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

About the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center:

The Atlantic Council’s nonpartisan Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center (AALAC) broadens understanding of regional transformations while demonstrating why Latin America and the Caribbean matter for the world. The center focuses on pressing political, economic, and social issues that will define the region’s trajectory, proposing constructive, results-oriented solutions to inform public sector, business, and multilateral action based on a shared vision for a more prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable future.


AALAC – home to the Caribbean Initiative – builds consensus for action in advancing innovative policy perspectives within select lines of programing: U.S. policy in the Western Hemisphere; Colombia’s future; Venezuela’s multidimensional crisis; Central American prosperity; US-Mexico ties; China in the Americas; Brazil’s trajectory; Caribbean development; regional economic development and commerce; and energy transitions. Jason Marczak serves as the center’s vice president and senior director.

Overview

The Atlantic Council seeks a talented, dynamic, and entrepreneurial individual for a position as Assistant Director with a focus on Mexico in its Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. The Assistant Director will help manage and lead the Center’s Mexico programming as well as help with additional portfolios as needed. They will provide strategic guidance to the Center’s growing Mexico work, serving as a partner and bridge between international and local stakeholders, and will help elevate the profile of the Center’s work on issues related to US-Mexico ties and North America writ large.


The Assistant Director will form a key part of the team and work closely with the Vice President/Senior Director and Deputy Directors of the Center in an innovative atmosphere. This position requires collaboration with colleagues in other regional and thematic centers across the Atlantic Council.


The ideal candidate is passionate and an entrepreneurial self-starter. They demonstrate expertise in US-Mexico relations, particularly pertaining to commerce and the US-Mexico border. They play a representational role for the Council by publishing articles, participating in public-facing event, and taking media interviews. The Assistant Director will help with fundraising for the expanding Mexico portfolio. Beyond focusing on expanding the Center’s Mexico work, the Assistant Director will provide expertise on broader economic issues across Latin America from the unique vantage point of a citizen of the region with a clear understanding on how policy proposals will be received in-country including in the regional leader in innovative policies.


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.

Job responsibilities

  • Advance the Center’s existing Mexico programming and play a pivotal role in refining the strategic course for the Center’s growing Mexico work, focusing on the development of programming and fundraising, in collaboration with Center leadership;
  • Support grant writing, budget development, and financial management;
  • Co-manage grants with external funders, as relevant;
  • Serve as a strategic partner and bridge between international and local stakeholders, including multilateral organizations, financial institutions, international political groups, country representatives, and others;
  • Steward and regularly engage important Center and Council constituencies, such as US and Latin American policymakers, business leaders, and civil society representatives;
  • Coordinate programming and events, including written products, with a particular focus on Mexico and additional programming, as needed;
  • Produce relevant documentation and summary of meetings both for internal record keeping and external knowledge sharing;
  • Oversee programmatic aspects and financial records of the Center’s Mexico programming;
  • Brief the Center’s leadership on current events in Mexico, as well as other events that may affect the region;
  • Proactively look for potential areas of collaboration within the Center and with other Atlantic Council centers.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, international affairs, or international development;
  • 2-4 years of combined professional experience in international affairs, public policy, and economics;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of political, economic, and social issues in Mexico; experience living, working, or studying in Mexico a plus;
  • At least 2 years of research experience on Mexico issues;
  • At least 2 years of experience in project or event management;
  • 1-2 years of experience working on economic monitoring and impact evaluation;
  • Ability to represent the Atlantic Council to external constituencies, such as senior officials, diplomatic officials, board members, and donors;
  • Proven track record in managing multiple projects simultaneously and a demonstrated ability to work efficiently and collaboratively with both junior-level and senior-level colleagues;
  • Extensive networks and contacts in Latin America, specifically Mexico;
  • Native-level Spanish-language and English-language skills (writing, editing, and oral communications), and superior communication skills;
  • Proven ability to balance multiple tasks in a fluid environment;
  • At least some experience with WordPress, Canva, InDesign, and others to produce and edit visual content such as videos, photos, infographics, and others;
  • At least some experience with Salesforce or a similar grant and database management;
  • Excellent organizational, logistical, and administrative skills;
  • An extensive understanding of Washington policy environment;
  • Expertise in traditional and social media.

The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center broadens understanding of regional transformations and delivers constructive, results-oriented solutions to inform how the public and private sectors can advance hemispheric prosperity.

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).