Program Associate, IVLP

World Learning
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Sep 17

Position 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 is funded through December 31, 2019, and is expected to be extended pending satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. Only candidates receiving interviews will be contacted.

The IVLP Program Associate is responsible for the following: 
• contributing to the successful implementation of exchange programs in support of U.S. foreign policy goals;
• arranging program logistics (air and ground travel/hotels/meeting space);
• creating and managing financial documents and processes, including invoices, expense reports, and budgets;
• conducting project briefings with participants on program arrangements;
• assisting in the development of program itineraries and arranging professional appointments for participants;
• supporting the preparation of briefing books and program materials for participants;
• accompanying participants, as required, to appointments; 
• conducting research to support the preparation of programs;
• supervising interns and supporting their professional development; and
• actively participating in and leading 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.

You should have:  
• eligibility to work in the U.S.;
• bachelor's degree (required); one year 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 or study experience; 
• proficiency with Microsoft Outlook and Office; and
• fluency with the use of various social media platforms.

Why World Learning
Eighty-five years ago, a group of young Americans sailed to Germany on a cultural exchange program. They returned home with lifelong friendships, a broader understanding of the world, and the ability to empathize with people from other cultures. This was the beginning of The Experiment in International Living. It was also the beginning of World Learning.

The Experiment in International Living is still a vibrant part of World Learning today. But as global needs have grown, World Learning has grown too. Today World Learning operates the SIT graduate school, study abroad programs, and leads international development and civic activism programs throughout the world. 

In 60 countries with an annual budget of over $100 million, World Learning empowers people and strengthens institutions that help people learn, grow, and thrive. 

Today, more than ever, the world needs fully engaged global citizens who recognize what it means to build bridges of tolerance, respect, and understanding and have the knowledge, skills, and international experience to assume leadership positions in the world. At this moment of unprecedented, acute, international need and opportunity, World Learning is responding by re-investing in its programs, deepening their impact, and implementing a global vision for the future.

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