Director, Democratic Resilience Program

The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) is seeking a results-oriented, innovative, and experienced thought-leader to serve as the Director of the Democratic Resilience program. The Director position requires an individual that has vast experience in both the operational and substantive areas of leading a program or initiative, particularly in the foreign policy space. The successful candidate will have an established track record of demonstrated thought-leadership, fundraising, and program management, as well as a passion for and expertise in transatlantic relations. 

The Democratic Resilience program aims to strengthen the resilience of democracies against authoritarian threats and enhance Euro-Atlantic dialogue around democratic governance. A key area of focus is Russia – its foreign policy strategy to undermine democracies, Ukraine, as well as cyber and information operations. As a part of a dynamic and growing team at one of the most diverse foreign policy think tanks in Washington, DC, this individual would have a unique and prominent role in shaping the strategic direction of the program and contributing to CEPA’s overall mission.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Demonstrate thought leadership by engaging with the policy community; taking on speaking engagements and media; and producing written analysis for both CEPA and external outlets.
  • Provide strategic direction for the program on key substantive areas at the intersection of internal and external threats to democracies, including foreign malign influence from Russia and China, and the future of democratic governance in Europe and globally.
  • Oversee the day-to-day programming and operations including managing staff, fellows, budget, and projects.
  • Ensure fiscal sustainability of the program through successful fundraising, relationship management, and engagement, including active prospecting/cultivation/stewardship of funders.
  • Proactively drive substantive programming in our areas of focus by writing or commissioning papers, hosting events, and recruiting new fellows.
  • 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 is preferred;
  • Substantive knowledge and analytical track record on the key issue areas covered by the Democratic Resilience program with demonstrated expertise in Central and Eastern Europe and/or Russia preferred;
  • Minimum five 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 manage multiple tasks in a time-sensitive environment;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to handle sensitive information, meet deadlines, and maintain grace under pressure;
  • Willingness to respond to an evolving set of priorities;
  • Desire to work independently to build an exciting and impactful program.

A successful candidate will: 

  • Have an understanding of, and a commitment to, CEPA’s mission to transatlantic values and principles.
  • Be flexible, creative, solution-oriented, and positive in approaching challenges and problems.
  • Be highly organized and familiar with the functions of a public policy non-profit organization.
  • Meet timelines and manage multiple projects simultaneously with utmost professionalism.
  • Be able to work well independently, as well as be a key contributor in a highly dynamic team environment.
  • Demonstrate discretion when working with confidential or proprietary information.

CEPA offers exceptional benefits that include: 

  • Competitive pay;
  • Generous employer-subsidized health insurance;
  • 403(b) 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: 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.