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Director of Business Development

We live in a complex and evolving security landscape.  The Cipher Brief helps you figure out how to navigate it and what it means.  Our young company has quickly evolved as the go-to voice for high-level analysis and reporting on global security news.  Our amazing staff, network of experts and global contributors offer unmatched perspective on national and global security issues that impact readers around the world.

We’re growing and are looking for an experienced and motivated Director of Business Development to help manage and grow long-lasting relationships with corporate sponsors who share an interest in global security.

Here’s what we can offer the right candidate:

  • The typical start up dream, complete with incredible growth opportunity and rewards for innovative thinking
  • A swanky Georgetown location, (with exposed brick walls, of course)
  • The opportunity to share in a part of what you build

Here’s your part:

  • Exceptional leadership and sales experience
  • The ability to work collaboratively
  • Maximize revenue opportunities and exceed monthly sales goals for TCB digital advertisement, sponsorship and events.
  • Identify strategic partnerships and sponsorship opportunities
  • Lead sales and product development meetings.
  • Create strategic sales plans
  • Target new accounts and clients for the full range of TCB products
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of national security news issues

Your skills and experience:

  • Experienced media sales executive with well-developed industry contacts
  • 5-7 years of advertising sales experience with an eye toward where the market is headed, not just where it’s been
  • A demonstrated ability to generate revenue-producing networks of contacts and sales leads
  • A proven track record for understanding online media sales and metrics

Oh, one more thing: The Cipher Brief values its diverse team of entrepreneurs and we’re committed to providing equal opportunities and to creating an inclusive work environment.  We want to hear from you.

Let’s talk. Send your resume to:

Advertising Sales Representative

We’re a scrappy, news and analytic start up, completely obsessed with national and global security issues.  If you wake up thinking about whether anti-ISIS strategies are doing any good, or if the CIA really has a program called ‘Treadstone’, we’re probably gonna like each other.  OK, probably kidding about the ‘Treadstone’ thing, but a healthy dose of both curiosity and creativity are excellent things to have.

Our news site is dedicated to creating intelligent meaningful conversation with security experts from both the public and private sector.  We interview the best and brightest minds who have led Intelligence Agencies or spent entire careers working undercover.  We don’t have time for politics.  After all, there’s a world that needs to be saved.

You can help by joining our dynamic team of start up experts.  We’re a start up, which means there is enormous opportunity for growth, and we have awesome benefits like healthcare and the opportunity to own a piece of what you grow.

Let’s talk. Send your resume to:

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We live in a complex and evolving security landscape.  The Cipher Brief helps you figure out how to navigate it and what it means.  We are a young, innovative digital media platform that focuses on high-level National Security analysis and reporting.  The Cipher Brief has become the go to source for the most credible, expert perspectives on national and global security issues.

If you are an Account Executive with a passion for National Security Media, and are looking to join a team of fast moving high performers, and are innovative with a talent for consultative sales and achieving growth, then we want to speak with you.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develops and grow sales pipeline through prospecting, networking and account development (in a specific territory) to meet and/or exceed goals
  • Sell B2B/B2G advertising campaigns and sponsorship packages to partner companies seeking to reach Fortune 500, government, military and defense markets involved in global security
  • Uses a consultative approach with clients to assist in optimizing brand messages, thought-leadership opportunities and event participation/sponsorships
  • Develop strategies and campaigns, based on the needs of the client, and presents them in proposal format to achieve new business goals
  • Manage campaigns/programs from beginning to end including but not limited to creation, delivery and execution of contracts/insertion orders, collection of needed deliverables from both internal stakeholders and clients, POC for client on all matters related to campaigns/programs
  • Update client information in CRM and generate weekly sales reports for submission to management


  • Hunter mentality
  • Experience in consultative selling and program/campaign development
  • Strong awareness of key media metrics
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Organized thinker, with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Strong PowerPoint and Excel skills
  • Creativity, solutions-orientation, and entrepreneurial mindset
  • Collaborative spirit, with the ability to coordinate across a cross-functional, high-performing team

We’re currently recruiting for Washington DC, New York, Atlanta and the West Coast.

Oh, and one more thing: The Cipher Brief values its diverse team of entrepreneurs, and we’re committed to providing equal opportunities and creating an inclusive work environment.

Please send your resume and cover letter to

National Security Correspondent


The Cipher Brief is looking for a few great correspondents who can break news and craft richly textured features on topics ranging from intelligence, diplomacy and defense, to cyber and homeland security and Capitol Hill.

Our goal is to become the go-to site for national security, building a strong news team that produces original journalism that will run alongside — but separate from — our staff analysts’ PDB-like takes on pressing security issues, and commentary from our network of experts.

Skills you need:

  • Beat reporting and some investigative reporting skills, with a desire to learn more
  • A source network within DOD, IC, State Department and Capitol Hill circles, with a track record of scoops
  • Ability & drive to turn in 3-4 top-quality news and feature articles each week
  • Familiarity with AP Style & adherence to AP News Values and Principles
  • Strong work ethic, collaborative mindset and desire to excel
  • Commitment to nonpartisan writing

You’ll need solid news judgment, 5-7 years’ journalism experience and a solid grasp of what makes a compelling story.

We’re a start up, which means there is enormous opportunity for growth — and the opportunity to own a piece of what you grow.

Please send your resume and cover letter to

Executive Administrator

The Executive Administrator position will be responsible for the overall operation of daily office functions and will provide administrative support for the CEO and COO. This position requires an individual with strong project management and communications skills as this person will need to effectively communicate and manage internal and external executives across various fields and industries. This individual should be proactive, self-motivated and be able to prioritize multiple tasks for numerous people in a fast-paced and high-demand environment.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Calendar coordination for a busy traveling C-suite.
  • Identify, track, and manage priorities for company CEO based on email correspondence, phone and in-person conversations.
  • Arrange meetings (internal team & external stakeholders) and coordinate logistics as required.
  • Respond to a high volume of staff needs (HR inquiries/oversight of company benefits plan, track PTO, IT support).
  • Act as company liaison with external service providers with invoices and contracts.
  • Support The Cipher Brief events and operations teams.


  • 3-5 years experience supporting executive level management; previous position as executive administrator or similar
  • Strong organizational/project management skills and extremely detailed-orientated.
  • Ability to forecast and troubleshoot problems before they occur.
  • Excellent communications skills- both written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated abilities to think and plan ahead, and manage time effectively.
  • Office manager experience required.

The position is D.C.-based. Please send your resume and cover letter to