The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs and one of the largest schools of international affairs in the United States. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world. In the January/February 2012 issue of Foreign Policy, the Elliott School of International Affairs’ undergraduate and master’s programs were ranked among the top ten international affairs programs in the United States by the Teaching, Research and International Policy (TRIP) survey.
The Global Capstone Program is the culminating experience and signature project for Elliott School graduate students from the International Affairs, Security Policy Studies, Global Communication, International Science and Technology Policy, International Economic Policy Studies, and Asian Studies programs. Every year, approximately 350 students in 16 different thematic sections collaborate with client organizations to identify policy solutions to current global challenges. Capstone teams conduct in-depth policy analysis, often involving field-research trips to foreign countries, and present policy recommendations to some of the most prestigious institutions in Washington, DC. The Global Capstone Program is led by the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs; and seeks to hire a new full-time Global Capstone Program Coordinator.
The purpose of this position is to provide general administrative support to and on behalf of an academic program or initiative. This role will serve as a point of contact for the program, will answer typical program questions, and will assist the program staff with a variety of functional and administrative support. Support could include answering routine and complex inquiries, enrollment assistance, updating websites and list-serves, planning and executing events, scheduling rooms, ordering equipment, processing payments, data entry, preparing reports, and similar duties. Often these roles are tasked with outreach to other GW stakeholders in order to assist in maintaining standard operational efficiencies. Typical duties often are administrative in nature including tasks that are routine, and under the general supervision of more senior personnel within the department, or program.
Specific duties of the Global Capstone Program Coordinator:
• Supports the Assistant Dean of Academic Programs in the production and distribution of policies, procedures, guidelines, templates, syllabi, funding applications, rubrics, PowerPoint presentations, survey assessments, and other materials.
• Creates and executes a detailed communication plan for student stakeholders, faculty stakeholders, and Program Directors over the course of the year. This includes updating and distributing of faculty and student manuals.
• Organizes meetings, receptions, and events for the Global Capstone Program, including a Client Reception, spring and fall faculty meetings, and Global Capstone Student Orientation and Welcome events.
• With the assistance of the ESIA Director of Finance, organizes and facilitates briefings for students on international travel and funding processes. Coordinate and process travel reimbursements in compliance with ESIA administrative and financial policies.
• Uses a variety of methods to grow the visibility and marketing of the Elliott School’s Capstone projects to relevant audiences in the policy community including, but not limited to, maintaining a website, holding student sessions to explain the Capstone project and coordinating meetings between students and faculty.
Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
Qualified candidates will hold a high school diploma/GED plus 3 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and 3+ years of relevant experience.
• Strong communication skills, including willingness to speak in front of large audiences (+250 students)
• Strong customer service skills
• Interest in international affairs
• Willingness to maintain relationship with multiple stakeholders
• Strong interpersonal skills- skill in mitigating conflict and resolving disputes between multiple stakeholders
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