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


The Atlantic Council is seeking a dynamic, entrepreneurial, experienced Talent Acquisition and Development Deputy to lead our organization-wide efforts to ensure that we have the right talent in the right roles, and we have a data-driven recruitment strategy (RS) that aligns with the priorities of the Council’s ongoing strategic goals. This position will facilitate the full life-cycle recruitment process to source the best talent and maintain effective retention, promotion, and succession planning strategies. This position will manage our talent acquisition strategy and help develop the next generation of global leaders for one of the most dynamic and fast-paced global policy organizations in Washington, DC.

The Talent Acquisition and Development Deputy Director will report to the Senior Director of Global HR and Talent Development and partner with our Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee, Programs & Centers, and the HR team in developing and leading our recruitment, onboarding, and retention functions.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in executive search, senior-level recruitment, talent acquisition and retention, diversity and inclusion best practices, compliance, and current best practice associated with HR strategies and techniques.

The Atlantic Council puts a premium on a diverse, high-performance culture. The Deputy Director will be responsible for developing strategies to attract intellectual entrepreneurs to the Council and create and manage our onboarding program to provide those professionals with the tools they need to excel.

The Deputy Director will also be responsible for providing strategic advice and support in the following areas: knowledge management, HR communications, onboarding procedures, HR policy/compliance, diversity and inclusion programming, work authorization processes, and internship program development.

The Council is a mission-driven organization of 300+ staff, fellows, experts, and interns with an entrepreneurial spirit. The Council’s success begins with an exceptionally talented team. The Deputy Director serves as a key leader in transforming how the Council approaches talent, staff development, and candidate engagement.

The Council staff members are experts in their respective fields, are passionate about their work, and are relentlessly focused on results. They are collegial and united in their search for actionable strategies and policy solutions to the world’s most intractable problems. The staff is diverse, multi-lingual, and international. 

Job responsibilities

The Deputy Director will be responsible for:

  • Talent Acquisition: Develop and lead our recruitment strategy to attract and retain the best talent available. Update SOPs and recruitment guidebook, with process changes as needed. Collect, analyze and maintain data gathered to inform targeted leadership development (e.g., succession planning). Centralize, streamline and manage the end-to-end recruitment process for full-time, part-time, temporary, contractual, and intern personnel. Manage full life cycle recruitment (post, source, prescreen, interview, background, references, offer, onboarding, etc.). Complete hiring process within defined metrics to minimize overall time-to-fill. Develop appropriate marketing strategies, define roles and responsibilities of hiring teams, and develop service-level agreements to ensure an effective and efficient recruitment process while minimizing cost-per-hire. Develop and implement creative and innovative sourcing strategies and techniques to build a talent pipeline of qualified candidates.
  • HR Business Partner: Serve as a business partner to hiring managers in developing and leading sourcing and recruitment strategies that result in successful hires. Develop and foster effective relationships within the organization to influence and impact the internal talent landscape. Partner with hiring managers to understand individual contributor roles as well as current and future needs. Serve as a talent planning resource and subject matter expert by advising hiring managers on proper succession planning. Educate hiring teams on effective interview techniques and collaborate with others throughout the organization to ensure required OFCCP and AAP business and compliance needs are being met. Provide training if needed.
  • HR Leadership: Advance the existing talent strategy and build and foster a diverse, high-performance team of intellectual entrepreneurs. Provide leadership and professional expertise to support the talent review process’s design, development, and implementation. Establish talent business goals that result in an internal bench of top talent. Participate in organizational strategic planning and provide leadership for AC policy development.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Create and maintain an environment of equal employment opportunity, diversity, and competitive advantage supporting the AC’s diversity and inclusion initiative. Partner in designing policies and guidelines reinforcing diversity, protection of minority groups and women, and ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations. Train hiring managers and staff on how to attract and engage diverse employees. Revise and update all communication on our website, social media pages, job descriptions, and internal documents to ensure the use of non-discriminatory language. Measure and forecast diversity metrics and represent the Atlantic Council at various career events (e.g., job fairs).
  • Internship Program: Oversee the Atlantic Council’s Young Global Professionals program by enhancing the existing program through the building of a more competitive, diverse, and engaging program, leading pre-employment and offer communications with interns, and developing and managing intern activities and events.
  • Update and Standardize Recruitment Procedures: Centralize recruitment efforts at the Council, identify key metrics of recruitment (time-to-fill, applicants’ trend, e.g.) and retention, and provide regular updates to senior management; streamline the knowledge management system to provide a centralized place for all HR policies/procedures. Conduct analysis of positions and job descriptions and develop a new standard for job descriptions; work with Director on performance expectations to drive high-performance recruitment.


  • A minimum of 7-10 years combined experience in recruitment, HR management/compliance, diversity program management, program management, and HR consulting.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Psychology, Organizational Development, Business or related field.
  • PHR/SHRM certification preferred.
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations on employment (EEO, OFCCP, e.g.)
  • Experience designing, developing, and supporting organization-wide talent management programs that cover recruitment management, talent development, coaching, succession planning, data analytics, and relationship management.
  • Significant expertise and proven track record in talent acquisition for Corporate Responsibility, Think Tanks, Federal Contractors, and Non-Profits.
  • Executive presence – high degree of comfort interacting with external stakeholders, including board members and senior-level candidates.
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills with unwavering attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational and management skills; must be able to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize appropriately.
  • Excellent people skills; must be able to manage and effectively communicate to staff members at all levels of the organization.
  • Experience capturing metrics and producing various employment reports
  • Experience with HRIS systems – Paycom experience preferred.
  • Experience leading HRIS implementation is a plus

All Atlantic Council employees are required to adhere to the Atlantic Council’s vaccination policy. All Atlantic Council employees must be fully vaccinated, and they must submit proof of vaccination 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.