Program Officer, Global Education

The Stanley Foundation
  • Location
    Muscatine, Iowa
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 29

Position description

Do you want to be a part of a mission-driven organization devoted to real-world change? Are you inspired to promote greater understanding of global education and global citizenship?

Position Overview
The Stanley Center for Peace and Security seeks a program officer to contribute energy, creativity, and skill to the design and implementation of innovative programming in our community to promote greater understanding and application of global education, global education standards, and global citizenship in Muscatine, Iowa (with possible expansion to other areas). 

The selected candidate will be curiosity driven, learner focused, and impact oriented, with:

  • A passion for exploring, understanding, and testing the latest trends, research, and best practices in global education.
  • The ability to articulate and implement a vision for the Stanley Center’s global education efforts that draws on community engagement and the Stanley Center’s strengths.
  • A “connector” aptitude, including knowing how to forge connections and build relationships with collaborators and partners.
  • A collaborative, team-player mindset working in pursuit of the Stanley Center’s vision, mission, and organizational and programming goals.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree with coursework in a relevant discipline (global education, education, international relations, or a related field).
  • An abiding interest in diverse cultures and worldviews.
  • Strong organizational, communication, and collaboration skills.
  • Experience in goal setting and program management, including assessment to measure impact.

Full Position Description

Capsule Description:
The program officer, appointed by and reporting to the president of the organization, is accountable for leading programming efforts in Muscatine, Iowa (with possible expansion to other areas) to promote greater understanding and application of global education, global education standards, and global citizenship, in pursuit of our mission, vision, and organizational goals. 

Primary Responsibilities:
In close collaboration with the president and others across the organization, the program officer determines the goal, strategy, and work plan for our global education programming. To effectively deliver high-impact programming, the program officer establishes working relationships with members of the community and with all departments across the organization. The program officer also is a part of assessing the impact of our global education programming
 
The program officer is responsible for:

  • Planning: The program officer identifies the ways in which the Stanley Center can be most impactful in alignment with its work plan for global education programming in our local area. The program officer, consulting broadly with other staff, uses a multiyear, cyclical approach to planning for programming with specific junctures meant to intentionally evaluate strategy, incorporate learning, and assess impact.
  • Program Management: The program officer works across the organization and with outside partners to design and implement global education programming activities. This includes preparing programming activity proposals and budgets for a cross-departmental review process.  The program officer is responsible for achieving intended programming results, including quality of work, agreed-upon schedules, costs, effective cross-departmental collaboration, follow-up reports, and other implementation steps.
  • Learning: The program officer monitors developments and trends in the field of global education and maintains effective networking in community activities to support and strengthen activities, specific events, etc. The program officer participates in and contributes to organizational learning and evaluation processes to assess programming efforts. The program officer incorporates lessons learned from activity-specific evaluations and adjusts programming to reflect feedback from midterm and end-of-cycle evaluations. The program officer also contributes to the shared intelligence, creativity, and insights of staff across the organization by communicating successes and lessons learned across the organization.
  • Networking and Relationship Cultivation: Because collaboration with other organizations is a fundamental element of our work, the program officer maintains strong and supportive ties with key organizational partners in the community. As a member of an institution with a strong vision for positive change, the program officer will display the determination and excitement of the mission through daily engaged and positive relationships with peers in and beyond the organization.
  • Team Contribution: The program officer for global education is expected to constructively and creatively engage with staff across the organization. This includes consulting broadly with other staff, contributing to organization learning, promoting possibilities for staff participation in global education programming, and exploring complementarity to other Stanley programming. The program officer is responsible to all relevant internal reporting mechanisms and procedures and utilizes excellent communication and collaboration skills as a representative of the organization.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Some travel is required.

About the Stanley Center for Peace and Security

The Stanley Center for Peace and Security partners with people, organizations, and the greater global community to drive policy progress in three issue areas—avoiding the use of nuclear weapons, mitigating climate change, and preventing mass violence and atrocities. The center was created in 1956 and maintains its independence while developing forums for diverse perspectives and ideas. To learn more about our recent publications and upcoming events, please visit stanleyfoundation.org.

The Stanley Center offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Location

This position is located at the Stanley Center office in Muscatine, Iowa, a community of 23,000 people on the Mississippi River. The area offers affordable housing and a variety of recreational opportunities. Within commuting distance of Muscatine are Iowa City (population 70,000)—home of the University of Iowa and the nationally recognized University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics—and the Quad Cities area—comprising Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, and Moline and Rock Island, Illinois, with a combined population of about 350,000. While on-site work in Muscatine is mandatory, the Stanley Center offers flexible work hours and some remote workdays.

Qualifications

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will demonstrate an interest in and commitment to global education and international cooperation. In addition, a strong candidate will have:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree with coursework in a relevant discipline (global education, education, international relations, or a related field).
  • An abiding interest in diverse cultures and worldviews.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated collaborative skills on behalf of shared goals in a team setting.
  • Experience in goal setting and program management, including assessment to measure impact.
  • The ability to maintain poise under pressure.
  • The  ability to connect strategies and goals with the practical realities of their accomplishment.
  • Networking and relationship cultivation and maintenance skills.

Additional desirable traits include:

  • Project-implementation and assessment experience, including a proven capacity to set goals and meet deadlines and schedules.
  • Foreign language skills.
  • International study/travel/living experience.
  • Facilitation skills.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Application instructions

Deadline for application: This position will remain open until filled.

Please send a letter of interest, résumé, and references to Debra Hughes, Human Resources Generalist.

 

 

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, or other characteristic protected by law.

 

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