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


The Atlantic Council seeks a talented, dynamic and entrepreneurial individual for a full-time Associate Director position to serve in its Global Energy Center.

The Associate Director’s main responsibilities will include support and coordination of the Global Energy Center’s growing work on climate and energy policy, with a special focus on ensuring the Center’s work is relevant to the US Congress. This includes research, writing, administrative, and logistical execution of the Center’s regular events and ambitious programming agenda, coordinating Congressional briefings, ensuring all pertinent Center work reaches Congressional offices, and the development of new bodies of work and independently-led research and projects to establish the Global Energy Center’s thought leadership on energy issues in the US and abroad.

The successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, superb communication skills, and enjoy the complexity of helping to build a rapidly growing program. The candidate should have a background in energy and environmental studies, political science, international relations, economics, history, area studies, or a related field and will have worked in a US Congressional office. The position requires excellent administrative and communication skills, superior writing ability, extraordinary attention to detail, and a proven aptitude to make sound judgments, assume responsibility and work independently in a fast-paced Center with tight deadlines and competing priorities.

The successful candidate for this position will be committed to the Atlantic Council’s core mission to renew the Atlantic community for global challenges and Global Energy Center’s commitment to help the United States and its partners take the lead in navigating the challenges of the changing global energy landscape. This position will be located in Washington, DC. The Atlantic Council seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds and offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience.

Job Responsibilities

Coordinate and execute projects across the Global Energy Center’s various bodies of substantive work, including but not limited to:

  • High-level workshops and events
  • Written reports and publications
  • Briefing and Research Assignments
  • Lead Center engagement with US Congress
  • Coordinate Congressional briefings on Center research​​​​​​​
  • Ensure Center publications reach Congressional offices
  • Support Managing Editor in shaping pertinent research projects to be Congressionally relevant
  • Coordinate and execute the Global Energy Center’s Veterans Advanced Energy Project, including the Veterans Advanced Energy Fellowship and annual Veterans Advanced Energy Summit.
  • Liaise with the Global Energy Center Leadership to develop and steward partnerships with a range of external policy, corporate, and foundational stakeholders.
  • In coordination with Global Energy Center Leadership, build and execute new energy programs and projects, and identify and pursue new stakeholders and potential donors.
  • As needed for the GEC’s programming, coordinate travel arrangements; draft agendas and speaker invitations; manage key outreach lists; and help to prepare briefing material for guests coming to Washington and for Global Energy Center trips abroad.
  • Lead independent research initiatives related to the Global Energy Center’s programming to support the GEC’s thought leadership on energy issues policy.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, in energy and environmental studies, political science, international relations, economics, history, area studies, or other relevant fields.
  • Professional experience in a US Congressional office.
  • Superb organizational skills, attention to detail, and demonstrated initiative.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including an ability to work well in a team and to communicate effectively with others ranging from interns to government and business leaders in the United States and abroad.
  • Interest in geopolitics, energy policy, energy security, and climate policy.
  • Experience in organizing and staging events is highly desired.
  • Superior English language writing skills and analytical ability. Foreign language proficiency preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; photo-editing, web-editing, and social media skills are highly desired.

The Global Energy Center promotes energy security by working alongside government, industry, civil society, and public stakeholders to devise pragmatic solutions to the geopolitical, sustainability, and economic challenges of the changing global energy landscape.

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]. Eligibility to work in the United States is confirmed with E-Verify; employment at the Atlantic Council is eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). Thank you for your interest in the Atlantic Council.