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


The Atlantic Council is seeking an experienced, demonstrated thought-leader, to help drive forward our important work on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). The Deputy Director of DEI plays a central role in the Atlantic Council’s ongoing efforts to create and foster an all-inclusive work environment and culture through focused initiatives and will serve as a creative force for new efforts to expand our talent pipeline, diversify external partnerships, and turn the DEI lens inward at the Council’s current policies and practices. The Deputy Director of DEI will also serve as the HR co-chair for the Council’s DEI Council (DEIC) and will oversee DEI-focused planning and management of the Council’s employee engagement and professional development strategy. The Deputy Director of DEI will perform a range of planning, design, support, and implementation functions to ensure the success of AC’s DEI efforts, such as planning professional development sessions, facilitating staff training, proposing and implementing and enforcing internal policy changes, and other activities to build an inclusive learning and growth culture. Additionally, the successful candidate will support the Senior Director, Global HR and Talent Development in other aspects of workforce development, including diversity outreach, equity and inclusion training, and internal policy and practice review for efficiency and greater equity. The incumbent must be able to exercise discretion, good judgment, and initiative while operating at times with minimal supervision.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop a comprehensive multi-year diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy that aligns with the strategic goals and objectives of the Council
  • Develop metrics for measuring Council-wide, department, and individual employee performance on DEI key performance indicators; oversee metrics collection; evaluate results on an annual or bi-annual basis; and provide intervention recommendations
  • Develop, implement, and maintain policies and scalable programs to attract, engage, retain, and promote a fair and equitable workplace
  • Partner with the Atlantic Council Diversity and Inclusion Council to involve department representatives directly in developing and implementing the Council’s strategy for enhancing staff diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Partner closely with the Deputy Director of Talent Acquisition in expanding our diversity outreach within our recruitment strategy to better attract, retain, and develop diverse talent
  • Partner with the staff learning and development team to develop and implement an inclusive career-path strategy for all levels of employees
  • Partner with the Senior Director, Global HR and Talent Development to develop best practices that promote and reward inclusion
  • Serve as an internal and external thought leader on D&I and promote organization-wide awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Ensure alignment of resources across the organization to support DEI efforts
  • Serve as a trusted advisor and point of contact in the creation and/or development of employee resource affinity groups to support employee engagement, mentorship, sense of community, and well-being and convey feedback and recommendations from affinity groups to AC leadership
  • Foster and cultivate DEI-focused external relationships with professional affinity organizations and partners


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Business or related field. Masters degree in Human Resources or related field is a plus.
  • 7+ years experience directly developing, standing up, and leading the strategic planning and execution of diversity programs and initiatives that drive diverse talent acquisition, retention, inclusion, employee engagement, education, and awareness which includes developing a strategy to improve DEI in the areas of recruitment, retention, L&D, performance management, and cultural initiatives that scale with company growth
  • Demonstrated experience in building strong partnerships both internally and externally, including with culturally and ethnically diverse populations
  • Entrepreneurial orientation and thought leadership to recognize future trends and new opportunities
  • Ability to collaborate across teams with diplomacy and build strong relationships with key stakeholders throughout the organization to ensure initiatives are aligned and can effectively provide alternate perspectives, viewpoints, and approaches to move the organization to look through a different lens
  • Knowledge of HR law, principles and practices including knowledge of state and federal regulations and laws.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, strategic and innovative thinking, and ability to persuade and influence, possessing professional presence and the ability to build enthusiasm and commitment
  • Superior writing and communication skills with unwavering attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational and management skills; must be able to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize appropriately.
  • PHR/SHRM certification preferred.
  • International business experience a plus

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.