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


The Atlantic Council seeks a talented, motivated, and creative program assistant to support the work of the Middle East Programs’ Israel project. The candidate will have demonstrated skills in managing complex logistics and high-level events. The program assistant will work closely with the Atlantic Council’s Director/Distinguished Fellow for Israel on all aspects of the Atlantic Council’s Israel programming. Interest in and experience with people-to-people dialogues, international events, and the Middle East is a plus. Considerable emphasis will be on executing the N7 initiative to support deepening and expanding normalization between Israel and Arab and Muslim nations.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent organizer and communicator, and will have demonstrable administrative and communication experience. The program assistant will be involved in the implementation of regional and thematic projects conducted by the Israel project. They will help the management of complex high-level DC-based and international events in the Middle East, including coordinating venues and travel, managing communications with participants, and serving as the point person for all logistics and troubleshooting.

The program assistant will also assist the publication process of articles and papers, and will be encouraged to engage in their own research and publishing in addition to their cooperative assignments.

A successful candidate must communicate effectively and enjoy fast-paced teamwork. The position requires a superior ability to multitask with a record of coordinating projects and events, excellent administrative and writing skills, attention to detail, and positive attitude. Our ideal candidate will have experience producing in-person and virtual events with high-level speakers, key donors, and constituencies.  The position is based in Washington DC with opportunities for travel in the region, and some flexibility for virtual work.

Job responsibilities

  • Provide operational, logistical, and administrative support for regionally based high-level events
    • Help maintain relationships with event venues to secure meeting spaces, accommodations, and catering/meals
    • Assist with international travel coordination, and arrangements for local travel and special activities during international events
    • Help field logistical queries from participants, and for arrivals, departures, security measures, guest management, and AV coordination
  • Oversee and execute in-person and virtual events, including private roundtables and public events  
  • Help draft event materials such as event invitations, talking points, agenda, briefing materials, etc.
  • Coordinate with nonresident fellows their production of articles, papers, and other analysis related to Israel
  • Work closely with the Atlantic Council publications team to manage the editing process of articles and papers
  • Manage team calendars and meeting schedules through virtual and in-person settings as appropriate
  • Conduct research as necessary
  • Support other Middle East Program activities as appropriate.


  • 2+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Marketing, International Relations, Foreign Affairs or related field.
  • Excellent English language written and oral communication skills; Hebrew skills highly desired.
  • Strong social media proficiency, particularly within the professional context.
  • Experience with WordPress and Marketo highly desired.
  • Press background highly desired.
  • Demonstrated experience or serious interest in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly with an American and European foreign policy lens.
  • Understanding of Washington policy environment.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills, with high attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work well with a team in a dynamic environment and ability to work independently and proactively.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to work well with senior officials, scholars, journalists, staff, and interns.

Middle East Programs

Through our Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative, the Atlantic Council works with allies and partners in Europe and the wider Middle East to protect US interests, build peace and security, and unlock the human potential of the region.

All Atlantic Council employees are required to adhere to the Atlantic Council’s vaccination policy. All Atlantic Council employees must be fully vaccinated and boosted, and they must submit proof of both vaccination and Covid-19 booster shot on their first day of employment. Prospective or new employees may seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement through human resources and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment.

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