The Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center 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 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 worldwide face every day.

We bring on the ground solutions to 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 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.

Overview of the Role

We seek a seasoned, sophisticated operations and strategy professional with global experience to serve as Director for Strategy, Finance & Operations.  The Director will work across the entirety of the Resilience Center team (total full-time staff of 14)  and its seven workstreams, leading strategy, financial management and budgeting, and reporting. 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 Initiative Director will work closely with the Director of the Center 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, leading the financial management and budgeting, building and refining the Center’s overall strategy to reach one billion people.

The new Director position requires a strategic, results-oriented leader and will be responsible for managing key relationships and may manage team members and resident and non-resident Senior Fellows. 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.

The Director will:

  • Lead the Center’s strategy formulation (in coordination with the Director and senior team members). The Director is also responsible for strategy execution and assessment efforts. This includes our work to articulate approaches, achieve outcomes, determine which approaches are working (as well as which need revision), make adjustments and sharpen what the Center does best, where it can have the greatest impact and opportunities for scaling. The role will also require developing and submitting reports to the Center’s largest donors along with revised plans and long-term strategies.
  • Lead the development of an effective project management approach and system (which may include training, software and/or 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.
  • 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.
  • Represent the Center and the Director in various settings.

The Director will be specifically responsible for:

  • Operational Excellence. Play a leading role in refining and planning, and improving operational systems and processes to support high caliber delivery of the Center’s work and mission.
  • Strategy Development and Execution. Lead the work of coalescing and updating the strategic framework of the Center and its goals, objectives, and outcomes. Collaborate with respective Center teams to build theories of change for specific workstreams.
  • Budget and Finance Oversight & Leadership. Maintain strong oversight of finances and administrative obligations, working with the Center’s Program & Operations Manager and the Council’s finance and administration staff. Serve as a reliable steward of Resilience Center and Council funds. Oversee expenses and revenues, management of budgets and anticipated fundraising, and support the Center Director in ensuring program solvency.
  • Reporting. Oversight and accountability for high-level grant deliverables and reporting, coordination on metrics & evaluation efforts toward the One Billion person goal, and more.
  • Internal & External Relationships. Working across and within the Council and communicating with key Council personnel including finance, HR, the Executive Office, and contracts/legal. The position will also interact with board members, donors, and corporate partners.

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate should possess:

  • A minimum of 15 years relevant (operations and strategy in organizations focused on climate change adaptation, migration, development, conservation) work experience and/or other relevant areas within government service, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and/or 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 experienced in working with remote and multiple field teams, contractors, and partners is a bonus.

The successful candidate should be:

  • A consummate communicator. Someone with the ability to define and articulate the Center’s mission and work to diverse audiences.
  • Emotionally Intelligent. Work with a variety of colleagues with empathy, an open mind, and self-awareness.
  • A “hands-on” implementer. Someone who is eager to work with a team in order to execute projects and workstreams.
  • Committed to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.  Someone who reflects these values in all their interactions, practices and communications, and supports the DEI efforts of the Center and the Council.
  • A team player. Someone whose ego is in check and who will enthusiastically share credit and the spotlight and thrive in the collaborative culture of the Council.
  • A hardy traveler. Someone with the ability and desire to travel and work with partners around the world.
  • A flexible work style. Someone that can work efficiently with ambiguity in a fast-paced environment with tight timelines and constrained funding.
  • Above all, someone who is passionate to the core about the mission and work of the Resilience Center!

For more information, please contact:

Fernanda Meirelles
Atlantic Council
[email protected]

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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: Atlantic Council is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. Atlantic Council is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with physical and mental disabilities. Thank you for your interest in the Atlantic Council.