Job Location: Atlantic Council Headquarters – Washington, DC
Position Type: Full-Time
Job Category: Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center


*Applicants are encouraged to apply by Friday, July 31 *

The Atlantic Council of the United States seeks a talented, entrepreneurial thinker and manager to help shape and spearhead the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center’s (AALAC) new Caribbean program.  The full-time Caribbean fellow will lead Council efforts in creating, launching, and running a range of projects that will raise awareness in Washington and provide solutions for how the United States can better partner with the Caribbean to solve internal and external challenges. The Council’s new Caribbean programming will also serve as a resource for the fifteen-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom) in dealing with major regional challenges.

AALAC addresses a wide range of topics, including economic and political development in Latin American and Caribbean nations, regional integration, trade, energy, democracy, and international relations between the region, the United States, China, and Europe. With a focus on the Caribbean impacts of broader regional and global issues, potential lines of programming for the fellowship include: implications for island economies of the Venezuela crisis; growing links between China and Caribbean islands; security and illicit flows; sustainable energy transition; financing and access to funding; and implications of inequality. The successful candidate will work with the AALAC Director to design the specific focus of fellowship programming and ensure that fellowship priorities are complementary with the broader goals and business lines of the overall Center.

The successful candidate will have experience and a demonstrated bipartisan track record in advancing key issues relevant to the Caribbean in the Washington context. The successful candidate will have a strong record in initiating programs, possess excellent managerial and communication skills, and demonstrate a proven ability to build networks among relevant leaders in the public and private sectors. S/he must be innovative, agile, and effective in developing partnerships with businesses, funders, and nonprofit organizations. In addition, the fellow should possess a passion for the issues, consider him/herself an intellectual entrepreneur, and thrive in a collaborative, team-oriented environment.   

The Resident Caribbean Fellow will have his/her own research interests and be able to carry out independent policy initiatives and writing projects; represent the Center at conferences, with news media, at speaking engagements, and in interactions with government officials and Council board members; think creatively about issues in the Latin America and Caribbean region; lead the design of programs and project proposals, and excel at communication and collaboration within the Council and externally. S/he will be a full-time member of the AALAC team.

Job Responsibilities

  • Strategic Planning:  Work with the director to develop and implement the strategic plan for the Center’s Caribbean portfolio.
  • Management:  Implement the program’s initiatives, in collaboration with the center director, to influence policy and impact the public debate on a range of Caribbean-related issues. She/he will oversee the implementation of multiple projects simultaneously and should thrive in working both independently and as part of a larger team.
  • Intellectual Leadership: Develop the intellectual framework for advancing the Council’s mission and Caribbean programming through written work, programming initiatives, and speaking opportunities within and outside the Council. Develop and maintain a profile as a respected leader on select issues.
  • Awareness Raising: Systematically advance public and private-focused efforts to draw attention to key Caribbean issues.
  • Publications:  Research, write, and/or edit materials for publication, including writing and editing reports, policy briefs, op-eds, etc.
  • Resource Management:  Produce and manage project budgets, and write or review performance reports on projects to funders.
  • Outreach/Communication: Represent the Center externally and internally on related issues, and demonstrate expertise within the news media in areas where the Caribbean portfolio operates.
  • Fundraising: Undertake all aspects of specific project development, including fundraising and implementation.


  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field, or the equivalent professional experience, with at least 12-15 years of previous employment preferred;
  • Experience in program management and development in an entrepreneurial environment;
  • Demonstrated professional excellence and passion for working on Caribbean issues. International experience highly preferred.
  • Strong and current network of contacts in business, government/politics, the media, civil society, and think tanks/academia.
  • A track record of working in and with business, in fundraising, and in event management/conference development, planning, and execution. An ability to focus on impact and results is important.
  • Superb interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work collegially with others and with the highest standards of integrity.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills and a willingness to experiment in outreach methods;
  • The ability to work quickly, with a collegial, resourceful, and entrepreneurial attitude is required.
  • Excellent English language writing and briefing skills, as well as proficiency in Spanish.
  • Ability to represent the Atlantic Council to external constituencies, including news media,  Board members, individual and corporate members, senior business and government officials, diplomatic officials, VIPs, and donors.

Application Process

The position is based out of Washington, DC. The successful candidate would optimally live in Washington either full or part-time; however, remote candidates will also be considered.

Step 1: To apply, please upload the following with your application:

  • Concept note — detailing how you would advance the goals of the fellowship, including possible lines of programming and raising awareness in Washington on key Caribbean issues that impact the US and global policymaking. (1-page maximum)
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample
  • Salary Expectations

Step 2: A smaller pool of candidates will then be selected to produce a one-minute video that answers the following question: Why should the Caribbean be a higher priority in Washington, DC?

Step 3: Virtual interviews with AALAC team, AALAC Director, and colleagues from other Atlantic Council centers.

About the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center broadens understanding of regional transformations through high-impact work that shapes the conversation among policymakers, the business community, and civil society. The Center focuses on Latin America’s strategic role in a global context with a priority on pressing political, economic, and social issues that will define the trajectory of the region now and in the years ahead. Select lines of programming include: Venezuela’s crisis; Mexico-US and global ties; China in Latin America; Colombia’s future; a changing Brazil; Central America’s trajectory; combating disinformation; shifting trade patterns, and leveraging energy resources. In summer 2020, we will launch our new Caribbean-focused programming.

About the Atlantic Council

Driven by our mission of “shaping the global future together,” the Atlantic Council is a nonpartisan organization that promotes and galvanizes US leadership and engagement in the world alongside allies and friends. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic, political, and technological changes defining the twenty-first century. Through the papers we write, the ideas we generate, and the communities we build, the Council develops strategies and solutions to ensure a more free, secure, and prosperous world.

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The Council’s fourteen programs and centers work together in a way that mirrors how real policy is created: not in a vacuum, but in a collaborative effort that draws from a range of expertise to address multiple issues and steered by an over-arching strategy and worldview.

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