Program Officer, Professional Exchanges Division

Position Title: Program Officer, Professional Exchanges Division
Location: Washington, D.C.
Reports To: Senior Vice President, Professional Exchanges Division

Purpose and Description

The Program Officer is responsible for planning and implementing professional programs of study and observation in the United States for U.S. Department of State-sponsored participants in the International Visitor Leadership Program. Programs are developed in a range of subject areas, including:  government, politics, media, economics, foreign policy, human rights, women’s issues, the arts, education, law or social issues, among other topics.  Each program design incorporates U.S. government goals, the visitors’ objectives, and supplemental research by the Program Officer.

Essential Functions

  • Establish the concept for each program using guidance provided by the State Department. Determine what is required, balanced and appropriate content, including suitable pacing, and geographic balance in each program’s development.
  • Coordinate the development of the program in cooperation with State Department officials, participants, interpreters, and International Visitor Liaisons.
  • Oversee and monitor local programs carried out in other cities around the U.S. by members of the Global Ties U.S.
  • Maintain open channels of communication during each program with Department of State counterparts, informing them of all significant developments, and communicate with all parties clearly and effectively in spoken and written form.
  • Work effectively under the pressure of time constraints and the high visibility of this program.
  • Obtain the cooperation or participation of a wide variety of individuals in governmental and private organizations throughout the U.S.
  • Conduct basic research to identify relevant resources, contacts, speakers and institutions to fulfill the visitors’ professional themes and goals.
  • Arrange a Washington, D.C. schedule of professional appointments and cultural activities.
  • Provide local program hosts and professional contacts background information on each visitor, the nature of the desired program, and advice on program development.
  • Supervise, work cooperatively and provide guidance and professional counsel to a Program Associate.
  • Prepare project outlines and meet all deadlines.
  • Monitor all aspects of the grant and insure financial responsibility through close supervision of budgets, expenses and other administrative details.

Other duties and special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Master’s Degree in International Studies or related fields preferred
  • Minimum 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

  • An ability to conceptualize and implement professional programs that respond to participants’ and U.S. government’s objectives
  • A capacity to organize, manage and coordinate complex tasks
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • 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
  • A thorough understanding of American society, culture, history, geography, economy, and government
  • Knowledge of a foreign language and/or regional expertise
  • Broad knowledge of international cultures and customs
  • Maturity and tact suitable for working with individuals of influence and prestige
  • Computer and database literacy, including Microsoft 365 and Salesforce

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 of 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." A cover letter, with salary expectations, and resume should be attached. All applications must be received by July 2, 2018. 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 regarding this position will be accepted.