Associate Director of Innovation Lab

About Atlas Network:

Atlas Network advances opportunity and prosperity by strengthening a global network of independent civil society organizations that promote individual freedom and remove barriers to human flourishing. We cultivate a network of 500+ partners in nearly 100 different countries that share a vision of a free, prosperous, and peaceful world where the rule of law, private property, and free markets are defended by governments whose powers are limited.


The Associate Director of Innovation Lab will work to help shape Atlas Network’s future innovation path, identify new organizational and programmatic opportunities, facilitate effective collaboration across the lab's portfolio in delivering key initiatives, and analyze our performance against organizational and lab goals. This role will help shape and develop initiatives in conjunction with the CIO and key Innovation Lab contractors, oversee the operationalizing a subset of those initiatives, and develop solutions for roadblocks. The Associate Director of Innovation Lab will be responsible for developing metrics and evaluation mechanisms to assess Atlas Network Innovation Lab’s overall organizational health and program effectiveness and impact. In conjunction with the Director of Strategic Operations, this role will also ensure timely reporting for large individual and foundation grants where funding has been provided for the Innovation Lab and its initiatives.

Core responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to:

  • Work with center and initiative leads to design operational systems that efficiently define department’s roles in projects and achieve the goals/targets for the projects

  • Lead quarterly program review meetings

  • Advise Innovation Lab contract staff on how new grant proposals would become operational, if approved.

  • Provide scoping review for new funding opportunities, as identified internal stakeholders, with relevant department heads

  • Facilitate the process between Innovation Lab and development to streamline and refine pitches to donors.

  • Establish clear connection with grant proposals and Atlas Network’s overarching Innovation Lab’s strategies.

  • Oversee the scoping of projects to ensure clear definition of responsibilities, expectations, timelines, resources, and ownership.

  • Create systems that enable project owners to track their budgets and make timely financial decisions.

  • Coordinate with project owners to establish plans for spending and program execution - provide updates at quarterly meetings.

  • Perform analysis on effectiveness of Atlas Network’s Innovation Lab activities

  • Lead the development of metrics to evaluate program performance within programs

  • Facilitate project contract staff in developing outputs and outcomes for new initiatives

  • Drive the Innovation Lab's evaluation process

  • Conduct regular program audits for the Innovation Lab initiative portfolio

Required Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of experience in strategy development or organizational strategy roles

  • Experience working with executive leadership

  • Experience in project management, project management tools, and leading teams and contractors remotely

  • Experience in budgeting and financial management

  • Ability to simultaneously manage and execute multiple strategic initiatives

  • Bachelor's degree in business, economics, or related field

  • Must be legally eligible to work in the United States without the need for sponsorship, now or at any time in the future

  • Ability to travel 20%, on average


Preference will be given for candidates that live within the DC Metro area. We will not be considering international applicants.

Additional Information:

This position is located in Arlington, VA near the Ballston Metro Station. This position is full-time and in person with an option for a hybrid schedule. As a global organization, some domestic and international travel may be required. Atlas Network provides a competitive benefits package that includes three weeks of paid time off, retirement plan with employer match, and health insurance. To apply, please email resume and cover letter along with salary requirements to: