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


The Atlantic Council seeks an organized, operationally savvy, experienced manager to serve as Senior Director, Programs and Strategy, reporting to the Executive Vice President, to manage programmatic operations, and support the Council’s 16 programs and centers to achieve their ambitious strategic goals.

The Senior Director will work with the EVP and program and center leadership to manage the administrative, development, financial, and other functions of the Atlantic Council’s programs and centers.

In concert with the EVP, this individual will streamline programmatic operations and integrate our organizational strategy throughout our programs, ensuring that the whole of the Atlantic Council is greater than the sum of its parts. The Senior Director will work with the EVP to sharpen program strategies and leverage interconnectivity across the organization and provide bandwidth to the Executive Office to take on additional opportunities and manage challenges as they arise.

The successful candidate will have a deep geopolitical, cultural, and economic understanding and passion for transatlantic affairs and US-allied engagement with the wider global community. The Senior Director will work with the EVP and Executive Office team to facilitate and steward additional funding opportunities for programs across the private sector, high-net-worth individuals, and other entities.

A proven track record of global project management is required, and having strong networks among policymakers in Washington, Europe, and beyond would be an advantage. The individual should be comfortable in a fluid, dynamic environment and bring a strong track record of management skills – organization, reliability, clear communication, and attention to detail – to the role.

Candidates who provide a strong writing sample will be prioritized for consideration. This role is based in our Washington, DC, headquarters.

Job responsibilities

  • Program Coordination and Oversight. This individual will play a key role in operationalizing the day-to-day coordination between the Executive Office and programs, supporting the President & CEO, EVP, and other Atlantic Council leadership with communications, financial management, development, convenings, and more. They will develop peer-to-peer relationships with colleagues across the Council to advance collaboration and knowledge sharing while ensuring maximum efficiency and impact.
  • Programmatic Design and Implementation: In coordination with the EVP and senior Council leadership, develop and implement new programming and initiatives to influence policy and impact the public debate across the Council’s programs.
  • Development/Business Development. Partner with the Council’s Development team to build programs’ financial base by pursuing opportunities with foundations, corporations, individuals, government agencies, and international organizations; integrate and execute programming and business development strategies; and develop concept notes and proposals.
  • Capacity Building. Coordinate between the Executive Office and the Council’s programs and centers to provide needed bandwidth for the President & CEO, EVP, and Chief of Staff to align the overall strategic vision of the Council with individual program objectives.
  • Business Development. In conjunction with the EVP, SVP of Global Partnerships and Impact, and program leadership, build and develop a robust pipeline of funding to sustain the organization’s healthy financial trajectory. This includes but is certainly not limited to renewing existing funding and identifying and securing new resources in support of the Council’s programs.


  • A minimum of 10 years relevant work experience in foreign policy/national security/defense, the private sector, government, and/or a non-governmental organization.
  • Impressive leadership and communication skills, experience and poise with large, fast-moving teams, and effective at building non-partisan communities of influence around key policy issues.
  • Extensive experience in project management and a proven track record of business development success.
  • An entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving and project management.
  • Superior writing/communication skills and outstanding interpersonal skills to work well with all levels of experience and influence, from interns to senior officials.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and relationship management skills, including the ability to identify and work through challenges, underscored by strong judgment and emotional intelligence.
  • Experience living and/or working abroad is required, and proficiency in languages beyond English is a competitive advantage and highly desired.

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.