The Atlantic Council seeks an inquisitive, nonprofit development professional to help drive the business development work of an expanding fundraising operation supporting global policy programs. The Program Assistant is an integral member of the Foundation and Institutional Giving (FIG) team within the Development department, focusing on activities related to positioning and pursuit of funding opportunities within the US government and other public donor institutions. The  Program Assistant also works with programs/centers at the Council, assisting with proposal development and collaborating with program staff on grant and contract compliance requirements.

A successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, communicate effectively, and enjoy the complexity of building a new and rapidly growing program. The candidate should preferably possess a  understanding of donor relations,data entry through professional experience and academic work, and familiarity with grant writing. The position requires a strong record of organization, excellent administrative and communication skills, proposal development and review, understanding of grants and contracts, attention to detail, and a proven aptitude to manage day-to-day logistical aspects of the department.

Job Responsibilities

  • Scoping: Support Atlantic Council’s strategy to deliver on the organization’s revenue generation goal by tracking funding opportunities, including monitoring funder websites, reviewing new opportunities, and synthesizing and sharing in a timely and appropriate manner. 
  • Positioning: Develop quick sheets summarizing complex funding opportunities for use by proposal teams, competitive landscape analyses, tailored institutional capacity statements and past performance references (PPRs) for specific funding opportunities.
  • Proposal Development: Support the review of technical applications and the finalization and packaging of proposals for submission. Assist with responding to due diligence requests from partners and donors.
  • Proposal Facilitation and Management: Serve as Proposal Facilitator on select BD opportunities.
  • Knowledge Management: Ensure updated and accurate file management. Develop, manage, and maintain a library of capacity statements and PPRs.
  • Process Improvement: Develop and provide guidance on BD processes and tools with appropriate audiences, and support capacity-building for Programs and other staff involved in BD efforts.
  • Compliance: Review agreements for compliance requirements and coordinate training for program teams to ensure policies and procedures understood are implemented.
  • Operations: Provide high quality, timely administrative support to the FIG team (e.g., scheduling, basic IT support, notetaking).
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a relevant field required
  • 1-2 years of experience working in the non-profit, government, and/or corporate sectors required
  • Basic knowledge of the proposal development process for US government agencies
  • Familiarity with DFID and other non US-government development agencies, multilateral institutions, and private sector (corporate funders and/or private foundations) is preferred
  • Excellent organizational, time management and project management skills, including ability to identify, balance and rapidly shift priorities as needed
  • Ability to make sound judgments, assume responsibility, and work independently in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines and competing priorities
  • Proven ability to manage upward to move assignments to completion in a timely and professional manner
  • Strong interpersonal skills appropriate for operating effectively in a multicultural, international team environment
  • The ideal candidate will be a data-driven, detail-oriented, self-starter and a good problem solver with excellent writing and communication skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience and/or ability to maintain and manage customer relationship management systems, such as Salesforce; direct experience working in Salesforce is preferred
  • Excellent computer skills using MS Office products, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Sharepoint are required
  • Experience in fields of international development and/or business development preferred.
  • Experience working/living internationally preferred

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.

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