Job Location: Atlantic Council Headquarters – Washington, DC
Position Type: Full-Time
Job Category: Global Energy Center


The Atlantic Council 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. The Global Energy Center is seeking a Deputy Director for Climate and Advanced Energy to join a high performing team and grow the program. The position requires a talented, dynamic, and entrepreneurial individual working in a fast-paced environment who will lead and grow this ongoing work on climate change mitigation and advanced energy solutions. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in four core areas:

  • Expertise and thought leadership on clean energy and climate change mitigation policy;
  • Track record in managing large-scale projects and ensuring goals are achieved;
  • Effective personnel management and team building; and
  • Strategic fundraising to support strategic programmatic growth and development.

The deputy director will design and participate in events, guide and author research, engage in short-form commentary on current events, meet with and brief key decision-makers and opinion leaders, and execute a strategy for furthering the Atlantic Council’s thought leadership on the transition to a cleaner energy system in response to the imperative of climate change.  

The candidate must be discreet, engaging, collegial, reliable, exceptionally organized, and culturally sensitive.

Job Responsibilities

The deputy director’s responsibilities will include overseeing a major foundation grant and leading several programmatic priority areas for the Center including its research and convenings on climate and clean energy, its activities outside of DC on related topics, and its Veterans Advanced Energy Project. The position will have responsibility for managing staff and collaborating with colleagues in the twelve regional and thematic centers across the Atlantic Council, as well as with external organizations. Additionally, working with Global Energy Center colleagues, the deputy director will work to expand the program to broaden its substantive remit and policy impact.

The ideal candidate is a passionate and entrepreneurial self-starter who is nimble, strategic, and results-oriented. S/he will have subject matter expertise on issues related to climate change, clean energy, and energy innovation. S/he should possess a strong record of intellectual entrepreneurialism, emotional intelligence in dealing with internal and external stakeholders, and a network of influential contacts in the US, ideally with members of Congress and/or the Executive Branch. S/he will possess superb abilities in writing and editing publications, excellent project management skills, experience in coordinating programs and events, excellent administrative and organizational skills, fundraising experience with the public and private sectors, foundations, and individuals, be detail-oriented, and have a collaborative mindset.

The ability to balance multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment under pressure is key to success in the job.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. Master’s degree is highly preferred.
  • 7+ years of combined professional experience in climate and energy policy and/or markets.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Proven track record in managing multiple projects simultaneously and a demonstrated ability to work efficiently and collaboratively with both junior-level and senior-level colleagues.
  • Ability to dynamically and effectively represent the Atlantic Council to external constituencies, such as corporate executives, senior government officials, diplomats, board members, and donors.
  • Accomplished track-record in fundraising and financial management.
  • Self-starter who can balance multiple tasks and remain flexible, adaptive, and positive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent organizational, logistical, and administrative skills; experience in project and database management highly desirable.
  • A network and/or previous experience engaging with members of Congress and/or the Executive Branch.

Please note: Atlantic Council is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, Veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. Atlantic Council is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with physical and mental disabilities. Thank you for your interest in the Atlantic Council.