The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community's central role in meeting global challenges. Founded in 1961, the Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we promote, and the communities we convene, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.
Over the past six years, the Council has enjoyed remarkable growth in public impact, policy influence, and income. The Council has succeeded on the basis of a strategy which embraces a mission focused on the Council's core of transatlantic partnership and applies it to top US foreign policy priorities: renewing the Atlantic Community for global challenges.
The Atlantic Council seeks a talented, entrepreneurial individual to support the External Relations team. The Program Assistant will work closely with the Associate Director of Board Relations and Business Development to provide administrative and research support to the board's committees and will also help manage internal records and communications related to the board. S/he will assist with board-specific programming including the annual International Advisory Board meeting, annual board dinner and forum, and will be available to facilitate board director participation in events across all of the Council's ten programs and centers. The Program Assistant will collaborate with the larger development team to assist with development efforts related to the board by providing research and analysis on current and prospective directors, drafting relevant correspondence, and keeping internal fundraising records up to date.
The position will also provide administrative support to the Executive Vice President and will coordinate with the Development, Communications, and Events teams to ensure External Relations operates smoothly. S/he must be effective in mobilizing staff and board members, and coordinating efforts across the organization to help identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward external relationships of the Council and donors.
The successful candidate will communicate effectively, be an excellent writer, enjoy and thrive in the fast-paced environment, be capable of embracing ambiguity, and be able to manage the high-level multitasking challenges of an entrepreneurial and energetic external relations office. The candidate must be discreet, engaging, collegial, reliable, exceptionally organized, and have an interest in transatlantic relations, national security or foreign policy.
• Assist Associate Director, Board Relations in coordinating engagement of International Advisory Board members and board directors in program/centers' activities and Council-wide events;
• Coordinate engagement of former chairs and other board directors in program/centers' activities and Council-wide events;
• Maintain and update International Advisory Board and board records in database, mailing lists, and the organization's website;
• Assist Associate Director, Board Relations to coordinate administration and execution of board and International Advisory Board meetings throughout the year;
• Provide regular analysis of and research on the board and its individual members;
• Track board engagement and activity and use results to produce reports and recommendations;
• Oversee the proper maintenance of board files including minutes and meeting materials;
• Assist OER team at annual flagship events, as necessary;
• Recruit and coordinate intern work-related activities;
• Provide administrative support to Executive Vice President, External Relations;
• Serve as internal liaison for Office of External Relations, managing staff accordingly and coordinating internal meetings as appropriate;
• Serve as a key member of the Council's development office and participate in meetings as appropriate.
• BA or MA in international relations or related field
• At least three to five years relevant office work experience
• Working knowledge of executive office operations
• Demonstrated research and writing skills. Journalism or research background helpful
• Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office
• Superior Internet research skills
• Excellent personal and telephone presence.
• Willingness to work on late evenings or weekends as needed..
• Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills are essential. Experience in proposal writing preferred.
• Self-starter and results-oriented individual who can meet tight deadlines and work in an ever-changing environment.
How to apply
Upload your resume, cover letter, list of publications, writing samples, and salary expectations on the Atlantic Council website here.