Programs Officer, Community Solutions Program, Leadership Practice

Domestic Washington, District Of Columbia


IREX seeks a Program Officer for its Leadership Practice to provide management and implementation 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 Officer will manage several major program components. This position reports to the Senior Program Officer.



  • Develop and implement strategic plans for major components of a Department of State/Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs-funded program, which may include partner relations, participant support, alumni programming, operations, program finance, monitoring and evaluation, and/or participant recruitment and selection
  • Develop and maintain relationships with a large network of partner organizations, community volunteers, alumni, and other program stakeholders
  • Represent the Community Solutions Program and IREX at external functions, over the phone, and online
  • Oversee pre-arrival, in-country, re-entry, and follow-on project support provided by a team of advisors for all fellows and serve as an advisor to a portfolio of fellows
  • Lead monitoring, evaluation, and learning efforts, including data collection, analysis, and reporting
  • Track program expenditures and develop and monitor program budgets
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of program trainings, including facilitating workshop sessions with 100+ participants in a multicultural setting
  • Write program reports and contribute to program communications
  • Supervise and mentor assigned junior staff, including delegating work, providing feedback, and conducting performance reviews
  • Contribute to new business development initiatives for the program and IREX
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor's degree required; Master’s degree in international education, international relations, international development, intercultural communication, leadership, management, or another relevant field strongly preferred
  • Minimum four years of experience managing significant components of international exchange, international education, or international community development programs
  • Demonstrated program management and strategic planning expertise
  • Experience with Department of State program management preferred
  • Familiarity with USG regulations and compliance issues, including J-1 visa regulations preferred
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain successful partnerships
  • Experience advising international students, scholars, fellows, or program participants
  • Demonstrated ability to manage budgets and plan strategically and creatively to meet specified objectives
  • Professional experience designing surveys, collecting and analyzing data, and reporting results
  • Superior writing, editing, and oral presentation skills, including the ability to speak confidently in front of large, diverse audiences as evidenced by successful professional experience
  • Proven cross-cultural communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills including ability to prioritize, multi-task, and adhere to strict deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Proven supervisory and mentoring skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • International work, volunteer, or study experience preferred
  • Ability to travel internationally