Senior Program Officer

The Kenjya-Trusant Group
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Aug 28

Position description

Kenjya-Trusant is seeking a candidate to fill the role of Senior Program Officer to support Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Senior Program Officer is tasked with the promotion of international educational exchange programs and the U.S. higher education sector to audiences of prospective international students abroad. At the full performance level, the Senior Program Officer plans, designs, administers, and evaluates international academic exchange programs that are tailored to meet and respond to unique political, foreign policy, and public diplomacy goals. S/he is responsible for establishing and maintaining professional relationships with counterparts in the Department, at other U.S. Government agencies, within educational and professional associations and institutions, and in host countries to develop and support programs. The program officer also has partial responsibility for monitoring one or more grants focusing on aspects of international exchange and advising.  The Senior Program Officer may be called upon to serve as team leader for a committee tasked with planning and implementing multiday events and program such as, but not limited to, the EducationUSA Forum in Washington, DC; Regional EducationUSA conferences abroad; the EducationUSA Leadership Institutions, The International Higher Education Corps, the EducationUSA Interactive Webinar series, etc.
Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for promoting U.S. higher education through the Branch’s EducationUSA advising centers. Coordinates with regional bureaus and posts on all issues of educational advising and all program-related activities.
  • Responsible for the oversight, guidance, and evaluation of the work of Regional Educational Advising Coordinators (REAC) and educational advisers in the assigned multi-country regions, including Pakistan, by serving as liaison to the Public Affairs Section at post and regional bureaus of the State Department. Administers the Branch budget for the regions assigned by transmitting USG funds to support advising activities in accordance with DOS financial management standards.
  • Keeps Branch informed of important issues concerning areas of responsibility. Provides guidance to REAC and other academic and professional entities when necessary. Establishes and maintains links with U.S. academic and professional associations and institutions to obtain support and advice for the Bureau’s exchange programs and to help these organizations with their own international programs.
  • The Senior Program Officer provides oversight of all facets of the programs and assigned events such as the EducationUSA Forum, including content and logistics planning, plenary and session content development, supervision of the event contract and oversight of the event budget. Coordinates the participation of locally employed staff advisers, REACs, high-level USG and foreign government guests from around the world. Other duties include: drafting, compiling and editing reports, data, and briefing papers on student mobility and advising activities worldwide for a variety of internal and external audiences, including Department of State colleagues in other branches and bureaus, U.S. higher education, and the U.S. Congress; representing EducationUSA at various public and private events.
  • The Senior Program Officer will plan, develop, implement, evaluate and manage special programs as assigned such as the EducationUSA Leadership Institutes under the guidelines established by the Department through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and in consultation with posts, binational Fulbright commissions, regional bureaus, cooperating organizations, and U.S. academic and professional communities. Specific duties include: monitoring cooperative partner and host institution activity through weekly phone calls, quarterly reporting, and site visits; managing the participant nomination process in collaboration with post, regional bureaus, and ECA leadership; leading the content development for D.C.-based aspects of the programming such as orientations or closing programs when applicable; and collaborating with the Grants Officer Representative (GOR) to facilitate the grants management process.
  • For all grants under the program officer’s supervision, the program officer initiates the grant process, negotiates the budget with the grantee organization, monitors activities/initiatives during the grant period and evaluates program impact through analysis of reports and consultations with grantees and overseas posts. The Senior Program Officer will identify and resolve operational problems with grantee organizations.
  • Plans, conceptualizes, organizes and implements workshops and conferences in the U.S. and overseas in collaboration with partners from the domestic and international academic, diplomatic and professional communities.


Required Experience: 

  • Education and/or work experience related to international cultural or educational exchanges, and/or other types of international study, programming or activities.
  • Experience with U.S. government and State Department administrative policies and procedures as they pertain to financial, grants, procurement, and operational management of international exchange programs.
  • Ability to interact with people of all nationalities/genders/abilities/sexual orientations/etc. in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Ability to work with database applications.
  • Demonstrated skills or knowledge of global internet access and research capabilities.
  • Experience in program administration, operating procedures, oversight and monitoring.
  • Financial Management/accounting experience. 
  • Event planning experience.
  • Facility with standard software, including the complete Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint), and an ability to learn and work with other software, as well as database applications.
  • Excellent, timely and precise organizational skills and multi-tasking abilities.
  • Excellent critical and creative thinking and analytical skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and multi-task in a high volume, fast-pace work environment.
  • Excellent ability to also have a flexible, team-oriented approach to work.
  • Excellent ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues. 
  • Significant familiarity or direct experience in international educational and cultural exchanges, or other types of international programming or activities.
  • Significant familiarity or direct experience in working for U.S. foreign affairs agencies and/or international organizations.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Secret level.  
  • A minimum of three (3) years of related professional work experience is required for this position. 


  • Bachelor Degree or higher

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