The Atlantic has, for more than 160 years, advanced ideas that matter and sparked global conversation on the most important issues of our time. We aim to bring clarity and original thinking to questions of consequence, on topics ranging from politics, the economy, and global affairs to technology, science, and culture. As the third-longest-running magazine in America, we find ourselves at a remarkable moment: one of both continuation and transformation, of upholding our legacy while continuously reinventing ourselves for the future.

AtlanticLIVE, the events division of The Atlantic, is seeking an Executive Director to lead our events management team. 

AtlanticLIVE brings The Atlantic’s journalism to life on stage, grappling with the most urgent and exciting issues of our time. From politics to business, education, health, tech, race and culture, the team produces more than 125 events a year across the country and around the world. These include large scale events like Aspen Ideas and The Atlantic Festival, topical summits on weighty editorial issues, and "on the record" roundtable dinners with subject matter experts.


The Executive Director of Event Management will report directly to the division’s SVP & General Manager and is charged with running a cross-functional team that includes up to six direct reports who oversee event managers, marketing, and audience recruiters. This team plays a pivotal role in producing Atlantic events and is key to the success of the enterprise. The Executive Director will have a rare constellation of skills that includes everything from managing event production and experience to budget-management across internal teams, clients, and our audience.


Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:

  • 12+ years executing a range of events/programs, ideally at a premium publisher/media company

    • Inclusive of but not limited to:

      • Large festival/flagship style programs

      • Summit style, mid -level programs

      • Roundtable dinners/breakfasts and networking programs, *DC programming a plus

  • Proven track record of generous and effective team-leadership and people-management

  • Experience leading both department and event/project level budgeting, cost-management, and contract-negotiations

  • Strategic engagement expertise to drive and elevate our audience-experience, versed at serving members and/or subscriber audiences and building new methods of convening these groups

    • Experience in multi-format programming (virtual and in real life)

  • Experience with managing corporate clients and sponsorship sales

  • Impeccable aesthetic awareness and meticulous attention to detail with a keen eye for quality design

  • Event operations and logistics mastery with a bend toward efficiency and high level program-delivery

    • This includes experience in managing vendors, contract negotiations and implementing tracking systems 

    • Ticketing, FOH, BOH experience is a plus

  • Ability to manage competing priorities and juggle multiple projects at once in an intense and fast-paced environment

  • Willingness to push through indecision and ambiguity to deliver results

  • An acute listener who welcomes feedback and is always eager to learn 


Critical Qualities:

  • A calm, cool, and collected mind—a constitution that affords “grace under fire”—coupled with a personality inclined toward perpetual positivity and a sense of possibility.

  • A manager with true gravitas who can inspire colleagues and partners to think beyond traditional boundaries and produce extraordinary, big projects, from concept through execution

  • The ability to at once “look up” and think conceptually and “look down” and execute exceptionally

  • Impeccable communication and relationship-management skills, across both internal and external partners

  • Belief in the conviction that high-quality journalism is fundamentally important with the desire to help it thrive


Location: Washington DC preferred, NYC considered

Salary Minimum: $120,000, Salary Maximum: $195,000


The Atlantic Monthly Group LLC and its affiliates ("The Atlantic") are Equal Opportunity Employers. We do not discriminate against our applicants because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law.  


Job offers to work at The Atlantic are contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of reference checks and compliance with The Atlantic's COVID-19 vaccination policy. The Atlantic requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, including subsequent boosters, and submit proof of vaccination status. Employees who cannot receive the vaccine because of a disability/medical contraindication or sincerely-held religious belief may request an accommodation (e.g., an exemption) to this requirement.

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