Program Director

Arab American Institute Foundation
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Dec 04

Position description

Established in 1996 and based in Washington, DC, the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) is a non-profit, nonpartisan national leadership organization created to encourage, recognize, and celebrate Arab American participation in American civic life, and to cultivate and mobilize a strong, educated, empowered Arab American community that plays a meaningful role in the betterment of our country. Our programming provides communities with the platform and hard data necessary to strategically and successfully combat xenophobia, and anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry. Through its numerous outreach programs AAIF builds leadership skills among students and young professionals and informs the public, policy makers, and organizations about the contributions and concerns of Arab Americans. 

About Our Team: AAIF seeks to make positive change in a way that is both principled and impactful. An ideal AAIF team member will be a self-starter who has a strong commitment to the protection of civil and human rights and civil liberties for all, and is driven by a desire to advance AAIF’s mission efficiently and effectively. We are proud to be a small, scrappy team that does good work.

AAIF provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.

Compensation and Benefits: Compensation for this position is commensurate with relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees. AAIF offers a competitive benefits package, including excellent health insurance, a retirement plan, and a generous leave policy.


The Program Director leads, manages and implements all aspects of AAIF’s Peer-to-Peer Exchange Program. The Program Director will collaborate with executive leadership, field, policy, program, finance, and development colleagues to successfully administer and implement the program. They will be responsible for all reporting requirements. The ideal candidate is an adept communicator with strong attention to detail, and comfortable working in a diverse, fast- paced environment. This position is currently 18-months and will require international travel. 


The Program Director will direct and implement all aspects of AAIF’s Peer-to-Peer Partnerships for Good Governance program. This includes the peer outreach and selection process, logistics for all portions of the program, all reporting requirements, monitoring of financial requirements, compiling training materials, planning training sessions, working and coordinating with partner organizations and consultants and communications with the Grant Officer.

Specific tasks include: 

  • Content Generation: Produce briefing books prior to delegation travel; draft and file Qualitative Indicator Quarterly Reports including a description of statistics and relevant success stories; assist with development of any promotional materials; and draft peer communications and updates as needed.
  • Project Management: Take ownership of the Peer-to-Peer program from award date to close-out to create & deliver a rewarding, goal driven experience for program participants. Be responsible for overseeing, implementing, and managing all aspects of the program. Coordinate with program partners and consultants. Responsible for all training and travel logistics. Travel with and lead travel groups on their peer exchanges. Communicate with and respond to the Grant Officer. Ensure regular communication between peers and make AAIF networks available to them. Manage the budget and oversee all expenditures. Regularly survey peers for their feedback on the program. Make sure all parts of the program fall within the grant agreement and follow all relevant regulations and guidelines.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Commitment to and understanding of AAIF’s mission. 
  • Demonstrated planning and organizational skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to follow and stay within a strict budget. 
  • A self-starter, enjoys implementing new initiatives. 
  • Strong interpersonal, collaborative, and team skills. 
  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, best practices in the field of Project Management, including qualitative reporting.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and working knowledge of program/project management software.
  • Ability to utilize social media networks for the advancement of the project.
  • Bachelor’s degree; and a minimum of 2 years of experience in the field of Project Management.
  • Fluency in Arabic is required. French proficiency is a plus.

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