Grants & Awards Associate, Institute Relations

Atlas Network partners with over 500 think tanks in more than 100 countries across the globe to drive change in ideas, culture, and policy; remove barriers to opportunities; and empower individuals to live a life of choice. The Atlas Network’s Institute Relations department plays a key role in the organization’s efforts to strengthen and grow its network of independent partner by building authentic relationships with think tank leaders, making strategic grant investments in the work of those think tanks, facilitating their engagement with Atlas Network’s broad selection of training, networking, grants, and award programs, and providing personalized consultation related to think tank excellence and strategy.

The Institute Relations Associate is primarily responsible for actively organizing the flow of information from network partner organizations and serving as a key contributor that informs Atlas Network’s efforts to provide relevant, timely, and high quality programs and services to the network.

Please note that the Institute Relations department has two associate-level openings. The other opening can be found here.

The Grants & Awards Associate’s primary areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Grant & Award Management
    • Provide support to the grants process, including reviewing applications, drafting agreements, assessing risk, and ensuring proper disbursement of grants

    • Provide support to the awards process, including application recruitment, collation, and summary, as well as coordination with award finalists and winners about travel arrangements and prize distribution

    • Monitor and evaluate grant progress reports, assessing, recording, and following up on impact and achievements claimed by grantees in their formal reports; keeping track of key performance indicators; and identifying important trends

    • Summarize grant progress reports and effectively communicate key findings to various stakeholders

    • Oversee the application process and budget management of Atlas Network’s Smith Student Outreach Award

  • Data Integrity
    • The opportunity to innovate data collection and analysis method in order to identity partner priorities and needs

    • Maintain a rolling series of grant reports,, and ensure timely and accurate database records for the content

    • Serve in a key customer service role with the users of our Applications Portal system

    • Perform data entry and quality control on multiple databases

  • Overall Institute Relations Support
    • Develop and/or strengthen relationships with current and potential grantees and partners via online and in-person methods

    • Support partners by providing helpful information, answering questions, and responding to inquiries

Ideal candidates will strongly exemplify qualities similar to the following:

  • Believes that public policy which safeguards personal choice and free enterprise makes the word a better place

  • Careful attention to detail and a patient determination to ensure accuracy and completeness of information for database records, report content, etc.

  • Excellent time management skills and strong self-motivation to stay on task

  • Comfort level with fast evolving processes and organizational activities to keep pace with growth and innovation

  • Positive, hardworking, and professional attitude coupled with appreciation for a fun-loving team

  • Open-minded and curious about other cultures

  • Committed to free markets, individual choice, and agency as key solutions to the world’s most important problems

  • Proficient in Excel/Google Sheets and desire to become proficient in Salesforce

This position works closely with all members of the institute relations team. This position is located at Atlas Network headquarters in Arlington, VA.

Tangible Benefits:

  • Competitive salary

  • Health/dental

  • Metro/parking allotment

Intangible Benefits:

  • Develop a diverse and deep knowledge about work being done to advance human freedom all over the world;

  • Get to know brave and inspiring leaders in the world’s most difficult places;

  • Be part of a fast growing and exciting workplace with a team that works tirelessly for the right reasons.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Shannon Carter at with subject line: Institute Relations Associate Candidate followed by applicant’s full name. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.