Program Officer, Professional Exchanges Division (PED)

Salary Range:  Commensurate with experience
Location:  Washington, D.C.
Reports To: Senior Vice President, PED

Purpose and Description

Under the supervision of the Senior Vice President, PED, the Program Officer will have direct responsibility for developing professional programs of observation and study in the United States for U.S. government-sponsored international visitors in a range of subject areas. Topics may include: government/politics, news media/communications, business/economics, science and technology, the arts, agriculture, labor, education, law, health, or social services. Each program design incorporates U.S. government goals, the objectives of the visitors, and supplemental research by the Program Officer.

Essential Functions

  • Conceive and write project proposals
  • Arrange a Washington, DC schedule of appointments
  • Initiate and oversee local programs in other cities across the U.S.
  • Oversee all fiscal and administrative matters related to projects and their budgets
  • Coordinate project activities with a wide range of U.S. government officials, international visitors, staff, volunteers, and interpreters
  • Meet frequent deadlines

Other duties and special projects as assigned

Minimum Qualifications


  • Master’s Degree in International Studies or related fields preferred
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of progressive international program management experience
  • Familiarity with international exchange program policies and regulations
  • Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of a foreign language and regional expertise or cultural awareness
  • A capacity to manage and coordinate complex tasks
  • An ability to conceptualize and implement professional programs that respond to participants’ and the U.S. government’s objectives
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Computer and database literacy
  • An ability to synthesize large amounts of information on diverse topics
  • An ability to work on multiple projects under deadline
  • Good judgment and problem-solving abilities
  • Exemplary written and oral communication skills
  • Exceptional supervisory and interpersonal skills
  • A thorough understanding of U.S. institutions, policies and culture
  • A broad knowledge of international cultures, customs and languages

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 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 "Program Officer, PED" only and a cover letter, with salary expectations, and resume should be attached. All applications must be received by November 20, 2017. 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.