Program Assistant, Eurasia Center – Atlantic Council of the United States – Washington, DC

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Position description

The Atlantic Council is currently seeking qualified candidates for a full-time Program Assistant position to serve in its Eurasia Center. The position supports the Center’s overall work on the region, as well as UkraineAlert, a specialized Council newsletter focused on the ongoing Ukraine-crisis.

The Eurasia Center is the Atlantic Council’s focal point for work on and engagement with the countries that lie between the Far East and East-Central Europe – the Black Sea littoral states of Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine, as well as the remainder of the Caucasus and Central Asia. Activities include research and writing, public and private programs in Washington, and initiatives in the region that aim to promote and advance transatlantic values and interests. Further information on the Center and the Atlantic Council is available

The Center has recently launched a comprehensive Ukraine in Europe Initiative and is in the process of developing a major program on Central Asia. Work on Ukraine includes regular high level trips by Atlantic Council principals to Kyiv and West European capitals to promote policies designed to support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as democratic and economic reform; research and public outreach to keep Ukraine high on the public agenda; and programs designed to support the reestablishment of Ukraine’s sovereignty in Crimea. The Central Asian program plans to establish an Atlantic Council Hub in Astana and focus on security, economic and technology issues. Another key activity of the Center is the annual Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul, a business-led initiative that fosters cooperation among leaders in Eurasia and with their counterparts in the West. Its agenda focuses on energy, economic growth and integration, and political and other trends in and affecting the region.

The program assistant provides staff support principally for the Ukraine initiative, including providing research and editing support for UkraineAlert, and the evolving Central Asia program. He/she may also support other Center activities. Initially, he/she will report to the Center deputy director. This position will be located in Washington, DC, but may require international travel. The Atlantic Council seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds and offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Handle logistical and other arrangements for Ukraine- and Central Asian-related events, programs, and meetings in Washington.
  • Draft and manage correspondence relating to Ukraine and Central Asia for the Atlantic Council president, executive vice president, Eurasia Center director, and others
  • Draft and edit Center promotional materials and periodic reports to Council management, support the completion and dissemination of the Center newsletter, and keep the center and forum websites up to date
  • Provide research and editing assistance to UkaineAlert
  • Conduct research to support the Center activities on issue priorities and current events in the region.
  • Provide backstop support to and serve as the day-to-day liaison with staff in the Astana Hub (once established).


  • Knowledge of the greater Eurasia: from Turkey and the Black Sea littoral through the Caucasus to Central Asia, including the history, politics, economics, and contemporary problems of its countries.
  • Excellent English language writing skills and analytical ability.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; photo-editing, web-editing, and InDesign skills are highly desired.
  • Superb organizational skills, attention to detail, and demonstrated initiative.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including an ability to work well in a team and to deal effectively with others ranging from interns to government and business leaders in the United States and abroad.
  • Bachelors degree or higher.
  • Experience in organizing and staging events and in board and member service is highly desired.
  • Proficiency in Russian or Ukrainian is desired, but not essential.

About the Atlantic Council:

Working Together to Secure the Future. Renewing the Atlantic Community for Global Challenges.

The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community’s central role in meeting global challenges. Founded in 1961, the Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we promote, and the communities we convene, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.

Over the past six years, the Council has enjoyed remarkable growth in public impact, policy influence, and income. The Council has succeeded on the basis of a strategy which embraces a mission focused on the Council’s core of transatlantic partnership and applies it to top US foreign policy priorities: renewing the Atlantic Community for global challenges.

The Council’s mission has three components: fostering US-European cooperation, tackling global challenges together, and building communities of influence. At the same time, the Council has placed the concept of relevance at the heart of its programming and research. The Council’s model is to recruit intellectual entrepreneurs to lead our work, execute programs aimed at shaping policy, build communities of influence around ideas, aggregate best knowledge, and serve as a home base in Washington for Europeans and global partners.


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