Community Manager, Millennium Leadership Program

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date



1030 15th Street Northwest
12th Floor
District of Columbia
United States


Job Summary: 

The Millennium Leadership Program (MLP) is the Atlantic Council’s incubator and “leadership accelerator” for future global leaders, between the ages of 25 and 35. We run an annual fellowship program – the Millennium Fellowship – which takes fellows to the front lines of global challenges and equips them with the skills, networks, and understanding to make a difference. This year, our program focused on migration and included visits to the Syrian border in Turkey, rescue operations with the Turkish Coast Guard in the Aegean Sea, site visits at refugee camps and migrant spaces on the Greek island of Lesvos, and much more. We deliver a rich and once-in-a-lifetime experience to our fellows.

Fellows are selected through an extraordinarily competitive process and include elected officials, senior advisors to heads-of-state, rising executives at fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, award winning and world-renowned artists, activists, authors, academics, and others. All under 35, they are an incredible community that will shape the world for decades to come. In total, our community exceeds 500 fellows and recent alumni across over fifty countries. We also have an expanded network of alumni that pre-dates the current program which numbers in the thousands. 

We are searching for a Community Manager to curate and cultivate this network while leading the execution of our wider engagement strategy. This Community Manager will be responsible for shaping content for our programs, connecting fellows with engagement opportunities within the Atlantic Council community, and engaging our vast alumni network.

We are currently hiring for a start-date of January 1, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until a suitable candidate has been selected. To apply, please visit our website to upload your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample.


• Lead execution of fellow integration strategy: The Atlantic Council works across every major international affairs issue around the world, with programs dedicated to every region, and over 800 events per year. Our fellows match the diversity of the Council’s work. The Community Manager will work on a daily basis to connect fellows to relevant programs of work and engagement opportunities throughout the Atlantic Council. He or she will also fashion custom collaborations and experiences for fellows that leverage the Council’s thematic and regional centers. This might range from editing and managing the publication process for fellow-authored articles and reports, to coordinating fellow participation in key task forces and events, to facilitating larger fellow-led projects and mentor-mentee relationships. In this role, the Community Manager will have the opportunity to work in a cross-functional capacity with every Atlantic Council center and expert around the world. 

• Lead development of strategy and execution for alumni engagement program: MLP has an amazing and large alumni community, but we don’t currently engage them in a structured or intentional way. The Community Manager will have the opportunity to build this capability and program within MLP and lead it. 

• Play a leading role in developing content for the annual fellowship program: Our annual program includes our study tour (the example to Turkey and Greece described above), summit, and leadership retreat. The Community Manager will play a central role in developing the content for this part of the program and is expected to build a strong understanding of leadership development, every participant’s background and sector, and the subject matter at the heart of our annual program, which changes year-to-year. As such, qualified Community Managers must be competent generalists with boundless curiosity who thrive in an environment where they are always learning. The Community Manager will have the opportunity to travel with fellows on our annual programs.

• Play a leading role in developing content for fellow programming outside the annual fellowship: In addition to the annual program, MLP offers a menu of key additional engagements, including participation in our annual gala dinners and summits around the world, to fellows. The Community Manager will work closely with the team to coordinate these activities and develop additional programming for fellows to participate in.

• Lead day-to-day external communications: This includes day-to-day correspondence with fellows as well as managing the program’s social media and web presence.

 • Support Annual Recruitment and Selection Process: The entire team supports the recruitment process with significant outreach and advertising to attract applicants to the program each year. The Community Manager will play a key role in this effort, as well as in the selection process, participating in 60-80 interviews with fellowship finalists and helping to coordinate the larger Council-wide selection committee.

• Lead development and piloting of an Atlantic Council community management strategy: The Atlantic Council plans to deepen investment in community management capabilities. MLP is at the forefront of this effort. The MLP Community Manager will thus play a leading role developing the wider strategy for community management across the organization and piloting techniques, programs, and structural solutions to community management that may serve as a template for other parts of the organization. 

• Support partnership building and fundraising: The Community Manager will support partnership development and fundraising, drafting content for proposals, letters of inquiry, and other funding documents, as well as supporting the development and launch of a new Advisory Council for the program. 


• Minimum 2 years of relevant work experience;

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;

• Flexible and growth-oriented mindset with deep curiosity and constant desire to learn 

• Excellent research and writing skills;

• Exceptional interpersonal communications skills;

• Works well with others and on a small team, and interact professionally with senior officials, colleagues, and fellows;

• Passionate about and able to build and maintain a large network of professional relationships;

• Detail-oriented self-starter with entrepreneurial ethos and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment;

• Experience with managing social media accounts professionally;

• Able to track and maintain large amounts of data;

• Eligible to work in the United States on a full-time basis;

• Able to travel internationally, sometimes for extended periods of time (2-3 weeks);

• Demonstrated interest in international affairs (a formal international relations or political science background and education are NOT required).

Strongly Desired Qualifications:

• Prior fundraising experience, or familiarity with fundraising, sales, or business development;

• Video editing and graphic design capabilities.

International applications are welcome, but candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree