Associate Program Officer/Program Officer, GlobalConnect

Location: Washington, D.C.
Reports To: Senior Program Officer, GlobalConnect Division

Meridian International Center is a non-profit organization that promotes international understanding through the exchange of people, ideas, and the arts.  Established in 1960 and headquartered in Washington, DC, Meridian offers a wide array of outreach, exchange, and arts programs.  We promote dialogue among people of all ages about global issues, connect professionals from different countries and enrich the cultural perspectives of audiences across the United States and abroad.

The GlobalConnect division was established in 2001 to pursue new business opportunities for the organization.  Our projects have involved the development and implementation of exchange programs for professionals and university and high-school students, sponsored by U.S. embassies around the world, USG agencies and private-sector firms. Our programs cover a wide array of issues—some recent topics include US foreign policy, youth leadership, empowering women entrepreneurs, human rights, journalism training, women as political leaders, interfaith issues and the US election process.

Purpose and Description

The Associate Program Officer (APO)/Program Officer (PO) is responsible for the overall implementation of exchange programs funded by the U.S. Department of State, other USG agencies, and public and private-sector clients from the U.S. and overseas. The APO/PO is also responsible with developing competitive proposals in line with GlobalConnect’s Business Development Plan and reflective of Meridian’s broader goals and objectives. Associate Program Officers/Program Officers are expected to supervise, mentor and oversee the assigned Program Coordinators with whom they are working on specific projects.

Essential Functions

The APO/PO is responsible for designing, planning and implementing U.S. study tours, reverse trade missions, and other short-term exchange and training programs for international professionals.

Specific duties and responsibilities could include:

  • Identify and evaluate opportunities, including conducting industry-specific research;
  • Lead and manage the program team in all stages of program development and implementation, including setting expectations for team members, effective reporting to client, partnership management, budget monitoring, reporting M&E, close out, etc.
  • Develop a detailed proposed budget reflective of the specific requirements of the funding authority and submit a detailed proposal for project activities (if required), working closely with their supervisor and the Vice President of GlobalConnect;
  • Establish the concept for each exchange program using guidance provided by the client. Determine what is required, balanced and appropriate content, including suitable pacing and geographic balance, for each program;
  • Provide training and guidance on financial matters to local partners and subgrantees to ensure compliance with the specific requirements of the funding authority;
  • Support partner relationships, including identifying potential sub grantees and trainers / specialists and developing the appropriate contractual agreements;
  • Develop program materials, marketing and social media content and provide partner guidance for specific training workshops;
  • Communicate with sponsoring agency and/or program participants to relay timely program developments;
  • Provide supervision, guidance and professional counsel to a Program Coordinator who carries out the administrative support functions;
  • Travel, as required, with delegations throughout the program;
  • Monitor all fiscal and administrative matters related to grants and project budgets ensuring fiscal responsibility through close supervision of project expenses and budget tracking; reconcile final accounting and prepare final budget for invoicing.

Workshops and Conferences

The APO/PO may work throughout the year with grant officers to develop overseas workshops or conferences under the auspices of the funder. Depending on the support requested by grant officers, this may entail providing logistical support on the ground or more complex planning and program development.

Business Development

The APO/PO will be responsible for a broad range of business development activities.  Working closely with the Vice President and Director of Program Development, the Finance Manager, and others, the APO/PO will oversee the development of competitive proposals in line with GlobalConnect’s Business Development Plan and reflective of Meridian’s broader goals and objectives.  As required, the APO/PO may also assist with the development of project proposals by other divisions within Meridian.

The specific duties and responsibilities are:
  • Represent Meridian at client and potential client meetings domestically and abroad in order to raise awareness of its offerings and capabilities, and more specifically those of the GlobalConnect Division;
  • Research opportunities and network with potential funders including existing and new public and private sector clients;
  • Conceive and write project proposals, including serving as the proposal manager on assigned opportunities;
  • Developing partnerships and identifying subcontractors and partners for proposal responses;
  • Obtain the cooperation or participation of a wide variety of individuals in governmental and private organizations throughout the U.S.;
  • Work cooperatively with the Vice President and Director of Program Development, the Finance Manager, and a Program Coordinator to develop proposals that align with Meridian’s specific objectives and which meet the institution’s financial goals;
  • Ensure the timely submission of the proposal and conduct the necessary follow up with the funding authority.

Other duties, as needed:

The APO/PO may be required to perform in logistical and administrative tasks as part of their scope of work on assigned programs. Tasks include, but are not limited to, making travel, hotel and ground transportation arrangements; preparing program books and other program materials; prepare security documents; arrange accident and sickness insurance; draft biographical information documents and arrange room rentals, luncheons and receptions.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience/Education

  • Associate Program Officer: Graduate degree in relevant field and at least three years of experience, including two years focused on international education, exchanges, or trainings; or bachelor’s degree in relevant field and at least four years of relevant program experience, including two years focused on international education, exchanges, or trainings;
    • Experience with USG-funded programs required;
  • Program Officer: Graduate degree in relevant field and at least four years of experience, including two years focused on international education, exchanges, or trainings; or bachelor’s degree in relevant field and at least five years of relevant program experience, including two years focused on international education, exchanges, or trainings;
    • Experience with USG-funded programs required;
  • Broad knowledge of American society, culture, history, geography, economy and government; well-informed regarding current events;
  • Overseas study or work experience preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop solid working relationships with overseas and domestic partners.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks, coordinate activities in multiple locations, and to be responsive, meet deadlines, and act decisively in daily work;
  • Proven ability to take responsibility, initiative, be flexible and work independently;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to play an active role in team environment essential;
  • Experience in a fluctuating work environment with constantly changing needs and demands; proven ability to problem solve with staff and to encourage consistent, solid performance;
  • Ability to work independently, accurately, and under pressure
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite)
    • Advanced expertise using MS Excel
  • Excellent written and spoken English language skills; facility in one or more foreign languages desired.

Physical Effort and Dexterity

  • Not applicable

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 HR@meridian.org. Subject line should read “GC_PO” if applying to the Program Officer level and “GC_APO” if applying to the Associate Program Officer position. Please include a cover letter, with salary expectations, and resume. 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.