Program Associate, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

  • Entry-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 27 June 2018
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 27 July 2018
  • Current

Job Description

World Learning seeks a Program Associate to support the implementation of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a program funded by the U.S. Department of State. This position provides an opportunity to engage with U.S. and international leaders in a range of fields, learn about key U.S. foreign policy issues, and help forge international partnerships.

The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to manage multiple tasks, work both independently and collaboratively, and communicate clearly and effectively with diverse partners and stakeholders. An interest in working with people from other cultures and backgrounds and a positive, proactive attitude are essential. This position is part of World Learning’s Global Exchange Unit, which implements a diverse professional exchange portfolio. Program Associates primarily will support the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the flagship professional exchange program of the U.S. Department of State.

The position will run until December 31, 2018, and is expected to be extended pending satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. Only candidates receiving interviews will be contacted.


  • Contribute to the successful implementation of exchange programs in support of U.S. foreign policy goals;
  • Arrange and manage program logistics (air and ground travel/hotels/meeting space);
  • Create and manage financial documents and processes, including invoices, expense reports, and budgets;
  • Conduct project briefings with participants on program arrangements;
  • Assist in the development of program itineraries and arranging professional appointments for program participants;
  • Support the preparation of briefing books and program materials for participants;
  • Accompany participants, as required, to appointments;
  • Conduct research to support the preparation of programs;
  • Supervise interns and supporting their professional development;
  • Actively participate in and lead activities to support team-wide goals.

As members of World Learning’s staff, program associates also will have access to various professional development opportunities, including skill-building workshops, shadowing sessions with internal and external entities, and brownbag lunches on various topics relevant to international education and exchange.


We seek candidates with excellent attention to detail, who thrive in collaborative settings, and who are committed to international exchange. In addition, the successful candidate would have:

  • Eligibility to work in the U.S.;
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related area required, with one year of professional experience preferred;
  • Demonstrated commitment to maintaining excellence and meeting goals;
  • An ability to problem solve and work under pressure;
  • A record of cultivating and maintaining strong working relationships with and among diverse stakeholders;
  • Experience managing multiple tasks concurrently and successfully, particularly under strict deadlines;
  • Strong attention to detail, including in written work and financial tasks;
  • International work and/or study experience;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook and the Office suite;
  • High levels of proficiency in the use of various social media platforms and tools.

About the Organization

For more than 85 years, World Learning has worked to create a more peaceful, sustainable, and just world. Our education, development, and exchange programs help people find their voices, connect with their communities, and strengthen the institutions that form the backbone of a democratic society. With our support, these emerging leaders tackle critical global issues like poverty, conflict, and inequality.

As a thriving international nonprofit organization with impact in 150 countries, World Learning works across six major program areas. We’re hard at work improving global education to ensure schools and teachers have the tools they need to support students — including English language instruction through our TESOL teacher training. We encourage civic engagement in communities around the world, and we strengthen institutions so that they can best serve their constituencies. Our workforce development programs help people cultivate the hard and soft skills they need to succeed. And we offer people-to-people exchanges for people of all ages who seek professional and academic enrichment.

All World Learning programs are grounded in five key approaches: experiential learning, leadership development, inclusive practices, innovation, and grants management. We believe in partnering with local experts, organizations, and institutions to find solutions that will truly work for each community. Together, we create the foundations for a better tomorrow.

World Learning is a member of the World Learning Inc. family, which also includes The Experiment in International Living and School for International Training.

More information

Job Description - PA, IVLP 6-18.pdf

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