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

Overview

The Atlantic Council seeks a talented, dynamic, and entrepreneurial individual to serve as a fulltime Deputy Director in the GeoTech Center. In addition to managing the Geotech Center and Program operations in close collaboration with the Senior Director, the individual will serve as a Resident Senior Fellow, providing thought leadership across the GeoTech Center’s policy portfolio. The individual will play a key role in making the GeoTech Center a premier destination for national and global conversation and actionable insight on emerging science and technologies and their impact on society.

Broadly, the Deputy Director/Resident Senior Fellow will:

  • Analyze the transformative potential and sociopolitical implications of emerging technologies.
  • Lead or oversee projects working to identify how emerging technologies can enter markets across the globe for public benefit, while identifying and mitigating potential geopolitical risks.
  • Build and maintain expertise in technology policy issues relevant to our current work. Current programing includes advancing responsible AI; bridging data and digital divides; increasing and bettering connectivity; and increasing the capacity of governments and other organizations to use, regulate, and promote emerging technologies.
  • Exhibit a high level of competency in research, writing, administration (budget and project planning), and oversight of event and reporting logistics. Collaborate with other staff in the GeoTech Center and in other Atlantic Council programs and centers with related interests and expertise. The Deputy Director/Resident Senior Fellow will help to hire, mentor, and guide junior staff, including program assistants, project assistants, and interns.
  • Support existing fundraising efforts and identify and develop new partnership opportunities that enable new bodies of work, independent research, and associated reports and events.

This position is based in our Washington, DC headquarters on a hybrid schedule.

Job Responsibilities

  • Intellectual Leadership: Play a leading role in developing the intellectual framework for advancing the Council’s mission and programming through written work and speaking opportunities within and outside the Council; develop select issues in which the incumbent maintains a profile and is respected in the policy community for her or his thought leadership. Create impactful arguments and bring new knowledge insight into the geopolitical aspects and context of technology policy, fostering trust with public sector staff and officials in a variety of environments. 
  • Programmatic Design and Oversight: Develop programming and new initiatives designed to influence policy and impact the public debate on both current focus areas and new areas based on the Deputy Director’s and partners’ interests.
  • Business Development: Generate programmatic ideas, independently craft proposals for funding, and generate financial support for new and existing lines of programming.
  • Management: Manage a team including non-resident fellows and junior staff and assist in recruitment as needed. Ensure successful implementation and operations.
  • Outreach/Communications: Represent the Atlantic Council externally with the Administration, Congress, the diplomatic community and foreign governments, donors, media, etc., as well as at public and private events, international conferences, etc.
  • Financial Management: Serve as a reliable and faithful steward of program and Council funds. Oversee expenses and revenues, management of budgets, and anticipated fundraising, and ensure program solvency for projects under his/her direction and other projects, as directed.
  • Collaboration: Help coordinate the Center’s work with the other centers and programs at the Atlantic Council. The Deputy Director will also work with the Director to organize the GeoTech Center’s public and private engagements. Where the Deputy Director needs to interact with experts on a GeoTech field, they will engage GeoTech Fellows and Senior Fellows for events, reports, and additional Atlantic Council engagements.  

Qualifications

  • 7+ years of experience as a senior practitioner in the private and/or public sector (both are a plus) and/or demonstrated professional accomplishments as a thought leader, speaker, and writer contributing to the domestic and global dialogue at the intersection of science and technology policy, foreign policy, and international relations (i.e., geo-techno-politics).
  • Broad knowledge of emerging technologies and their potential impact on societal and global challenges; a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics is a plus.
  • Experience managing complex programs and projects, from concept development through execution, including associated staff and budget resources. Associated experience with business development or fundraising strongly preferred.
  • A broad personal network of technology and global policy professionals, thought leaders, and subject matter experts.
  • Ability to research and publish consistently, including in collaboration with other staff, fellows, and guest subject matter experts, often responding to time-sensitive developments under tight deadlines and balancing competing demands.
  • Superior spoken and written English skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills; must be able to engage and build relationships with high level US policymakers and foreign government officials, as well as comfortably speak and moderate discussions in media and public forums.
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GeoTech Center

Championing positive paths forward that societies can pursue to ensure new technologies and data empower people, prosperity, and peace.

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