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Executive Assistant to the Chairman and Analyst, Cyber Risk

THE POSITION: Good Harbor is seeking a highly motivated, diligent, and trustworthy individual to join its Washington, D.C. office as Executive Assistant to the Chairman and Analyst, Cyber Risk.

GOOD HARBOR SECURITY RISK MANAGEMENT, LLC: Good Harbor is a boutique cyber risk consulting firm that advises CEOs, Boards, government leaders, and investment professionals on cyber security risk management. 

Good Harbor’s chairman, Richard A. Clarke, is an internationally renowned expert on cybersecurity, homeland security, counterterrorism, and national security. Mr. Clarke served as a senior White House advisor to three Presidents through an unprecedented 11 consecutive years of White House service, including as Special Advisor to the President for Cyber Security. He is the author of Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It and an on-air consultant for ABC News on terrorism and cybersecurity.

Position responsibilities include the following:

  • Manage chairman’s schedule, including prioritizing and coordinating all meetings (calls, meetings, conferences)
  • Coordinate all chairman’s firm-related and non-firm professional travel
  • Handle requests for media engagements with the chairman and coordinate with media requests to the firm, including maintaining points of contact with key media personnel
  • Support chairman’s Board memberships: maintain contacts with companies; act as point of contact for all business related to membership on corporate Boards; provide chairman with situational awareness of companies’ activities in market
  • Track and process expenses related to the chairman’s and president’s travel and business engagements
  • Support the team’s administrative tasks, including but not limited to managing incoming calls/guests/visitors/mail and supporting contracting functions
  • Conduct reporting, research, and writing on a range of cyber, terrorism, security, and other topics
  • Serve as go-to contact and sounding board for discussions on range of topics
  • Support business development, including researching companies and issues, preparing decks and memos, and writing proposals
  • Support intellectual property development and client service delivery, including research and writing and supporting client meetings and deliverables

Location and Travel: The position is based in Washington, D.C. with occasional domestic travel and the option for occasional international travel.

Salary and Benefits, Schedule: This is a full-time position offering a competitive salary based on experience and generous benefits.

YOU / THE IDEAL CANDIDATE: The ideal candidate is a recent university graduate with a Bachelors degree in business, technology, public policy, or security studies and up to two years relevant work experience. The ideal candidate is discreet and trustworthy. S/he is interested in politics, national security, and technology. S/he can write extremely well, has great interpersonal skills, pays attention to details, and has a sense of humor. S/he is comfortable working independently with little guidance and also within a team in a fast-paced environment.

DEADLINE AND HOW TO APPLY: We are always looking for talented candidates and can be reached via [email protected] year-round to discuss opportunities. For the Executive Assistant to the Chairman and Analyst, Cyber Risk position, we will receive applications until Friday, June 3, 2016 and will be making recruitment decisions in the first two weeks of June. Qualified candidates should apply by emailing to [email protected] a CV, a cover letter, and a short writing sample (2-5 pages demonstrating writing suitable for a professional consulting environment). Please include “Executive Assistant and Analyst” in the subject line. 

Good Harbor is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.


Research Assistant


Assist with the management and publication of Lawfare, a national security law website, in the Governance Studies (GS) program at The Brookings Institution.  Provide research and administrative assistance on a diverse array of projects connected with the legal framework of the American national security policy. Undertake independent research assignments with minimal supervision, draft summaries of findings, and assist with preparation of publications.  Collaborate with GS Communication staff on matters pertaining to public / private events, and GS Development staff on matters pertaining to donor proposals.


Editorial and Research Assistance (80%)

  • Produce content for weekly publications on Lawfare, and edit other writer's contributions for the site.
  • Work with Lawfare editorial team to manage the site, including the production of the podcast and other regular features.
  • Conduct library, database, and internet-based research in support of the Senior Fellow's work.  Provide research as needed.
  • Proofread, fact-check and footnote documents in peparation for publication.

Administrative Assistance (20%)

  • Coordinate logistics for Lawfare and Brookings projects.
  • Assist with scheduling and coordinating events and meetings for Senior Fellow and other scholars of Lawfare.
  • Collaborate with development and communications staff as needed.

Education / Experience Requirements

Bachelor's degree in political science, government, or a related field required. Academic background in constitutional law, the judiciary, or legal questions surrounding security issues is highly preferable. Demonstrated interest in the law desirable. Minimum one year of relevant work experience.

Knowledge / Skills Requirements

Outstanding writing, analytical and research skills, demonstrated through prior independent research, experience as a research assistant, or journalism experience preferred.  Ability to write clearly and without supervision is required.  Thorough knowledge of library and online research resources and capacity to conduct independent research is a must.  Excellent interpersonal, verbal and organizational skills are also required, as well as an ability to take initiative and to work in a fast-paced environment.  Basic familiarity with Word Press or PHP is a plus.


Additional Information:

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. In addition to cover letter and resume this position requires that applicants submit a writing sample

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.

Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.


Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Legal Fellow

The American Red Cross International Services Department (ISD) seeks to prevent and alleviate human suffering around the world by responding to disasters, building safer, more resilient communities, and teaching the rules of war. In the coming years the American Red Cross will deepen and expand its programming around the world while also working to strengthen the global Red Cross Red Crescent network, in order to deliver vital help and hope to some of the most vulnerable communities.

We are looking for a Clara Barton Legal Fellow to work with the international humanitarian law (IHL) team to support our legal education program on IHL. The fellow will work as part of a small team where he/she will gain hands on experience conducting legal research and writing, providing thorough legal analysis on relevant IHL issues, and working to support and strengthen the team’s IHL education programs.

A background in international law or policy, and an interest in social media and educational development are essential. Our fellows work as integral members of our team and carry out professional level work in a supervised atmosphere.

Responsibilities include working with the Legal Advisors and the IHL Director, as well as other members of the team to deliver IHL Legal Education programs; research and write short updates for the team’s IHL blog; and compile updates on current IHL issues. Fellows will create promotional materials for use by ARC chapters, partner agencies, and community groups, as well as promoting IHL awareness internally. Fellows will also develop content for IHL-related events, brown bags, and speaking engagements; monitor social media and perform follow-up activities to strengthen our networks; and gather information on IHL programs for monitoring and reporting purposes. Fellows will have an opportunity to work with an IHL Legal Advisor to pursue an independent project related to a timely international humanitarian law issue.

Skills and Qualifications:

Recent law school graduate, with an interest in pursuing a career in international law or policy, international relations, or a related discipline. Prior knowledge of international humanitarian law or international criminal law essential; Must have strong written and verbal communication skills; robust legal research skills, and computer skills, including familiarity with social media tools; Ability to translate complex legal issues into terms understandable by an average member of the public with no prior IHL knowledge; passion for international law issues and humanitarian values; Interest in educational development; Must be responsible, mature, able to work independently, highly organized, detail-oriented, able to handle multiple tasks at the same time and work under deadline pressure; Willingness to do background research and perform general office duties, as required.

This position will begin September 1, 2016. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and writing sample to [email protected] The American Red Cross is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

For more information about the International Humanitarian Law team’s mission, please see: