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


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

As a key member of a high-functioning and impact-driven Executive Office team, the Special Assistant manages the President and CEO’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 C-Suite 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 position. Beyond this, the successful candidate will be emotionally intelligent, discreet, reliable, and extraordinarily organized to help manage the President and CEO’s time.

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

Job responsibilities

  • Oversees all administrative and logistical tasks for the President and CEO, including but not limited to extensive calendar management and travel coordination;
  • Serves as a trusted partner for President and CEO and Chief of Staff to manage complex and often sensitive matters internally and externally;
  • Drafts and edits executive-level correspondence on behalf of President and CEO;
  • Organizes and consolidates briefing material for meetings and public appearances;
  • Functions as internal and external Executive Office liaison for scheduling and other administrative matters;
  • Manages filing system, both physical and digital, and maintains high-level contacts database;
  • Demonstrates willingness and ability to take on special projects and additional duties, as required.


  • BA or MA in international relations, business, journalism or related field;
  • Three or more years of C-Suite support experience;
  • Exceptional organizational skills and keen attention to detail;
  • Ability to edit and to write quickly, clearly, and without errors;
  • Ability to multitask and remain flexible in a fast-paced, often changing environment;
  • Ability to work independently and within a team across the organization;
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat;
  • Demonstrated track record of success within Executive Office and C-Suite operations;
  • Professional presence and demeanor, including ability to effectively interact with senior government officials and business leaders;
  • Multi-cultural experience, background and interest in international affairs and policy;
  • Willingness and flexibility to work late evenings or on weekends, as required.

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]. Thank you for your interest in the Atlantic Council.