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


The Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center (Arsht-Rock) meets people where they are to build human capacity for resilience in the face of climate change. We pledge to reach One Billion People with resilience solutions to climate challenges by 2030. We hope you’ll be part of this effort.

Arsht Rock 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, community level work such as our Community Resilience Pods in Miami, and personal level resilience work on food security with kitchen garden kits in India.

We seek a seasoned, sophisticated finance and operations professional with global experience to serve as Director, Finance & Operations.

The Director will work across the Resilience Center team (total full-time staff is 17) and its seven workstreams, leading financial management, budgeting, grant management and reporting and operations. This role will advise team members, serve as a thought partner to the Director and senior staff, provide input and leadership on project management, and interface with the Center’s donors and partners. The Director will work closely with the Center Director daily and across the entire Center team and relevant colleagues at the Council.

The Director will be responsible for overseeing the program and financial reporting of the Center’s largest grants and will lead on financial management and budgeting and Center operations. The Director will also work across the Atlantic Council with other Centers and Programs and other Council senior staff, board members, donors, high-level officials, and corporate partners.

Job responsibilities

  • Lead overall operations and processes of the Center, including financial planning, projections, and budgets, grant and project reporting for donors and partners, contract support for team members, and management support for the Director and team members.
  • Continue to work on the development of a practical project management approach and system (which may include training, software, and an online tool) to guide the execution and delivery of project work, including by providing front-end direction on project goals/objectives; empowering the talented cadre of project managers to succeed on all project work; and delivering the results that we expect on all projects. Achievement of this will entail the implementation of the above approach and successful execution of project work.
  • Represent the Center and the Director in various settings.
  • Budget and Finance Oversight & Leadership. Maintain strong oversight of finances and administrative obligations, working with the Council’s finance and administration staff. Serve as a reliable steward of Resilience Center and Council funds. Oversee expenses and revenues, manage budgets and anticipated fundraising, and support the Director in ensuring program solvency.
  • Operational Excellence. Play a leading role in refining, planning and improving operational systems and processes to support the Center’s work and mission’s high caliber delivery.
  • Foundation Grant Management. Manage foundation grants including developing budgets for proposals, tracking grant progress against budgets, writing reports in collaboration with project lead, ensure grant compliance and steward relationships. Oversight and accountability for high-level grant deliverables and reporting coordination on metrics and evaluation efforts toward the One Billion Person goal.
  • Internal & External Relationships. Working across and within the Council and communicating with key Council personnel including finance, HR, the Executive Office, and contracts/legal.


  • A minimum of 15 years relevant (finance and operations and grant management in organizations focused on climate change adaptation, migration, development, conservation
  • Work experience and other relevant areas within government service, the private sector, non- governmental organizations, and academia;
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field is highly desirable;
  • Superior writing and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated strategy build expertise;
  • Demonstrated track record in budget and financial management, forecasting and planning;
  • Excellent organizational, project, and general management skills;
  • Excellent organizational and management skills; must be able to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize appropriately;
  • Excellent 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;
  • A global professional working with remote and multiple field teams, contractors, and partners is a bonus.

The Adrienne Arsht – Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center (Arsht-Rock) meets people where they are to build human capacity for resilience in the face of climate change. We pledge to reach one billion people with resilience solutions to climate change by 2030.

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.

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