Office Assistant

The Mercatus Center and its sister organization, Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), at George Mason University, seek a full-time Receptionist/Office Assistant to provide excellent customer service and serve as the primary point of contact for our organizations.


Responsibilities include:

  • Greeting guests and vendors
  • Fielding phone calls to the main office lines and directing them to appropriate parties
  • Maintaining reception area and other common areas
  • Handling all Fed Ex/UPS and other incoming/outgoing shipments
  • Placing requests with GMU
  • Assisting office management team as needed


IHS/Mercatus is interested in candidates who have a strong combination of the following qualifications:

  • 1 to 2 years of experience in customer service, preferably in a reception/assistant position
  • Ability to multitask and establish priorities without direct supervision
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Interest in economics and market-oriented ideas a plus


Please note, this is a contract position through March 2014 with an option to renew.

Application Process:

Please email the following materials to hr at mercatus dot org in one PDF file titled [ApplicantName].pdf.

  • Cover letter, which must include your philosophical interest in the missions of the Mercatus Center and the Institute for Humane Studies
  • Resume


IHS/Mercatus is located in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C., two blocks from the Virginia Square metro stop (on the Orange Line). IHS/Mercatus is a flexible, professional, open office environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship while providing substantial opportunity for professional and personal growth. Employees are eligible to receive a parking permit and tuition waiver for GMU classes.


About the Mercatus Center at George Mason University:

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. A university-based research center, Mercatus advances knowledge about how markets work to improve people’s lives by training graduate students, conducting research, and applying economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems. Our mission is to generate knowledge and understanding of the institutions that affect the freedom to prosper and to find sustainable solutions that overcome the barriers preventing individuals from living free, prosperous, and peaceful lives. Founded in 1980, the Mercatus Center is located on George Mason University’s Arlington campus.


About the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University:

The Institute for Humane Studies, founded in 1961, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization that promotes the study of economic and individual freedom across a broad range of academic and professional disciplines. Each year IHS awards more than $750,000 in scholarships to students from universities around the world. IHS also sponsors free summer seminars, awards public policy and journalism internships, and provides various forms of career assistance. Through these programs, IHS promotes open inquiry, critical thinking, rigorous scholarship, and creative problem solving.