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


The Atlantic Council seeks an intellectual entrepreneur, working with Atlantic Council leadership and the GeoEconomics Center director and Economic Statecraft Initiative (ESI) Director, to lead the effort to continue to grow the GeoEconomics Center for 2022 and beyond. The GeoEconomics Center has established itself as the go-to place in Washington for the intersection of economics, finance, and foreign policy.

The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge and experience in international business, economics, and foreign policy across the private sector and/or government. The candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, exemplary communication skills, the capacity to manage stakeholder relationships,  and a desire to work with a growing team in the fast-paced environment of the Atlantic Council.

The ideal candidate will have robust experience or significant aptitude in project management, financial tracking, including budgeting and forecasting, fundraising and development, and directly managing personnel. The candidate will be collaborative, hands-on, and possess a vision and ambition for growing the new Center, including crafting close partnerships with collaborators inside and outside the Council.

Job Responsibilities

Working with Council leadership, the Director, and the C. Boyden Gray Senior Fellow and ESI Director, the Deputy Director will be responsible for managing the day-to-day administration and programming and its interactions across the Atlantic Council, driving business development, and helping to scale the Center’s financial and operations footprint for 2022 and beyond. In collaboration with the Director and the C. Boyden Gray Senior Fellow, the Deputy Director will lead a small team (Assistant Director(s), Program Assistant(s), and Intern(s) and interface with several non-resident senior fellows—all requiring the candidate to possess excellent leadership and hands-on managerial skills. The Deputy Director will also play an integral role in the recruitment of all direct hires and additional non-resident senior fellows.

Deputy Director

  • Management. The Deputy Director will work with the Director and ESI Director to manage and coordinate all relevant center budgeting and administrative responsibilities. The Deputy Director will work with the Director and ESI Director to manage and coordinate the day-to-day interactions of the team.
  • Communications. The Deputy Director will also moderate and participate in private and public events at the Atlantic Council and outside institutions. The Deputy Director will represent the Center at a range of events both inside and outside the Council, and be comfortable speaking on all topics within the Center’s scope.
  • CollaborationThe Deputy will also be asked to help coordinate the Center’s work with the other 13 centers and programs at the Atlantic Council. The Deputy Director will also work with the Director to organize the Center’s public and private engagements.
  • DevelopmentThe Deputy Director will work with the Director and ESI Director on fundraising goals for the Center and help the Director meet those goals. The Deputy will independently craft proposals for funding, and generate financial support for new and existing lines of programming. Working with the Council leadership and Office of External Relations, 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 individuals.
  • Financial ManagementThe Deputy Director will work with the Director and ESI Director to manage and coordinate all relevant center budgeting and administrative responsibilities.
  • Intellectual Leadership. The Deputy Director will develop concepts for, write, and oversee the production of major projects and programs, policy documents, long-form reports, and shorter writings.


  • Master’s degree in relevant field.
  • 7+ years of combined professional experience in international economics and/or foreign policy.
  • 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.
  • Experience in overseeing data visualization projects is a plus.
  • A network and/or previous experience engaging with members of Congress, the Executive Branch, multilateral financial institutions, and relevant foreign embassies’ representatives is a plus.

The position is located in Washington, DC, and requires occasional to frequent international travel and requires participation in evening events. The Atlantic Council offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience.

GeoEconomics Center

At the intersection of economics, finance, and foreign policy, the GeoEconomics Center is a translation hub with the goal of helping shape a better global economic future.

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.