CEPA’s Transatlantic Defense and Security program shapes policy debates, builds communities of interest, and develops innovative policy solutions to the 21st century’s most pressing transatlantic security issues. Our goal is to ensure the United States and its closest allies can maintain their strategic edge in an increasingly contested world. We bring a forward-looking approach to our analysis, with insight formed across generations, backgrounds, and borders.

The Director will provide strategic guidance and lead decision-making for the program. They will collaborate closely with the Deputy Director and TDS staff to oversee and implement a range of research, convenings, and partnerships. This position is based in Washington, DC and involves some travel to Europe.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate thought leadership by engaging with the transatlantic security policy community. This includes taking on speaking engagements and media requests across Washington, DC and Europe and producing written analysis for both CEPA and external outlets.
  • Provide strategic direction for the program on key substantive areas, including the future of NATO; regional security in the Black Sea, Baltic Sea, and Mediterranean; defense technology; and any new areas the Director wishes to feature.
  • Oversee the day-to-day programming and operations including managing staff, fellows, budgets, and projects. The Director is expected to proactively drive substantive programming in TDS key areas by writing or commissioning papers, hosting events, and recruiting new fellows.
  • Ensure fiscal sustainability of the program through successful fundraising, relationship management, and engagement, including active prospecting/cultivation/stewardship of funders. The Director will also manage TDS’ network across European embassies, Congress, the US Government, and other partners.
  • In collaboration with the Deputy Director, manage and develop TDS staff, including by contributing to their professional growth and development.
  • Work closely with CEPA leadership to align programmatic priorities with CEPA’s mission.
  • Design for impact by thinking of creative ways to get your products and analysis to key stakeholders.


  • Master’s level education or higher in International Affairs, Political Science, History, or a related discipline;
  • Substantive knowledge and analytical track record on the key issues covered by TDS;
  • Minimum 5 years of applicable experience, including at least two years in a think-tank or similar setting;
  • Extensive track record in project and team management;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks simultaneously in a time-sensitive environment with utmost professionalism;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English;
  • Willingness to respond to an evolving set of priorities and work across junior and senior-level colleagues;
  • Desire to work independently to build an exciting and impactful program;
  • An understanding of or interest in defense technology issues is highly desired.

A successful candidate will:

  • Have a commitment to CEPA’s mission to transatlantic values and principles and be able to represent the institution publicly.
  • Have a solid understanding of, and network within, NATO and the EU, the US defense community, and/or the defense tech community.
  • Be flexible, creative, solution-oriented, and positive in approaching challenges and problems.
  • Be familiar with the functions of a public policy non-profit organization.
  • Be a self-starter, able to work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Be comfortable navigating ambiguity in a start-up style environment.
  • Demonstrate discretion when working with proprietary information.
  • Be willing to travel internationally and work evenings on occasion for special events.

CEPA offers exceptional benefits that include:

  • Competitive pay;
  • Generous employer-subsidized health insurance;
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan; and
  • Generous paid vacation leave, sick leave, personal leave, and holidays.

Application Instructions:

We invite qualified candidates to send a resume and cover letter to: careers@cepa.org. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Position available immediately with a view to filling the post as soon as possible. Applications are considered on a first-come basis.

About CEPA:

The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) works to ensure a strong and enduring transatlantic alliance rooted in democratic values and principles with strategic vision, foresight, and policy impact. Through cutting-edge research, analysis, and programs, we provide fresh insight on security, defense, and geopolitics to government officials and agencies; we help transatlantic businesses navigate changing strategic landscapes; we build networks of future Atlanticist leaders. CEPA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, public policy institution.

At CEPA, we believe in creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity because we recognize there is value in difference. More importantly, we believe creating an environment where everyone, regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, disability status, or citizenship, can do their best work is the right thing to do. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.