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


The Scowcroft Strategy Initiative, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, serves to directly advance the Scowcroft Center’s core mission by developing sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address the most important security challenges facing the United States and the world. Its competencies in long-range foresight and strategy development are vital assets to government and business leaders as they navigate a complex and unpredictable world. Through its work, the initiative strives to revitalize, adapt, and defend a rules-based international system in order to foster peace, prosperity, and freedom for decades to come.

The Initiative’s Freedom and Prosperity Project seeks to advance economic development through the promotion of economic freedom, the rule of law, and representative government as the best path for countries to reduce poverty and achieve prosperity for their people. The Project seeks to foster an inclusive dialogue with regional partners from across the globe on how to advance prosperity and improve the quality of life for people in developing countries. It works with these partners to marshal the evidence and make a persuasive case that good political and economic institutions are essential for sustained improvements in standards of living. This Project is of particular relevance today as authoritarian, state-led capitalism is being falsely promoted as a superior alternative to economic freedom, the rule of law, and representative government.

About the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security:

The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security works to develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address the most important security challenges and opportunities facing the United States and the world. The Center honors General Brent Scowcroft’s legacy of service and embodies his ethos of nonpartisan commitment to the cause of security, support for U.S. leadership in cooperation with allies and partners, and dedication to the mentorship of the next generation of leaders.

Overview of the Role

Associate directors play a vital role in helping to manage and execute the Project’s programming. This role will be a full-time position.

Job Responsibilities 

The Associate Director will be specifically responsible for: 

  • Help manage the activities and programming associated with the Project.
  • Provide logistical support in organizing and executing convenings.
  • Help manage supporting staff and interns.
  • Assist with business development and managing donor relationships to ensure the Project retains a sound financial foundation.
  • Help manage the Project’s finances.
  • Research and draft reports related to the mission of the Project.
  • Support the Project’s communications efforts, both in US and international media.
  • Provide support for the Project’s administrative operations.


  • Must hold a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred), preferably in Political Science, International Relations, History, or a related degree.
  • Applicants must be able to work full-time (40 hrs/week).
  • Must demonstrate proven interest and practical experience in international affairs and security, with relevant, Project-related subject-matter knowledge a necessity.
  • Must work well with others in a fast-paced environment and interact professionally with senior figures within and outside the Atlantic Council.
  • Past government service (e.g., in strategy, policy planning, etc.) is a plus.
  • Past communications, business development, or brand development experience is a plus.
  • Past experience in developing budgets and tracking expenses is a plus.

Scowcroft Strategy Initiative

The Scowcroft Strategy Initiative works to develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to tackle security challenges.

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