The successful candidate will work as a member of a small team supporting the Department of State Bureau of Counterterrorism Office of Crisis Response, Preparedness, and Special Coordination (CT/CRSC) in Washington, DC. This may include, but is not limited to, supporting initiatives such as national level counterterrorism exercises and events in support of the National Security Council (NSC) directed mission, International Security Events Group (ISEG) events, hostage affairs and WMD engagements, and other efforts. The Counterterrorism Preparedness Program (CTPP) activities include, but are not limited to: policy development and implementation, development and execution of critical counterterrorism preparedness programs such as training exercises, working groups, forums and seminars, and assessing and developing “lessons learned” aimed at enhancing the Department’s and U.S. government’s ability to rapidly respond to terrorist related incidents overseas.  

The candidate will perform professional duties related to the review and development of counterterrorism policies and will support exercise and operational activities to assess findings and corrective action plans and assist with preparation, presentation, and follow-up of meetings. The candidate will conduct daily interaction with Department, embassy, and interagency personnel under general or minimum supervision, and will interact with senior staff, representatives of foreign governments, and the U.S. interagency. The candidate will support a classified program and will comply with all security requirements and processes for handling classified information. Final products will be reviewed upon completion with regard to operational and technical soundness and appropriateness and will be assessed by the timeliness and quality of work. The position reports to the Senior Program Manager.


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and four years of general experience.

Preferred knowledge of and experience working with the Department of State or other federal government agency for no less than three years on counterterrorism initiatives.

Excellent and professional oral and written communication skills, data gathering, analytical, and problem-solving skills are critical.

Preferred knowledge and experience working within the framework of National Security Presidential Memorandum 4 (NSPM-4) and counterterrorism related Presidential Policy Directives and NSPM frameworks related to counterterrorism activities.  Experience drafting reports and presentations or other deliverables as required.

Ability to travel worldwide (about 10-20% of the time).

An in-depth knowledge of U.S. security and classification procedures is necessary.

Current TOP SECRET security clearance with SCI eligibility is required.


Firm understanding of how U.S. embassies, the Interagency, and the military interact.

Knowledge of emergency management and or crisis management procedures.

Past experience and ability to act as a liaison between departmental end-users, analysts, consultants and other government organizations is a plus.

Ability to respond and adjust to rapidly evolving requirements and environment.

Degree in International Studies/Political Science is a plus.

International work experience or study abroad experience is preferred.

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