The Atlantic Council seeks a curious, engaging, internationally experienced self-starter with proven reporting, writing, editing, research, organizational, and social media skills to serve as Research Assistant to our President and CEO. German-speaking and writing fluency is a plus.

In close coordination with the President and CEO, the Research Assistant will primarily coordinate and lead the production of Inflection Points, the President and CEO’s weekly newsletter examining the defining geopolitical issues facing the United States and our global community of allies. Book research experience would also be helpful for ongoing special projects, drawing from history.

The ideal candidate will exhibit an exceptional level of research ability, including the capacity to synthesize complex global political and economic debates, drawing on a wide range of domestic and international sources. Beyond this, a successful candidate will also coordinate top-tier media appearances, oversee social media management, thought leadership, and public speaking engagements on behalf of the President and CEO.

Journalism training and experience are highly desired, as the position requires writing and editing against tight deadlines with meticulous attention to accuracy, clarity, and grammar. 

The position requires excellent communication, organizational, and analytical skills. Moreover, the successful candidate will be a highly capable self-starter with a demonstrated aptitude for analytical thinking, exceptional writing, effective editing, and communication skills. They must also be comfortable working in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment while managing multiple projects as a core member of a collaborative, solutions-oriented, and high-impact Executive Office team.

The Executive Office seeks candidates who have international experience and are comfortable in a global working environment. Some evenings and weekend hours will be required.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Day-to-day coordination and management of Inflection Points, a widely distributed weekly newsletter, including daily news article curation, theme development, draft production, and coordinating the final email product;
  • Conduct research for book projects, speaking engagements, writing projects, and special projects as assigned into complete and quickly digestible format;
  • Oversee the President and CEO’s social media engagement and thought leadership while tracking key metrics and data to develop a more streamlined and strengthened online presence;
  • Other research and administrative duties, as necessary.

Knowledge and Qualifications Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in journalism, international relations, business, or related fields;
  • Minimum of two years of editorial and research experience with significant engagement and experience on digital and social media platforms;
  • Ability to take on research assignments and to write and edit quickly, clearly, and with minimal supervision against a deadline;
  • Positive, flexible, get-it-done attitude, and ability to multitask in an often-changing environment, with exceptional attention to detail;
  • Ability to work independently and within teams across the organization;
  • Robust technical skills, including but not limited to HTML and web expertise, layout design, data management, visualization, and analysis;
  • Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends;
  • International experience required;
  • Candidates with German-speaking and writing experience preferred.

Please note: The Atlantic Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics covered by applicable law. The Atlantic Council is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation for all qualified individuals and bases all employment decisions on qualifications, merit, and business need. The Atlantic Council believes that diversity and inclusion amongst our team members are critical to our success as a global organization and seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Thank you for your interest in the Atlantic Council. For more information, check out our Talent DEI Statement or connect with us at [email protected]. #strongwithallies