Program Coordinator

The McCain Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 15

Position description

The McCain Institute at Arizona State University is a non-partisan organization that fights for democracy, human rights, and security and advances character-driven leadership around the world.

The McCain Institute seeks a full-time Program Coordinator to support its Global Leadership Programs. Working closely with and reporting to the Assistant Director, the Program Coordinator will engage directly in developing and supporting programs and the McCain Institute’s global leadership alumni network, which comprises nearly 100 individuals from over 60 countries. The Program Coordinator will also manage the recruitment and application process for leadership programming in addition to supporting logistics and administration of active leadership programs.

Global Leadership Programs at the McCain Institute supports character-driven leaders from around the world who embody Senator John McCain’s legacy of serving a cause greater than oneself. The program is designed to advance each leader’s personal and professional leadership journey and impact by providing training, resources, and access to highly relevant regional and global networks. Programming also focuses on technical areas, such as defending democracy, migration and human trafficking, peace and security, and economic and political stabilization.

This position is based in Washington, D.C. 

This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule.

Essential Duties


  • Serves as a secondary point of contact for alumni of McCain Institute leadership programs;
  • Identifies opportunities and supports alumni of McCain Institute leadership programs in developing and implementing impact projects in their home countries, regionally and globally;
  • Coordinates travel and logistics for international and domestic alumni programs;
  • Assists in organizing virtual activities for the McCain Leadership Alumni Network;
  • Supports the Global Leadership team in events planning and execution;
  • Liaises with the communications team on alumni promotion and thought leadership;
  • International and domestic travel in support of program activities (10% of the time);
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor's degree in field appropriate to area of assignment AND two years administrative/coordinator program experience; OR, Six years of progressively responsible administrative/coordinator program experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


Desired Qualifications


  • Knowledge of issues pertaining to the area of assignment, including international development, project management, and implementation.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders and actors both domestically and internationally.
  • Knowledge of organizational practices.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, with travel and operation to challenging locations abroad.
  • Skill in organizing work of self and management of intern workflow.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and be a self-starter while operating within broad guidance parameters.
  • Evidence of effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in using organizational skills and ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Experience with event management and coordination.


Working Environment


  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse. 
  • Visual acuity and manual dexterity associated with daily use of a desktop computer.
  • Bending, stooping, reaching, and lifting up to 20 pounds.
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential duties.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly set and change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.


Department Statement

At the McCain Institute at Arizona State University, we aren’t a think tank–we’re an action tank. Inspired by the legacy of Senator John McCain and his family, the McCain Institute fights to advance freedom, prosperity, security, and human dignity for the benefit of all Americans and the world. Our work is anchored by three core beliefs: securing democracy and alliances, promoting human rights and protecting the vulnerable, and advancing character-driven leadership in our own communities and around the world.

At McCain Institute, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway. We value your unique background and perspective, and you may be just the right candidate for this position or other roles on our team.



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