Program Associate

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 26

Position description

The position is located in the Latin American Program (LAP) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. LAP seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between the United States and Latin America by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing policymaking in the United States and the region.




This position is responsible for planning and developing public programs, briefings, seminars, and other activities that analyze a wide range of programmatic initiatives on environmental sustainability, trade, and integration. The responsibilities include:

  • Carrying out original research on environmental, trade, and other issues and publishing in U.S. and Latin American media in areas of expertise in English and Spanish
  • Developing conferences and seminars—to include designing the agenda, recruiting speakers, and working with other LAP staff and partner organizations to ensure the implementation of needed logistical arrangements in English and/or Spanish
  • Managing the Latin American Program public policy fellowships
  • Working closely with other LAP staff on budget oversight and management
  • In coordination with the Program Director, assisting with fundraising from foundation and private sector sources, and assisting the Program Director in overseeing the budget related to areas of responsibility
  • Preparing funding proposals and grant narratives
  • Drafting and assisting with all phases of producing publications based on LAP events and projects, to include original writing, editing, and overseeing all aspects of the editing, design, and printing of bulletins, reports, and articles in the associate’s areas of expertise in English and Spanish
  • Conducting outreach to advertise LAP Fellowship opportunities, compile applications, and assist in their review
  • Identifying and working closely with partner organizations in areas of expertise, maintaining fluid communications and exchange and identifying opportunities for joint activities

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for this position, which may include International travel. 

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

11 - Employee will be eligible for promotion after 1 year. Promotion is not automatic or guaranteed. It is subject to approval from supervisor.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must have a valid authorization to work in the United States.
  • You must complete a background investigation. 
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • You may be required to complete a probationary period. 
  • You must maintain a bank account for direct deposit.
  • You must have a valid Social Security Number. 


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet criteria in (1) and (2) below.

(1) Selective Factor (SF): Proficiency with the Spanish language to perform written and oral fluency requirements is mandatory for this position. For example, applicant must be able to draft correspondence in Spanish and offer oral remarks in Spanish at public conferences. A selective factor is an essential requirement for successful job performance that cannot be reasonably acquired on the job during a customary period of orientation or training. Applicants who do not meet the SF, which must be supported on the résumé, will not be eligible for further consideration for this position.

(2) Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the Grade 7 level (relative to federal and market standards) coordinating special initiatives for an organization, planning conferences/seminars, supporting grants management, and contributing to written publications related to Latin American and US/Latin American relations; OR

Education: Possess a master’s or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work; OR

Combination of Specialized Experience and Education described above that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position. (Only graduate education in excess of the first full year may be used in this calculation.) The resume must support the experience and/or education criteria stated above.

A Master's degree in International Relations, Political Science and Public Policy with focus on Latin American studies (or equivalent) is highly desirable.

Note: The “relative market standards” is defined based on the knowledge required to do the work, complexity of the work performed, independence in conducting the work, and regular/recurring contacts.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at

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