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Job Announcement: Director of the Middle East Forum

The Middle East Forum (MEF), a research institute based in Philadelphia with an annual budget of $4 million, seeks a full-time, resident director who functions as the chief administrative officer.

Responsibilities of the Director


  • Oversee day-to-day operations, the physical office, human resources, and fundraising
  • Supervise a staff of 20
  • Establish and implement administrative procedures
  • Serve as information central for staff, board, donors, and others
  • Review and sign documents


  • Oversee events and other outreach efforts


  • Oversee financial and compliance activities


  • Liaise with the board
  • Plan, participate, and take records in board meetings

The director may also be assigned other duties by the president and board

Candidate qualifications

  • Familiarity with the issues pertaining to MEF's mission
  • Basic agreement with MEF's outlook
  • Management and fundraising experience
  • Writing and editing skills
  • Standard computer skills; knowledge of ACT! and QuickBooks a bonus
  • U.S. citizenship
  • A readiness to live in the Philadelphia area
  • Moral commitment to stay at the job 5 years

We seek a candidate with a record of creativity, motivation, and drive: one who also can attend to details, meet deadlines, and work simultaneously on multiple projects.


The director works in the Forum's Philadelphia office.

Employment status

The director is a full-time employee of the Middle East Forum.


The director is supervised by MEF president Daniel Pipes, who focuses on the substance of MEF's work.


Non-profit competitive

Next steps:

Prepare an application that includes:

  • A cover letter indicating your interests, qualifications, and goals
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Names of three references

When the application is completed:

  • Bundle the entire application as a single document, preferably in Adobe Acrobat (Word is also acceptable)
  • Title it with your name in reverse order, without spacing, as in "ChurchillWinston"
  • Attach the document to an e-mail and send it to Personnel@MEForum.org
  • Put "Application for MEF director" in the e-mail subject line

The application deadline is April 3 at 5 p.m. EDT.

About the Middle East Forum:

The Middle East Forum, founded in 1994 and headed by Daniel Pipes, defines its mission as promoting American interests. It does so in three ways:

  • Intellectually, by providing information, context, and policy advice through its publications, websites, and lectures
  • Operationally, by exerting direct influence through its projects, each addressing a specific problem
  • Philanthropically, by annually distributing $2 million of dedicated Education Fund monies

See MEForum.org for more information.


The Middle East Forum offers a number of internship positions. Two types of internships are available:

  • On-location interns: In the offices of the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia.
  • Distance interns: Away from the MEF offices, with most communications via telecommuting.

Tasks vary:

Research. Use your online skills to help writers produce rigorously researched articles for large popular audiences, suggest avenues for research, and ensure that writers have up-to-date and accurate information at hand as they compose essays. For example, Campus Watch, which critiques Middle East studies in North America, gives interns the opportunity to examine a range of developments and problems within the discipline. Islamist Watch, our program to combat the ideas of lawful Islamism throughout the West, allows interns to assist with document preparation and mailings, collaborate with leading experts in the field, and engage in research that exposes Islamist organizations. Other Forum projects that may require research assistance include the Legal Project and the Washington Project.

Editorial. Learn the ins-and-outs of publishing by working with the managing editor of the Middle East Quarterly in a variety of tasks, including fact-checking, research, proofreading, advertising, and subscription efforts.

Writing. Want to break into print? Forum staff is ready to help you pick a topic, write an article, and place it.

Web Publishing. Help maintain and expand this website (Meforum.org).

Fundraising. Learn how a non-profit raises general operating and project funds from individuals, foundations, and others.

These positions are available throughout the year.

Internships are unpaid. The Forum does reimburse for local transportation expenses and takes part in work-study programs, when applicable.

In some cases, students can receive school credit for their internships at the Forum.

Former MEF interns have gone on to own businesses with interests in the Middle East; join the professional staff of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee; serve as officers in the U.S. Army; write for Fox News and The Wall Street Journal; and work for the U.S. House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade.

Students interested in an internship position should e-mail a cover letter and a copy of their resumes to Thelma Prosser, the office manager, at prosser@meforum.org. Any questions should also be directed to Ms. Prosser.

Volunteering for the Middle East Forum

The Middle East Forum invites professionals to serve as part- and full-time volunteers, thus complementing its student internship program.


Volunteers are sought to work on a variety of tasks:

  • Research.
  • Writing.
  • Proof reading.
  • Administration.
  • Fundraising.

Qualities sought:

  • An outlook consonant with that of the Forum (on which, see details).
  • Understanding of American interests in the Middle East and strategic cooperation with allies in the region.
  • Familiarity with the contemporary Middle East, the academic study of the region, and radical Islam.
  • Knowledge of a Middle Eastern language desirable but not required.
  • Skills at Internet-based research.


  • Volunteers who reside in the Philadelphia may work at the Middle East Forum offices.
  • Volunteers who live elsewhere are invited to use electronic communications and work from where they are. An Internet connection is required in this case.


  • Openings for full- and part-time unpaid volunteer positions available.
  • Reimbursements are paid for commuting expenses within the Philadelphia area.

To apply, send:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position.
  • A resume.
  • The names of three references.


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