Deputy Director, Board Relations and Strategic Planning, Development
Job Details
Atlantic Council Headquarters - Washington, DC

The Atlantic Council seeks an entrepreneurial, dynamic, self-starting, and solutions-oriented individual to serve as Deputy Director of board relations and strategic planning. This job reports directly to the President and CEO in partnership with the Vice President of Development. It involves all aspects of organizing, managing, and convening the Atlantic Council’s Board of Directors and International Advisory Board, a unique group of global leaders that includes former government officials, former military officers, and business leaders.


The best candidate will have strong writing, editing, organizational and interpersonal skills.   International experience is a must, and international language capabilities are helpful. Experience in fundraising and strategic planning is also a plus.


Along with managing board governance issues, the Deputy Director will be an integral part of the Council’s efforts to develop and implement strategies to maintain current major sources of funding and secure new funding opportunities.


The Deputy Director will work closely with the President/CEO and the Development team to implement special development projects related to both current and potential major partners, exercising independent decision-making on behalf of the President/CEO when appropriate. The Deputy Director will also spearhead preparations for regular quarterly Executive Committee meetings, bi-annual Nominating and Governance Committee meetings, and other special board meetings, including administrative and strategic planning tasks. This position will also manage board governance and oversight issues and ensure that Council bylaws are adhered to.


Working collaboratively with the Council’s fourteen programs and centers, as well as the development, events, and communications teams, the Deputy Director will support other major board-related initiatives and will develop strategies for effective board engagement and stewardship.  The Deputy Director will also oversee board-specific programming, including the annual IAB and board meetings, and bespoke, high-level programming for Atlantic Council supporters.



Job Responsibilities

  • Cultivate and steward operational and strategic relations with the Board of Directors (150 global policy and business leaders) and International Advisory Board (45 global CEOs and former heads of state)
  • Prepare and execute annual board dues campaign. 
  • Spearhead preparations for regular quarterly Executive Committee meetings, bi-annual Nominating and Governance Committee meetings, and other special board meetings, including administrative and strategic planning tasks
  • Spearhead annual review process of Board and International Advisory Board with Nominating & Governance Committee
  • Shepherd vetting of potential government funding through Nominating & Governance Committee of Board to ensure compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act and strict intellectual independence policy
  • Drive Board communications and business development strategies to proactively identify opportunities and enforce ethical standards; write and edit strategic communications to Board
  • Work with President/CEO and Executive Vice President for Programs/Strategy to set annual strategy
  • Serve as internal and external liaison for the board chair and IAB chair.
  • Orchestrate annual International Advisory Board meetings with cabinet-level US government officials and other bespoke programming opportunities for Atlantic Council supporters
  • Manage and supervise personnel within board relations department (currently one FTE)


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of seven years of experience with demonstrated success in related fields, including board management, development/fundraising, sales, and/or marketing.
  • Exceptional organizational, 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.
  • An interest and understanding of international affairs and foreign policy. Policy experience and/or education is preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills appropriate for operating effectively in a multicultural, international team environment.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and maturity.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Knowledge of Salesforce or similar CRM applications preferred.
  • Willingness to work occasional irregular hours, evenings, and weekends.



Personal Characteristics


The successful candidate should be:

  • A citizen of the world. Someone who through international work understands and has a passion for addressing the challenges in the global community.
  • An expert coalition builder. Superb people skills and the ability to work well with a wide range of constituencies ranging from senior government officials and major donors to corporate sponsors and interns.
  • A consummate communicator. As the public face of the Atlantic Council, someone with the ability to define and articulate the Initiative’s mission and work to diverse audiences.
  • A respected leader. Someone with a recognized ability to build and garner respect from domestic and international policy leaders, the Board, and Council staff.
  • An entrepreneur. Someone who can use natural ingenuity to build and create a program from scratch with often times limited resources and assistance.
  • A “hands-on” implementer. Someone who is eager to work with a team in order to execute projects they envision. 
  • A team player. Someone whose ego is in check and who will enthusiastically share credit and the spotlight and thrive in the collaborative culture of the Council.
  • A hardy traveler. Someone with the ability and desire to travel and work with partners around the world.  
  • A flexible work style. Someone that can work easily with ambiguity in a fast-paced environment with tight timelines and constrained funding.
  • Above all, someone who is passionate to the core about the mission of the Atlantic Council. 


The Atlantic Council offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience.