The Middle East Forum is a think tank committed to defining and promoting American interests in the Middle East and beyond. We believe in the critical importance of exposing and countering the manifold challenges originating from the region, which is often characterized by authoritarian regimes, radical ideologies, existential conflicts, border disputes, pervasive corruption, political violence, and the threat of weapons of mass destruction. We assertively advocate for policies and measures that protect American citizens and our allies, while upholding Western values.
We are currently looking to appoint an Executive Assistant to provide comprehensive administrative support to our Director. The ideal candidate will act as an extension of the Director, exhibiting professional communication skills, a keen interest in Middle Eastern affairs, and a results-driven approach. This role demands robust organizational skills, an inherent ability to solve complex problems, and a genuine spirit of joy and positivity.
As an Executive Assistant, you will be entrusted with a wide range of responsibilities, which include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Comprehensive Calendar Management: Effectively manage the Director's calendar, ensuring efficient time blocking, prioritization of commitments, and maintenance of to-do lists.
- Travel Coordination: Arrange all aspects of travel, from flights and accommodation to local transportation and itineraries.
- Executive Meeting Management: Oversee the scheduling of executive meetings, take comprehensive notes, ensure timely follow-ups, and facilitate meeting logistics.
- Email and Communication Management: Constantly monitor and analyze high volumes of email correspondence, draft professional responses, and keep track of necessary follow-ups.
- Telephone Correspondence: Arrange and manage phone calls, ensuring all communication is handled professionally and effectively.
- Documentation and Information Management: Categorize and manage important information such as emails, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, business cards, and more to ensure easy retrieval.
- Process Improvement: Develop and implement new systems and processes to boost productivity and efficiency.
- Additional Administrative Support: Perform additional duties and tasks as assigned to ensure the overall success of the Director and the organization.
Required Skills & Abilities:
- Detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to manage daily workload and priorities independently.
- Discretion, integrity, and excellent judgment in handling confidential information.
- Superior oral and written communication skills.
- Proactive approach to problem solving and ability to handle uncertainty with grace.
- Proficient in Microsoft Suite, Asana, Salesforce, Dropbox, Telegram, or similar software.
- A keen ability to organize and quickly recall intricate details.
This role is remote, enabling you to work from the comfort of your own home while engaging with a team that's passionate about making a difference.
Compensation & Benefits:
- Competitive salary range of $65,000 - $75,000.
- Comprehensive health coverage, including medical, dental, and vision.
- Participation in a 403 (b) retirement savings plan.
- Long-term and short-term disability insurance.
- 3 weeks of paid time off.
- Ongoing professional development and training opportunities.
Join us at the Middle East Forum to shape and influence American policy while enjoying a rewarding and challenging career.
Prepare an application that includes:
- A cover letter indicating your interests, qualifications, and goals.
- A résumé or curriculum vitae.
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."
- Submit the application on LinkedIn by clicking here by 5 p.m. EDT on July 7, 2023.
About the Middle East Forum:
The Middle East Forum, an activist think tank founded in 1994 by Daniel Pipes, promotes American interests in the Middle East and protects Western values from Middle Eastern threats. It does so in three ways:
- Intellectual, by providing information, context, and policy advice through publications, media appearances, lectures, and private consultations.
- Operational, by getting things done in Washington, on campus, in courts of law, and beyond.
- Philanthropic, by distributing about $2 million annually in separately earmarked funds to about seventy-five groups and individuals working to promote our goals.