Cultural Program Associate, Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy

Location: Washington, D.C.
Reports To: Director of Cultural Programs

Meridian International Center is a diplomatic and global leadership institution that strengthens U.S. engagement with the world and accelerates collaboration through the exchange of people, culture and ideas. The Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy is the leading center in the United States that employs the arts and culture as an effective tool of diplomacy and cross-cultural understanding. From vibrant visual art displays to film screenings, delegations and concerts, Meridian’s cultural programs aim to strengthen relationships around the world by bringing together people from various sectors to celebrate shared interests and common values.

Purpose and Description

The Cultural Programs Associate works under the supervision of a Director of Cultural Programs as part of a four-person team developing exhibitions, implementing the Department of State’s Next Level Hip Hop Collaboration program, and other cultural exchange programs. Responsible for conducting archival research, writing, contacting lending institutions, supporting government contracts, administrative and logistical arrangements for exchange programs, and assisting with financial and grant reporting.

Essential Functions

  • Supports exhibition development, including research at the National Archives, Library of Congress, and other archival collections, for current and future exhibitions
  • Works with lenders to obtain rights for all works used in Meridian exhibitions
  • Works closely with host venues domestically and abroad to collect data/press materials regarding Meridian’s traveling exhibitions
  • Manages, disburses, tracks and reconciles authorized funds such as per diem, cultural allowance, ground transportation, and travel advances for cultural exchange programs
  • Arranges program logistics, including domestic flights, accommodations, ground transportation, cultural events, and group enhancements while staying within budget limits
  • Promptly pays bills, reconciles monthly credit card statements, and processes travel expense reimbursements
  • Generates reports for grants and other contracts
  • Researches and provides written materials for business development opportunities, such as U.S. and foreign government and private sector proposals
  • Provides and maintains MCCD content for Meridian and programs’ websites, blogs and social media accounts
  • Supervises MCCD interns
  • Works closely with the Center for Diplomatic Engagement and Events divisions on MCCD cultural programs
  • Provides written materials as needed to the Communications and Development divisions, such as information for grant applications and other fund-raising initiatives, as well as web articles

Other duties and special projects as assigned

Minimum Qualifications


Master’s degree in art history, museum studies, or equivalent knowledge from work experience in related fields; or any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Experience in exhibition research, as well as knowledge of standard museum practices and procedures, art handling, and electronic database management
  • Knowledge and experience in the use of computer systems
  • Ability to work effectively and accurately under pressure
  • Mature judgment and the ability to set priorities
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Ability to carry out responsibilities independently while functioning as part of a team
  • Tact in communicating with international visitors and all other persons involved in the program
  • Sensitivity to foreign cultures

Physical Effort and Dexterity

  • Not applicable

Visual Acuity, Hearing, and Speaking

  • Excellent verbal and written command of the English language

Environment and Scheduling

  • Interest in working with an international not-for-profit professional exchange organization
  • Interest in working within a diverse work environment

This position is classified FLSA non-exempt

Employer’s Statement and Rights

This position posting does not list all the duties of the job. If an offer is made, you will be presented with a detailed job description. Applicants will be evaluated based upon their demonstrated ability to perform the tasks listed above, and their education and experience. The employer has the right to revise this posting at any time. Neither this posting nor the job description is a contract for employment. Meridian is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Qualified candidates should apply by e-mail only to Subject line should read "Cultural Program Associate" only and a cover letter, with salary expectations, and resume should be attached. Only candidates being considered for this position will be contacted. Submissions which do not follow the above instructions will not be considered as applicants. NO PHONE CALLS in reference to this position will be accepted.