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


The Atlantic Council seeks a Director, Strategic Communications to lead our media outreach and to serve as a member of our Engagement leadership. The position is responsible for advancing the Council’s mission by leading our work to amplify our expertise, events, and publications through earned US and international media coverage, and to coordinate our efforts at external communications. The incumbent will bring to the role experience working with domestic and international media in a fast-paced environment.

The Atlantic Council’s media profile has grown rapidly in recent years, ranking among the very top think tanks in the United States. With a growing body of innovative work and high-profile newsmaker events, the Council is cited daily by the world’s leading news outlets. The incumbent will work with a creative, hard-working, and collegial team that has helped make the Atlantic Council a go-to source of expertise and groundbreaking research for policymakers, the media, and global stakeholders.

The role will report to the Senior Vice President for Engagement and will work collaboratively with the Council’s digital, editorial, and event production teams.

Job responsibilities

Strategic Communications

  • Lead the Council’s overall approach to external media, as spokesperson, strategist and advocate. Define and create for the Council a leading role in its chosen communities and markets, and with its primary media channels, to achieve our mission of shaping the global future together.
  • Serve as a lead communications representative at the outset of major new Council initiatives to define a holistic communications framework and identify strategic tactics.
  • Manage Council-wide communications calendar—including Atlantic Council and external global events—to enhance public profile around key moments.
  • Oversee long-term communications planning for the Council’s programs and centers.
  • Lead drafting of comprehensive communications plans for programs at the outset of significant new efforts.
  • Work closely with each program and center to define programmatic goals and define a corresponding strategy.
  • Create and develop our strategy towards paid media, working with others.
  • Define and lead our evolving portfolio of media partnerships.

Media Relations

  • Manage Atlantic Council’s media relations operation, staff, and vendors.
  • Manage and build relationships with reporters, producers, and editors at key domestic and international outlets.
  • Establish Council experts as go-to media sources.
  • Lead efforts to rapidly respond to breaking developments by inserting Council expert views in the news cycle.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for crisis communications and rapid response scenarios.
  • Generate media partnerships to enhance visibility of Council events and initiatives, and coordinate our strategy towards media moderators and panelists.
  • Edit and place opinion columns in leading media outlets.
  • Train staff on best practices for engaging with print, digital, and broadcast media.


  • 10+ years of direct experience working with the media in a deadline-driven communications environment.
  • Deep understanding of the news cycle and traditional and emerging media platforms.
  • Experience working on issues at the intersection of international affairs and the economy, energy, climate change, or technology.
  • Strong writing ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to professionally manage engagement with senior-level stakeholders (internal and external).
  • Collaborative and collegial individual eager to bring new ideas and approaches to the organization.
  • Must be based in Washington, DC area and be available for occasional travel.

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 [email protected]. Thank you for your interest in the Atlantic Council.