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Director, Global HR and Talent Development

Atlantic Council
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Job Summary:

The Atlantic Council is seeking a transformational HR leader; an energetic and motivated executive to lead one of the most dynamic, entrepreneurial and fast-paced nonprofit foreign policy think-tanks in Washington DC. This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned HR professional who is driven and eager to build and sustain a high-performance culture that serves our mission and supports our staff.

The Director of Global HR and Talent Development is a core member of the Atlantic Council management team, responsible for executing our HR and talent strategy through a relentless focus on talent recruitment and development of intellectual entrepreneurs, to ensure that we are a relevant, resourceful, nimble, ambitious, and effective organization. The Council is a mission-driven organization of 375 staff members globally, with an entrepreneurial spirit and start-up mentality, as we continue to build our infrastructure and processes to support the exponential growth we have experienced over the past decade.

The Atlantic Council’s success begins with an exceptionally talented team and the Director serves as a key leader in transforming how we approach talent acquisition, development and engagement, and create a new generation of foreign policy change agents, ready to lead in this historic moment. The best Atlantic Council team members are not only cutting-edge experts in their fields, they are also passionate about their work, results-oriented, fast-acting, entrepreneurial, and resourceful. They understand the world’s challenges are daunting, but they are optimistic and natural team players in their search for relevant strategies and policy solutions. The Council has a diverse, multi-lingual, and international workforce, but we are united by our aspiration to represent these attributes. In our pursuit of excellence, our people embody these characteristics – from interns and entry-level positions to our most senior experts, managers and executives.

The Director of Global HR and Talent Development will report to the Chief Operating Officer and work in close collaboration with the President/CEO and Executive Vice President.


Job Responsibilities:

 Strategic Talent Management: 

  • Lead execution of Council’s talent management strategy with a focus on transforming talent development to foster the next generation of foreign policy leaders; successful track record implementing training, professional development and mentorship programs to increase staff performance, and retain a workforce that is results-oriented, motivated, and engaged;
  • Lead implementation of a comprehensive strategic recruiting and retention plan to meet the human capital needs of the Atlantic Council; ensure increasingly diverse pools of high-performing candidates are recruited for Council positions;
  • Actively promotes the Atlantic Council as an employer of choice and sets an example of professional standards and ethics.


Human Resources Management: 

  • Oversee overall human resources function including compensation, employee relations, HR policy and compliance, performance management, retention, benefits administration and other major Human Resources policies and programs. Provides an important link with overseas staff;
  • Oversee annual HR budget, and demonstrate principles of good stewardship in the management of the Council’s financial resources by finding ways to minimize costs and streamline processes;
  • Guides the development of HR policies and programs to create a healthy work environment that is attractive to, and supportive of, the Atlantic Council’s highly talented staff;
  • Provides leadership, guidance and counsel to Council managers in their responsibilities, develop and communicate HR policies that minimize the Atlantic Council’s liability;
  • Ensure that the Atlantic Council is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations concerning employment practices, employee health and safety, employee relations, etc.
  • Lead a small team of HR professionals to ensure operational excellence; works in close collaboration with the team to maintain the highest standards of service to staff;
  • Oversee comprehensive compensation and benefit plans that are competitive and cost effective;
  • Collaborate with Executive Office to produce reporting for Annual Compensation Committee (Board) meetings; reports on staffing, turnover, compensation, performance ratings, bonuses etc.
  • Lead the Council’s response to emergencies, disasters, and other time-sensitive events that impact staff.


Management & Leadership:

  • Serve on the Atlantic Council management team and serve as a strategic advisor and functional expert to the President/CEO and executive management team regarding HR and talent strategies and issues;
  • Provide support to management team to lead their people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals;
  • Proven track record in leveraging diversity, developing others, and team building;
  • Experience in successfully leading and managing in an environment undergoing change and transformation.




  • BA/BS degree required; Master's degree preferred. A degree in Human Resources, Business, Organizational Development or a related field of study preferred;
  • A minimum of 12 years of related experience, including strategic support of senior executives aligning Human Resources strategies with business priorities;
  • Senior Human Resources certification (SPHR or GPHR) desirable;
  • Proven expertise working in fast-paced, dynamic and high performing organizations in private sector, non-profit, public sectors and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is highly desirable;
  • Practical knowledge of employment laws (state, federal and international) and other requirements;
  • Strong personal drive for success; demonstrates initiative and is appropriately decisive;
  • Proven ability to work with diverse stakeholders, manage competing agendas and priorities, and translate complex information across functions;
  • Ability to drive long-term strategic initiatives, analyze and resolve complex problems and translate intricate information to diverse audiences;
  • Ability to develop effective relationships with executive teams, Board members and other constituencies;

Personal Characteristics:

The ideal candidate will have the following experience and attributes:

  • A globally focused, international citizen who understands and has a genuine interest transforming organizations and taking them to the next level;
  • A consummate professional.  Someone with excellent interpersonal skills, including tact, flexibility, professionalism, and discretion and ability to work well with diverse constituencies;
  • A strong communicator.  Someone with the ability to write well, define and articulate the Council’s mission and work to potential candidates and partners;
  • A strategic thinker. Someone who can envision and identify creative ways for the Atlantic Council to transform its talent management approach;
  • An entrepreneurial self-starter.  Someone able to juggle multiple priorities, organize time effectively, meet assignments timelines, and be highly detailed oriented;
  • A team player.  Someone whose ego is in check and who can work easily with ambiguity in a fast-paced environment with tight timelines and limited funding;
  • Above all, someone who is dedicated to the work of the Atlantic Council.


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.


The position is located in Washington, D.C. To apply, please visit our website http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/careers/employment-internships to upload your resume, cover letter and salary expectations.


 The Atlantic Council is an equal opportunity employer.


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