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


The Atlantic Council seeks a motivated, talented, and creative editor to help oversee, define, and expand the Council’s flagship section and newsletter, New Atlanticist, a widely read platform for top experts and leading policymakers to share exclusive insight on the world’s biggest news developments and most pressing challenges. The Editor will also help edit and shape other editorial initiatives and write on occasion for the New Atlanticist and newsletters such as the Council’s Fast Thinking alerts and Editors’ Picks newsletter.

The Editor will draw on experience in editing, writing, and editorial production to improve the quality and expand the reach and impact of the Council’s editorial work across a variety of platforms (website, email, social media, etc.), engaging both Council experts and external writers and editors to create unique, compelling, relevant, and influential articles on the global issues central to the Council’s work.

The Editor will also be expected to help develop editorial strategy, implement editorial innovations, and provide editing and writing support for the overall Editorial team. The ideal candidate will be a skillful, seasoned editor and writer—with substantial experience working in journalism and media or think tanks, especially in international affairs. The Editor will report to the Managing Editor.

Job responsibilities

  • Anchor and develop the Atlantic Council’s flagship section, New Atlanticist.
  • Edit short- and medium-form content to a high standard, removing errors, improving quality, creating professional copy consistent with the Council’s style and standards, and maximizing impact.
  • Be a main point of leadership for editorial standards and quality, and for coordinating editorial work across the Council and its various sections.
  • Help develop the Atlantic Council’s ability to rapidly respond to breaking news with editorial work infused with the top-notch foreign-policy knowledge of our network of experts, and make sure the organization is relevant to the news cycle at speed and at scale.
  • Help to create and define the voice of the Council.
  • Write short-form pieces for the Council based on input from staff and fellows, Council events, and news developments in world affairs.
  • Help to develop and track metrics and measure the impact of the Council’s editorial work.
  • Work with not just the Managing Editor and Editorial team, but also the Senior Vice President of Engagement, the Digital team, and the Media Relations team on overall communications strategy and delivery to maximize the Atlantic Council’s visibility.
  • Other tasks as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Journalism, International Relations, Communications, or a related field.
  • Approximately 4-7 years of relevant work experience in journalism, media, international policy, and/or communications.
  • Excellent editing and writing skills with experience editing, writing, and distributing news analysis, op-eds, commentary, essays, and features.
  • Experience working with policy experts to facilitate the expression of their subject-matter expertise to both niche and broad public audiences.
  • Experience with WordPress or other equivalent industry-standard web-publishing platforms, writing and publishing for the web, and social-media promotion and distribution.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills, and the ability to cope with ambiguity and manage multiple priorities.
  • Knowledge of media workflow, organization, tools, and tactics, along with experience in creating new editorial products and managing multiple product lines.
  • An understanding of think-tank work and the Washington, DC policy environment.
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of international affairs and a commitment to the mission and goals of the Atlantic Council.
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work well with a team in a dynamic environment.
  • Knowledge of Google Analytics and metrics software or other systems preferred.
  • Experience in global media environments preferred.

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 States is confirmed with E-Verify; employment at the Atlantic Council is eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). Thank you for your interest in the Atlantic Council.