Program Officer, Leadership Practice at IREX in Washington, Washington DC

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Program Officer, Leadership Practice
Domestic • Washington, District Of Columbia


Who We Are

At IREX we strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world-where individuals research their full potential, governments serve their people and communities thrive.

But around the globe, persistent poverty, repression, and injustice prevent too many people form achieving their full potential. To address these problems, we focus on people, not on vaccines, roads, or wells. We support individuals and institutions to create change in their own communities-and to create person to person bridges between nations.

IREX works with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: cultivating leaders, empowering youth, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to quality education and information.

IREX seeks Program Officer candidates for the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Community Engagement Exchange Program (CEE). The program will support approximately 130 emerging community leaders, ages 20-27, from approximately 100 countries who are starting careers in the civil society sector, to spend three-months in the United States in an immersive civil society exchange that includes a professional practicum and provides opportunities to cultivate leadership skills, develop actionable projects, establish career goals that support engaged and inclusive communities, and builds capacity for civil society.

Under the direction of the Project Director and Senior Program Officer, the Program Officer will lead all aspects of fellow's placement at U.S. community- based non-profit organizations or government offices for a three- month practicum. The Placement Program Officer will play a critical role in establishing and nurturing relationships with U.S-based host institutions and implementing and monitoring processes to effectively match fellows to host institutions based on interest and fit. The Placement Program Officer will also contribute their skills and knowledge to all activities and carry out additional duties and tasks to meet the needs of the organization, team, or as assigned by supervisor.

We are doers. Our decades of on-the-ground experience help us create greater impact, practical recommendations, and lasting partnerships.

Are you the next member of our team?

Your Background & Skills
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 3-5 years of professional experience in relevant sectors, including experience with exchange or alumni. programming and/or professional training/development programsand/or fellowship programs.
  • Experience supervising staff, interns, or equivalent.
  • Experience with placement of fellows in professional organizations for training/skills development; or similar relevant experience preferred.
  • Experience working with domestic and global partners or stakeholders.
  • Experience in mentoring, coaching, or other relevant leadership development work with young professionals.
  • Demonstrated experience managing others toward shared goals.
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain fruitful relationships withprogram participants,partners,and otherproject stakeholders.
  • Experience planning and managing events, including timelines and agendas, speaker outreach and preparation, media engagement, volunteer recruitment, and on-site staffing, preferred.
  • Experience leading webinars and other virtual learning and exchange activities, and familiarity with learning management platforms, preferred.
  • Experience managing grants preferred.
  • Experience workingwith Department of Stateand/ or USGgrantspreferred.
  • Experience working with learning management softwarepreferred; experience using Canvasa plus.
  • Experience monitoring program budgets preferred.
  • Experience with procurement procedures and grant management preferred.
  • Demonstrated understandingof community engagement, civil society strengthening,global development issues, regional knowledge, or international workorstudy experience
  • Demonstrated abilitytoplanstrategically and creativelyto meetspecified objectives with strong ability to anticipate challenges andgeneratesolutions
  • Excellent interpersonaland cross-cultural communicationskills including problem solving, conflict resolution, and a demonstrated ability to hold self and assigned staff accountable for quality outputs and results
  • Ability to communicate professionally andcontributeoutstanding verbal and written communications, including experience with social media
  • Outstanding cross-cultural skills and understanding of DEI concepts and how they are applied in both the workplace and in programming
  • Program and/or activity design experienceand facilitation skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to adhere to strict deadlines
  • Excellent computer and data management skills, including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Skills in or interest in developing capacity for project systems including Salesforce, Survey Gizmo, Canvas, Submittable, or similar
  • Abilityto work independently and as part of a team
  • Skilled at handling multiple complex tasks
  • English fluency required

Your Daily Tasks
  • You will be a member of a dynamic, start-up team working to build a new project with your primary focus on building out a robust process for the planning and implementation of the U.S.-based fellowship program.
  • Under the leadership of the Senior Program Officer, you will design, develop, and implement strategies and processes for fellow and host recruitment, including review and evaluation of applications.
  • Under the leadership of the Senior Program Officer, you will design and coordinate selection panels, including recruitment of panelists and creating instructions and materials to ensure a fair and transparent selection process based on program criteria.
  • Manage fellow placement process for their 3-month U.S. practicum to ensure an appropriate fit for leadership development, including the placement notification process.
  • Support U.S. host organizations including organizing and conducting virtual host orientations, helping hosts to set benchmarks for supporting fellows during their practicum, and drafting routing correspondence for hosts and other program stakeholders.
  • Measure progress, learning from doing, and use that learning to improve programming going forward.
  • Manage at least one junior staff person toward a shared vision, and provide guidance, coaching, and professional development support.
  • Ensure timely, accurate, and thoughtful completion of deliverables within assigned program responsibilities.
  • Support financial oversight and management of the program, including budget management, and ensure compliance with all IREX and donor policies.
  • Oversee and contribute to the development and revision of internal/external reports, presentations, and other products.
  • Lead monitoring and evaluation activities for your portfolio in collaboration with the Network & Learning Officer.
  • Oversee the design and drafting of communications for your portfolio; tasks may include, drafting and finalizing newsletter submissions and success stories for web and social media, drafting remarks for senior leadership for participation in relevant program events/activities, etc.
  • Create a positive team environment adhering to IREX's organizational values and management principles.
  • Proactively support IREX's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.

IREX will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008.

Successful candidates are subject to background screenings.

This position is eligible for Telework.

This position is NOT eligible for Immigration Sponsorship.


EOE - Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity.

All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE/M/FPI124684576