Position Type: Contractor
Job Category: Future Europe Initiative
The Atlantic Council is seeking a dynamic intellectual entrepreneur to serve as Director of the Warsaw Office The Director will manage and build the Council’s core programming on the US-Polish relationship and Poland’s voice in the EU and NATO, stepping up the initiative’s body of work, expanding its resource base, and enhancing its impact on the most important challenges and opportunities facing the transatlantic community through innovative approaches.
While representing all the Atlantic Council’s portfolio, the director will work under the umbrella of the Future Europe Initiative. The Future Europe Initiative is the Council’s core program focused on Europe and the transatlantic relationship. The program aims to promote leadership and strategies for a strong Europe advancing a better global future in partnership with the United States. The Initiative seeks to understand change in the European Union and galvanize transatlantic leadership to solve global challenges.
The program pursues three pillars of programming: forging enduring transatlantic bonds and a compelling transatlantic agenda in turbulent times, understanding and informing Europe’s evolution, and analyzing great power engagement in Europe in an era of geopolitical competition while bolstering US engagement on the continent. The program serves as the Council’s lead for managing relationships with European Ambassadors, heads of state and government, foreign ministers, and top EU and other institutional leaders.
Engaging Central Europe is at the core of our mission. The Warsaw office will serve as a hub for the Atlantic Council’s Central Europe programming advancing US and raising Central European voices and perspectives in the European conversation. Our work is always focused on looking for impactful solutions, from high level convening, constant and constructive engagement with media and policymakers to cutting-edge research.
The Council’s Central Europe programming advances its work through:
- Convening. The Council’s world-class convening capability helps spotlight issues and leaders and sets the public, policy, and business agenda. We have a track record of engaging with Central European leaders from across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The Council has hosted presidents and prime ministers from all countries in the region. The Council also manages strategy session to assist high-level visiting delegations in managing the interagency process in Washington to ensure that decision-makers from Central Europe have their voices heard.
- Content. The Council’s team of intellectual entrepreneurs produce constructive analysis to help our audiences understand developments and trends and to advance key policy ideas and practical solutions.
- Community. Through our work, the Council forges communities of influence invested in our mission. These stakeholders expand our capacity to translate ideas into action.
- Communication. The Council employs diverse technique to communicate our content and to amplify our messages, drawing on our strong credibility with traditional media and expanded reach to new communities through our digital strategy. The Council intentionally works to project American ideas and soft power influence into Central Europe.
- Home Game/Field Game. The Council provides a platform in Washington to spotlight Central Europe and its talent, integrating them into a broader foreign policy and national security discussion. At the same time, the Council uses both communication tools and actual presence through delegations, fellows, and offices to maintain visible engagement in the region.
The Director will work under the supervision of the Director of the Future Europe Initiative and the Council’s Executive Vice President, in close coordination with the Distinguished Fellow for the Future Europe Initiative, and the Initiative’s program staff and network of accomplished non-resident senior fellows to direct the Council’s robust programming on Poland.
The new Director will work collaboratively with other programs at the Council to integrate European-related efforts across the Council by sharing expertise on critical issues in Europe, the European Union, and transatlantic relations on issues ranging from energy security, cyber statecraft, countering disinformation, support for Ukrainian sovereignty, etc. The Director will be responsible for building upon the intellectual, programmatic, and financial foundation that the Future Europe Initiative already enjoys in the region. The ideal candidate will be ready to shape policies in the region, engage with high level policy makers, leverage and grow the Council’s reputation, brand, and impact within Central Europe, broaden the resource base of the Initiative through effective fundraising, and develop new projects relevant to policymakers and key stakeholders. The Director will be expected to work autonomously, as an entrepreneur, to build a brand, organize events, handle administrative matters with a disciplined eye to detail.
The Director will develop concepts for, write, and oversee production of major projects, policy documents, and longer reports. The Director will also moderate private and public Atlantic Council events and events organized by outside institutions, and will be comfortable with public speaking and media engagements. Beyond his own thought leadership, he will be expected to build a team of fellows able to write in the Polish, European and American media.
All Council Directors must generate programmatic ideas, independently craft proposals for funding, and generate financial support for new and existing lines of programming, working in tandem with Council leadership and the Office of External Relations.
The position is full-time and is located in Warsaw, Poland and requires occasional international travel.
About the Program
The Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative is premised on the belief that the United States has an enormous strategic stake in Europe’s future, the resilience and strength of the EU in a coherent and cohesive Atlantic community. Vision, leadership, and sustainable strategies are needed to protect and bolster this unique partnership as a force for good in the world.
The program aims to:
- Restore transatlantic leadership in the global economy and bolster the economic foundation of the transatlantic community’s international strength by advancing growth, innovation, and competition policies;
- Build a Europe, whole, free, and at peace, by reforming and restoring trust in a reformed European project, confronting backsliding, integrating the peripheries, and confronting Russian aggression;
- Renew NATO and develop a more credible European defense pillar.
- Galvanize Europe on global challenges ranging from the wider Middle East and North Africa to the Arctic, the Asia-Pacific, and Latin America;
- Build a transatlantic consensus on issues of global consequence, such as great power competition, energy markets and supplies, international financial flows, climate change, cyber security, and disruptive technologies;
- Recommit to common values and ideals across the Atlantic and with other partners by fostering an international order characterized by rule of law, democracy, human rights, and free markets; and
- Develop the next generation of American and European leaders.
The Director will be specifically responsible for:
- Intellectual Leadership. Play a leading role in developing the intellectual framework for advancing the Initiative’s mission through both strategic planning and establishing programming to support that mission. Represent FEI and the Council in external policy debates through publications, speaking engagements, and other thought leadership.
- Development/Fundraising. Working with the Council leadership and the Office of External Relations, build the Initiative’s financial base by pursuing opportunities with foundations, corporations, individuals, government agencies, and international organizations.
- Programmatic Design and Oversight. Develop programming and new projects designed to shape policy and the public discussion about Europe’s future, including its relations with North America and global allies. Manage multiple projects simultaneously, often involving senior experts and policy leaders.
- Management. Recruit, manage, and develop top talent consisting of resident and nonresident senior fellows. Integrate relevant board members, members of the Council’s networks, and supporting partners into the Initiative’s programming and leverage expertise of the Council’s other programs and broader network. Maintain strong oversight of finances and administrative obligations, working with the Council’s finance and administration staff.
- Outreach/Communications. Lead Initiative outreach in Poland and Central Europe, especially with key government and international actors, as well as media, donors, and others. Provide expert analysis and commentary. Working with the office of external relations, harness social and digital media to communicate in innovative ways around the globe.
The successful candidate should possess:
- A minimum of 10-15 years relevant work experience in European affairs and business, transatlantic relations and/or other relevant areas within government service, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and/or academia;
- At least master’s degree in a relevant field is highly desirable;
- Significant expertise with a strong and current network in Warsaw and Europe among government, business, and civil society;
- Significant experience in program management and business development, preferably in an entrepreneurial environment;
- Superior writing and communication skills and a willingness to experiment in outreach methods;
- Excellent organizational and management skills; must be able to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize appropriately;
- Excellent people skills; must be able to manage fellows, staff, and interns, and work well with colleagues, senior Council staff, and external officials and partners;
- A strong and current bipartisan and international network in Europe among government, business, and civil society;
- Demonstrated track record in budget management, grant solicitations, and fundraising to include solicitation from high net worth individuals, foundations, and corporate sources;
- Excellent organizational and management skills, and
- A proven ability to build networks and initiate effective partnerships among expert analysts, government leaders, and non-governmental organizations, international institutions, and business executives.
The successful candidate should be:
- A citizen of the world. Someone who through international work understands and has a passion for addressing the challenges in Europe and within the transatlantic community.
- An expert coalition builder. Superb people skills and the ability to work well with a wide range of constituencies ranging from senior government officials and major donors to corporate sponsors and interns.
- A consummate communicator. As the public face of the Initiative, someone with the ability to define and articulate the Initiative’s mission and work to diverse audiences.
- A respected leader. Someone with a recognized ability to build and garner respect from domestic and international policy leaders, the Board, and Council staff.
- An entrepreneur. Someone who can use natural ingenuity to build and create a program from scratch with often times limited resources and assistance.
- A “hands-on” implementer. Someone who is eager to work with a team in order to execute projects they envision.
- 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 easily with ambiguity in a fast-paced environment with tight time lines and constrained funding.
- Above all, someone who is passionate to the core about the mission of the Atlantic Council and the transatlantic relationship.
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.