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


The Atlantic Council seeks a creative, hard-working, and motivated program assistant to work on a range of administrative and programmatic activities in a fluid environment supporting the work of the Middle East Programs. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest and background in the politics and economics of the Middle East through academic and/or work experience. The program assistant will work closely with the Middle East Programs’ senior management on all aspects of day-to-day program management. The ideal candidate will be remarkably well-organized and detail-oriented and will have demonstrable administrative and research experience.

The program assistant will be primarily focused on managing scheduling, travel arrangements, programmatic reporting, and other administrative duties. The program assistant will also be involved in regional and thematic projects conducted by the Middle East Programs’ various initiatives, including event coordination, publication management, and social media management.

The successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, communicate effectively, and proactively seek out opportunities for growth. Proficiency in a Middle Eastern language is a plus. This position is based in our Washington, DC headquarters on a hybrid schedule. Pay is commensurate with experience, education, and organizational equity, with offers starting at $50,000.

Job responsibilities

  • Provide administrative and logistical support for the Senior Director and Director of Operations including scheduling, managing external contacts, arranging travel, and completing expense reports.
  • Manage weekly Middle East Programs meetings through virtual and in-person settings as appropriate.
  • Draft weekly and monthly Middle East Programs activity reports.
  • Serve as a liaison for internal and external offices including high-level US and foreign government officials, diplomats, business executives, board members and internal Council employees and management.
  • Organize and oversee the proper maintenance of files, documents (e.g. proposals, presentations, notes, speeches, etc), contacts, and confidential records to assist senior management in tracking and prioritizing various tasks and projects.
  • Provide operational, logistical, and administrative support for events and activities related to the Middle East Programs’ various initiatives (e.g. high-level luncheons/dinners, policy workshops, conferences, strategy sessions, and task forces).
  • Assist in fact checking and background research for op-eds, speaking engagements, funding proposals, and other written products.
  • Submit and approve Middle East program related invoices and payments.
  • Support the onboarding of new staff and provide trainings as needed.
  • Support other Middle East Program activities as appropriate.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as Middle East Affairs, International Affairs, or Economics.
  • Demonstrable interest in the MENA region.
  • Approximately 1-2 years’ relevant work experience.
  • Strong writing, communication and analytic skills.
  • Technical skills in data management and analysis strongly preferred, HTML and web skills are a plus.
  • Experience living, studying or working in the MENA region and/or fluency in a regional language is a plus.

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.

Please note: The Atlantic Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and District of Columbia civil rights regulations and policies, the Atlantic Council does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics covered by applicable law. The Atlantic Council provides reasonable accommodation for all qualified applicants needing assistance, employees whose disability, sincere religious belief, or other protected characteristics are protected by law, and bases all employment decisions on qualifications, merit, and business need. The Atlantic Council believes that equity and inclusion amongst our team members are critical to our success as a global organization, and seeks to recruit, develop, and advance the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Eligibility to work in the United Stated is confirmed with E-Verify; employment at the Atlantic Council is eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF).