Associate, IVLP

Title: Associate, IVLP

Employment Status:  Non-exempt

Salary: $21.71 per hour

Supervisor Title: Program Officer

Date Revised:  June 2022

Summary of Position:

The Program Associate (PA) works as part of a two-person team implementing the Department of State’s (DoS) International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Under the supervision of a Program Officer, Senior Program Officer or Vice President, the PA is responsible for all of the administrative and logistical arrangements for the IVLP participants, including disbursing and accounting for U.S. Government funds, completing travel arrangements, and preparing program documents.

This position is located in Washington D.C. and Meridian requires MD, DC, or VA residence for all employees. The position may work partially remotely until further notice. Effective January 4, 2022, all Meridian staff are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a reasonable medical or religious accommodation is approved.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Uses database to prepare visitors' biographic information.
  • Prepares welcome materials, including sightseeing information.
  • Manages, disburses, tracks and reconciles authorized funds such as per diem, cultural allowance, ground transportation, and travel advances.
  • Arranges and troubleshoots program logistics, including domestic flights, accommodations, ground transportation, cultural events, and group enhancements while staying within budget limits.
  • Coordinates and communicates with assigned interpreters and liaisons about project details and briefs visitors on IVLP provisions, including funding, health insurance, and travel arrangements.
  • Develops comprehensive budgets of projected expenses in consultation with PO for proposal submission to DoS.
  • Uses database to prepare program booklets and supporting documents; arranges to have program documents translated, if necessary.
  • Distributes biographic information and program booklets according to established timetables.
  • Promptly pays bills, reconciles monthly Visa credit card statements, and processes travel expense reimbursements.
  • Completes final accounting of total project expenditures for DoS and Meridian Finance Office according to established timetables.
  • Maintains key documents in a permanent file, which is prepared for digital or off-site storage.
  • Communicates and regularly up-dates DoS officers and coordinators about administrative issues.
  • Responsible for completing all organizational administrative responsibilities in a timely manner and meeting all organizational administrative deadlines.
  • During virtual programs, creates and updates Digital Program Book and serves as technical coordinator for online meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Undergraduate degree
  • 0-2 years of related experience
  • Or any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position

Technical Requirements:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Outlook and Teams is necessary for this role
  • Experience with Canvas, Zoom and Salesforce is helpful

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with Washington, DC and the United States.
  • 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.
  • Strong inter-cultural communication skills; maturity, cultural sensitivity, and tact suitable for working with individuals from around the world

Employer’s Statement

Meridian is committed to creating a diverse environment. We believe in empowering global leaders and amplifying voices of a wide variety of backgrounds to create pathways for greater understanding, shared value and respect for all cultures as connecting people has been our foundation for over 60 years. If you share our values and enthusiasm to promote non-partisan collaboration to address global challenges and opportunities, you can find a home at Meridian.

As an equal opportunity employer, Meridian promotes equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, family responsibilities, marital, veteran or military status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Equal employment opportunity will be offered and maintained to all persons at every stage and condition of employment, including recruiting, hiring, training, upgrading, promotion, transfer, discipline, layoff, recall, and termination.

How to Apply 

Qualified candidates should apply here. Only candidates being considered for this position will be contacted. NO PHONE CALLS in reference to this position will be accepted.