The R Street Institute—a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices across the country—seeks a top-notch person who wants to work on national security and cybersecurity with us. As a fellow, you would report to the Institute’s Director of National Security and Cybersecurity. If you are the right fit and want to join an energetic organization to do something extraordinary, this may be just the opportunity you need.

Your typical day at R Street would include writing a new op-ed on cybersecurity topics, doing a radio interview on cybersecurity and visiting with hill staffers to discuss an emerging issue in cybersecurity.

Your primary responsibilities will include:

Research and Writing: You’ll be expected to produce a wide variety of written work on national security and cybersecurity topics ranging from short tweets and blog posts to long-form work.

Outreach: We want someone who is comfortable speaking with others, being interviewed in the media and dealing with policymakers.

Teamwork: You’ll play a major role in the R Street National Security and Cybersecurity team and in developing our relationships with other groups, particularly in the nonprofit sector.

We have high expectations and standards, but we also strive to create a collaborative and supportive team environment. We want to find someone who can think critically, supports their teammates, pitches in and isn’t a jerk, and speaks their mind while being open to being wrong.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Exceptional analytical and communications skills with an ability to synthesize complex information quickly and explain complicated concepts clearly and concisely
  • Superior interpersonal skills and a strong team orientation
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to serve effectively in a cross-functional role, working simultaneously with several different R Street organizational units
  • Excellent attention to detail and an ability to manage effectively competing interests and priorities
  • Passion for free markets and limited, effective government
  • A sense of humor and a desire to grow with a dynamic organization

We want someone who has some experience with national security and/or cybersecurity and a strong desire to learn more. This might be experience you obtained in school, on the job or even from personal study. What matters is the ability to work hard and learn quickly in an emerging field. We think that most desirable candidates will probably have an advanced degree and at least some work experience (this is not an entry-level job) but we do not necessarily expect deep content expertise in the first instance.

This is a full-time job based in Washington, D.C. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families), a wellness benefit, an employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit, 401(k) contributions with up to a 4 percent match and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity, relationship structure or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until filled. We will contact ideal individuals for telephone interviews and conduct them on a rolling basis. We will hold in-person interviews in our D.C. office.

To apply, you must upload a cover letter, resume and writing sample in Microsoft Word or PDF format.