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


The Atlantic Council seeks a collaborative human resources partner who will champion the organization’s core values and strategic commitment to attract, retain, advance, and support a broadly multicultural workforce while supporting and advancing a respectful, engaged, and equitable organizational culture. The Director, Diversity, Talent & Culture plays a central role in the Atlantic Council’s ongoing efforts to create and foster an all-inclusive work environment and culture through focused diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging initiatives. They will provide proactive leadership, direction, and collaboration in all areas of human resources and shape the institutional culture. The Director will regularly collaborate with the Executive Office and senior leadership and serve as the HR co-chair for the Council’s DEI Council (DEIC) and will oversee DEI-focused planning and management of the Council’s employee engagement and professional development strategy, to advance DEI&B principles.

The Director, Diversity, Talent & Culture will perform a range of planning, design, and implementation functions to ensure the success of the Atlantic Council’s DEI efforts, such as planning culture and engagement activities, designing professional development opportunities, facilitating staff training, proposing, and enforcing internal policy changes, and other activities and initiatives to build an inclusive learning and growth culture. Additionally, the Director will partner with the Vice President, Global HR, and Talent Development to facilitate and contribute to strategic discussions and decisions to ensure consideration of the impact of DEI&B in organizational development, policies, procedures, decisions, and initiatives. The incumbent must be able to exercise confidentiality, discretion, good judgment, and initiative while operating at times with minimal supervision.

The Director, Diversity, Talent & Culture will be a champion of the Atlantic Council’s core values and strategic commitment to attract, retain, advance, and support a broadly diverse workforce of the highest level of excellence that thrives in a respectful, inclusive, and equitable workplace culture.

This role is based in our Washington, DC headquarters on a hybrid schedule. Pay is commensurate with experience, education, and organizational equity, with offers starting at $150,000.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a strategic Council-wide DEI&B roadmap and engagement plan that aligns with the strategic goals and objectives of the Council.
  • Develop metrics for measuring Council-wide, program & center, and individual employee performance tied to DEI key performance indicators; oversee metrics collection; evaluate results on an annual or bi-annual basis; and provide intervention recommendations.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain policies and scalable programs to attract, engage, retain, and promote a fair and equitable workplace.
  • Develop and maintain a strategic plan for training and development in the DEI&B space, including oversight and deployment of training. 
  • Serve as chair to the Atlantic Council Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEIC) to involve cross-Council representatives directly in developing and implementing the Council’s strategy for enhancing staff diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert to HR, Talent Acquisition, Hiring Managers, and senior leaders on ways to enact actions related to diverse hiring practices, culture, and staff engagement.
  • Partner closely with the Deputy Director of Talent Acquisition to expand our diversity outreach initiative as a part of our Talent Strategy to better attract and hire diverse talent.
  • Partner with the HR training and development team to develop and implement an inclusive and accessible career path strategy for all levels of employees.
  • Serve as an internal and external thought leader on DEI&B and promote organization-wide awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices.
  • Ensure alignment of resources across the organization to support DEI efforts.
  • Serve as a trusted advisor and point of contact in the creation and/or development of employee resource affinity groups to support employee engagement, mentorship, sense of community, and well-being and convey feedback and recommendations from affinity groups to AC leadership.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree or certificate preferred in organizational development, human resources management, equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging, psychology, sociology, or equivalent corporate, nonprofit, or institutional experience. PHR/SHRM certification preferred.
  • 7-10 years’ experience in human resources, organizational development, strategic planning, change management or diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • 7+ years’ experience directly developing, standing up, and leading the strategic planning and execution of diversity programs and initiatives that drive diverse talent acquisition, retention, inclusion, employee engagement, education, and awareness which includes developing a strategy to improve DEI&B in the areas of recruitment, retention, L&D, performance management, and cultural initiatives that scale with company growth.
  • Proven track record of experience in change leadership, organizational culture development, and DEI&B program development.
  • Demonstrated experience building strong internal and external partnerships with international, cultural, and ethnically diverse populations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, strategic and innovative thinking, and ability to persuade and influence, possessing professional presence and the ability to build enthusiasm and commitment.
  • Experienced thought leadership and entrepreneurially oriented to recognize future trends and new opportunities.
  • Must have strong verbal, written, and presentation skills with unwavering attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational and management skills; must be able to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize appropriately.
  • An understanding of the International Relations and Foreign Affairs landscape.
  • Ability to collaborate across teams with diplomacy and build strong relationships with key stakeholders throughout the organization to ensure initiatives are aligned and can effectively provide alternate perspectives, viewpoints, and approaches to move the organization to look through a different lens.
  • Knowledge of HR law, principles, and practices, including knowledge of state and federal regulations and laws.

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 Eligibility to work in the United Stated is confirmed with E-Verify; employment at the Atlantic Council is eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF).