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

About the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security:

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.

Overview of the Role

The Deputy Director will assist the Vice President and Senior Director of the Scowcroft Center in managing the Center. The Deputy Director will ensure that the Center runs smoothly by facilitating strong communication and cross-Center collaboration among the initiatives. The Deputy will play a representational role for the center, filling in for the Senior Director when not available, including by providing remarks at events, meeting with officials, and engaging donors. The Deputy will 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 Senior Director in thought leadership and will contribute substantively to the Center’s work.

The role is based in our Washington, DC headquarters on a hybrid schedule, with at least three days per week in the office. The Atlantic Council offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience, education, and organizational equity, with offers from $110,000-$140,000. Applications submitted by July 15, 2024 will be prioritized for consideration.

Job Responsibilities

  • With the Senior Director and other members of the management team, oversee the Center and ensure its operations run smoothly to achieve its mission.
  • Play a representational role with internal and external stakeholders, including by providing remarks at or moderating events, meeting with donors, and briefing officials.
  • Serve as a bridge between SCSS staff and leadership/management, including communicating on the staff’s 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. Representing SCSS and maintaining a superb Center-wide reputation for efficiency, effectiveness, and collegiality.
  • Help organize and run staff meetings.
  • Ensure the weekly SCSS newsletter goes out in a timely and high-quality manner to subscribers and stakeholders.
  • Provide oversight of communications channels and platforms, including social media accounts, website, and more.
  • Support the biannual Scowcroft Center Advisory Council meetings, including working with colleagues on the Scowcroft Management team to coordinate logistics.
  • Manage the Scowcroft Center’s relationship with key funders, including coordinating with relevant programs and centers to develop fundraising materials, organizing meetings with visiting officials, and ensuring deliverables are completed in a timely manner.
  • Assist in managing and incubating initiatives and centers.
  • Work directly with the Finance team to help with financial deadlines, manage the Center’s billing codes, and more.
  • Partner with the Development team to help communicate and track opportunities and projects across the Center.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in a relevant field strongly preferred.
  • Preferably at least 7-10 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 teams.
  • Strategic thinker with strong analytical skills.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational inclination.
  • Experienced in MS Office, and in digital communications for engagement.
  • 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.

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.

Explore the Program

The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security works to develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address the most important security challenges facing the United States and the world.

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).