Job Location: Atlantic Council Headquarters – Washington, DC
Employment Type: Full-Time
Seniority Level: Associate
Job Category: Staff


The Atlantic Council seeks a talented organizer, thinker, and communicator for a full-time Assistant Director position to serve in its GeoEconomics Center. The Assistant Director will be an integral part of the team supporting the Center’s broad mission with a focus on the Chinese economy and trends in US trade and investment flows. Reporting to the Center’s Senior Director, the Assistant Director’s responsibilities will be dedicated to managing the Center’s ambitious programming on the Chinese economy and G7 economic engagement with China. The Assistant Director will support events and research, represent the Center in meetings with external stakeholders, and support the Center’s fundraising activities. The Assistant Director will also support the Center’s general data analysis and data visualization work. The Assistant Director will also be able to publish with the Council on the Chinese economy and US international economic policy.

The successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, communicate effectively, and enjoy the complexity of helping to build a rapidly growing program. The candidate should have a strong background in economics, finance, and an interest in foreign affairs. The position requires a strong aptitude for organizing programs and events, excellent data analytics skills, superior writing abilities, extraordinary attention to detail, and a proven aptitude to manage day-to-day responsibilities of an ever-changing Center.

The successful candidate for this position will be committed to the Atlantic Council’s core mission to renew the Atlantic community. The successful candidate will also be enthusiastic about finding pragmatic solutions to pressing global economic challenges. Finally, the candidate will have a desire to excel in the position and advance in the organization.

This position is based in our Washington DC headquarters on a hybrid schedule. Pay is commensurate with experience, education, and organizational equity, with offers starting at $55,000. Applications submitted by April 15, 2024, will be prioritized for consideration.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage high-level convenings that facilitate dialogue on the Chinese economy and US economic relations with China;
  • Support data analysis and visualization component of the Center’s work including multi-year projects relied upon by government officials and senior business leaders;
  • Assist in stewarding supporters of the Center’s body of work on China;
  • Represent the Center in meetings with external stakeholders;
  • Conduct research as needed to support Center activities; including written analysis and briefings on current events; publish under their own byline;
  • Support the organization and execution of GeoEconomics Center events; liaising with the office of external relations and other relevant programs and helping to prepare briefing material for guests coming to Washington and for trips abroad;
  • Assist in the supervision and management of Program Assistants and Center interns;
  • Support in implementing the communications and promotion strategy around core events and programming, including social media crafting and promotion, multimedia, website management, and follow up;
  • Perform research and proposal writing tasks as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, in economics, finance, international relations, public policy, or other relevant fields;
  • 1-3 years relevant work experience preferred;
  • Prior academic or professional experience related to international economics and China are highly desired;
  • Excellent data visualization and graphic design skills and/or experience are highly desired;
  • Demonstrated ability in project management with exceptional attention to detail and ability to multi-task in a fluid environment;
  • Demonstrated ability in event organization, coordination, and execution;
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret large data sets;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including an ability to work well in a team and to communicate effectively with others ranging from interns to high-level government and business leaders in the United States and abroad;
  • Self-starter and results-oriented individual who can meet tight deadlines and work in an ever-changing environment;
  • Interest in geoeconomics, fiscal & monetary policy, and future of the global economic architecture;
  • Superior English language writing skills and analytical ability. Foreign language proficiency, especially in Mandarin, would be favorably considered.
  • Proficiency in Excel; photo-editing, web-editing, and social media skills are highly desired.

At the intersection of economics, finance, and foreign policy, the GeoEconomics Center is a translation hub with the goal of helping shape a better global economic future.

All Atlantic Council employees are required to adhere to the Atlantic Council’s vaccination policy. All Atlantic Council employees must be fully vaccinated and boosted, and they must submit proof of both vaccination and COVID-19 booster shot on their first day of employment. Prospective or new employees may seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement through human resources and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment.

Please note: The Atlantic Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and District of Columbia civil rights regulations and policies, the Atlantic Council does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics covered by applicable law. The Atlantic Council provides reasonable accommodation for all qualified applicants needing assistance, employees whose disability, sincere religious belief, or other protected characteristics are protected by law, and bases all employment decisions on qualifications, merit, and business need. The Atlantic Council believes that equity and inclusion amongst our team members are critical to our success as a global organization, and seeks to recruit, develop, and advance the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Eligibility to work in the United Stated is confirmed with E-Verify; employment at the Atlantic Council is eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF).