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


The Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs seek a seasoned development, operations, and management professional to serve as Deputy Director in the Israel Project. The Deputy Director will serve as the programmatic lead for the Israel Project in DC, and will be responsible for donor relations, financial management, budgeting and reporting for the initiative. This role will serve as a thought partner to the Director/Distinguished Fellow and program staff; provide input and leadership on project management; interface with the program’s donors and partners; oversee the identification, qualification, recruitment and retention of prospective donors; as well as coordinate and lead all grant and budget processes. Considerable emphasis will be on executing the N7 initiative to support deepening and expanding normalization between Israel and Arab and Muslim nations.

The Deputy Director will support the Distinguished Fellow/Director in developing and overseeing programming on Israel and normalization issues.  They will engage with US and regional government contacts in pursuit of the objectives of the program. The Deputy Director will be responsible for overseeing the programmatic and financial reporting to the program’s diverse multi-million dollar donor base, leading its annual budget drafting process, and ensuring its donors are appropriately stewarded. The Deputy Director will ensure effective and strategic communication of its work to relevant stakeholders. 

The Deputy Director will also be responsible for ensuring the program’s work aligns with the organization’s vision to realize maximum impact. They will represent the program and Director/Distinguished Fellow in various internal and external settings. The position is based in Washington DC with opportunities for travel in the region, and some flexibility for virtual work.

Job responsibilities

The Deputy Director will be specifically responsible for: 

  • Programmatic Design and Oversight. Develop and oversee programming designed to influence policy and impact the public debate on Israel and normalization between Israel and Arab states.
  • Intellectual Leadership. Play a leading role in developing the intellectual framework for advancing the Council’s mission and programming on Israel and normalization between Israel and Arab states through personal research, written publications and speaking opportunities within and outside the Council.
  • Management. They will manage a team including associate/assistant directors, program assistants and assist in staff recruitment when required.
  • Development. 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.
  • Outreach/Communications. Conductingoutreach and engagement with current and prospective donors, including representing the Atlantic Council externally with donor partners.
  • Financial Management. Serve as a reliable and faithful steward of program funds. Oversee expenses and revenues, management of budgets, and anticipated fundraising, and ensure program solvency.


  • A minimum of 7 years relevant (operations and strategy in organizations focused on US-Middle East policy) work experience and/or other relevant areas within government service, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and/or academia;
  • Knowledge of the political, social and economic dynamics in Israel, the Middle East and US policy towards the region;
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field is highly desirable;
  • Superior writing and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated strategy building expertise;
  • Demonstrated track record in budget and financial management, forecasting, and planning;
  • Excellent organizational, project and general management skills;
  • Excellent people skills; must be able to work well with colleagues, senior Council staff, and external officials and partners.
  • Hebrew language skills a plus.

Middle East Programs

Through our Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative, the Atlantic Council works with allies and partners in Europe and the wider Middle East to protect US interests, build peace and security, and unlock the human potential of the region.

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