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


The Atlantic Council seeks an inquisitive nonprofit development professional to help drive the business development work of an expanding fundraising operation supporting global policy programs. The Assistant Director is an integral member of the Business Development team within the Office of Finance and Operations (OFO). The position focuses on activities related to developing, copyediting and formatting of proposals for funding opportunities across public sector, foundations, corporate and individual donors. The Assistant Director works with all programs/centers at the Council and supports all business development functions across the team. The Assistant Director will be responsible for supporting prospect research, drafting solicitation letters, drafting briefing memos, and ensuring data integrity through data entry and management of Salesforce and other databases.

A successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, communicate effectively, and enjoy the complexity of supporting a rapidly growing program. The candidate should preferably possess excellent writing and copyediting skills, attention to detail, and familiarity with grant writing. The position requires superb administrative and communication skills, understanding of grants and contracts, and data entry through professional experience and academic work.

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 May 20, 2024, will be prioritized for consideration. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Proposal Development: Support the writing, review and copyediting of technical applications, memos and briefs, and the finalization and packaging of proposals for submission.
  • Prospect Research: Research, review, and develop a pipeline of HNWI, corporate, foundation, public sector and other prospects across a variety of subject matters and associate with affinities across the Council. Develop prospect memos and briefings ahead of meetings.
  • Administrative Support: Draft solicitation letters; thank you notes; schedule meetings for fundraisers; support event planning for roundtables and other fundraising events.
  • Coordination: Raise awareness within the Development team on key upcoming events by serving as the Development liaison with the Atlantic Council’s Engagement team.
  • Operations: Provide high quality, timely administrative support to support the development pipeline of key donors (e.g., scheduling, basic IT support, Salesforce data entry, support, notetaking). Provide general administrative support with contracts and grants, track deliverables and aid with stewardship of key partners.
  • Knowledge Management: Ensure updated and accurate file management. Manage and maintain a library of capacity statements and past performance references (PPRs). Maintain data entry and relevant Salesforce opportunities. Organize and centralize the Development file management system.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a relevant field required.
  • 2-3 years of experience working in the non-profit, government, and/or corporate sectors preferred (volunteer and paid experience applicable) Experience in aerospace, finance, private equity and tech preferred.
  • Experience copyediting, formatting, grant writing and Salesforce/ preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of the proposal development process.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational, time management and project management skills, including ability to identify, balance and rapidly shift priorities as needed.
  • Ability to make sound judgments, assume responsibility, and work independently in a fluid environment with tight deadlines and competing priorities.
  • Proven ability to manage upward to move assignments to completion in a timely and professional manner.
  • Strong interpersonal skills appropriate for operating effectively in a multicultural, international team environment.
  • The ideal candidate will be a data-driven, detail-oriented, self-starter and a good problem solver.
  • Excellent computer skills using MS Office products, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Sharepoint are required.
  • Experience in fields of international development and/or business development preferred.
  • Experience working/living internationally preferred.

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).