Job Location: Atlantic Council Headquarters – Washington, DC
Position Type: Full-Time
Education Level: Masters Degree or Higher
Job Category: Millennium Leadership Program

Job Description

The Atlantic Council seeks a dynamic, creative, and entrepreneurial individual with a background in international affairs to join its Millennium Leadership Program (MLP) team as an Expedition Leader. This position is an Associate Director level role within the Atlantic Council with significant potential for growth.

The Atlantic Council is comprised of twelve regional, thematic, and functional centers. The Millennium Leadership Program (MLP) is the Council’s center for “Leadership” and houses the organization’s work in the following areas: education, next-­‐generation engagement (age groups under forty), and leadership development. This includes its flagship initiative – the Millennium Fellowship ( – as well as executive education programming, executive coaching, exchange programs, and a range of other activities.

The Expedition Leader will form a key part of MLP’s small core team and will lead the planning and execution of educational study tours and leadership expeditions around the world. The culture of the team is fast-­‐paced, creative, and globally aware and connected. The candidate must enjoy multi-­‐tasking, thrive in a start-­‐up atmosphere, and work well under pressure.

They will work closely in partnership with the MLP Director, external travel contractors, and senior subject matter experts from the Atlantic Council’s other eleven regional and thematic centers to plan trips. MLP expeditions typically last one week and take small groups (15-­‐25 people) to the front lines of contemporary geopolitical challenges. The Expedition Leader will function as the head-­‐of-­‐delegation for these trips, facilitating meetings, coordinating the group, and managing logistics. The audience for these trips is ultra-­‐high-­‐performing young professionals (ages 25-­‐40; average age 35), competitively selected from around the world to participate. Delegates represent a wide variety of countries and professional backgrounds, including elected officials, military officers, entrepreneurs and rising executives at Fortune 500 companies, award winning authors,
artists, and inventors, and many more. Ideal candidates will have the range and flexibility to work with leaders in all these spaces. For a better sense of our audience, review the profile of MLP’s fellows at

Expeditions can focus on a wide range of geopolitical issues and regions. As such, the Expedition Leader must possess deep curiosity, be intrinsically motivated to learn, and comfortable building their competency as a generalist on international affairs issues. Each trip strives to tell a unique story with intentionally curated meetings, site visits, and discussions. Ideal candidates will thus also have a keen sense of narrative and the ability to link ideas and issues with overarching themes that provide a clear focus and purpose to the trips. Recent trips include Ukraine after the Revolution of Dignity, Sarajevo on the 25th Anniversary of the Dayton Accords, Turkey and Greece during the historic refugee crisis, and Colombia after the FARC Peace Deal and during the Venezuela crisis.

MLP runs two primary programs that leverage the expedition model – the Millennium Fellowship and MLP Close-­‐Ups. The Expedition Leader will support the annual Millennium Fellowship study tour, but will focus primarily on the Close-­‐Ups program, which offers several expeditions each year to self-­‐funded delegations. They will have the unique opportunity to fully manage the Close-­‐Up’s program and build their own expedition “business” and team by growing this line of work with a great degree of latitude for independent creativity and entrepreneurship. As such, ideal candidates will possess a natural entrepreneurial spirit and comfort with business development responsibilities.

Above all, this position requires a highly organized individual with a strong record of coordinating programs, events, or project management, excellent attention to detail, and deep interest in international affairs. He or she must also possess exemplary writing and editing skills as well as interpersonal communication skills.

Job Responsibilities

(50%) Organize and manage international study tours (3-­‐5 in first year, 7 or more in future years), including:

  • Conceptualizing program themes and proposing locations
  • Curating agendas, in partnership with subject matter experts
  • Producing programs, including prospecting and securing meetings
  • Coordinating program logistics, including prospecting travel vendors, securing contracts, and overseeing logistics arrangements
  • Serving as primary POC for all trip related inquiries from delegates during the lead-­‐up and throughout the trips (after trips, delegate relationships will transition to our Community Manager who maintains relationships with the broader MLP community)
  • Leading tours – traveling with participants as the head-­‐of-­‐delegation for the expeditions

(25%) Manage and Grow Close-­‐Ups program, including:

  • Market program to possible participants
  • Expand base of registered participants to grow program budget
  • Hire and manage team to support program as it grows
  • Serve as Expedition Leader and maintain quality control over trips

(25%) Support and actively contribute to broader MLP center through:

  • Supporting annual Millennium Fellowship recruitment campaign and selection process
  • Supporting Millennium Fellowship fundraising efforts, particularly where they overlap with Close-­‐Ups or other expedition projects
  • Proposing creative ideas for programming and helping grow emerging initiatives
  • Assist with additional miscellaneous projects and administrative tasks as required.


  • Excellent organizational and logistical skills
  • Excellent English-­‐language writing and editing skills
  • Superior interpersonal communication and presentation skills
  • Masters degree or equivalent experience in an international field, including, but not limited to, journalism, business, communications, economics, trade, public policy, international affairs, relations, security, or a related field
  • Proven track record of multi-­‐tasking in a fast-­‐paced environment and managing multiple projects simultaneously and under deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and collaboratively with both junior-­‐level and senior-­‐level colleagues
  • Ability to represent the Atlantic Council to external constituencies, such as senior officials, diplomats, board members, and donors
  • Agility and willingness to “roll up your sleeves” to ensure a project’s success;
  • Creative and entrepreneurial
  • Naturally curious and motivated by learning
  • Broad knowledge of and deep interest in geopolitics and international affairs (competent generalist)
  • Prior experience in sales, marketing, fundraising, or other business development related activities

Please note: Atlantic Council is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, Veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. Atlantic Council is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with physical and mental disabilities. Thank you for your interest in the Atlantic Council.