Study Abroad Program Officer, Partners of the Americas, DC

Study Abroad Program Officer
Partners of the Americas is seeking a Program Officer to provide primary support to the Capacity Building Program for Undergraduate U.S. Study Abroad and secondary support to the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund.  The programs support the efforts of the U.S. Department of State to build new partnerships in the higher education community to promote the benefits of study abroad to students, parents, policymakers, and other stakeholders through the newly established U.S. Study Abroad Office and the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. The Program Officer will help educational institutions develop part­nerships that make international study more broadly available to all students.
Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree required, and the candidate must have a minimum of two-year’s professional experience in an internationally-focused organization.  Preference given to candidates who have worked in higher education and/or have an understanding of the U.S. higher educational system.  Candidate must demonstrate good communication skills and fluency in English. Proficiency in a second language preferred and Spanish or Portuguese proficiency desirable. Strong cross-cultural/ interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with stakeholders with cultural sensitivity fostering a supportive environment in person and in all forms of correspondence.  Candidate should possess strong computer skills, including MS Word and Excel.
Responsibilities:
  • Backstop the administration of the program to spur innovative approaches to increasing study abroad participation between the U.S. and other parts of the world;
  • Assist in program activities and outreach strategies in close collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and other stakeholders;
  • Assist in managing program finances, including individual project budgets;
  • Manage and organize grant competitions;
  • Arrange and conduct virtual webinars to convene participants to share effective practices, build capacity, and form working partnerships to increase study abroad;
  • Manage the participant databases and promote engagement among participants;
  • Respond to requests for information about the program from a wide variety of stakeholders in a timely and professional manner;
  • Assist in tracking program outcomes and achievements according to the program M&E plan;
  • Assist the program team and the Partners’ Communications Team in developing and managing a communications and marketing strategy, including working with the U.S. Department of State to ensure a strong website and web presence;
  • Assist the program team in managing regular and professional relationships with key stakeholders, including embassies, EducationUSA offices, Fulbright Commissions, government officials, private foundations, organizations, corporations, college and universities, and individuals from across the hemisphere.
In addition, candidates should have demonstrated ability to work independently and be a team player; have excellent organizational skills and be detail oriented; be able to manage time, set priorities, and meet deadlines; be enthusiastic and energetic; and be willing and flexible to undertake multiple tasks.
Interested applicants should visit http://www.partners.net/jobs for more information on how to apply. 

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