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


The Freedom and Prosperity Center (F&P) aims to increase the well-being of people everywhere and especially that of the poor and marginalized in developing countries through unbiased, data-based research on the relationship between prosperity and economic, political, and legal freedoms, in support of sound policy choices.

The project’s goals are both theoretical and practical: It aims to produce cutting-edge research regarding the preconditions for the best socio-economic outcomes for poor and marginalized people across the developing world. It aims to reach governments and legislatures, civil societies, NGOs, educators and other thought leaders, news outlets and other media, and individual people.

The Deputy Director, Freedom & Prosperity, will be a key part of the team and will work closely with the Senior Director of the Center in the Atlantic Council’s dynamic and entrepreneurial workplace culture. This position requires close and continuous collaboration with colleagues in other regional and functional centers across the Atlantic Council.

Based in Washington DC, the Deputy Director will help to implement the Center’s strategy and advance community outreach. This position will focus on ensuring that F&P’s work is well-structured and reaches policy stakeholders while consistently broadening our reach to a new community of global stakeholders. The ideal candidate will grow the F&P’s brand and increase awareness of the Center’s content and convenings.

This position is based in our Washington, DC, headquarters on a hybrid schedule. The Atlantic Council offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience, education, and organizational equity, with offers from $115,000-$130,000.

Job responsibilities

Research and publications (50%)

  • Building the Intellectual Foundation for the F&P Center. Help with the analytical work to establish the intellectual foundation of the Center’s message. This includes internal and external short-format publications, topic-specific reports, as well as Twitter and LinkedIn publications.  
  • 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.

Program management (50%)

  • Implementing the F&P message. Work with partner organization to provide grants to promote the Freedom & Prosperity research and advance real-world impact across the developing world.
  • Convenings. Help with every aspect of efforts to continue building out a community of influence through the convening of roundtables and public events.
  • Management. Support the senior director in managing the team’s operations and finance responsibilities including for fellows, associate and assistant directors, and program assistants and interns and assist in staff recruitment when required.
  • Development. Continue to build the program’s funding base by sustaining current financial support and pursuing additional support from corporations, government agencies, international organizations, foundations, and stakeholders.


  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant full-time work experience within government service, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and/or academia.
  • Master’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, Economics, History, or a comparable degree preferred. A bachelor’s degree with additional relevant experience will also be considered.
  • Published research or articles on the merits of free market capitalism; limited government, taxation, and regulations; religious freedom; and international relations emphasizing sovereign states over supranational international organizations.
  • Proven track record in managing multiple projects simultaneously and demonstrated experience in advancing goals.
  • Superb interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work collegially with others and with the highest standards of integrity.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills and a desire to experiment in analytic and outreach methods.
  • Self-starter who can balance multiple tasks in a fluid environment.
  • Must be willing to travel internationally a few times per year.
  • Knowledge of country indexes a plus.

To produce quality work and to successfully achieve our mission, we recognize the need for our staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle and a work/life balance. Our comprehensive benefits package helps to keep costs low for our staff and their families. Benefits include, but are not limited to comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance, paid time off, 403(b) plan, FSA options, pet insurance, Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility, and wellness benefits.

The Freedom and Prosperity Center aims to increase the prosperity of the poor and marginalized in developing countries and to explore the nature of the relationship between freedom and prosperity in both developing and developed nations.

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. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and District of Columbia civil rights regulations and policies, the Atlantic Council does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics covered by applicable law. The Atlantic Council provides reasonable accommodation for all qualified applicants needing assistance, employees whose disability, sincere religious belief, or other protected characteristics are protected by law, and bases all employment decisions on qualifications, merit, and business need. The Atlantic Council believes that equity and inclusion amongst our team members are critical to our success as a global organization, and seeks to recruit, develop, and advance the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. 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).