Program Associate I, Atlas Corps (Wash DC)

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With ambitious goals for growth over the next two years, Atlas Corps seeks an internationally-minded team player who is passionate about leadership development and has exceptional attention to detail to join our team as our new Program Associate. Atlas Corps team members value our intentional focus on professional development, opportunities for influence and autonomy, as well as a culture of fun and excellence.

Our new Program Associate is a detail and process-oriented, people-person with excellent customer service skills, and a passion for leadership development.

About Atlas Corps: Atlas Corps engages the best social change leaders from around the world in a yearlong Fellowship designed to strengthen organizations, develop leaders and foster innovation. Over the last eleven years, Atlas Corps has grown steadily and demonstrated proof of concept. Now a $4m nonprofit with fourteen team members, Atlas Corps has engaged over 575 leaders from nearly 90 countries while maintaining a highly competitive selection rate of just 2.5%. Our Fellowship placements have transformed the work of top social change organizations like Ashoka, the Grameen Foundation, InsideNGO, Susan G. Komen, Points of Light, Peace Corps, Special Olympics, and many others. Atlas Corps has been profiled as a “best practice” in international exchange by the Brookings Institute; featured as a model social enterprise in the Washington Post; recognized for excellence in nonprofit leadership by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s EXCEL Award; and validated by the U.S. Department of State through multiple, substantial partnerships and support including President Obama’s announcement of the “Emerging Global Leaders Initiative-Atlas Corps Fellowship” at the Clinton Global Initiative.

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About the Position: The purpose of this role is to significantly expand Atlas Corps’ programmatic capacity by managing pre-arrival logistics for 100+ new Fellows each year and by improving the experience of Fellows through superior support services. The key responsibilities of the Program Associate include project management, database management, leading communications with newly accepted Fellows, and visa processing.


Fellow Support: Ensure an enriching and transformative Fellowship experience for emerging social change leaders from every region of the world.
Provide day-to-day support to Fellows with regard to their placement, housing and welfare.
Conduct initial and mid-Fellowship check-ins with Fellows and their Host Organization supervisors and provide coaching to help them achieve their professional development goals.
Ensure that accurate records are kept for all Fellows in accordance with J-1 Visa/SEVIS guidelines.
Identify trends, opportunities for improvement, and stories that demonstrate the success and impact of the program, especially for funded Fellow placements in grant reporting
Serve as liaison to the Fellow Social and Cultural Committee and support the planning of events for Fellows.
Support the Fellow recruitment and vetting process through completion of application reviews and interviews.

Pre-Arrival Logistics: Ensure that every Fellow is prepared for a successful and transforming Fellowship. There is a significant opportunity to be creative and enhance the pre-arrival process to foster strong Fellowship outcomes.
The Program Associate will be responsible for shepherding selected Fellows through each stage of the pre-arrival process using methods that prepare the Fellow for their leadership development experience.
Serve as Alternative Responsible Officer (ARO) for the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and maintain compliance with all requirements.
Enable Fellows to secure J-1 visas by completing the necessary visa paperwork and preparing Fellows for their visa interviews in a timely manner.
Assess the relocation needs of arriving Fellows and connected them with the relevant resources for securing housing, and make temporary housing arrangements when necessary.
Make flight arrangements and assist with scheduling airport pick-ups; greet Fellows at the airport as assigned.
Support strategic partnerships between Atlas Corps and other training programs by enabling their participants to secure J-1 visas.

Responsibilities of all Team Members:
Commit to team goals and support the work of colleagues beyond the responsibilities described here. This may include attending events outside of business hours, supporting the Fellow screening process by conducting interviews and reviewing applications; preparing new Fellow housing; and greeting Fellows at the airport.
Maintain all physical and digital files in a uniform way, and in alignment with government requirements.
Support Atlas Corps fundraising initiatives by sharing opportunities to contribute to our mission through social media and other channels.
Seek out opportunities to improve and expand the work of Atlas Corps.
Seek out opportunities to develop new skills and knowledge, and grow professionally.
Contribute to an innovative, high-performing, team culture by engaging in behaviors like: sharing ideas; being open to the ideas of others; accepting and offering feedback; and supporting and treating your colleagues with respect.

Ideal Candidate:

As a prerequisite, the ideal candidate will believe in the mission of Atlas Corps and share our vision of developing the largest and best multilateral exchange for nonprofit professionals. Due to State Department requirements, this candidate must be a U.S. citizen.

Additional requirements are:
Internationally-Minded – Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills; proven ability to interact effectively with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Organized & Process-Oriented – Ability to consistently follow defined processes with accuracy and efficiency to ensure transparency and organizational learning.
Action-Oriented – Enjoys working hard and working towards stretch goals; able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available.
Creative – entre/intrapreneurial orientation to problem-solving is highly preferred.
Strategic and Agile – Ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the organizational plans
Tech Savvy – Knowledge of and/or the ability to quickly become familiar with Google applications, Salesforce, and our application system
1-5 years of professional experience. National or international service experience, including AmeriCorps*VISTA and the Peace Corps, is highly desirable.
Ability to work as part of a small team, establish priorities, meet deadlines, and manage a variety of tasks with accuracy and efficiency.
International exchange experience a plus!


Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to: with “Program Associate I Application from [your name]” in the subject of the email. Please include the text of your cover letter in the body of the email.

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Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

As an equal opportunity employer, Atlas Corps is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in every facet of employment. We will always strive to choose the best-qualified individuals based on job-related qualifications, regardless of race, color, age, sex, national origin, citizenship status, handicap, religion, marital status, personal appearance, political affiliation, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, or matriculation.


Benefits: Our current team members value the fun and hard-working culture at Atlas Corps. The top reasons why they love their jobs include the focus on professional development, the opportunity to have a voice in decision-making at every level, and working alongside committed high-performing colleagues. The full benefits package includes a flexible work schedule and generous vacation and sick leave; employer-paid health insurance; and pre-tax transportation options. Additionally, Atlas Corps invests in staff professional development to prepare team members for increased responsibility over time. The salary for this position will be based on the skills, experience and education of the selected candidate and range from $33,000-$35,000. Performance is rewarded at Atlas Corps! Salaries increase quickly with achievement, tenure and increased responsibility.

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