Program Assistant, Future Europe Initiative

Atlantic Council Headquarters – Washington, DC

About the organization

The Atlantic Council is seeking a talented, dynamic individual to serve as Program Assistant in the Future Europe Initiative (FEI). The position is full time and includes benefits. The program assistant supports the Initiative’s overall work, including public and private events in Washington, DC and abroad, congressional outreach, research projects, business development efforts, and communications strategy.

The Future Europe Initiative promotes leadership, strategies and analysis to ensure a strong, ambitious and forward-looking transatlantic relationship.

The transatlantic relationship is America’s greatest asset. Since the Atlantic Council’s founding, Europe has been the United States’ political, economic, and security partner of first resort. North America and Europe were the most effective force globally when acting together. Together, North America and Europe laid the foundations for a liberal international order that offers the prospect of widely-shared security, prosperity, and freedom. In a time of great power competition, rising authoritarianism and technological and environmental challenges, a strong, cohesive European Union is a key strategic interest to the United States and the transatlantic community. The Future Europe Initiative seeks to help engagement between policymakers, economic leaders and citizens on both sides of the Atlantic, promote rising leaders and develop common solutions to defend our liberal democracies.

The program assistant provides staff support for the Initiative, with specific responsibility for independently managing and coordinating major public events, high level private events, managing the Initiative’s day-to-day operations, and assisting with the program’s external engagement and communications strategy. The successful candidate will also perform a number of administrative tasks, including maintaining the Director’s calendar, submitting financial reporting, and drafting miscellaneous internal and external materials. Finally, the program assistant will also support the program’s substantive portfolios, and will have broad knowledge and understanding of critical issues in Europe, the European Union, and transatlantic relations and will be able to work on a diverse range of regional issues, with a particular focus on transatlantic digital policy. This position is based in Washington, DC, but may require international travel.

The successful candidate will have a passion for the work, an entrepreneurial ethos, and a collegial spirit while also being an effective communicator and enjoying the fast pace of learning and growing in an organization. The ideal candidate will show strong record of supporting programs and events, excellent administrative and organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to execute on multiple priorities at once, and a thirst for growing on the team. She or he will work well with senior officials, as well as program interns, and will collaborate closely with interlocutors from abroad.


With senior staff, organize and execute major, multi-day conferences and smaller public and private events, including international events, through correspondence with high level participants, relationship management, and drafting of invitations;
Manage director’s calendar, scheduling calls, meetings, and frequent travel;
Assist in managing relations with various external partners;
Support the Director with day-to-day management of FEI programming, including coordination with events staff, administrative tasks, budgeting, and any other tasks related to program management as needed;
Assist in the supervision and management of program interns;
Support in implementing the communications and promotion strategy around core events and programming, including social media promotion, multimedia, website management, and follow up;
Conduct research to support the Initiative’s activities on priority issues and current events in the region;
Perform research and proposal writing tasks as assigned.


Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in European Affairs, International Affairs, or a related subject required;
1 or more years of relevant work experience in project management and/or event coordination;
Demonstrated ability in project management with exceptional attention to detail and ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment;
Demonstrated ability in event organization, coordination, and execution;
Exceptional organizational, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills;
Self-starter and results-oriented individual who can meet tight deadlines and work in an ever-changing environment;
Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to work well in a team and to deal effectively with others ranging from interns to high level government and business leaders in the United States and abroad;
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook;
Willingness and ability to work late evenings as necessary, and travel internationally;
Experience with WordPress and social media management is a plus;
Graphic design skills and/or experience is a plus;
Proficiency in Salesforce and/or Pardot (or other similar) customer and email management systems is preferred.

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