Program Assistant, International Development Studies

George Washington University
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    May 06

Position description

The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA) is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world. The school’s unique location—just steps from the White House, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, U.S. Department of State, and dozens of other U.S. and international organizations—enriches its teaching and research, providing students and scholars with unmatched opportunities to engage with the U.S. and international policy communities.

The International Development Studies program (IDS) in the Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA) seeks a part-time Program Assistant to work closely with the director and associated faculty members in all of the program’s activities, including programming, event planning, budgeting, and student advising.

The purpose of this entry level position is to provide basic administrative support to and on behalf of an academic program or initiative. This role will serve as a first point of contact, will answer routine program questions, and will assist the program staff with basic administrative support. Support could include answering basic inquiries, enrollment assistance, updating websites and list-servs, supporting event preparation and execution, scheduling rooms, ordering equipment, data entry, preparing basic reports, and similar duties. Often these entry level roles are tasked with outreach to other GW stakeholders in order to assist in maintaining standard operational efficiencies. Typical duties are limited to administrative tasks that are routine, and under the direct supervision of more senior personnel within the department, or program.

Responsibilities include:

*Interfaces with, advises, and serves as the primary resource to current and prospective graduate students on the IDS program features and requirements 
*Organizes and help facilitate program activities, such as meetings, events, advising, and courses for students and faculty, both regular and part-time
*Serves as the central resource for information about the IDS program and the Elliott School for relevant University faculty, staff, students, and alumni
*Provides day-to-day administrative and operational activities, as well as managing budget and expenditures/reimbursements for the program
*Handles questions and concerns from the adjunct and part-time faculty associated with the program
*Maintains an updated list of courses available at the University that are relevant to IDS students
*Serves as a member of the IDS Program Committee, and advise on program and curriculum development
*Gathers relevant data and compile program evaluation reports
*Engages IDS alumni in program events and activities
*Manages the IDS website and social media accounts

Performs other work related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.


Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a high school diploma/GED plus 1.5 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

*Professional experience in project or program management, and/or prior administrative experience 
*Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as customer service and organizational skills 
*Ability to work with minimal supervision
*Experience with marketing, outreach, academic recruiting, and involvement in an educational environment is desirable
*Familiarity with word processing, database management, Excel, and PowerPoint are required, experience with Drupal web content management system is preferred
*An understanding of the requirements for the International Development Studies (IDS) program and familiarity with Elliott School operations. Preference will be given to qualified applicants enrolled in the IDS program who are willing to commit for two years.

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