Assistant Director, Digital Communications, Middle East Programs
Job Details
Atlantic Council Headquarters - Washington, DC
Rafik Hariri Center & Middle East programs

The Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs seek a motivated, talented, and creative communications professional who is eager to develop strong media campaigns and product promotion strategies surrounding some of today’s most critical Middle East policy issues. They will support efforts to generate positive media attention for the Centers’ publications, events, experts, and policy initiatives through the use of traditional and new media, marketing of events and publications, and development of relationships with journalists. Working under the deputy director for communications and alongside blog editors and other communications assistants, they will manage social media accounts and content, update program webpages, produce and edit multimedia content, draft weekly and monthly newsletters, arrange payments to contractors, among other communications related tasks.


The ideal candidate will have experience with communications strategies, social media campaigns, website maintenance, e-mail marketing and a background or serious interest in foreign policy related to the Middle East. S/he will provide operational and administrative support for all facets of communications-related activities for the Middle East Programs.  Opportunities to publish their own writing on Atlantic Council platforms may also be available.


Job Responsibilities:


Digital & social media:

  • Manage several social media accounts on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and other platforms as needed.
  • Track social media analytics and provide recommendations to increase followers and reach.
  • Create or commission graphics and info graphics as needed for social and print media use.
  • Create videos and other interactive content for specific events, publication releases, and initiative announcements as well as overall program highlights.
  • Ensure templates for event invitations and publication announcements are cohesive and consistent with AC style and branding.
  • Provide training on communications related platforms and tools to team members.


Media relations:

  • Assist with fielding press requests, sending media tip sheets, and drafting press releases.
  • Assemble media engagement reports for internal and external stakeholders following high profile events.
  • Assist with drafting promotional materials and ensure conformity to Atlantic Council style.
  • Track all program staff and nonresident fellow media engagement and ensure regular updating on website.



  • Coordinate with relevant team members to implement a comms strategy for each publication release including webpage. development media outreach, social media and multimedia content.
  • Support blog editor in posting blogs, selecting photos, and promoting published blogs on social media.
  • Ensure payments to blog contributors are provided in a timely fashion.
  • Oversee weekly and monthly e-mail marketing promoting program publications and highlighting rapid response to breaking news.
  • Design and maintain Center and initiative marketing collateral in coordination with communications team.



  • Train team members on any new website features or updates.
  • Working with relevant team members, ensure program presence on Atlantic Council website is regularly updated and conforms to AC. style, including staff and nonresident fellow bios, center and initiative pages, and publication and event pages.
  • Track website analytics and provide regular recommendations on improving viewership and readership.
  • Work with relevant team members to ensure new initiatives and projects have a dedicated presence on AC website.
  • Proactively seek out ways to improve program presence on the website by exploring other center pages, available customization options, etc.


  • 2-4 years of relevant work experience.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Marketing, International Relations, Foreign Affairs or related field.

  • Excellent English language written and oral communication skills; Arabic skills highly desired.

  • Strong social media proficiency, particularly within the professional context.

  • Experience with WordPress and Pardot highly desired.

  • Demonstrated experience or serious interest in the Middle East and North Africa, particularly with an American and European foreign policy lens.

  • Understanding of Washington policy environment.

  • Strong administrative and organizational skills, with high attention to detail.

  • .Demonstrated initiative and ability to work well with a team in a dynamic environment and ability to work independently and proactively.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to work well with senior officials, scholars, journalists, staff, and interns.