Program Assistant (Latin America Program)

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 17

Position description

The Wilson Center was established by an Act of Congress in 1968 as the national, living memorial honoring President Woodrow Wilson.

Along with the National Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center, it is one of the three entities affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, and is governed by its own presidentially appointed Board of Trustees. The Center provides a non-partisan policy forum for tackling issues through independent research and open dialogue that seeks to inform actionable ideas for the policy community and the public at large. It offers a bridge between the world and Washington and between critical ideas and policy practice.  Most of the Center's outreach efforts take place within the Center itself, but some of the activities take place in the region.

 The Latin American Program fosters new research and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens across the Americas. Areas of focus are strengthening the rule of law, peace building, citizen security, Latin America's global insertion, and sustainable development.


A. Administrative and Program Support

Provides administrative support to the Director in addition to managing event logistics and travel arrangements in English and Spanish.

B. Outreach and Communications

Supports the development and management of program websites and social media accounts. Coordinates with the Director and staff to prepare monthly newsletter.

C. Financial Management Liaison

Assists in handling program accounts which includes preparing purchase orders, processing payments and reimbursements, and working in tandem with the Center's Financial Management team.

D. Program Research and Support

Assists the Director and staff in performing research related to program activities; producing, editing, and translating program-specific materials.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential




Conditions of Employment

  • You must be authorized to work in the United States.
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • You must maintain a bank account for direct deposit
  • Must be fluent in both written and spoken English and Spanish

All Qualifications criteria must be met by the closing date of announcement


Applicants must have at least one full year (12-months) of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the Grade 5 grade level (relative to federal and market standards) performing the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Experience providing administrative and logistical support
  • Experience in conducting research
  • Ability to use standard office software such as Word and Excel
  • Ability to maintain a database and website using basic HTML or content management system
  • Ability to proofread, copy, edit, and translate written materials in English and Spanish
  • Experience in making arrangements for both domestic and international travel
  • Knowledge of basic financial management to include assisting in managing programmatic financial accounts
  • Experience coordinating catered events and fundraising outreach
  • Fluency in Written and spoken English/Spanish are a requirement.
  • Time spent living/studying abroad in a Spanish speaking country is highly desirable

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


A bachelor’s degree is not a requirement for this position, however a bachelors degree, coursework and/or experience in international affairs with a Latin American focus, and knowledge of U.S-Colombia relations and/or Colombian political economics is highly recommended. 

Application instructions

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