If you are interested in employment at the McCain Institute for International Leadership, we encourage you to frequently check this page. All current employment opportunities will be outlined below. If interested in learning more about forthcoming employment or fellowship opportunities, please email:

  • Strategic Communications Fellow
  • Special Projects Manager
  • Fiscal Specialist

  • Strategic Communications Fellow

    The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University is offering a full- time, one-year fellowship to a recent graduate (BA or MA) of either the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication or the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Fellowship comes with a stipend of $30,000/year and is located at the McCain Institute’s offices in Washington, DC.

    This Fellowship will provide outstanding full-time, practical experience for a recent graduate who later seeks to enter the job market in communications, or continue on to a Master’s Degree program.


    This fellowship position requires a mature, self-motivated, detail-oriented person with excellent writing, oral communication, and organizational skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Candidates should have a strong interest in the program areas covered by the McCain Institute.

    • Applicants for the 2014-2015 Fellowship year must have graduated from either the Downs School or the Cronkite School within the 12 months prior to September 1, 2014.
    • Applicants must be willing to re-locate to Washington, DC. (Moving expenses are not covered.)
    • Preference is given to applicants with work experience advancing communications for business, government, or a non-government/non-profit organization.
    • Applicants must have excellent attention to detail and strong writing skills
    • Preference is given to applicants with previous digital media, audio-visual, social media,

      and internet/website production skills.


      The Strategic Communications Fellow reports directly to the Institute’s Director for Communications. Responsibilities include:

    • Developing and advancing the McCain Institute’s overall strategies for communications;
    • Assisting in the development and management of public events for the Institute;
    • Developing and overseeing social media strategy, including daily maintenance of

      Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Google+;

    • Managing the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic

      content, including, but not limited to: press releases, newsletters, brochures, eBlasts, etc

    • Managing and updating media lists

    • Developing and executing strategies for contact management

    • Tracking social media and web analytics

    • Assisting in media outreach, maintaining media contacts, and promoting Institute

      activities, research and experts in media and speaking roles

    • Assisting in the maintenance of the Institute’s website

    • Helping to develop, maintain, and use promotional materials for the Institute to assist with outreach, program development, and fundraising

    For more information, please click here

    Special Projects Manager

    The McCain Institute for International Leadership, a part of Arizona State University, seeks a full-time Special Projects Manager. The Special Projects Manager will be an integral part of the McCain Institute and be a team player who will work broadly with many different programs, issues, and staff.

    Working closely with and reporting to the Executive Director, the Special Projects Manager will help develop, plan, execute, and pursue a wide variety of McCain Institute projects, particularly those focused on fundraising for and developing Decision Theater simulations.

    The Decision Theater is a powerful, interactive simulation tool for helping experts and policy-makers proto-type better decisions.

    The Special Projects Manager will also play a key role in researching and writing for a variety of different Institute projects from grant proposals to short policy papers. A key component of the position will be working with the Director of Development managing grants. This will include tracking staff, resources, and expenditures and preparing necessary documentation for reporting these items. In addition, the Special Projects Manager will assist the Executive Director and the Events Team developing content for Debate and Decision and Leadership Voices series.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    A graduate degree AND at least three (3) year of professional work experience required, preferably in a government, think tank, or non-profit environment. The ideal candidate will have experience coordinating and managing complex projects on tight deadlines, managing staff and interns across different program areas, have excellent policy writing skills for a wide range of media, and advanced research skills. Strong verbal skills and the ability to work under minimal supervision with multitasking capabilities are needed. A high level of professionalism and discretion is necessary.

    Desired Qualifications:

  • Proven track record managing all aspects of complex projects to completion;
  • Experience working with staff across an organization in different capacities;
  • Responsible, mature, professional, flexible;
  • Ability to work independently and exercise excellent judgment; be a self-starter;
  • Highly organized, able to balance multiple priorities, meet deadlines and work well in team-oriented environment;
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills; possesses a high-degree of attention to detail;
  • Comfortable interacting with high-level professionals and officials on a daily basis;
  • Experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, databases, and Apple software;
  • Statistical modeling knowledge or advanced computer skills desired but not necessary;
  • and

  • Demonstrated knowledge of current events, foreign and defense policy.

  • Responsibilities:

  • Play lead role in developing, designing and managing new data visualization simulations using the Institute’s Decision Theater;
  • Under the direction of the Director of Development, research possible avenues for program funding, develop grant proposals, and follow up with foundations;
  • Responsible for oversight of current grants related to a public program series and for the research, writing, and submission of new and renewal funding opportunities;
  • Assist, as needed, with the brainstorming and execution of a range of public events;
  • Act as researcher and writer for various policy products published by the Institute; and
  • Support the Executive Office team as needed.

Additional Information:

Salary: Depending on Experience

Closing Date: April 17, 2014 is the initial close date.

Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis and considered every week until the search is closed

To Apply: Please click here. Please search openings for Requisition ID: 3028BR

Submission: Resumes should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meet the minimum and desired qualifications stated in this requisition. Only electronic applications are accepted.

Fiscal Specialist

Arizona State University, together with The McCain Institute for International Leadership, seeks a full-time Fiscal Specialist to assist the Institute’s Executive Director and personnel in preparing, managing and reporting the Institute’s overall budget. The Fiscal Specialist will also assist in the preparation of materials for briefing the Institute’s Board of Trustees on budget and fundraising efforts and performs a variety of functions related to maintaining the Institute's finances.

The successful candidate will work for the McCain Institute located in Washington, D.C. and be an employee of Arizona State University. Initial training for the position will be conducted by the Finance Department in the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development on the campus Arizona State University located in Tempe, Arizona.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Accounting, or closely related field AND two (2) years of prior business operations experience; OR,Six (6) years of directly related administrative experience; OR,Any equivalent combination of experience, and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

Experience in: managing multiple fiscal budgets, reconciliations and budget projections; preparing budgets and forecasting; fiscal policies and procedures and overall fiscal administration; processing foreign vendor payments; database, spreadsheet, and word-processing packages; processing procurement contracts; non-profit accounting or experience in University financial management.

Experience with: a high level of professionalism and discretion for sensitive issues; capacity to plan, prioritize and manage multiple, sometimes competing demands efficiently in a challenging, fast paced environment; creatively troubleshoot and solve issues; a high level of motivation, positive attitude and willingness to be a team player.


Essential duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparation of various cost analyses
  • Acting as primary liaison with ASU's Office of Knowledge Development Finance team and ASU's tax department
  • Obtaining thorough knowledge of ASU purchasing policies and procedures
  • Obtaining an overview of contract requirements
  • Processing payments to Institute vendors
  • Providing credit card reconciliations
  • Approving travel requests and claims
  • Making all transfers within and between accounts
  • Developing account budgets and making budget adjustments
  • Monitoring and reconciling all accounts
  • Preparing comprehensive monthly financial reports for all accounts
  • Processing all contracts through ASU's purchasing department

Additional Information:

Salary: Depending on Experience

Closing Date: May 5, 2014 is the initial close date. Applications will continue to be accepted until job is closed.

To Apply: Please click here. Please search openings for Requisition ID: 3164BR

Submission: Resumes should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meet the minimum and desired qualifications stated in this requisition. Only electronic applications are accepted.