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


The Atlantic Council seeks a talented, dynamic, and entrepreneurial individual for a fast-paced position as a program assistant with the Asia Security Initiative in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. The program assistant will be heavily involved in developing and executing the Initiative’s work, including public and private events, research projects, business development efforts, and communications strategy. Activities that the program assistant will support include programmatic support for public and private roundtables, panels, and conferences; research and writing; and other efforts.

The Scowcroft Center’s Asia Security Initiative promotes forward-looking strategies and constructive solutions for the most pressing issues affecting the Indo-Pacific region, particularly the rise of China, in order to enhance cooperation between the United States and its regional allies and partners. The mission of ASI is to help the United States better work with Asian allies and partners in responding to the rise of China. Its mission is also to translate US policy objectives and strategic aims into nuanced messages to Asian stakeholders that incorporate Indo-Pacific voices in order to foster a community of like-minded nations committed to adapting and defending the rules-based international system. In service of these efforts, ASI leverages its mission, method, and talent to provide purposeful programming to address traditional strategic issues in the Indo-Pacific while also developing insight into emerging challenges in non-traditional areas such as global supply chains, changing trade architecture, infrastructure development, energy security, digital connectivity, and advanced technologies that are increasingly impacting the realm of national security.

A successful candidate will communicate effectively and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment. The position requires a superior ability to multitask with a proven record of project and event coordination. They will possess:

  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills;
  • Superior research and writing ability;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Positive attitude;
  • Knowledge of diplomatic protocol rules;
  • Experience in the region and professional-level Chinese language skills are preferred but not required

Job Responsibilities

  • Support the Asia Security Initiative team with day-to-day management of Initiative programming and other ongoing projects, including liaising with external partners, coordination with events staff, administrative tasks, budgeting, and any other tasks related to program management as needed;
  • Independently coordinate, implement, and manage logistics for both public and private events;
  • Take an active role in shaping the format, structure, and agenda of the Initiative’s public and private events, including correspondence with high-level participants, relationship management, and drafting of invitations;
  • Support in implementing the communications and promotion strategy around core events, including social media promotion, multimedia, and follow-up;
  • Support the Initiative’s business development efforts, including drafting proposals and conducting prospect research;
  • Provide key editorial assistance with select Initiative publications, including helping to define report themes, editing, proofreading, and managing the production schedule;
  • Conduct research to support the Initiative’s activities on priority issues and current events in the region, as well as write blog posts, press releases, and other materials related to the Initiative’s programs;
  • Help coordinate the activities of interns to support the Initiative’s programming.


  • BA degree or higher required, MA preferred;
  • Excellent organizational, logistical, and administrative skills;
  • Project and event management skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, think quickly on the spot under time pressure, and multi-task to fulfill simultaneous competing demands in close collaboration with a small tightly-knit team;
  • Willingness to work irregular hours and evenings, and possibly travel internationally;
  • Immaculate attention to detail, especially with regard to official protocol procedures;
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to represent the Asia Security Initiative and Scowcroft Center to senior government and business leaders in the United States and abroad, as well as Atlantic Council board members and major donors;
  • Strong intercultural communication skills, including the ability to engage partners and donors from across the Indo-Pacific;
  • Versatile writing skills that can be applied to a diverse range of lengths and formats, including invitations, memos, blog posts, issue briefs, and reports;
  • Excellent research abilities, with knowledge of and demonstrated interest in the Asia-Pacific region and the major issues it faces, particularly with regards to Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula;
  • In-region experience and professional-level Chinese language skills preferred, but not required.

Asia Security Initiative

The Asia Security Initiative, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, fosters a trans-Atlantic-Pacific Community with a dual analytical approach grounded in key traditional and non-traditional security issues in order to develop new strategies and policies for the United States, its allies, and its partners.

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