The Atlantic Council is seeking a research assistant to support and coordinate the president & CEO’s thought leadership, which includes internal and external writing, social media engagement, live stage and television appearances, and other long-term projects. Although this portfolio covers a wide range of issues and themes, the majority of the work focuses on the Atlantic Council’s primary mission, namely promoting constructive US and European leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the central role of the Atlantic Community in meeting global challenges.
The research assistant will work closely with the chief of staff and the executive assistant to the president and CEO to prepare briefings, presentations, blog posts, research and help draft op-eds, and prepare speeches for the president and CEO. This employee is responsible for the President and CEO’s social media profile and digital engagement engage. The research assistant may also take on special projects and stand in for the executive assistant, as necessary, particularly staffing the CEO at major events and international conferences.
The position requires a proven aptitude for analytical thinking, superior writing ability, and excellent administrative and communication skills. The candidate must be discreet, engaging, reliable, and exceptionally organized. German language skills and previous experience in journalism desired. The Executive Office seeks candidates with demonstrated expertise and deep knowledge of international relations, politics and economics through academic and work experience and familiarity.
• Conduct regular research for meetings, speeches and writing projects; review briefings done by others and edit, summarize, or request revisions. Condense and organize briefing materials into complete, quickly digestible form;
• Day-to-day coordination and administration of weekly newsletter, including daily news article clippings, curating themes, writing drafts, and producing final email product;
• Oversee the President and CEO’s social media presence (including Twitter and Facebook), while building key follower and readership metrics;
• Working with chief of staff to identify new opportunities for CEO’s substantive engagement and improvements to current products and writings;
• Research and writing for other regular or special writing projects;
• Serve as CEO liaison for internal and external offices, work with Atlantic Council’s programs and centers on the president and CEO’s public appearances, coordinate with external groups on CEO’s engagement;
• Staff the president and CEO to certain events and appearances for logistical support and social media organization;
• Other administrative duties as necessary, occasional stand-in for the executive assistant;
Knowledge and Qualifications Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in International Relations, Foreign Affairs, Political Science, Journalism, or a related field.
• Minimum of 1-2 years’ experience of research, analysis, and/or editorial experience; journalism background and/or experience writing and editing briefs, reports, articles, etc. is highly preferred.
• Ability to take on research assignments, and to write and edit quickly and clearly with minimal supervision is required.
• Positive, flexible, get-it-done attitude, and ability to multitask in a fast-paced, often changing environment, with exceptional attention to detail and focus on meeting deadlines.
• Ability to work independently and within a team across the organization; high degree of personal motivation and self-management;
• Technical skills in social media, HTML and web expertise, layout design, basic data management and analysis strongly preferred;
• Willingness and ability to work on late evenings or weekends, as necessary;
• Multi-cultural experience, background and interest in international affairs and policy preferred;
• Non-English language fluency, particularly German, helpful.