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Career Opportunities at The Carter Center

The Carter Center staff are mission-driven professionals committed to making an impact to advancing peace and health worldwide. In accordance with our commitment to fundamental human rights, The Carter Center embraces diversity as an organizational strength and source of enrichment. We value free and open communication, respecting the views, roles, and contributions of all. There are approximately 200 staff at the Atlanta headquarters and thousands more in field offices around the world. Atlanta staff are recruited through the Emory University Human Resources Department and are employees of Emory University. We offer competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our staff.

Below are just a few of the many benefits available. To see all of the benefits Emory offers, visit the Benefits webpage.

  • Health Insurance (medical, dental and vision plans)
  • Retirement Savings Plans (with an excellent matching program)
  • Life Insurance (basic and supplemental)
  • Short & Long-term Disability
  • Courtesy Scholarship (tuition discount at Emory for faculty/staff and their dependents)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Time Off & Holidays (10 holidays per year + two floating holidays)
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Resources for Child Care, Adult Care and Emergency Back-up Care
  • Adoption Reimbursement
  • Fitness and Personal Wellness Programs
  • Workplace Flexibility
  • Public Transportation Subsidies

A complete list of Carter Center position openings can be viewed on Emory University's Career Opportunities. If you don't see a position that you are interested in, please submit your resume for future consideration to We will certainly keep you in mind and contact you if a position becomes available that matches your background.

Below are a few of the Center's current openings:

+Vice President, Peace Programs


Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn in partnership with Emory University, The Carter Center was created to advance peace and health worldwide. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. The Center seeks to actively prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. As a nongovernmental organization, the Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases and improving mental health care.

The Carter Center collaborates with other organizations, public or private, in carrying out its mission around the world. For additional information regarding accomplishments, leadership, governance, and current programs, please visit The Carter Center.


The Carter Center is recognized as a pioneer and leader in the field of election observation. It has monitored 107 elections in 39 countries, helping to ensure democratic elections that reflect the will of the people. When the Center first started observing elections in the late 1980s, the Cold War was ending and a wave of democratization was spreading globally. In the last 10 years, however, the trend toward greater democracy has plateaued, and citizens in many parts of the globe are now confronting challenges from authoritarian governments and narrowing political space.

Beyond elections, the Center seeks to deepen democracy by nurturing full citizen participation in public policy-making and by helping to establish government institutions that bolster the rule of law, fair administration of justice, access to information, and government transparency.

A culture of respect for human rights is crucial to permanent peace. The Center supports the efforts of human rights activists at the grass roots, while also working to advance national and international human rights laws that uphold the dignity and worth of each individual.

When democracy backslides or formal diplomacy fails, the Center offers conflict resolution expertise and has furthered avenues for peace in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia.

Since 1982, The Carter Center has shown that creating a world at peace is a very possible journey, one step at a time.


The Vice President (VP), Peace Programs is responsible for the overall direction, strategic planning, development, and implementation of initiatives aimed at advancing peace and fostering human rights in countries around the world, most commonly in poor and politically weak states. Current Peace program activities are focused in the following areas: human rights, democracy, access to information, conflict resolution, cooperation in the Americas and U.S.-China relations. The VP, Peace Programs oversees the leadership and professional development of more than 100 staff members located in Atlanta and international field offices, and the development and implementation of 30 program activities with annual budgets of approximately $25 million. This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer of The Carter Center and serves as a member of the senior leadership team, comprised of the Vice President, Health Programs, Vice President, Finance, and Vice President, Operations and Development. This full-time position is based in Atlanta and requires both international and domestic travel.


The VP, Peace Programs is required to have broad experience and deep substantive knowledge of international affairs and is a respected expert with a minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience at a senior leadership level, and a graduate degree in a relevant field. A terminal degree is desirable, as is proficiency in one or more foreign languages and experience working and/or living abroad. The successful candidate will be a decisive manager with a proven track record of managing and leading successful global teams, strong managerial and leadership skills, and proven ability to oversee complex international multi-disciplinary initiatives simultaneously. Extensive international experience in one or more of the following geographic areas is also required: Africa, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, or Asia. The successful candidate will have a record of distinguished service as a practitioner, ideally in a variety of organizational settings (e.g. international/multinational organizations, government, non-governmental organizations, academia, and/or independent consulting).

The ability to shape and implement the strategic vision for The Carter Center Peace Programs is a critical element for this position, as is the ability to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders. The successful candidate must exhibit leadership qualities to build accountable teams and manage change.


Visit this link or search job number "30297" on Emory University's Career Opportunities »

+Senior Associate Director, Rule of Law Program


The Carter Center's Rule of Law Program, in partnership with governments, civil society, and international and regional bodies, advances good governance and trust to transform lives through enhanced accountability, transparency and inclusive access to information and justice.


Serving as the deputy to the Director, the Senior Associate Director supervises the implementation of the Rule of Law Program's country programming portfolio. The Senior Associate Director's primary responsibilities include: all aspects of project management (design, implementation, and evaluation), fundraising, budget and grant management, staff supervision, and liaising with both Carter Center program and department personnel and external stakeholders. The Senior Associate Director supports the Program Director in setting overall strategy and assures that projects align with the program and Carter Center mission. This position requires international travel and HEAT training.


  • Ten years of professional experience, with a minimum of three years of equivalent senior management experience.
  • Proven expertise in the field of rule of law, transparency, democratic development, or good governance is required.
  • Previous international experience is required.
  • Exceptional written and communication skills.
  • Candidates should be detail-oriented, well-organized, and able to independently manage multiple projects and lead teams.
  • Strong knowledge of NGOs and project-based fundraising, prior living/working experience abroad is a plus.
  • High level of proficiency in Spanish is a plus. 


  • Assumes a senior role in the planning, development, and implementation of various aspects of a complex global program.
  • Serves as a liaison and key spokesperson to various committees and organizations.
  • Leads policy formulation, strategy development, and management of daily operations.
  • Collaborates with representatives from private, government, and international agencies to design, implement and/or evaluate program-related projects and strategies that effectively address the public needs associated with the program.
  • Conducts research, designs new initiatives, and writes publishable articles and papers.
  • May write grant proposals, and prepare/present associated reports to funding organizations and to clients.
  • May engage in fundraising initiatives on behalf of the program.
  • May oversee the annual budget and other financial aspects of the program.
  • May supervise staff.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


Master's degree in a field related to the program and seven years of professional experience related to the program and previous supervisory and program/project management experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.


Visit this link or search job number "42214" on Emory University's Career Opportunities »

+Senior Associate Director, Development, Major Gifts


Reporting to the Chief Development Officer for Major Gifts (CDO), the Senior Associate Director, Major Gifts is charged with the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of potential donors to The Carter Center. The Senior Associate Director serves as a member of the Center’s Major Gifts team, comprised of annual, major, and planned gift officers, manages a portfolio, and contributes to the development of plans and strategies to achieve gift income goals in support of the Center’s Health and Peace Programs, and overall operations. The Senior Associate Director may supervise intern staff. As a member of the Major Gifts team, the Senior Associate Director will identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward donors for all major gift efforts, campaigns, and planned giving.


  • Extensive travel is required with an ability and willingness to travel up to 40% of time.
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of four years in fund raising for a non-profit organization, to include direct gift solicitation experience.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills are essential.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively in written and oral forms.
  • Ability to articulate the mission and goals of The Carter Center in a compelling manner.
  • Familiarity with planned giving vehicles.
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge database management system a plus.


  • Develops, coordinates, and implements fund-raising activities which may include direct mail, planned giving, endowment campaign and/or special fund-raising initiatives.
  • Maintains a thorough working knowledge of programs. Develops and implements strategies for marketing new and existing programs.
  • Manages fund-raising initiatives for specific programs, which may be funded by foundations, corporations, governments (foreign and U.S.), organizations or individuals.
  • Assists in preparing budgets, monitoring expenditures and preparing financial reports.
  • Builds relationships with current and prospective donors.
  • Maintains updated information on prospective donors.
  • Oversees the development of communication materials directed at donors.
  • Designs and implements strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of various development strategies, and prepares alternative approaches to meet goals.
  • Plans cultivation and solicitation trips.
  • Prepares briefing materials for trips and ensures comprehensive follow-up after donor visits.
  • May identify foundation support opportunities.
  • May write or assist others in writing grant proposals.
  • Ensures timely submission of proposals/reports.
  • May develop and make presentations; may write and present speeches.
  • Supervises staff, volunteers, and vendors.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


Bachelor's degree and four years experience in higher education, development, fund raising or equivalent experience in a non-profit institution.


Visit this link or search job number "36455" on Emory University's Career Opportunities »

+Manager, Research Projects, Trachoma Program, Health Programs


The Trachoma Control Program works with ministries of health in six African countries to eliminate blinding trachoma, the world's leading cause of preventable blindness. 


The Research Manager oversees the coordination, management and conduct of studies in concert with the Program Epidemiologist with a special emphasis on a study entitled "Trachoma Elimination Study by Focused Antibiotics” in Amhara, Ethiopia" and referred to as "TESFA." This study is a cluster-randomized clinical trial to test an alternative treatment regimen to the standard-of-care singe-dose, annual communitywide mass drug administration (MDA) of azithromycin for trachoma.

The Research Manager implements all studies with safe and ethical considerations in strict adherence to the approved protocol, direction from the Program Epidemiologist, data safety and monitoring committee recommendations, and technical colleague's guidance. The Research Manager reports directly to The Trachoma Control Program Epidemiologist. The position works closely with the Program Epidemiologist, Principal Investigator, to support and provide guidance on the administration of the compliance, financial, personnel and other related aspects of all studies. To accomplish this, the Research Manager should expect international travel upwards of 30-40% of their time. Due the travel requirement, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) will be required.


  • Proven experience in epidemiology and study designs.
  • An analytical mindset with problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • Excellent understanding of data administration and management functions (collection, analysis, distribution etc.).
  • Proficient in MS Office (Excel, Access, Word etc.).
  • Masters level degree in Public Health, Epidemiology or other relevant field.
  • Experience living and working in Africa.
  • Experience with STATA, SAS, R, and other analysis software.
  • Experience with Arc GIS.


  • Responsible for managing complex research projects.
  • Using an advanced knowledge of research methodology and techniques, assists in the planning and development of survey instruments, guidelines and procedures to collect required data.
  • Coordinates various aspects of the study.
  • Drafts and may edit text for studies.
  • Analyzes data, identifies data discrepancies and researches and identifies causes.
  • May perform statistical analysis of numerical data.
  • Actively contributes to the development of research protocols.
  • Determines how research methodologies or tools must be modified.
  • Ensures that study data and systems are maintained and accurately documented.
  • Analyzes data and develops reports to assess or monitor study performance and treatment results.
  • Coordinates and conducts special meetings and presentations.
  • Coordinates computer support for ancillary studies conducted at off-site locations.
  • Collaborates on reports and papers.
  • Assists in the preparation of tables and graphs for publication and presentation.
  • May design and develop databases related to specific programs at the request of supervisor and/or Principal Investigator.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


Master's degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Sociology, and Psychology or related discipline and two years of professional level research experience, OR equivalent combination of experience, education, and training. Excellent oral and written communication skills. 


Visit this link or search job number "40369" on Emory University's Career Opportunities »

+Human Resources Associate, Generalist


Serving as a generalist in support of all aspects of the human resources operations for The Carter Center, the HR Associate, coordinates with various Emory departments to implement human resources processes and ensures consistent application of Emory/Carter Center policies/procedures.

The HR Associate will perform established transactional activities for staff of The Carter Center, including employee onboarding and orientation, timekeeping, and recruitment activities. Facilitates the implementation of policies and procedures in compliance with established Carter Center/Emory University guidelines. Interprets and counsels’ managers and employees on policies and procedures to ensure consistency in application. Leads employee training and education on various HR-related topics. Responsible for gathering relevant information for employee relations, occupational injury and FMLA requests. Accountable for the integrity of data in databases, records, and files and prepares ad-hoc and routine reports. The HR team coordinates and executes staff events.

This position reports to the Director, Human Resources and serves as the back-up for the Director and may supervise staff, volunteers and/or interns.


  • The successful candidate will be proactive and responsive to the organization’s needs, have exceptional interpersonal skills, strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to multi-task.
  • The HR Associate is required to have the ability to exercise sound judgment, discretion, and maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
  • International not-for-profit human resources administration experience in a cross-cultural setting is preferred.
  • Prior specialization in recruitment and professional development is a plus.


  • This classification is to be used in departments/schools at Emory University.
  • Administers Human Resources policies and procedures and related forms for a department or a division.
  • Coordinates compliance with organizational policies and procedures.
  • Completes required forms/documents, reviews for accuracy, and processes.
  • Advises or refers individuals to the appropriate staff for guidance on human resources issues.
  • Advises supervisors/managers and prepares required paperwork to process job reclassifications and to establish and post new positions.
  • Assists in creating/updating departmental position descriptions.
  • Processes required payroll paperwork.
  • May assist in preparing and monitoring departmental budgets.
  • May supervise support staff.
  • Assists in human resources related education/training efforts within the department.
  • Utilizes database management, word processing, spreadsheet and/or other computer applications.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


Bachelor's degree in human resources, business administration, or a related field and three years of experience in human resources administration or an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training. 


Visit this link or search job number "32039" on Emory University's Career Opportunities »

+Administrative Assistant, Plains Office


The Administrative Assistant provides support to the day to day operations of a small office in Plains, Georgia.


  • This is a part-time position, hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm with 1hr meal period, Monday through Friday with occasional additional time as needed staffing of weekend and evening events.
  • Other requirements: use of personal vehicle for office errands, a security clearance, high level of loyalty and confidentiality and people skills together with a willingness to assist the Executive Administrative Assistant/Office Manager.


  • Provides administrative support for one of the following (or a combination): general management, a research environment or a specific program.
  • Ensures office activities comply with Emory policies and procedures.
  • Responds to incoming telephone calls.
  • Maintains calendars and prioritizes meeting requests for management.
  • Reviews incoming correspondence and identifies items of special interest to management; handles routine correspondence and prepares appropriate responses.
  • May complete forms, grant applications, and/or correspondence associated with programs.
  • Prepares charts and graphs for reports and presentations.
  • Creates and edits scientific, programmatic or other reports associated with department's primary business.
  • Schedules meetings and handles logistics for meetings and special events.
  • Prepares materials for meetings and special events.
  • Initiates, processes, and maintains records and invoices.
  • Keeps management apprised of account status, identifies cost-effective solutions and may authorize expenditures.
  • May monitor or maintain budgets and grants, assist with budget development, and prepare related expense reports and reimbursements.
  • Plans and coordinates travel arrangements.
  • Maintains databases and spreadsheets; may also analyze data and design/generate associated reports.
  • Establishes and organizes filing systems.
  • Oversees ordering and maintenance of office supplies.
  • May supervise or direct the work of support staff and/or students.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


A high school diploma or equivalent and five years of clerical or secretarial experience, or a bachelor's degree. Proficiency with various personal computer software applications. Positions in this classification may require keyboarding skills.


Visit this link or search job number "38784" on Emory University's Career Opportunities »

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