Director, Millennium Leadership Program

Atlantic Council Headquarters – Washington, DC

About the organization

The Atlantic Council seeks an entrepreneurial and results-oriented leader with 10-15 years of professional experience including in leadership development, running exchange programs, and/or leadership coaching, as well as business development and international affairs to serve as the next Director of our Millennium Leadership Program (MLP).

At the Atlantic Council, we advance our mission of “shaping the global future together” by taking on global, generational challenges – those the next generation is inheriting. To meet this moment, we are committed to fostering the next generation of international change agents.

We’re searching for an entrepreneurial and results-oriented professional with 10-15 years of relevant experience to build on the foundation of our existing leadership program. The new Director will inherit a world-class fellowship and a relaunched, paid internship program. The new Director will also inherit a robust curriculum and existing strategic plan which they will have the opportunity to evolve, as well as a global community of alumni, network of active donors and partners, advisory Council of thought leaders and practitioners in the domain of leadership development, the program’s annual endowment, and a small team of support staff. Upon this foundation, they will have a unique level of independence to create new business and programming models, re-shape, innovate, experiment, evolve, and otherwise grow the program towards becoming an established center for global leadership. The new director is expected to build out a more substantial set of leadership offerings, while adapting the business model to ensure greater resources to scale the impact of the program.

As Director of one of the Atlantic Council’s fourteen programs and centers, this is a “senior partner” role within the organization. The Director will have full responsibility over program operations, financial management, team management, strategy, content, and fundraising for the center, but will not be alone in meeting goals – he or she will also have the full support of the Atlantic Council’s executive office and functional departments (i.e., the organization’s business development, events, communications, finance, human resources, and administrative teams). This role requires working closely with senior leaders across the organization, as well as external representation to donors, senior stakeholders, and program participants themselves. The Director will be expected to personally lead core programming for Millennium Fellows, as well as to raise funds for the program by stewarding, growing, and securing donor relationships. Furthermore, the Council seeks an intellectual entrepreneur who can evolve the business model to ensure greater financial sustainability for expanded services and products. Finally, the new Director should ultimately develop thought leadership on the topic of leadership itself alongside a matching vision for the program’s future in the unique context of the Atlantic Council’s work and the global challenges which form the core of our mission.

Starting compensation will be commensurate with experience. All Atlantic Council employees receive full benefits, including health care plans and generous retirement matching options. Atlantic Council Directors also participate in an incentive program which offers bonuses tied to both financial and qualitative performance. As Director, this role has potential for significant salary growth tied to performance and subject to annual review by management.

About the Millennium Leadership Program
MLP is the Atlantic Council’s flagship “leadership accelerator” for future global leaders under the age of forty. Building on a 60-year tradition of next-generation programming which dates to the organization’s founding, MLP has emerged as one of the top programs of its kind for exceptional rising leaders around the world. The program currently has three primary areas of operation:

The Millennium Fellowship: Our annual fellowship program for mid-career professionals which takes fellows to the front lines of global challenges and equips them with the skills, networks, and understanding to make a difference. Alongside world-class convenings, skills trainings, executive coaching, and a curriculum of master classes in key international issues, a distinguishing feature is our experiential “study tours.” In recent years, these include exploring migration near the Syrian border in Turkey and along the migrant route through the Greek islands; peacebuilding after the historic peace deal in Colombia; and democracy after the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine, among many others. Through these programs we deliver a rich, once-in-a-lifetime experience to our fellows. Fellows are selected through an extraordinarily competitive process and include elected officials, ministers, and senior advisors to heads-of-state; rising executives at fortune 500 companies, young CEOs and entrepreneurs; and award winning and world-renowned artists, activists, authors, academics, and others. All under the age of forty, they are an incredible community that will shape the world for decades to come. In total, our community exceeds 500 fellows and alumni across eighty countries.
The Young Global Professionals (YGP) Program: Launching its first class in 2021, YPG is the Atlantic Council’s primary program for students, recent graduates, and entry-level professionals and will be replacing our traditional internship. This program offers up to 100 paid full-time and part-time internships across the organization throughout the year alongside a professional development curriculum. This program is designed as a launch pad for global careers and includes working placements in every center across the organization. MLP directs the program and administers it in partnership with the office of Human Resources as well as the programs and centers which host YGPs. MLP plays a leading role in managing the selection process and the training and learning curricula.
Strategic Annual Programs: Year to year, MLP also leads or plays a significant partnership role in various strategic conferences, executive education programs, and other bespoke projects for Atlantic Council partners and internal stakeholders. The most significant of these is the NATO Engages series, where MLP traditionally leads the next-generation engagement element alongside official NATO summits.


Job Responsibilities
Lead fundraising/business development for the program, including stewarding and growing existing relationships while securing new partners and donors to grow the program’s revenue.
Manage program budget, including approval of all expenses and balancing the program’s revenue versus expenses.
Supervise and mentor the program team, including two full-time staff, with the possibility of interns, with the intention to expand the team as the program grows.
Lead program operations, including quality control and oversight over administrative and logistical elements of various projects, as well as direct involvement in the delivery of in-person activities with program participants (i.e., leading study tours abroad with fellows, moderating roundtable discussions, leading trainings/coaching, etc.).
Coordinate closely with internal stakeholders, including the Executive Office, Development, Finance, Human Resources, and others to ensure smooth collaboration on finance, fundraising, and administrative activities which include or affect other parts of the organization, particularly the Young Global Professional Program.
Develop and continuously refine a strategic plan for the program’s future.
Innovate the business model to ensure more sustainable financing and to scale the program to deliver broader impact.
Lead the external communications for the program, including overseeing the development of marketing materials, recruitment, promotion, and external speaking and thought leadership activities.
Provide thought leadership in partnering with senior leaders across the organization on internal talent and professional development efforts, including but not limited to the internship program.
Lead the Council’s thought leadership and programming around the subject matter of leadership.


Bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications, journalism, international relations, business, management, or a related field. Varied educational backgrounds welcomed.
A minimum of ten years of work experience with relevant expertise in international affairs and leadership development/talent/professional development alongside a track record of successfully leading business development (this may include, but is not limited to private sector sales, nonprofit fundraising, or other types of business development).
Ability to think strategically and to anticipate and orchestrate next steps.
Top-notch organizational skills; ability to initiate, prioritize, and follow through on plans.
Ability to balance big-picture thinking with attention to detail.
Computer literacy; proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and report/query tools preferable).
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills.
Desire to work in an independent and self-motivated manner (particularly during COVID teleworking periods), as well as part of an organization-wide, matrixed team.
Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Commitment to the Council’s mission and the ability to communicate that commitment in a compelling and genuine way.

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