Research Assistant, Asian Studies Center

Washington, DC
Full Time
Asian Studies Center
Entry Level

Title:                         Research Assistant, Asian Studies Center

Reports to:             Director, Asian Studies Center

Job Summary:         The Research Assistant provides program coordination, administrative, research and clerical support for the Asian Studies Center (ASC).  The Research Assistant is responsible for assisting both management and staff in researching papers, conducting projects, and organizing meetings, events, and seminars; as well as special administrative tasks.

Job Duties:

  • Organize and manage internal and external conferences, including invitations, logistics, and accounting details. 
  • Coordinate donor and development prospect communications, meetings and contacts. 
  • Manage Director’s schedule, meeting itineraries and briefing materials, including preparing remakes for speeches and conferences.
  • Assist with the development of the ASC budget and oversee the day-to-day execution of it.
  • Represent ASC and Director in internal Heritage meetings and interactions.
  • Provide and write materials for ASC Director’s review, including weekly newsletter, social media items, correspondence, and internal reports.
  • Assist the development of policy papers, studies and reports by conducting research in specific areas at the direction of more experienced researchers. 
  • Assist with special projects as needed.
  • Provide research for Congressional testimonies.
  • Provide research for media events.
  • Manage interns and the research assigned them.
  • Provide administrative and clerical support to ASC staff, including scheduling, booking travel arrangements, preparing activity and expense reports, procuring office supplies, maintaining department files, databases, and contact lists, routing correspondence, handling all aspects of organizing in-house Heritage events and meetings, and carrying out special projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the ASC Director.


Education:                      Bachelor's degree.

Experience:                    1-2 years of experience

Communication Skills:  Strong writing and verbal skills in English. Fluency or proficiency in an Asian language preferred but not required.

Technology:                   MS Office and Outlook

Other Requirements:

  • Understands and supports the Heritage mission, vision for America, and the department’s goals and objectives.
  • Possesses excellent organizational, research, planning, teamwork, and interpersonal skills.
  • Basic knowledge of Asia and Asia policy issues.
  • Exercises initiative, within mission and established policies, to achieve assigned objectives.

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