The Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center (AARFRC) aims to reach One Billion People with resilience solutions to climate change, migration, and human security challenges by 2030.  We hope you’ll be part of this effort.

The Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center (AARFRC) is one of the newest centers at the Atlantic Council with a different model than your average think tank center. We are bringing solutions to vulnerable people, meeting them where they are, to improve their resilience to major disruptions caused by climate change. We focus our efforts on people, communities, governments, and institutions to help them better prepare for, navigate, and recover from the multiple shocks and stresses people all over the world face every day.

We bring on the ground solutions for vulnerable people and communities – from macro-level tools like global policy initiatives on extreme heat such as the Extreme Heat Resilience Alliance (EHRA), community-level work such as our Community Resilience Pods in Miami, and individual level resilience work on food security with kitchen garden kits in India, and our Humanitarian Service Points that support migrants on their journeys in Colombia, Guatemala and Athens in partnership with the International Federation of the Red Cross.

Our communications advance this work to help us not only reach people with resilience solutions but also tell the one billion stories of the people we reach. We view communications as a means to advance our work, enable scaling, and reinforce our Center as a trusted brand and top leader in resilience, with strong, expert voices, and as resilience in action through “real-time” captivating storytelling.

We are a diverse team of mission and values-driven professionals. We value diversity, equity and inclusion, transparent communication, and respect for everyone. We are global citizens who work hard and take the time to support each other, fostering a collegial work environment based on transparency, innovation, and mutual growth.

Overview of the Role

We are seeking a seasoned, sophisticated, and creative leader to serve as Director of Communications. 

The Director of Communications role for the AARFRC requires high-level thinking and vision for how communications help to drive our work to meet our goal by 2030 and establish a trusted, credible brand along the way. The successful candidate must be standout idea generator and problem-solver with excellent strategic thinking and management skills, as well as being an avid implementer – you will be accountable both for the concepts and the execution of our communications work. The Director is responsible for managing and growing the AARFRC brand and increasing visibility and exposure for our top experts and diverse portfolio of work. The Director of Communications has two direct reports; oversees and coordinates the work of contractors and partners; and actively collaborates with the larger Atlantic Council Communications team.

The Director will be responsible for the following:

  • Developing a cohesive communications strategy. Implementing strategy and adjusting using benchmarks, metrics, and other measurements to meet goals.
  • Managing media relations in conjunction with both internal and external PR counterparts.
  • Supervising a diversely skilled communications team and the workflows they execute at both project and initiative levels.
  • Collaborating with the director of strategy, finance, and operations to develop and manage the communications budget and strategizing with project teams and development staff to capture communications needs and costs in funding proposals.
  • Growing and managing the AARFRC brand, providing quality control and continuity in its external-facing outreach and visibility.
  • Managing the messaging and talking points required for media and other external speaking engagements for AARFRC Director and other spokespeople.
  • Identifying and supporting cultivation of partnership opportunities, donor outreach and engagement, and relevant stakeholders.
  • Generating ideas and bring accountability for their execution.
  • Managing a team of two direct reports, overseeing the work of contractors, coordinating activities with partners, and being an active member of the Atlantic Council Communications Team.


  • A minimum of 10 years relevant work experience in communications and/or marketing in organizations or programs focused on climate change adaptation, migration, development, conservation and/or other relevant areas within government service, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and/or academia.
  • Outstanding written communication and presentation skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to work efficiently and collaboratively with colleagues, partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Superior people skills; must be able to inspire and manage fellows, staff, and interns, contractors, and work well with colleagues, senior Council staff, and external officials and partners.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with and dynamically represent AARFRC to external constituencies. 
  • Excellent organizational and management skills; must be able to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize appropriately.
  • Proven track record in implementing a communications strategy and of growing and establishing a brand.
  • Entrepreneurial and both a team player and an internal team coach, who can balance multiple tasks and remain flexible, adaptive, and positive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Committed to driving forward diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work with the Center.
  • A global professional experienced in working with remote and multiple field teams, contractors, and partners is a bonus.

About the Program

The Adrienne Arsht – Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center will reach one billion people with resilience solutions to climate change, migration, and human security challenges by 2030.

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. Thank you for your interest in the Atlantic Council. For more information, check out our Talent DEI Statement or connect with us at [email protected]. #strongwithallies