Program Associate, Leadership Practice

  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jan 31

Position description

IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information.


IREX seeks a Program Associate for its Leadership Practice to provide support to the Community Solutions Program, a professional fellowship and leadership development program funded by the U.S. Department of State. Participants age 25-38 from 87 eligible countries complete a four-month practicum and leadership development course in the United States before returning home to implement community development projects. The Program Associate will support all aspects of the program lifecycle.


• Advise program participants and liaise with host organization representatives and volunteers
• Represent the program to external partners during phone calls and in-person meetings and events
• Explore and build relationships with people and organizations that support the program goal of providing meaningful professional opportunities for participants
• Serve as an active connector for the program’s network of participants, alumni, hosts, and volunteers
• Implement a communications strategy, including the creative use of social media
• Assist in preparing communications materials and program reports
• Support the recruitment and selection of participants and practicum host organizations 
• Assist in matching participants with practicum host organizations 
• Coordinate event logistics and make travel bookings
• Support participants through the pre-arrival administrative process 
• Facilitate interactive in-person workshop sessions on topics such as cross-cultural communication
• Contribute to program monitoring, evaluation, and learning efforts
• Other duties as assigned


• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Strong interpersonal skills and networking ability
• High level of intercultural competence
• Excellent attention to detail
• Excellent organizational skills and ability to adhere to strict deadlines
• Excellent social media skills, including Facebook and Twitter 
• Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite


• Master’s degree in international education, international relations, international development, intercultural communication, leadership, or another relevant field
• Experience advising international students, scholars, or fellows
• Experience studying, working, or volunteering internationally
• Experience designing and implementing a social media campaign
• Experience coordinating events with 100 or more attendees
• Experience facilitating workshops or speaking in front of large audiences
• Experience using Outlook, Salesforce, Formstack, SurveyMonkey, Power BI, and InterviewStream
• Familiarity with the culture and language of one or more countries eligible for the Community Solutions Program

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