Job Location: Washington, DC
Employment Type: Full-time
Seniority Level: Associate
Job Category: Staff


The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security works to develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address the most important security challenges and opportunities facing the United States and the world. The Center honors General Brent Scowcroft’s legacy of service and embodies his ethos of nonpartisan commitment to the cause of security, support for U.S. leadership in cooperation with allies and partners, and dedication to the mentorship of the next generation of leaders.

The Deputy Director of Operations will assist the Director of the Scowcroft Center in managing the Center. The Deputy Director of Operations will ensure that the Center runs smoothly by facilitating strong communication and cross-Center collaboration among the initiatives. The Deputy will represent the Scowcroft Center and serve as main point of contact to the rest of the organization. The Deputy will work with other Programs and Centers—including supporting teams such as Finance, Development, Communications, and more—to ensure the business needs of the

Scowcroft Center are met. The Deputy will manage the Center’s external communications (including social media channels, webpage, weekly newsletter, etc.). The Deputy will assist the Director in thought leadership and will contribute substantively to the Center’s work.

The role is (preferably) based in our Washington, DC headquarters on a hybrid schedule.


  • With the Director and other members of the management team, oversee the Center and ensure its operations run smoothly to achieve its mission.
  • Serve as a bridge between SCSS staff and leadership/management, and as an advocate for the staff and communicating on their behalf to management. In close collaboration with colleagues, execute the vision and priorities of the management team.
  • Act as main point of contact for SCSS to the rest of the Atlantic Council, including other Centers and Programs as well as supporting services. Represent SCSS and maintain a superb Center-wide reputation for efficiency, effectiveness, and collegiality.
  • Compile, write, and edit the weekly report.
  • Run the biweekly staff meeting.
  • Create agendas and calendar invitations for the monthly staff meetings—including the monthly update meeting and the troubleshooting meeting—and the weekly directors meeting.
  • Send the weekly SCSS newsletter to subscribers and stakeholders.
  • Manage communications channels and platforms, including social media accounts, website, and more.
  • Provide quality assurance checks on all SCSS external and promotional emails.
  • Support the biannual Scowcroft Center Advisory Council meetings, including scheduling, coordinating logistics such as catering and A/V with the Engagement team, and preparing materials including agenda, participants list, etc. 
  • Support the Scowcroft Legacy Program, including overseeing the Scowcroft Center’s mentorship program, in which staff are paired with a former official or prominent expert in the field of foreign policy.
  • Manage the relationship with the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, including coordinating with relevant programs and centers to develop fundraising materials, organizing meetings with visiting officials, and ensuring deliverables for the partnership are completed in a timely manner.
  • Assist in managing and incubating initiatives and centers (e.g. Global China Hub, Gender Security Initiative).
  • Work directly with the Finance team to help with financial deadlines, manage the Center’s billing code, and more.
  • Partner with the Development team to help communicate and track opportunities and projects across the Center.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Preferably at least 6-7 years of relevant experience in a matrixed organization.
  • Skilled in clear, persuasive, and effective communications with various stakeholders including excellent written skills, and some experience presenting to high-level audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to identify and work through challenges, underscored by strong judgment and emotional intelligence.
  • Demonstrated experience managing interns and/or junior level staff.
  • Strategic thinker with strong analytical skills.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational inclination.
  • Outstanding experience in MS Office, and in digital communications for engagement (organizational social media, newsletters, email updates, website updates, etc).
  • At least one year of project or program budget management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on multi-step, detail-oriented projects in a fluid environment.
  • Team player with a can-do attitude and a passion for our shared work as an organization.
  • Embodiment of our organizational values of teamwork and optimism.

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]. 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). Thank you for your interest in the Atlantic Council.