Friday, August 12, 2016

Job Opportunity for Recent Grads: Project Assistant/Simulation Researcher (part-time), ICONS Project

Note: This job posting is for recent grads.

Position Overview

The person hired will serve as a Project Assistant/Simulation Researcher supporting the ICONS Project’s growing portfolio of simulation-based policy projects. The ICONS Project creates simulations and scenario-driven exercises to advance participants' understanding of complex problems and strengthen their ability to make decisions, navigate crises, think strategically, and negotiate collaboratively. A substantial portion of this position’s time will be devoted to supporting projects looking at U.S. strategic planning and decision-making in the field of international relations and security.

The position will be directly supervised by the ICONS Policy and Research Program Director. This is an hourly, part-time position (20-25 hours per week) with an anticipated start date of September 15, 2016.  The position is currently slated as a five-month position, with potential for extension contingent on funding, performance, and program needs. 


Coordination and project management support across the ICONS policy program’s portfolio of projects. Assist the Policy Director in tracking progress on deliverables, identifying potential bottlenecks, and reporting project status.
Logistics management for simulation events, including participant coordination, facilities scheduling, and equipment set-up. 
Provide research-related support for simulation development projects. Assist in the review, editing, and final preparation of simulation materials.
General support to project teams, as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

BA/BS required.
Extremely well organized and detail-oriented.
Ability to multi-task in an often fast-paced environment.
Pro-active, self-starter with strong project management skills.
Excellent oral and written communications skills, including ability to communicate effectively with senior-level government clients.
Strong research skills. 
Experience with standard business productivity software (i.e., word processing, e-mail, spreadsheets, presentation, etc.) and with Web-based software (Web-browsing and similar on-line applications and tools).

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated project management or coordination experience a plus.
Knowledge of or experience with international security issues a plus.
Salary The hourly rate for this position will be $20 per hour. The position is not eligible for benefits.

To Apply Please send cover letter, resume, and 1-2 page writing sample to Devin Ellis ( Please put “ICONS Project Assistant” in the subject line of your email. For best consideration, apply by August 22, 2016. No phone calls please.  For more information on the ICONS Project’s policy program, visit

The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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