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


The Atlantic Council seeks a technologically savvy, policy-oriented, intellectual entrepreneur to lead and expand its GeoTech Center as it nears its third year of operations.

Founded in 2019, the GeoTech Center tracks emerging technologies and their impact on societies, work, economics, security, and geopolitics. From artificial intelligence to robotics, green energy to quantum computing, the GeoTech Center seeks to better understand and equip leaders around the world to navigate these complex forces to secure a better future for our global community.

The ideal candidate will have more than 10 years of public and private sector experience, proven track record of management and leadership, superior public speaking and writing skills, and a passion for the GeoTech Center’s mission of harnessing technology for good. Additionally, the candidate must be able to connect government, industry, technology, and academic leaders to achieve real-world results.  

They will have a proven track record galvanizing communities and shaping policies to maximize opportunities of this unprecedented period of rapid and often disruptive technological change. The senior director will work alongside the Atlantic Council’s 15 regional and functional programs and centers to strengthen and expand the intellectual foundation of the GeoTech Center for the future.

The ideal candidate will have robust experience in project and talent management with strong background in business development. The senior director will provide hands-on, entrepreneurial leadership for the Center, while building a program to provides unique insights and results-oriented programming on the geopolitical, societal, economic, and security implications of emerging technologies, safeguarding the interests and values of free societies while at the same time ensuring protection of privacy.

The successful candidate will have an established domestic and international network in the tech arena, particularly government and industry analysts and decision-makers in the United States, Asia, and Europe, along with a desire to expand and further develop this network.

Experience in executive and/or legislative branches of government is helpful.

The senior director will also be expected to moderate private and public events and conduct media engagements. The position is located in Washington, DC, and requires domestic and international travel.

Job responsibilities

  • Intellectual Leadership. The senior director will play a leading role in developing the intellectual and policy frameworks to advance the Atlantic Council’s mission and programming through written work and speaking engagements, along with expanding the GeoTech Center’s thought leadership.
  • Programmatic Design and Oversight. The senior director will develop programming and new initiatives to influence policy and impact public discourse at the intersection of technology and geopolitics. The senior director will be required to oversee simultaneous implementation of multiple projects.
  • Business Development. The senior director will generate programmatic content for the GeoTech Center, independently craft fundraising proposals, and generate financial support for new and existing lines of work. Working with Atlantic Council leadership, the senior director will expand the program’s funding by sustaining current relationships while pursuing additional support from corporations, government agencies, international organizations, foundations, and high net worth individuals.
  • Staff and Financial Management. The senior director will manage and foster opportunities for growth with GeoTech Center full-time staff while managing the Center’s robust network of non-resident senior fellows. The senior director will also serve as a reliable and faithful steward of program and Council funds by overseeing expenses and revenues, management of budgets, and anticipated fundraising to ensure program solvency.
  • Outreach/Communications. The senior director will represent the Atlantic Council externally with the administration, Congress, diplomatic community and foreign governments, donors, media, as well as at public and private events, international conferences, and more.


  • A minimum of ten years of significant work experience on an array of emerging technologies within public service, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and/or academia;
  • A Master’s degree or Doctorate in a relevant field is required;
  • Extensive experience in program management and development, preferably in a nonprofit or entrepreneurial environment;
  • Excellent writing, editing, and briefing skills; must be able to write policy-like documents under tight time constraints. A dossier of published work is highly desirable;
  • A strong and current bipartisan and international network in Washington, Asia, and Europe among government, business, and civil society;
  • Demonstrated track record in budget management and forecasting, responding to government grant solicitations, and fundraising to include solicitation from individuals, foundations, and corporate sources;
  • A proven ability to build networks and initiate effective partnerships among expert analysts, government leaders, and non-governmental organizations, international institutions, and business executives.
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