The Atlantic Council seeks an entrepreneurial, level-headed, dynamic, self-starting, and solutions-oriented individual to serve as deputy director of board relations and strategic planning. This prominent position works directly with the President and CEO and serves as the main liaison with the Atlantic Council’s board of directors and International Advisory Board (IAB), a unique group of global leaders that includes former government officials, former military officers, and business leaders. The deputy director is responsible for independently organizing, managing, convening, and communicating with the two groups.

The best candidate will have strong writing, editing, organizational and interpersonal skills.  Strong international experience is a must, and ability to speak one or more foreign languages capabilities preferable. Experience with fundraising and strategic planning is also a plus.

The Deputy Director will report to the Director of Campaign and Major Gifts. Along with managing board governance issues, s/he will be an integral part of the Council’s efforts in developing and executing strategies to sustain current major sources of funding and to secure new funding opportunities. The Deputy Director will also manage board governance and oversight issues and will ensure that Council bylaws are adhered to.

The deputy director will work closely with the President and CEO to implement special development projects related to both current and potential major partners. The Deputy Director will also spearhead preparations for regular quarterly Executive Committee meetings, bi-annual Nominating and Governance Committee meetings, and other special board meetings, including setting the agenda and other strategic planning tasks.

Working collaboratively with the Council’s fourteen programs and centers, as well as Administrative Support Offices at large, the deputy director will support other major board-related initiatives and will develop strategies for effective board engagement and stewardship.  The candidate will also oversee board-specific programming, including the quarterly and annual IAB and board meetings, and bespoke, high-level programming and convenings for top Atlantic Council supporters.

Depending on experience and qualifications, exceptional candidates may be considered at the Director level. Salary commensurate with experience.

Job Responsibilities

  • Cultivate and steward operational and strategic relations with the Board of Directors (150 global policy and business leaders) and International Advisory Board (45 global CEOs and former heads of state)
  • Serve as internal and external liaison for the Board chair and IAB chair
  • Orchestrate annual International Advisory Board meetings with cabinet-level US government officials and other bespoke programming opportunities for Atlantic Council supporters
  • Prepare and execute annual board dues campaign
  • Spearhead preparations for regular quarterly Executive Committee meetings, bi-annual Nominating and Governance Committee meetings, and other special board meetings, including administrative and strategic planning tasks
  • Spearhead annual review process of Board of Directors and International Advisory Board with Nominating & Governance Committee
  • Drive board communications and business development strategies to proactively identify opportunities and enforce ethical standards; write and edit strategic communications to Board of Directors
  • Manage and supervise personnel within board relations team (currently one FTE)


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • A minimum of seven years of experience with demonstrated success in related fields, including board management, development/fundraising, sales, and/or marketing
  • Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills are essential. Experience in proposal writing preferred
  • Self-starter and results-oriented individual who can meet tight deadlines and work in an ever-changing environment
  • An interest and understanding of international affairs and foreign policy. Policy experience and/or education is preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills appropriate for operating effectively in a multicultural, international team environment
  • Experience staffing and working with high-level officials. Ability to communicate clearly and diplomatically
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and maturity
  • Knowledge of Salesforce or similar CRM applications preferred. Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Willingness to work occasional irregular hours, evenings, and weekends

Personal Characteristics

The successful candidate should be:

  • A citizen of the world. Someone who through international work understands and has a passion for addressing the challenges in the global community.
  • An expert coalition builder. Superb people skills and the ability to work well with a wide range of constituencies ranging from senior government officials and major donors to corporate sponsors and interns.
  • A consummate communicator. As the public face of the Atlantic Council, someone with the ability to define and articulate the Initiative’s mission and work to diverse audiences.
  • A respected leader. Someone with a recognized ability to build and garner respect from domestic and international policy leaders, the Board, and Council staff.
  • An entrepreneur. Someone who can use natural ingenuity to build and create a program from scratch with often times limited resources and assistance.
  • A “hands-on” implementer. Someone who is eager to work with a team in order to execute projects they envision. 
  • A team player. Someone whose ego is in check and who will enthusiastically share credit and the spotlight and thrive in the collaborative culture of the Council.
  • A hardy traveler. Someone with the ability and desire to travel and work with partners around the world.  
  • A flexible work style. Someone that can work easily with ambiguity in a fast-paced environment with tight timelines and constrained funding.
  • Above all, someone who is passionate to the core about the mission of the Atlantic Council. 

The Atlantic Council offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience.

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. Thank you for your interest in the Atlantic Council. For more information, check out our Talent DEI Statement or connect with us at [email protected]. #strongwithallies