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


The Atlantic Council seeks a self-motivated, intellectually curious, and enterprising researcher with writing, editing, research, organizational, and upward management skills to serve as Research Associate to the President and CEO. German writing and speaking fluency are required.

As a core member of the Executive Office, this individual works closely with the President and CEO, his chief of staff, and the Atlantic Council’s Engagement team. This individual will be responsible for working with the Engagement team to ensure a smooth editorial process for the President and CEO’s newsletter, Inflection Points, which examines the defining geopolitical issues facing the United States and our global community of allies, as well other writing the President and CEO may conduct.

This individual will also be responsible for researching, fact-checking, and editing the President and CEO’s latest book project. Foreign and domestic travel to archives may be required, as will be a fluency in speaking and reading German. This individual will be responsible for tracking primary source documents, fact-checking the President and CEO’s work related to the book project, and ensuring the President and CEO has the necessary materials available to complete the book on schedule. 

This individual will also be expected to work closely with the President and CEO of a large, dynamic, and growing organization. As a result, this individual must have experience managing up, dealing with unanticipated schedule changes, and adapting quickly to events outside their control.

Journalistic and archival research experience is required, as the position demands long-term historical research work on a book project and writing and editing against tight deadlines, with a clear understanding of how to edit within the confines of a style guide. The position requires excellent communication, organizational, and analytical skills.

Moreover, this individual 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 an ever-changing environment while managing multiple projects as a core member of a collaborative and high-impact Executive Office team. The Executive Office seeks candidates who have international experience and are comfortable in a global working environment.

This position will include work on the weekends and evenings, as required.  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 $65,000.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Conduct research for book projects, speaking engagements and interviews, writing and special projects as assigned into quickly digestible format for the President and CEO.
  • Day-to-day oversight of the President and CEO’s newsletter, Inflection Points, along with an entrepreneurial approach to seeking new opportunities to expand thought leadership opportunities and brand.
  • Oversee the President and CEO’s social media engagement while tracking key metrics and data to develop a strengthened online presence.
  • Other research and administrative duties, as necessary.

Knowledge and Qualifications Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in history, journalism, international relations, or related fields.
  • Fluency in German.
  • Minimum of two years of editorial and research experience.
  • Excellent analytical abilities, and experience absorbing, condensing, and synthesizing large amounts of complex information into quickly digestible briefs.
  • Familiarity with archives and archival work.
  • Experience working with senior executives and managing dynamic schedules.
  • Ability to take on research assignments and write and edit quickly and clearly, with minimal supervision against tight deadlines.
  • Ability to liaise between different programs and centers on short notice to ensure the best and most up-to-date information reaches the President and CEO.
  • 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.
  • Experience with social media management preferred, though not required.

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. 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. For more information, check out our Talent DEI Statement or connect with us at [email protected]. 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).