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


The Atlantic Council seeks an internationally experienced and highly organized individual to serve as the Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President.

As a key member of a high-functioning and impact-driven Executive Office team, the Special Assistant will manage the EVP’s heavy meeting and travel schedule. The Special Assistant should have a proven track record of efficiency, time and task management, and results-orientation with senior-level executives. This individual must also be able to work independently and professionally while balancing multiple priorities, often under pressure against tight deadlines.

The Special Assistant must have exceptional writing, editing, and communication skills, as drafting and managing executive correspondence is a key component of the role. Beyond this, the successful candidate will be emotionally intelligent, discreet, reliable, and organized to manage the EVP’s schedule.

The ideal candidate must have a deep knowledge of, and interest in, international relations. Previous experience living and/or working in international environments is a significant plus.

This role is based in our Washington, DC headquarters on a hybrid schedule. Pay is commensurate with experience, education, and organizational equity, with offers starting at $80,000.

Job responsibilities

  • Oversees all administrative and logistical tasks for the EVP, including but not limited to extensive calendar management and travel coordination;
  • Serves as a trusted partner for EVP and other Executive Office and Office of Finance and Operations staff to manage complex and often sensitive matters internally and externally;
  • Drafts and edits executive-level correspondence on behalf of EVP;
  • Organizes and consolidates briefing material and talking points for meetings and public appearances;
  • Functions as internal and external liaison for scheduling and other administrative matters pertaining to the EVP;
  • Demonstrate willingness and ability to take on special projects and additional duties, as required.


A successful candidate will have:

  • BA or MA in international relations, business, journalism, or related field;
  • Three or more years supporting senior level executive(s);
  • Exceptional organizational skills and keen attention to detail;
  • Ability to edit and write quickly, clearly, and without errors;
  • Ability to multitask and remain flexible in a fluid, often changing environment;
  • Ability to work independently and within a team across the organization;
  • Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office;  
  • Professional presence and demeanor, including the ability to effectively interact with senior government officials and business leaders;
  • A strong background and keen interest in international affairs and policy;
  • Willingness and flexibility to work late evenings or on weekends, as 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 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).