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


The Atlantic Council seeks a talented, entrepreneurial individual to support the Deputy Director, Foundation Partnerships. The position will help manage the proposal and budget process across the Atlantic Council to help secure funding from corporate, family, and private foundations. The candidate must be effective in working with staff to coordinate efforts across the organization to help identify, research, cultivate, and steward foundation donor relationships.

The Associate Director will work closely with the Development team, programmatic staff, and Deputy Director to draft timely and compelling foundation proposals, budgets, and complex narrative and financial reports; ensure submission of timely foundation proposals, budgets, and reporting; the candidate will monitor and maintain active grants and grant renewals, provide coordination for proposal development, and identify new funding opportunities while working to steward existing donor relationships. The Associate Director will have the opportunity to manage a portfolio of foundation donors.

The Associate Director will draft relevant correspondence, prepare briefing materials, ensure proposal packages are complete, competitive and on deadline. The candidate will also assist the deputy director in cultivating funder relationships by participating in and preparing for cultivation meetings, roundtable discussions, Council events and development trips and work to actively grow the Council’s foundation portfolio. The candidate provide guidance to programs/centers on best practices in cultivation, stewardship, and monitoring and evaluation to include data analysis and performance measures to track progress and measure impact.

The successful candidate will communicate effectively, be an excellent writer and editor, enjoy and thrive in the fast-paced environment, be capable of embracing ambiguity, and be able to manage the high-level multitasking challenges of an entrepreneurial and energetic Development office. The candidate must be discreet, engaging, collegial, reliable, exceptionally organized, culturally sensitive, and respectful and have an interest in transatlantic relations, national security, or foreign policy.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support Atlantic Council programmatic staff in preparing highly competitive proposal packages by reviewing and editing concept papers, Letters of Inquiry, and full proposal packages.
  • Identify, cultivate, and steward a small active portfolio of foundation prospects along with programmatic staff.
  • Research new foundation prospects to help expand and diversify Atlantic Council funding portfolio.
  • Draft and review reports to ensure the Atlantic Council is in good standing with active foundation grants.
  • Assist with creating and implementing strategies for managing foundations prospects and soliciting them for major grants.
  • Liaise with the Office of Finance regarding budget development and all other related matters to ensure proposal deadlines are met.
  • Compile supporting documentation for completed applications ensuring that proposals and grant deliverables, budgets, and required organizational documents are submitted in full compliance with the proposal guidelines and grant deliverable deadlines are met.
  • Manage accurate recording of information in the Salesforce database.
  • Coordinate with the associate director, Grants Administration and Contracts to ensure all supporting organizational documentation (annual budget, IRS determination letters, payment information, audited financials, board roster, etc.) are accurate and maintained and available as part of the proposal submission.
  • Manage grant applications per award cycle.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications, journalism, international relations, or a related field.
  • A minimum of four years of work experience in a Development department or relevant work experience in cultivating and stewarding foundation relationships.
  • Experience with relationship management and the ability to support the organization’s fundraising efforts.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to think strategically and pragmatically to anticipate and orchestrate next steps.
  • Top-notch organizational skills; ability to initiate, prioritize, and follow through on plans.
  • Ability to balance big picture thinking with attention to detail.
  • Experience in CRM databases is preferred.
  • Research skills and computer literacy; proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and report/query tools preferable.
  • Ability to work as a team player.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Commitment to the Council’s mission and the ability to translate that commitment into compelling donor communications.

The application requires a cover letter and a development-focused writing sample

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. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics covered by applicable law. The Atlantic Council is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation for all qualified individuals and bases all employment decisions on qualifications, merit, and business need. The Atlantic Council believes that diversity and inclusion amongst our team members are critical to our success as a global organization and seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. For more information, check out our Talent DEI Statement or connect with us at [email protected]. Thank you for your interest in the Atlantic Council.