Director, International Exchange (Professional Fellows Program)

Legacy International
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Sep 01

Position description

Legacy International is seeking an experienced professional who cares deeply about community development for the next generation of leaders to join our team as Program Director for the Professional Fellows Program (PFP). PFP empowers young professionals from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to pursue their visions as entrepreneurs and in civil society development. We are looking for a people and detailed oriented person, with proven project management skills, knowledge about the MENA region, and international exchange experience.

Our Company. Our Mission.

Legacy International equips emerging leaders to transform their values and vision into sustainable success. Our programs and services help people of all ages form collaborative teams around shared values, develop entrepreneurial mindsets and business models, promote social responsibility and lead to peaceful sustainable communities. Since 1979, projects and initiatives have involved professionals, community leaders, and youths from 110 countries. Legacy is funded by multiple federal and private grants, fee-for-service income, gifts and donations. Significant support comes from the U.S. Department of State. We are headquartered in Bedford, Virginia with additional employees working remotely in the Washington, DC metro area.

Professional Fellows Program (PFP)

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) for Economic Empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa is a two-way exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, and build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders committed to strengthening their communities through social entrepreneurship and workforce development. PFP Fellows are placed in intensive U.S.-based fellowships in non-profit organizations, private sector businesses, and government offices for individually tailored professional development experiences. They build broad networks with American and other participant colleagues as they develop a deeper understanding of U.S. society and enhance their professional skills. American participants who have hosted international fellows travel overseas for participant-driven reciprocal programs.

General Responsibilities

As Program Director you will implement the project’s strategic plan leading the PFP Team in overall program implementation, setting program milestones, and tracking progress towards completion. You will also be responsible for management of all subaward contracts with international and U.S.-based non-profits, communications with the Department of State and U.S. embassies abroad, and the overall program implementation budget.


  • ●  Lead the team to develop appropriate action steps, timelines, and monitoring procedures to keep the team on target with program deliverables and required program implementation guidelines.

  • ●  Maintain ongoing communication and provide appropriate updates to the U.S. Department of State Program Officer and U.S. embassy staff (ensuring that all program implementation guidelines are met).

  • ●  Oversee the management of partner subaward agreements, communications, invoicing, and payments.

  • ●  Work with the Financial Office and grants officer to manage the overall program budget ensuring best practices in federal grant awards.

  • ●  Provide guidance and support to team members in:

o program participant outreach, recruitment, and selection processes; o in the overall development of program training materials, fellowship

placements, and program planning/logistics;
o the development and implementation of all U.S. outbound programs; and o the ongoing support and tracking of participant follow-on projects.

  • ●  Provide guidance to team members in the implementation of ongoing program monitoring and evaluation tools. Compile evaluation data and comments. Summarize, with recommendations for follow-on on segment, reunion, and future programs.

  • ●  Maintain the appropriate program materials and participant data using electronic systems in one complete organized space. Update ‘master materials’ on a regular basis. Provide data reports as required by the State Department and others.

  • ●  Curate content from the program delivery team and submit required programmatic semi-annual reports on program delivery and successes as requested.

  • ●  Oversee daily management and HR functions of two full-time PFP staff (Program Manager and Program Coordinator)

  • ●  During program delivery, when a MENA cohort is in the U.S., the Program Director plays a central role in group management and support, and /or delivering segments of training (orientation, project planning, etc.).


  • ●  Previous experience (3+ years) managing exchange programs or similar complex projects involving multiple cross-cultural dimensions and stakeholders.

  • ●  Proven high level, culturally sensitive communications, and interpersonal skills - written and verbal. (This person will work both internally with Legacy colleagues and externally with others from diverse populations and communities, as well as U.S. government officials.)

  • ●  Demonstrates solid critical thinking skills and an ability to find practical, creative solutions.

  • ●  Demonstrates responsibility, a strong, self-motivated, work ethic and an ability to function comfortably in an inter-cultural environment.

  • ●  Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, with an ability to function effectively in an inter-cultural environment.

  • ●  Demonstrated, strong organizational and logistics skills.

  • ●  Previous experience as a trainer or teacher in such areas as: leadership, economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, and/or dialogue & diversity.

  • ●  Previous experience developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation plans.


● Experience managing contracts, finances and budgets; with operating knowledge of MS Excel or similar software.

  • ●  Previous experience working with mid-career professionals.

  • ●  Previous experience guiding young adults during travel programs or in community

    service volunteer / leadership programs preferred.

  • ●  Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university. Graduate level degree

    preferred. (May possess equivalent post-secondary coursework, training, and


  • ●  Stamina and ability to work long, active hours during periods of program delivery.

  • ●  U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident

  • ●  Only candidates who are fully vaccinated against COVID or able to do so will be


    In addition, the following qualifications are preferred:

  • ●  International travel experience, preferably to the Middle East and/or North Africa (MENA)

  • ●  Demonstrated knowledge of history and culture of the MENA region

  • ●  Conversant or fluent in Arabic or French

  • ●  Knowledge of the Washington, DC metro area

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