Job Location: Atlantic Council Headquarters – Washington, DC
Position Type: Full-Time
Job Category: Digital Forensic Research Lab

About the DFR Lab

The Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) is a start-up incubated at the Atlantic Council. We’re different than most think tank teams, and we like it that way!

Join our fast-paced and truly global team, as we work to further the DFRLab’s mission:

To promote objective fact as a foundation of government for and by people, to protect democratic institutions and norms from those who would undermine them online and to identify, expose, and explain disinformation when and where it occurs.

To create a new model of expertise adapted for impact and real-world results;

To identify, expose, and explain disinformation where and when it occurs; to promote objective truth as a foundation of government for and by people; to protect democratic institutions and norms from those who would seek to undermine them in the digital engagement space.

The DFRLab is at the forefront of open source research with a focus on governance, security, technology, media, and where each intersect. These unprecedented methods allow us to inform the public and policy makers on issues such as protracted conflicts, breaking crisis, and human rights violations, in a uniquely human and tangible way.

We’re doing a different kind of work and creating new industry standards that account for a paradigm shift in the way humans connect with each other and consume information.

And we’re growing a digitally native publication to match that ambition.

The most important part of adapting for impact is how we communicate our work, tell our story, and measure our impact. Our Assistant Director for Development will play an integral role in growing our team and our work.

The DFRLab is building a movement. We hope you’ll be a part of it.

Job Summary

The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab seeks a talented and motivated Assistant Director focused on development to support the relationship management, opportunity identification, and overall growth of the team.

As an Assistant Director in the DFRLab, you will play a key role in supporting and expanding the team’s operations in coordination with the Chief of Staff and the Atlantic Council’s Development team. You will be responsible for communicating the DFRLab’s impact to existing and potential donors, requiring an in-depth understanding of all the team’s activities; you will work closely with the entire global team to complete regular reporting on activities and ensure compliance with grant deliverables; and you will help grow the scale and scope of the DFRLab by identifying new opportunities for proposal submissions and donor solicitations.

The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, international environment, as well as demonstrate interest and experience in international relations and digital media. The candidate must have excellent administrative and organizational skills, superior writing ability, consistent attention to detail, and a proven aptitude to manage development processes.

We are currently hiring for an immediate start. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until a suitable candidate has been selected.


  • Support the DFRLab’s development portfolio in close collaboration with the Chief of Staff and Atlantic Council Development team;
  • Administer all DFRLab grant management responsibilities, including regular reporting and partner communications;
  • Coordinate with the global team to track grant activities, deliverables, and timelines;
  • Manage teamwide metrics processes to meet grant monitoring and evaluation requirements;
  • Communicate DFRLab’s theory of change by generating impact narratives and success stories;
  • Track grant applications and manage a development calendar monitoring relevant deadlines;
  • Identify and develop strategies to optimize the grants administration process;
  • Conduct opportunity discovery research to identify prospective donors and available grant opportunities;
  • Take lead on grant writing by drafting proposals and coordinating team-wide inputs;
  • Manage grant financial reporting requirements and identify expenses in order to draft budgets for prospective opportunities;
  • Represent the DFRLab at private meetings and public events related to the substance and development of our work;
  • Assist other practice areas within the DFRLab and wider Atlantic Council as needed.


  • Minimum four years of relevant work experience and demonstrated development procedural expertise;
  • BA or MA in international relations, business administration, or a related field;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and experience in administrative and project management;
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation and grant management frameworks strongly preferred;
  • Budgeting and accounting experience with proficiency in excel strongly preferred;
  • Knowledge of donors across government, foundations, and private sector, including familiarity with opportunity databases and listservs preferred;
  • Proven interest in the overlap between international relations, human rights, journalism, technology trends, social media, and online information environments;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a positive attitude, including an ability to work well in a team and deal effectively with individuals ranging from interns to donors and top officials in government and the private sector;
  • Extraordinary attention to detail and ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Fluency in English required. Foreign language skills preferred;
  • PMP certification a plus;
  • International experience a plus;
  • Active on social media with a high degree of digital literacy a plus;
  • Must be based in Washington, DC and eligible to work in the United States.