Program Assistant, Cyber Statecraft Initiative

The Atlantic Council seeks a talented and team-oriented individual for an entrepreneurial position as a Program Assistant in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative. The candidate will be engaged in program management for the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge and other initiatives alongside engaging in research and analysis rooted in real-world policymaking challenges infused with technical understanding. The candidate will help execute a year-round calendar of Cyber 9/12 events across the globe, including core competitions and Next Generation Fund programming. The candidate will also have a stake in the direction and operation of the Initiative, including direct support of core content production, convening, and development activities. The candidate will have a pathway to contribute to research publications and events in line with the Initiative’s priorities like Breaking Trust.

The successful candidate will be a strong collaborator and should thrive in balancing multiple projects with overlapping deadlines, including project administration, coordination, research, media development, and convening. A demonstrated facility with writing and event planning is required. The ideal candidate will possess an understanding of the geopolitical aspects and context of cyber policy and possess strong administrative skills. Some financial management and/or business development experience, and interest in research is preferred. An ability to be resourceful, maintain a solution-oriented outlook, and work efficiently both independently and on a team is a must.

Job responsibilities

  • Project Management. Work with the Director and Deputy Director to design and execute Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge competitions, including event planning, day of event execution, communications with event participants and stakeholders, administrative tasks (e.g., invoicing, tracking of project expenses, ordering event materials);
  • Content Development and Publications. Support the development of content for publications, including collaborating on and editing Cyber 9/12 scenarios, reports, issue briefs, policy memos, op-eds, and digital content;
  • Event Management. Support the logistics for public and private events;
  • External Communications. Support the team’s social media and broader communications efforts through internal content development and management.
  • Business Development. Support the Initiative’s development efforts, including drafting proposals, project budgets, preparing briefing materials, and conducting prospect research.



  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • No minimum full-time work experience;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment and multi-task to fulfill simultaneous overlapping demands in collaboration with a tight-knit team;
  • Excellent organizational, logistical, and administrative skills a must;
  • Project and event management skills;
  • Willingness to travel internationally on occasion and work extended hours;
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills;

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest in issues of cyber policy, technology, and computer science, and national security, with some familiarity with policy and strategy perspectives on challenges in cyberspace ;
  • Financial management and/or business development experience
  • Ability to represent the Atlantic Council to external constituencies, such as senior officials, board directors, donors, and individual and corporate members;
  • Experience with content development and data visualization and analytics tools;

Veterans (enlisted and commissioned) are encouraged to apply. If you have questions regarding this opportunity and would like to attend a Q&A session, please contact

The start date for this position is late-May/early-June 2022

Posted: February 22, 2022
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