Job Location: Washington, D.C
Employment Type: Full-time
Seniority Level: Director
Job Category: Staff


The Atlantic Council seeks a dynamic, policy-oriented, and operationally savvy intellectual entrepreneur to serve as Senior Director of its Europe Center.

The Senior Director will manage the Atlantic Council’s key body of work on Europe and the transatlantic relationship, in close coordination with our 15 other programs and centers. The Senior Director will work with internal stakeholders to integrate cross-program efforts on Europe, the EU, and transatlantic relations. Specifically, the Senior Director will work with Council programs focused on key issues on the transatlantic agenda, including security, energy, prosperity, digital forensics, among others.

This individual will oversee the Europe Center’s day-to-day operations and be responsible for the Center’s long-term strategy and fundraising efforts, while working alongside the Atlantic Council’s executive office, the Center’s network of distinguished and senior fellows, and the Center’s program staff to direct the Center’s robust programming and logistics.

The ideal candidate will leverage the Atlantic Council’s reputation, brand, and impact throughout Europe to deepen the Center’s presence in Washington, Brussels, and capitals around the world through innovative programming, business development, and stakeholder engagement.

The Senior Director will bring at least 10 years of high-level public and private sector experience covering US and European policy issues, along with a global network of governmental, civil society, business, and media contacts to achieve results. The candidate will have robust experience in project and talent management with strong and entrepreneurial background in business development and policymaking.

The Senior Director will oversee the Europe Center’s day-to-day operations and be responsible for the Center’s long-term strategy and fundraising efforts, while working alongside the Atlantic Council’s executive office, the Center’s network of distinguished and senior fellows, and the Center’s program staff to direct the Center’s robust programming and logistics.

Experience living and working in Europe is required and knowledge of at least one European language other than English is crucial. The position is located in Washington, DC and requires occasional to frequent international travel.

Applications with writing samples will be prioritized for consideration.


  • Intellectual Leadership. Play a leading role in developing the intellectual framework for advancing the Center’s mission through both strategic planning and programming to support that mission. Possess a proven intellectual interest in, and passion for, issues impacting Europe and its relations with the United States. Represent the Europe Center and the Council in external policy debates through publications, speaking and media engagements, and thought leadership.
  • Development/Business development. Working with the Council’s leadership and Development team, build the Center’s financial base by pursuing opportunities with foundations, corporations, individuals, government agencies, and international organizations; integrate and execute programming and business development strategies; and develop concept notes and proposals.
  • Programmatic Development and Oversight. Develop programming and new projects to shape policy and the public discourse about Europe’s future, including its relations with the United States and our global allies. Manage multiple projects simultaneously, often involving senior experts and policy leaders in government, the private sector, and civil society.
  • Relationship Management. Build sustainable, effective relationships with high-level officials, corporate executives, board members, donors, experts, and other Council senior staff.
  • Management. Recruit, manage, and develop top talent, including resident and nonresident senior fellows, staff, and interns. Integrate relevant board members and external stakeholders into the Center’s programming while leveraging the expertise of the Council’s other programs. Must bring experience managing a multi-million dollar budget, a global team, and multiple competing projects. Oversee expenses and revenues, management of budgets and anticipated fundraising, and ensure program long-term solvency.


  • A minimum of 10 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.
  • Master’s degree or doctorate in a relevant field is required.
  • A strong and current bipartisan and international network in Washington DC and in Europe among government, business, and civil society.
  • Significant experience in project 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.
  • Demonstrated track record in budget management, grant solicitations, and fundraising to include solicitation from high net worth individuals, foundations, and corporate sources.
  • A proven ability to build networks and initiate effective partnerships among expert analysts, government leaders, and non-governmental organizations, international institutions, and business executives.

Explore the Program

Europe Center

Providing expertise and building communities to promote transatlantic leadership and a strong Europe in turbulent times.

The Europe Center promotes the transatlantic leadership and strategies required to ensure a strong Europe.

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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.