • Interpersonal skills to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and audiences.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to effectively present information to policymakers, general audiences and the media.
  • Korean language skills would be helpful but are not required.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, CV including publications and/or digital output, and two writing samples (maximum of 10 pages) at by June 15, 2022.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.