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Assistant Director, Congressional and Media Outreach
Washington, D.C.

Publications Internship
Seattle, WA

Gorton Center Global Leaders Program
Seattle, WA

Assistant Director, Congressional and Media Outreach
Washington, D.C.

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking an assistant director to lead the institution’s engagement with the U.S. Congress and the media. The assistant director will serve on NBR’s outreach team. S/he will support the Senior Vice President, Outreach and will work closely with NBR’s executive team. A successful applicant must have experience in the workings of Capitol Hill and/or the media; a desire to connect policy resources with the policy requirements of Congressional Members and staff; and a desire to drive an effective, robust outreach effort to Congress and the media.


  • Lead NBR’s outreach on Capitol Hill and all related initiatives, including conferences, roundtables, and briefings
  • Develop an outreach strategy in coordination with research group leaders and NBR’s executive team that integrates Congressional needs and perspectives into NBR’s programs and enhances NBR’s reputation for nonpartisanship, quality and integrity
  • Work with NBR experts to convey its research agenda to Congress and the media
  • Manage the Congressional outreach budget
  • Build financial support for Congressional outreach activities
  • Grow and deepen productive relationships with Congressional Members, staff, Committees, and Caucuses
  • Represent NBR before a range of audiences
  • Initiate and coordinate Congress-oriented publications and research
  • Manage media relations, including identifying press opportunities, drafting press releases, and cultivating relationships with the press
  • Identify and execute new opportunities to increase awareness of the institution among the Asia policy community and press
  • Contribute to the Outreach team and the institution’s overall outreach efforts
  • Participate in and support other NBR activities as needed, particularly those of the DC office


  • 5+ years professional experience and demonstrated success working with the U.S. Congress and the media; a background in Asia policy issues preferred
  • Ability to take a nonpartisan approach to engaging with Congress
  • Ability to engage a wide range of constituencies and build long-term relationships
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and managing relationships
  • Fundraising experience preferred
  • Ability to occasionally work outside of normal business hours and to travel
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail
  • Passion for the mission of NBR , deep integrity, and high standards
  • Event planning experience preferred
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite
  • BA required. MA in a related field preferred

Application Process

To apply, submit the following to NBR:

  • Cover letter that details your qualifications and availability
  • Resume
  • Application form: PDF or MS Word
  • Writing sample (e.g., press release)
  • Contact information of three references, including name, title, affiliation, relationship to you, phone number, and email address

Please send applications by email to: Ms. Kailani Cordell, Director Human Resources, email:, phone (206) 632-7370. The deadline for applications is August 15, 2014; however, qualified applications received first will be given priority. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Publications Internship
Seattle, WA

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is seeking an unpaid, volunteer, part-time Publications Intern (10–12 hours per week) to assist with formatting, proofreading, and copyediting, as well as the distribution of NBR publications.

This entry-level internship position would be ideal for a candidate seeking to develop office skills and professional experience in publishing while also working at a nonprofit research institution. The internship, though volunteer, pays a nominal stipend. Students are also encouraged to apply for credit or funding through their home institution.


  • Assisting with formatting, proofreading, and copyediting manuscripts
  • Assisting with distributing NBR publications, including processing and shipping orders, tracking customers, and filing invoices
  • Providing general office support for other NBR activities, including answering incoming calls to the organization


  • Current student whose studies are related to publishing, editing, and/or Asia studies
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Attention to detail, positive work ethic, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a group
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently
  • Interest in publishing; interest in Asia studies and international relations is a plus
  • Familiarity with The Chicago Manual of Style is a plus

Application Process

Applications for this position are due August 31, 2014. To apply, submit the following to Kailani Cordell:

  • application form: PDF or MS Word
  • cover letter that details your interests and availability
  • resume
  • a brief writing sample on a topic related to your field of study
  • contact information of three references, including name, title, affiliation, relationship to you, phone number, email address

Please send applications by email to: Ms. Kailani Cordell, email:, phone (206) 632-7370.

Gorton Center Global Leaders Program
Seattle, WA

About the Program

The Slade Gorton International Policy Center, located at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Gorton Center Global Leaders Program, a nine-month leadership development program for up to 15 students in the Puget Sound area beginning October 2014 through May 2015.

“My great legacy for generations to come will be the new and maturing young people who have worked for me throughout my career and who are participating in the next generation programs at NBR and the Gorton Center.”

—U.S. Senator Slade Gorton

The program is open to undergraduate (juniors and seniors), graduate, and law school students. The mission of the program is to enhance students’ ability to make a positive global impact in their respective fields of study. Students will have exposure to, and learn from, Senator Gorton’s extensive public service career and significant contributions to Washington State and the nation. It includes leadership lessons from his time as a Washington State legislator, House Majority Leader, 3-term Washington State Attorney General, 3-term U.S. Senator, 9/11 Commission member and Washington State Redistricting Commission member. All program costs are covered and students of any academic major may apply.

The Global Leaders Program consists of three main components:

1.) Leadership Roundtables

“To be exposed to a man who has not only achieved so much in a lifetime, but who also has a heart to pass on leadership skills to a new generation has been an honor.”

—Jenny, 2013 GLP Participant

    Student participants will meet for two hours, the first week of every month, starting October 1, 2014, from 3:00–5:00 p.m. Each meeting will be a private roundtable session to discuss a leadership or public policy issue with Senator Gorton and a guest speaker. Last year’s speakers included:

    • Governor Chris Gregoire, two-term Washington State Governor
    • Honorable Bill Ruckelshaus, former Administrator EPA; acting Director of the FBI; Deputy Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice; and CEO of Browning-Ferris Industries
    • Kent Patton, former Deputy Assistant Secretary, Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. State Department
    • Senator Bruce Dammeier, Washington State Senator
    • Representative Hans Zeiger, Washington State Representative
    • Dr. Rich Ellings, President, The National Bureau of Asian Research
    • Cassie Phillips, Vice President, Weyerhaeuser
    • Sara Kendall, Vice President, Weyerhaeuser
    • Major General Timothy Lowenberg, Adjutant General, Washington State

2.) Mentorship

    Students will have the opportunity to receive personal career guidance from Senator Gorton and Gorton Center staff. Through one-on-one meetings, career development training, and networking opportunities, the student will receive valuable career guidance and leadership training.

3.) Policy Events

    Students will be grouped into teams for the purposes of planning, organizing, and executing a policy event on a topic of their choice. Whether the program is a small roundtable or a large lecture, the event will be led by the students, under the guidance of the Gorton Center staff.

Program Benefits

“My experience in the Global Leaders Program will undoubtedly prove to be one of the most important in the infancy of my career and I am grateful for the skills and abilities it has helped me acquire.”

—Silva, 2013 GLP Participant

  • Invitations to Gorton Center and select National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) events.
  • Networking and career development opportunities.
  • Access to Gorton Center and NBR publications.
  • Complimentary notebook of leadership and development materials specifically selected by
  • Senator Gorton and Gorton Center staff.
  • School credit, pending approval from educational institutions.
  • Certificate of completion and letter of recommendation from Senator Gorton to participants who successfully complete the program.
  • Possible placement in a Washington State Congressional Office for any student who completes the program. Introduction and recommendation will be provided. Final decision up to individual offices.

Application Process and Deadline

“The Global Leaders Program has only added fuel to fire in my pursuits to study partnerships, collaboration and innovation.”

—Sean, 2013 GLP Participant

To apply for the Gorton Center Global Leaders Program, please submit a resume, cover letter, and one letter of recommendation by Friday, August 1, 2014 to Casey Bruner, Project Manager, at The cover letter should address the following questions:

  • Why do you want to be selected for the Global Leaders Program?
  • What are your career aspirations and goals for the future?
  • How do you plan to make a positive global impact in your chosen field of study?

Interviews will occur in person or on the phone and successful candidates will be notified by September 15, 2014.

About the Center

The Slade Gorton International Policy Center, founded in 2010, is a policy research center established in honor of former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton’s 55+ years of public service to Washington State and the nation. The Center sponsors world-class policy research and works to inspire the next generation of leaders. It is a core, permanent program of NBR with three focus areas: policy research, fellowship and internship programs, and the Gorton History Program (archives). The Center’s work promotes Senator Gorton’s values of principled leadership, rigorous analysis, intellectual pursuit, integrity, inspiration, effectiveness, bipartisanship, and public service. For more information on the Gorton Center, please go to

Staff Openings

Assistant Director, Congressional and Media Outreach
Washington, D.C.

Internship and Fellowship Openings

Publications Internship
Seattle, WA

Other Opportunities

Gorton Center Global Leaders Program
Seattle, WA

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