Job Location: Atlantic Council Headquarters – Washington, DC
Employment Type: Full-Time
Seniority Level: Associate
Job Category: Staff
The Atlantic Council seeks a talented, organized, and entrepreneurial individual for a dynamic position as an Associate Director for Colombia and Venezuela to lead these respective portfolios in its Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. The Center’s Venezuela work promotes the restoration of democratic institutions in the country through a sustained, human-centered international campaign that advances an inclusive, Venezuelan-led democratic resolution to the political crisis. Current areas of work within the portfolio revolve around four pillars: the only international network of Venezuelan women leaders (Red de Apoyo); a multinational Venezuela Working Group that provides solutions to complex domestic and global challenges related to Venezuela; a US-Europe Venezuela fellowship program; and an Emerging Leaders program that provides capacity building for change agents in Venezuela. The Center’s Colombia work is centralized in its longstanding US-Colombia Task Force – a high-level, nonpartisan, binational group dedicated to advancing bilateral ties as a cornerstone of broader engagement on regional agenda items. The Task Force is co-chaired by two sitting US Senators.
The ideal candidate will provide strategic guidance and leadership to the Center’s Colombia and Venezuela work and will be responsible for elevating opportunities for joint Venezuela-Colombia programming. The Associate Director demonstrates substantial expertise in the subject matter (domestic trends, US relations with each country, and broader regional and global issues as relates to each country’s broader importance) and play a representational role for the Council by regularly publishing articles, participating in public-facing events, and taking media interviews. S/He also engages in business development and fundraising, manages donor relations, and stewards key stakeholders. A key component of this role is fundraising for the Center’s Colombia and Venezuela work.
The selected candidate will provide strategic direction to the portfolios as priorities continue to evolve while ensuring that each pillar of AALAC’s Venezuela and Colombia work is effectively implemented and achieves maximum impact. This position will lead the Center’s efforts to build international and local movement to finding solutions and will work closely with the AALAC Senior Director and other members of the AALAC team as well as colleagues in regional and thematic centers across the Atlantic Council. Although the position will primarily focus on Venezuela and Colombia, the candidate will play a leadership role for AALAC overall.
The ideal candidate will have previous working experience in Venezuela and Colombia, a proven ability to communicate effectively in English and Spanish and enjoy the dynamic pace of being an intellectual entrepreneur in a non-profit organization. The position also requires a strong record of coordinating programs and events, experience with project monitoring and evaluation, excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, knowledge of diplomatic protocol, and awareness of the different nuances of changing political landscapes in the region and in the United States. The selected candidate will possess political experience, excellent project management skills, knowledge of grant management, donor stewardship and an ability to balance multiple tasks under the pressure of time.
The position is full-time based in Washington DC.
- Provide intellectual leadership and direction in achieving public policy impact within the Venezuela and Colombia portfolios.
- Manage the programmatic implementation of the Venezuela and Colombia portfolios including management of the respective working groups.
- Devise, organize and lead briefings with stakeholders in multilateral organizations, financial institutions, international political groups, country representatives, and others.
- Coordinate information sharing between local and international partners as well as engagement with relevant media.
- Produce relevant documents, reports, and meeting summaries – both for internal record keeping and external knowledge sharing.
- Manage staff to ensure timely execution of portfolio deliverables.
- Manage the Venezuela and Colombia budgets and other financial records and provide programmatic updates to key AALAC partners.
- Ensure that Venezuela and Colombia related issues help to inform work across AALAC and the Atlantic Council.
- Serve as a leader for junior staff within the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.
- Prepare relevant and necessary documentation for monitoring and evaluation activities.
- Bachelor’s degree in international affairs, public policy, or related field. Master’s degree is preferred.
- 8+ years of combined professional experience in international public policy or politics and comprehensive knowledge of political, economic, and social issues in Venezuela and in Colombia.
- 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.
- Native-level Spanish-language writing and editing skills.
- Excellent, preferably native-level, English-language writing skills and superior communication skills.
- Self-starter who can balance multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
- Excellent organizational, logistical, and administrative skills; experience in grant and database management highly desirable.
- Research and writing skills in the areas of international relations with a focus on Venezuela and Colombia.
- Knowledge of M&E activities.
- Experience in raising revenue/building stakeholder support for projects.
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.
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