Job Posting: Operations Director, The Atlantic Institute

  • Atlantic Institute, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, seeks an Operations Director

  • Based in Rhodes House, Oxford, UK

  • Competitive salary

The Atlantic Institute was established in 2016 with the support of The Atlantic Philanthropies, and in collaboration with the Rhodes Trust, Oxford (UK).

The Institute was created to support the development of a global community of lifelong Atlantic Fellows and, within the seven constituent Atlantic Fellows programs located around the world, empower communities of emerging leaders to advance fairer, healthier, more inclusive societies. Our Fellows are activists, artists, journalists, health professionals, entrepreneurs, researchers, teachers, lawyers, policymakers, and others who collaborate to advance equity, opportunity and human dignity. More information about the Institute and the Atlantic Fellows Programs can be found at

This an excellent time to join the Atlantic’s growing team in the newly created role of Operations Director. In this role, you will work closely with the leadership and Fellows of the seven Atlantic Fellows Programs and the Narrative Institute, as well as with external partners. The role offers a unique opportunity to help implement the core functions of the Institute in a way that is true to values of the Atlantic Fellows Programs, responsive to the contexts and needs of the Programs and the Fellows, and consistently results focused. It is likely responsibilities will evolve as the Institute develops.

The Operations Director will report to the Atlantic Institute Executive Director, and be based in Oxford, United Kingdom.

In the first phase, tasks will include:

  • Advice and support to the Executive Director on the development of the Atlantic Institute’s operational program (providing support as needed in decision-making about key issues related to internal organizational management, organizational culture, internal systems, and related matters).

  • Lead responsibility for the development and implementation of systems and practices for internal monitoring and evaluation of the Institute’s activities.

  • Lead responsibility, in coordination with the Communications Director and On-line Learning Specialist, for supporting a rich learning culture and practice across the Atlantic Fellows Programs, including knowledge capture and management systems for cross-Program learning and sharing, and support for periodic cross-Program learning assessments and evaluations.

  • In coordination with the Executive Director and the Program Director, assistance in the implementation of programs in support of learning and collaboration among the Atlantic Fellows Programs.

  • Administration of funding support for Senior Fellow (alumni) activities.

  • Development and monitoring the Institute’s overall budget and, in consultation with the Executive Director and coordination with the Rhodes House finance team.

  • Preparation of reports to the Institute’s governance structures, and lead responsibility for organization of governance meetings, in coordination with the Executive Assistant.

Qualifications and Requirements

We are seeking an Operations Director with a strong commitment to social equity, who combines strong analytic, interpersonal and implementation skills and attention to detail with creativity and a commitment to continuous learning. While experienced in working in complex multi-stakeholder environments, the successful candidate will be comfortable working in a small-team environment. Operational experience in a social-equity oriented institution would be a plus. At least 10 years’ professional experience is desirable. The successful candidate will be based in Oxford, the United Kingdom, and will be expected to be able to travel locally and internationally.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • Program and project management experience, and a clear track record of bringing initiatives to successful completion.

  • Planning and delivering programs and events for sectorally and geographically diverse audiences.

  • Strong organizational ability; able to prepare budgets, and to build management information and results-management systems in relation to the structure of the program.

  • Strong experience in the development and implementation of systems and processes for monitoring and evaluation.

  • Strong intellectual capability with the capacity to engage with senior academics, business leaders, government officials, other leaders in a range of settings.

  • Ideally a post-graduate qualification in a thematic area relevant to the Atlantic Fellows mission, public sector or business management.

Personal Attributes

  • Passion for equity and social change demonstrated through personal or professional activity.

  • Creative and solutions-oriented, the ability to identify, define and solve issues as they occur.

  • ‘Of service’ orientation and consistently providing a high-quality service.

  • Proactive approach to anticipating issues and providing plans to address them.

  • An ability to manage multiple complex tasks simultaneously, and a diversity of skills to manage disparate activities.

How to Apply

TO APPLY - Please send your curriculum vitae (not longer than 3 pages) plus covering letter (no longer than 2 pages) and the contact details of at least two referees (these will not be contacted without applicant’s permission), to

ENQUIRIES should be sent to Danai Pampiglione, HR Manager who is contactable on Mondays and Wednesdays on +44 (0) 1865 270 952 and at

The closing date for applications is 12 pm (BST) on Thursday 13 September.