Director, Transatlantic Security Initiative

Atlantic Council
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Oct 10

Position description

Job Summary:

The Atlantic Council seeks an experienced transatlantic security leader and analyst with significant public policy experience and deep regional expertise to serve as the director of the Transatlantic Security Initiative (TSI), a collaborative policy and strategy initiative of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. She or he will report to the director of the Scowcroft Center.

The successful candidate will lead the Scowcroft Center’s programming, research, and wide-reaching engagement efforts related to key security and defense issues affecting NATO Allies and partners and US strategy and policy toward Europe. She or he will be able to think strategically and creatively about the future of the transatlantic partnership in the era of great power competition, and how it will continue to evolve in today’s complex environment. She or he will be able to help connect these streams of work across the Council. In addition, she or he will manage a small staff and collaborate closely with the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative, Eurasia Center, and other Atlantic Council centers. The successful candidate will also manage the budget and financing of TSI and spearhead fundraising activities by further developing existing partnerships and cultivating new ones.  The successful candidate will be an ambitious, dynamic policy entrepreneur focused on real-world impacts across a wide range of domains related to the transatlantic relationship.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Intellectual Leadership: Play a lead role in developing the vision and framework for the Scowcroft Center’s strategy and policy work on transatlantic security issues. Represent the Council in external debates and conferences, and through publications, new media, and other forms of thought leadership.
  • Programmatic design and oversight: Develop programming and new initiatives designed to shape strategy, influence policy, and frame the public discussion about transatlantic security, US interests in the contexts of Europe and NATO, and reimagining the future of the transatlantic relationship.
  • Management: Manage and develop top talent, including a small staff and an extensive network of non-resident analysts. Integrate relevant board directors, members of the Council’s networks, other Council centers and programs, and Council partners.
  • Business Development: Spearhead fundraising efforts to support the Initiative’s programs of work by maintaining and expanding current partnerships, particularly those in Northern Europe, as well as targeting, cultivating, and securing new ones. Maintain strong oversight of the Initiative’s budget, administrative obligations, and relations with donors and partners.
  • Outreach/Communications: Represent the Council externally, especially with key government and international actors, as well as media, civil society, donors, and others. Provide expert analysis and commentary.



  • Strong background in Security Studies and European Studies or International Relations, or other closely-related field; 10 years of directly relevant work experience preferred.  Successful track record in publishing is a must.
  • Master’s degree in security studies, international relations, European studies, or other relevant fields; a Doctorate is a plus.
  • Exceptional and proven leadership, management, and teamwork skills.
  • Experience in fundraising and program development, including working with private-sector companies, governments, grant proposal work, and foundational outreach. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in research and independent analysis on transatlantic security issues, with extensive portfolio of published research on security issues in the region through major media outlets or research institutions.
  • Ability to analyze trends and suggest long-term strategies and policies.  Knowledge of trends in technology, economic transformation, and innovation and their impact on the region also would be beneficial.
  • Ability to research and publish on a consistent basis, often responding to time-sensitive developments under tight deadlines and balancing competing demands.
  • Strong network in Washington, Europe, and among US and Allied governments, businesses, and civil society.
  • Superior verbal and written communications skills are essential; fluency in a European language is ideal.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills; must be able to engage, build, and sustain relationships with high-level US policymakers, foreign government officials and private-sector partners, and prestigious members of the Atlantic Council Scowcroft Center boards, as well as speak as an expert frequently in media and public forums.  


Application instructions

The position is located in Washington, DC. To apply, please visit our website to upload your cover letter, including salary expectations, resume, list of publications, and writing samples.

The Atlantic Council is an equal opportunity employer.

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