Program Associate, Community Solutions Program, Leadership practice

Domestic Washington, District Of Columbia


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 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;
  • Serve as an active connector for the program’s network of participants, alumni, hosts, and volunteers;
  • Contribute to the program’s communications efforts, including posting on social media, developing success stories, and writing 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;
  • Contribute to program monitoring, evaluation, and learning efforts;
  • Assist with financial tracking, procurement, payment processing, and credit card reconciliation; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required; Master’s degree in international education, international relations, international development, intercultural communication, leadership, or another relevant field preferred.
  • Experience providing administrative support in an office setting and experience studying, working, or volunteering internationally preferred;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and networking ability Experience supporting alumni relations preferred;
  • Experience advising international students, scholars, or fellows preferred;
  • Demonstrated commitment to international education or professional development programming;
  • High level of intercultural competence including familiarity with the culture and language of one or more of the 87 countries eligible for the Community Solutions Program preferred;
  • Experience collecting, analyzing, and reporting monitoring and evaluation data;
  • Excellent organizational and coordination of event skills and ability to adhere to strict deadlines;
  • Professional social media skills, including Facebook and Twitter or experience implementing a professional social media campaign;
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite, Salesforce, Formstack, SurveyMonkey, Power BI, and InterviewStream preferred;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; experience supporting workshops or speaking in front of large audiences; and
  • Foreign language skills in both written and oral a plus;