Job Location: Atlantic Council Headquarters – Washington, DC
Position Type: Full-Time
Education Level: Bachelor Degree
Job Category: Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Job Description

The Atlantic Council seeks a talented, dynamic, and entrepreneurial individual for a fast-paced position as Project Assistant in the Asia Security Initiative of its Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. The Project 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 Project Assistant will support include: research and writing; public panels, private roundtables, and other convening formats; and initiatives in the region that aim to promote and advance trans-Atlantic-Pacific values and interests.

The Asia Security Initiative, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, aims to leverage strategic foresight to promote constructive solutions for the most pressing issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region. While these include traditional security issues such as nuclear proliferation and maritime security, the initiative also develops forward-looking strategies to address emerging strategic challenges in non-traditional areas such as energy security, geoeconomics, and disruptive technologies. The Initiative aims to foster trans-Atlantic-Pacific relationships to address these challenges, developing a community of like-minded nations that are committed to adapting, revitalizing, and strengthening the liberal rules-based order.

The Initiative does so by engaging key regional stakeholders and voices directly and consistently in its work, which spans the breadth of the Asia-Pacific. One of the Initiative’s major bodies of work focuses on US-ROK-DPRK relations, the denuclearization of North Korea, and a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. In addition to this, the Initiative has an expanding body of work on how the United States and its allies should grapple with China’s rise, cooperating with China where they can and deterring it where they must. On this front, the Initiative examines the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and BRI alternatives such as the Indo-Pacific Strategy, as well as other strategic developments such as emerging technologies, intra-Asian security cooperation, and changing economic and trade architecture.

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; and knowledge of diplomatic protocol rules.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support the Director of the Asia Security Initiative 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;
  • Supervise two full-time interns to support the Initiative’s programming.

The contract position is for a three-month period with the potential for fulltime employment. The Atlantic Council offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience.


  • BA degree or higher required, MA preferred;
  • Excellent organizational, logistical, and administrative skills;
  • Project and event management skills required;
  • 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 regards 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 Asia-Pacific countries such as South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and others;
  • 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.

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.