Program Officer

American Council of Young Political Leaders
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Oct 04

Position description

The American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1966 to promote mutual understanding and cultivate lasting relationships among emerging political and policy leaders worldwide through international exchanges with countries and territories around the world. ACYPL programs are funded through grants from the United States Department of State and contributions from corporations, labor unions, foundations and individuals.


The Program Officer is responsible for developing, implementing and managing bilateral international exchange programs for emerging political and policy leaders from the United States and around the world. This position typically requires frequent travel throughout the United States and possible international travel.  


Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop program agendas and, in partnership with other staff, secure professional meetings and cultural activities for 4-5 day programs in Washington, DC for visiting international delegations.
  • Work in partnership with ACYPL alumni hosts to plan 3-5 day professional programs outside of Washington, DC.
  • Escort and manage international delegations during the 8-14 day programs in the US.
  • Work in partnership with international organizations to develop 8-14 day professional and cultural programs for visiting American delegations.
  • Work in partnership with ACYPL Senior Program Manager on the Professional Fellows Program. Review applications, interview semi-finalists, identify professional placements for international fellows, and work with international fellows to develop outbound exchange programs for American fellows.
  • Work in partnership with US Department of State and Embassy personnel to secure visas and appropriate clearances for international and American delegates.
  • Manage program budgets and prepare financial reports.
  • Prepare written program reports for US Department of State and international partner organizations.

Professional Relationships

The Program Officer works in close partnership with all members of ACYPL staff as well as external stakeholders including:

  • US Department of State personnel and US Embassy officials around the world.
  • ACYPL American alumni around the country.
  • International partnership organizations.
  • Federal, state, and local government officials, as well as political, corporate, labor, legal, international affairs, think tank, and NGO representatives.
  • ACYPL Board of Trustees.



  • BA/BS degree
  • 1-3 years professional experience, preferably at a nonprofit, political organization or in government.
  • Commitment to bipartisanship and international exchange.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects while maintaining keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks under firm deadlines and constantly changing situations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills both in person and on the phone
  • Interest in travel and international affairs as well as working knowledge of national, state and local government, politics and policy making.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • A team player who is dependable and willing to take initiative.
  • Proficiency in MSOffice Suite required, experience with Salesforce CRM highly preferred.


ACYPL is an equal-opportunity employer and a vaccinated workplace.


75% individual healthcare coverage including dental and eye care; Individual life insurance coverage; Immediate investment in 403(b) retirement plan with 3% employer matching funds; DC Metro pre-tax travel allowance


Application instructions

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line Program Officer. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

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