About the Program

The Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington, DC, seeks a director for its program on Economics and Energy. 

The program agenda is to investigate and inform the MEI audience on issues of the energy transition, the state of oil and gas producers in the region, their role in global energy security, the macroeconomic status of the region, and disparate parts and national challenges. The program comprises an intense schedule of research and publication integrating the work of both resident and non-resident experts. It produces a steady stream of publications, podcasts, panels, conferences, and policy briefings, and maintains a strong presence on news and social media.

About the Position

MEI seeks a full-time or a part-time director based in Washington, D.C. to oversee the program on Economics and Energy, direct the research and analysis, coordinate with MEI’s broader policy efforts, and serve as a spokesperson for MEI on the issue.
The director reports to the Vice President for Policy.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Director will expand a broad-based program and will: 
•    Integrate economic, development, and energy issues into the thinking and work of the Institute to ensure that MEI products, including publications, webinars, roundtables, podcasts, etc., reflect a clear understanding of their significance for regional peace and prosperity as well as strengthening U.S. relations with the region. 
•    Sustain the director's own level of scholarship through participation, planning, and management of MEI’s policy programs, as well as representing MEI in outside engagements including corporate briefings, media, conferences, and other activities. 
•    Reach out to and recruit outstanding scholars and experts as non-resident scholars to support the program’s work.  In doing so, MEI is particularly committed to ensuring that its roster of scholars represents a diverse and balanced team and that we focus on providing new voices and upcoming scholars with a platform to participate in Washington scholarship. 
•    Continue building an Advisory Council for the program that can provide feedback, guidance, and potential funding support.  The council includes a combination of established figures in the field and members of the corporate and private sectors.
•    Work with the Program Chair to set a research agenda and standards for program publication output and collaborative research projects to ensure that MEI programs achieve the greatest possible relevance and impact.
•    Work with the staff of the Development Unit on program fundraising and help identify projects that will draw support from public and private sector entities, including governments, non-governmental organizations, and foundations and institutions.


•    Master’s degree in a related field.
•    At least 5 years of program management, scholarship experience, and a publication record in the field.
•    Demonstrate an ability to organize convenings and networks across economic and energy audiences within the MENA region.  
•    Experience working with the media and presenting to business and academic audiences.
•    Fluent English required; Arabic proficiency preferred. 
•    She or he must be proactive and accountable and be equipped to manage varied commitments, competing deadlines, and shifting priorities.


Salary commensurate with expertise and experience. Excellent benefits.


To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@mei.edu. Please use “Director Economics and Energy" as the subject line in your e-mail.