Anxieties of Democracy Program Assistant


The SSRC seeks a Program Assistant to work with the growing Anxieties of Democracy program. With excellent organizational and administrative skills, the Program Assistant will support scholarship oriented toward impact in a program motivated by a deep concern about whether the core institutions of representative democracies can capably address large problems in the public interest.


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The SSRC seeks a Program Assistant to work with the Anxieties of Democracy program. The program is motivated by a deep concern about whether the core institutions of representative democracies—elections, mass media, political parties, interest groups, social movements, and, especially, legislatures—that connect citizens and civil society to the political system can capably address large problems in the public interest. The program includes both a particular focus on US democracy and a global perspective on established democracies across the world. The Anxieties of Democracy program aims to mobilize existing research; promote new research; publish and disseminate findings; forge pathways for bringing this knowledge to policy, media, and public audiences; and provide opportunities for new generations of social scientists to address how to make democracies govern more effectively. The program currently mobilizes a set of working groups, manages a small grants program, and organizes outreach efforts.


  • BA in a social science field required. Interest and academic experience in the study of democratic systems (particularly in the United States) preferred.
  • One to two years of administrative, research, or related work experience in a nonprofit or academic environment preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills and a high degree of professionalism are essential.
  • Excellent organizational skills, with strong attention to detail and ability to multitask.
  • Experience and/or familiarity with social media, web, and database development preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, assume responsibility, work independently, and respond flexibly to changing demands.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (including Word, Excel, and Outlook), database management, and Internet applications.


  • Support Program Director, and collaborate with other SSRC staff, with overall administration of the program.
  • Organize on- and off-site workshops and meetings. This includes handling logistics, preparing meeting agendas and other relevant meeting materials, and coordinating and facilitating correspondence with participants and all relevant constituents during workshops and meetings.
  • Process payment requests for meeting participants, vendors, and program partners.
  • Work with budgets and financial reports, and process and reconcile expenses against budgets.
  • Take minutes of complex discussions, and draft event summary notes.
  • Assist with the production of advertising and outreach materials.
  • Help expand the program’s online presence, which includes managing and updating program web pages and social media applications.
  • Assist with drafting program reports and proposals.
  • Serve as primary contact for program-related questions and correspondence.
  • Support a small grants program on Negotiating Agreement in Congress.
  • Create and maintain program data, including files for applicants, fellows, and contacts.
  • Serve as primary contact for advisory committee and working group members, and NAC grantees, including regular correspondence and document collection.
  • Other duties and additional responsibilities and projects as directed, depending upon interest and capacity.

Terms, Salary and Benefits

Annual salary is $33,000. Comprehensive benefits include health, dental, vision, disability, life, and gym reimbursement; $1,500 annual tuition and/or student loan reimbursement; outstanding pension plan and tax savings programs; generous vacation and sick leave; and more.

Application Information

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and a brief work- or research-related writing sample to in PDF format. Please include “Anxieties of Democracy PA Search” in the subject line.

The Social Science Research Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.