Job Location: Atlantic Council Headquarters – Washington, DC
Position Type: Full-Time
Education Level: Bachelor Degree
Job Category: Human Resources

About the Atlantic Council

Driven by our mission of “working together to secure the future,” the Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community’s central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century in order to adapt, revitalize, and defend the international rules-based order. Through the papers we write, the ideas we generate, and the communities we build, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.

Our focus on results attracts an extended network of global citizens who join our community of influence. For heads of state and government, the Council is a powerful platform for connecting with a uniquely relevant audience. Businesses find a place for understanding our rapidly evolving world, its impacts on markets, and means to contribute to the public interest. For global strategists, we are a vehicle to navigate the trends shaping the future.  

The Council’s fourteen programs and centers work together in a way that mirrors how real policy is created: not in a vacuum, but in a collaborative effort that draws from a range of expertise to address multiple issues and steered by an over-arching strategy and worldview.

The Atlantic Council community believes that by working together, we can and should secure a better global future. Succeeding in our mission requires the hard work of building consensus, including rather than excluding partners, while also broadening awareness of our mission’s importance among the public and preparing a new generation of leaders to take up the mantle of fostering a better global future.

The position is located in Washington, DC, and requires occasional to frequent international travel and requires participation in evening events. The Atlantic Council offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience.

The Atlantic Council of the United States is an equal opportunity employer.


The Atlantic Council is seeking a talented, energetic and motivated HR Specialist to facilitate the implementation and administration of internal human resource functions including performance management, compensation and payroll, employee relations, benefits administration, training and development, employee retention and HR policy and compliance under the guidance and direction of the Vice President for Global Human Resources and Legal Affairs.

The HR Specialist will work with a dedicated team of HR professionals and participate in the development of department goals and objectives and execute plans to meet these goals. The individual will be the first point of contact for employees on HR-related questions and will collaborate with directors to promote a positive work environment. They will be passionate about setting up employees for success and implementing talent strategies that enable an organization to be an employer of choice.

The successful candidate will communicate effectively, thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, be capable of embracing ambiguity, and be able to manage the high-level multitasking challenges of a busy and evolving HR department. The candidate must be discreet, collegial, reliable, exceptionally organized, and ideally, have an interest working for a nonprofit mission-driven organization.  

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage new employee orientation and ensure appropriate onboarding process for all new employees;
  • Coordinate process and information relating to personnel actions, including,  bonuses, promotions, terminations, , etc.;
  • Manage benefits enrollment and administration for all employees (health and dental insurance, pension, flexible spending accounts etc.); coordinate annual open enrollment process and ensure annual plan documents and SBC’s are updated to ensure compliance; manage FMLA processes, COBRA administration and short-term and long-term disability claims;
  • Oversee pay administration and ensure compliance with federal and state laws;
  • Assist with managing the employee performance review process;
  • Work with HR team in the coordination and  implementation of staff training and skills development programs;
  • Work with immigration attorney to process H1B visas; manage completion of annual and monthly surveys as required, ensure annual updates of compliance posters, complete annual EEO-1 report etc.;
  • Coordinate and implement emergency preparedness procedures and oversee Workers Compensation procedures as required; 
  • Manage documentation relating to personnel activities and assist with coordination of HR activities and events;
  • Perform other special projects as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources or Business Administration or related field, PHR certification highly preferred;
  • 2-5 years of HR experience or a combination of education and experience with a strong focus on compliance, training and recruitment;  
  • General knowledge of HR law, principles and practices are required. Must have technical knowledge to understand and relate state and federal regulations and laws including EEO, FLSA, ADA, COBRA, FMLA, OSHA etc.
  • Experience working with HR Information Systems (preferably Paycom)
  • Excellent organizational skills and time management skills;
  • Strong customer service and relationship management skills with ability to interface with all levels of the organization from interns to executives;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with strong attention to detail;
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook);
  • Superior internet research skills with ability to take initiative on projects;
  • Interest in foreign policy or international affairs desirable but not required.