Program Officer/Senior Program Officer Education Abroad

  • Entry-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 28 August 2018
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 27 September 2018

Job Description

The Senior Program Officer manages AMIDEAST’s participation in U.S. Department of State sponsored programs such as YES Abroad and the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), and serves as a key link between AMIDEAST Headquarters in Washington, DC and U.S. students, sending institutions, and AMIDEAST field office staff members delivering programs in the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, the Senior Program Officer is responsible for overseeing AMIDEAST Education Abroad’s intercultural learning initiatives, developing promotional materials, and marketing AMIDEAST Education Abroad at U.S. institutions.


Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manages AMIDEAST’s involvement in U.S. Department of State funded programs, including YES Abroad and the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Programs
    • Coordinates with the donor and prime contractor (currently American Councils for International Education), including representing AMIDEAST in meetings of the YES Abroad Consortium and with the Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
    • Participates in the selection of YES Abroad students
    • Communicates with prospective and selected students, parents, and institutions at all stages of program implementation
    • Conducts pre-departure webinars; conceptualizes, plans, and implements pre-departure and reentry orientations
    • Reviews and revises student policies on an annual basis
  • Leads review process and response to health, safety, and security issues that arise during program implementation
  • Prepares and submits quarterly and final narrative reports
  • Collaborates with field office staff regarding AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs from program development through implementation, monitoring, and final reporting
  • Conducts training for new Education Abroad field office staff
  • Oversees Education Abroad budgets for designated programs, including participation in annual budgeting process, and monitoring of expenses against budget
  • Promotes programs, including through social media, interaction with campus-based education abroad professionals, and overall development of promotional materials and strategies
  • Develops and coordinates implementation of intercultural learning initiatives across EdAbroad programs, trains staff to implement them, and monitors them for quality assurance
  • Represents AMIDEAST Education Abroad at U.S. institutions
  • Undertakes special projects as opportunities arise



  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (master’s degree preferred)
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant professional education abroad experience, including within the Middle East/North Africa region
  • Experience with administration of U.S. government-funded programs
  • Broad knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa and specific academic and practical knowledge of one or more countries relevant to AMIDEAST Education Abroad programming
  • Spoken/written Arabic and/or French proficiency
  • Experience with study abroad programming for high school and gap year students
  • Experience in budget preparation and financial monitoring
  • Excellent research skills
  • Strong computer skills (candidate should list experience with various software programs)
  • Precise attention to detail, organizational skills, and ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills
  • Self-motivated and a team player
  • Effective multitasking and problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility and ability to shift priorities to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and accept responsibility
  • Accurate touch keyboarding


  • Teaching, curriculum development, or other immersive education experience in intercultural learning
  • Professional writing experience

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AMIDEAST is an Equal Opportunity Employer-/Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disability/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation

About the Organization

AMIDEAST is a leading American non-profit organization engaged in international education, training and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa.

Founded in 1951, AMIDEAST in its early years focused on promoting U.S. study to students in the MENA region and managing U.S. scholarships and exchanges such as the flagship Fulbright Foreign Student Program. While these important programs continue apace, our work has expanded significantly.

Today AMIDEAST programs and services touch the lives of half a million individuals a year – improving educational opportunities and quality, strengthening local institutions, and developing language and professional skills critical for success in the global economy.

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