Job Location: Washington, D.C
Employment Type: Full-time
Seniority Level: Assistant
Job Category: Staff


The Atlantic Council is seeking a talented, dynamic individual to serve as Assistant Director in the Transform Europe Initiative (TEI), an exciting new body of work housed within the Council’s Europe Center. The Transform Europe Initiative aims to:

  • Learn the lessons of the Kremlin’s war on Ukraine by strengthening European security against petro-aggression, climate change, and weaponized corruption.
  • Aid in the development of structural reforms to ensure that Europe decarbonizes and remains protected from transnational kleptocracy networks.
  • Draw together policymakers, conventional security and geopolitical experts, renewable energy and decarbonization specialists, and illicit finance analysts from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss Europe’s structural vulnerabilities in energy security and financial regulations.
  • Develop expedited but practical solutions to decarbonize Europe from a strategic perspective.
  • Confront the aggression of revisionist powers like Russia that have attempted to exploit such vulnerabilities in the past.
  • Build transatlantic consensus and strategic cooperation on decarbonization and anti-corruption strategies between the United States, Britain, and the European Union.

The Assistant Director will help drive the Initiative’s overall work, including program strategy and operations, research and writing projects, business development efforts, stakeholder management, and communications strategy.  The successful candidate will be exceptionally organized, collegial, and an effective communicator, while having an entrepreneurial ethos and a passion for the work. Experience showing a strong record of and emphasis on collaboration, high-level communication, project management, event organization, operational skills, and attention to detail are key. The position requires demonstrated initiative, interpersonal skills, and reliability, as this role will partner with the Director of the Transform Europe Initiative team to drive results and achieve the Initiative’s goals. This is an excellent role for a self-starter looking for opportunities to work at one of the most dynamic and fast-paced global policy organizations in Washington DC.

This full-time position is based in Washington, DC, on a hybrid schedule.


  • Lead the coordination and execution of major public events, high-level private events, international programming, virtual programming, and projects for the Initiative. This includes end-to-end event or project management and coordination with junior staff and other stakeholders.
  • Manage the Initiative’s day-to-day operations and assist in developing the program’s external engagement and communications strategy.
  • Serve as liaison for internal and external offices and support the Director with stewardship of relationships with key donors, prospects, or contacts.
  • Coordinate with a range of key stakeholders, funders, and colleagues so that meetings reflect leadership priorities, are properly prepared, include the right participants, and are timely.
  • Support the Director with operational tasks, budgeting, reviewing written products before publication, and overall program management.
  • Conduct monthly budget reviews, coordinate with Europe Center leadership on financials, and submit monthly expense reports accurately and on time.
  • Manage multiple processes and projects, supporting the work of staff, tracking commitments and deliverables, managing deadlines, and ensuring accountability.
  • Assist in the supervision and management of program interns.
  • Perform other duties as assigned, including research and writing.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required. Master’s degree or additional work experience is a plus.
  • Minimum of 2 years full-time work experience in a position with demonstrated and transferable operational and organizational skills, project management experience, and excellent communication skills. Relevant substantive knowledge is a plus.
  • Demonstrated initiative, attention to detail, ability to work well in a dynamic team environment, and ability to work independently and proactively.
  • Self-starter and results-oriented individual who is comfortable in a fluid, deadline-driven environment.
  • Ability to guide senior staff, junior staff, and interns to move assignments to completion in a timely and professional manner.
  • Positive and flexible attitude, with a desire to grow in responsibility over time.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written), including the ability to identify and work through challenges, underscored by strong judgment and emotional intelligence.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with professionalism while demonstrating reliability and a sense of maturity.
  • Skills in MS Office suite, social media for organizations/groups, and customer relationship management systems, along with an ability to quickly learn new software and platforms. Experience with WordPress or graphic design skills are a plus.

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