President and CEO

Inter-American Foundation
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
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  • Posted
    Nov 08

Position description

The Interā€American Foundation (IAF) is a U.S. foreign assistance agency that invests in community-led development across Latin America and the Caribbean. Created by Congress in 1969, the IAF directly engages local leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs in underserved areas to create more prosperous, peaceful, and democratic communities. 

The IAF currently has fifty full-time staff at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. who work with local teams (development experts, monitoring and evaluation experts, and auditors) to support the agency’s work across the region. The agency’s total budget in FY21 was $47.4 million.

The IAF awards small grants to community-based grassroots organizations to catalyze their ideas and development solutions, with an average investment of $300,000 over four years. Grantees are required to contribute their own counterpart resources as co-investment. The IAF grantmaking model targets funding to underserved areas, requires broad participation by women, youth, and underrepresented populations, and supports grantees learning from each other through exchanges, technical assistance workshops and networks. Since its founding, the IAF has helped launch, strengthen, or expand more than 5,400 organizations in 35 countries via direct small grants. The IAF’s active portfolio includes 333 grants across 26 countries. The IAF’s unique, grassroots development model serves U.S. interests by creating alternatives to irregular migration, crime, and violence; building strong and more democratic allies; building resilience to natural disasters; and supporting dignity and human rights for marginalized communities. 

The IAF is governed by a bipartisan, nine-person Board of Directors (Board) appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate. The Board functions primarily as an oversight and governance body and appoints the IAF President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). 

Additional information about the IAF’s work can be found on our website: To learn more about the IAF’s congressional mandate please see our enabling legislation at 22 U.S. Code § 290f. 



The President/CEO, reporting to the Board of Directors, is responsible for overseeing all IAF functions and activities to advance its mission, subject to the broad policy guidelines established by the Board and in consideration of Administration and congressional priorities and the legislation creating the agency.  The IAF’s President and CEO will lead the organization in the following ways:

LEADERSHIP               Articulates and guides the IAF’s vision, mission, and work. Sets and drives the agency’s strategic direction. Positions the IAF as a leader in U.S. foreign assistance focused on community-led and grassroots development. Fosters a positive and productive work culture, including through motivating and engaging staff to excel as they advance the mission of IAF. 

MANAGEMENT      Leads the Senior Management Team to deliver value to U.S. taxpayers, IAF grantees, and agency partners. Ensures a positive and inclusive workplace culture, strong program results, smooth operations, legal and regulatory compliance, and alignment with broader U.S. government interests and priorities. The IAF President/CEO directly oversees multiple staff, including the directors of IAF’s five offices — Office of the General Counsel; Office of Operations; Office of External and Government Affairs; Office of Learning and Impact; and the Office of Programs — and Front Office staff, including an Executive Assistant, Public Private Partnerships Specialist, Equal Employment Opportunity Director, and Senior Advisor.       

PROGRAMMING & PARTNERSHIPS  Ensures that the agency responds to pressing development needs and advances U.S. foreign assistance priorities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Ensures robust vetting and monitoring of IAF partners and grant review process that prioritizes investments that promise strong community engagement, grassroots leadership, and transformational impact, and sustainability. Supports the agency’s investment in organizational strengthening and localization of development. Champions public private partnerships and other blended-finance models that mobilize private sector resources and community assets for grassroots development.

IMPACT        Champions the successful execution of IAF’s strategic and performance goals and each office’s contributions to those goals. Promotes the agency’s use of data and analysis to promote learning and accountability across programming and operations. Ensures that the IAF invests in evaluations that capture the agency’s development impact and strengthen grantmaking and communication of results.

EXTERNAL ENGAGEMENT    Serves as chief spokesperson for the agency, elevating IAF’s profile and reputation. Represents the agency in high-profile domestic and international fora and media engagements. Maintains and strengthens positive working relationships with key senior officials in the Executive Branch and bipartisan stakeholders in Congress, international development organizations, think tanks, bilateral and multilateral institutions, and current and potential funding partners.

BOARD ENGAGEMENT  Manages the relationship with the IAF Board of Directors and Advisory Council. Supports the Board as it carries out its governance responsibilities. Engages the Board and Advisory Council on matters of critical and strategic importance, and regularly keeps them informed on agency priorities and operations.


  • A successful track record directing an international organization or U.S. government agency or a core function within a larger organization, with ultimate responsibility for enterprise results
  • Knowledge and professional experience working in the foreign assistance or international development arena, especially on community development and grassroots issues
  • Knowledge and experience working on Latin American and Caribbean policy and programming within the U.S. government, multilateral, or NGO sector.
  • Field-based experience in at least one country in the region is preferred although individuals from other geographic regions with essential experience will be considered
  • Knowledge and experience in U.S. government foreign assistance priorities, programs and funding mechanisms, including inter-agency coordination, and the annual appropriations process within the U.S. Congress, strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in building cross-sector partnerships, donor engagement and/or fundraising with experience that includes having mobilized significant support from the private sector
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated experience representing an organization externally, including on politically sensitive issues and in high-profile international meetings, conferences, missions, delegations; with the media; as well as with bipartisan congressional and private sector audiences
  • Experience effectively managing human, financial, and information resources
  • A collaborative leader, able to draw on the knowledge and experience of a highly skilled, diverse, multicultural, and multilingual team located in Washington, D.C. and in Latin America and the Caribbean 
  • The ability to inspire, motivate and unify staff and external stakeholders around a common vision for the future of the IAF
  • Spanish bilingual (spoken and written) fluency required; Portuguese and French familiarity a plus
  • An advanced degree (Masters, MBA, or J.D.) highly preferred 
  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Must be able to receive and maintain a Top Secret security clearance  
  • Must be able to travel domestically and internationally at least 15 to 20 percent of the time to visit projects, meet with staff, donors, and partners, and attend key conferences and meetings that advance IAF’s mission and strategy  
  • Experience implementing new business processes and supporting technology a plus


By statute, compensation for this position is set at the federal government Executive Schedule (EX) level IV, which for Fiscal Year 2022 was $172,500.  Other Federal employment benefits apply.  Relocation assistance and performance bonus may be authorized. 

Application instructions

Please send letter of interest and resume to [email protected]