The Atlantic Council seeks a talented, dynamic and entrepreneurial individual for a Project Assistant position to serve in its Global Energy Center for a three-year project.  The Project will review the cost competitiveness of clean energy and land-based climate solutions; analyze how financing (both domestic and international) and other approaches can reduce costs, and, demonstrate how an energy transition to more renewable production, clean cars and cleanly produced products will be cost effective and lower costs.

Reporting to the Center’s Senior Director and working directly with the Senior Fellow, “Financing and Achieving Cost-Competitive Climate Solutions” Project, the Project Assistant’s main responsibility will be to support the programming of the project, including research, writing, administrative, and logistical assistance.

To this end, the Project Assistant will support and help coordinate regular events and programming within the scope of the “Financing and Achieving Cost-Competitive Climate Solutions” Project, including but not limited to organizing and executing events and roundtables, supporting the authorship and delivery of publications and written analysis, supporting social media posts, and administrative support to the Project’s Senior Fellow. As necessary, the Project Assistant will also support the broader programming of the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, reporting to the Global Energy Center’s Senior Director.  

The successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, superb communication skills, and enjoy the complexity of helping to build a rapidly growing program. The candidate should have a background in energy and environmental studies, political science, international relations, economics, history, area studies, or a related field. The position requires excellent administrative and communication skills, superior writing ability, strong social media skills, extraordinary attention to detail, and a proven aptitude to make sound judgments, assume responsibility and work independently in a fast-paced Center with tight deadlines and competing priorities.

The successful candidate for this position will be committed to the Atlantic Council’s core mission to renew the Atlantic community for global challenges and Global Energy Center’s commitment to help the United States and its partners take the lead in navigating the challenges of the changing global energy landscape. This position will be located in Washington, DC. The Atlantic Council seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds and offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience.

Job responsibilities

  • Support and coordinate the Global Energy Center’s “Financing and Achieving Cost-Competitive Climate Solutions” Project, including (but not limited to) organizing events; liaising with the office of external relations and other relevant programs at the Atlantic Council; coordinating travel arrangements as needed; preparing briefing materials and talking points; stakeholder outreach; research and writing assistance; social media postings, and writing published material;
  • Work with leadership of the “Financing and Achieving Cost-Competitive Climate Solutions” Project  to develop new bodies of work and projects;
  • Conduct research as needed to support the activities of the project, including briefings on current events, key stakeholders, and emerging issues.
  • As needed, support the broader programming of the Global Energy Center and its programming on the geopolitics of the energy transition, climate policy, and decarbonization technologies.
  • Lead independent writing and research initiatives to support the Center’s thought leadership on issues related the “Financing and Achieving Cost-Competitive Climate Solutions” Project.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, in energy and environmental studies, political science, international relations, economics, history, area studies, or other relevant fields. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Superb organizational skills, attention to detail, and demonstrated initiative.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including an ability to work well in a team and to communicate effectively with others ranging from interns to government and business leaders in the United States and abroad.
  • Interest in geopolitics, energy policy, energy security, and climate policy.
  • Experience in organizing and staging events is highly desired.
  • Superior English language writing skills and analytical ability. Foreign language proficiency preferred.
  • Strong social media skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; photo-editing, web-editing, and PowerPoint or keynote slide preparation are highly desired.

The Global Energy Center promotes energy security by working alongside government, industry, civil society, and public stakeholders to devise pragmatic solutions to the geopolitical, sustainability, and economic challenges of the changing global energy landscape.

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