Director, Program Administration, Center for Global Leadership

Title: Director, Program Administration, Center for Global Leadership

Employment Status:  Exempt

Salary: $84,000-110,250

Supervisor Title: Vice President, Customized Exchanges

 Summary of Position:

Under the direction and supervision of the Vice President, the Director, Program Administration will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations and administrative guidance for Customized Exchanges (CE) team staff.  The Director will have direct responsibility for coordinating and streamlining processes, procedures, and communications between program staff, IT, Finance, and Human Resources.

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.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Support team VP with monthly and quarterly assessments and forecasts of organization's financial performance against budget, financial, and operational goals
  • Work with program and Finance teams to maintain systems for salary allocations to grants and update salary allocation tracker regularly
  • In collaboration with VP, Human Resources department, and relevant program lead(s), oversee recruitment and hiring and training of new staff
  • Work with Human Resources and IT to manage staff workspace needs, making adjustments as needed
  • Oversee project management workflow and staffing assignments/updates for CE Team projects, in consultation with VP
  • Create and update team policies, procedures, and administrative forms in consultation with VP and other departments, as necessary
  • Maintain and update CE Team SharePoint page, in collaboration with IT
  • Serve as liaison between CE Team and Finance, IT, and HR departments to communicate updates to platforms, processes, and templates/forms
  • Assist IT in implementation of GDPR and data management policies
  • Oversee monthly credit card reconciliation submissions


  • Bachelor’s Degree (graduate degree preferred) with 7+ years of relevant experience in operations; or any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position
  • Experience with USG-funded programs, specifically Department of State, USAID, or other international donors, preferably at an NGO
  • Experience in a fluctuating work environment with frequently changing needs and demands
  • Experience hiring and supervising staff, preferred
  • Program management experience and working knowledge of second language a plus

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Proven ability to problem solve with staff and to encourage consistent, solid performance
  • Strong financial management and budgeting skills
  • Knowledge of federal rules and regulations regarding donor-funded projects and procurement; familiarity with subaward regulations preferred
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated skill in effectively managing communications with partners, funders, and across internal departments
  • Superior oral and written communication skills in English, with tact and sensitivity to foreign cultures and varied working styles; ability to effectively present complex ideas in a digestible format to diverse audiences
  • Strong inter-cultural communication skills; maturity, cultural sensitivity, and tact suitable for working with individuals from around the world
  • Ability to work independently, accurately, and under tight deadlines
  • Familiarity with GDPR and other data privacy regulations, preferred

Technical Requirements:

  • Strong internet and computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Outlook, Teams, etc.)
  • Experience with Canvas, Zoom and Salesforce is helpful
  • Expertise in virtual communication and engagement platforms; Facility with learning and adapting to new technology platforms, as well as teaching to others

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.