Senior Program Officer

  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 04

Position description

Established in 1951, Amideast is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to creating hope, opportunity, and mutual understanding among people in the Middle East, North Africa, and United States through life-changing opportunities for education and cultural exchanges. Working with local, regional, and international partners, we provide programs and services that improve educational opportunity and quality, expand access to U.S. study, empower youth and women, strengthen local institutions, and develop language and professional skills for success in the global economy. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Amideast operates offices in 11 countries in the MENA region. For more information, visit us at




The Senior Program Officer is a key member of the 19-person unit charged with managing the Fulbright Foreign Student Program in the Middle East and North Africa. The incumbent will have primary responsibility for student supervision caseload, a placement caseload of nominees, and supervision of an assistant and interns. The incumbent also will assume responsibilities that pertain to and require the involvement of the Fulbright unit as a whole. Therefore, the program officer must be organized, diplomatic and team-focused. Responsibilities include: 

• Manage the placement and supervision of Fulbright students from the Middle East & North Africa in degree programs at U.S. universities
• Communicate with students, State Department, field offices, Fulbright Commissions, U.S. Academic institutions, and other agencies concerning program-related matters
• Supervise junior staff, assign workload as leader of student placement/supervision team;
• Forecast student costs, develop individual grant budgets, approve grant payments, and track student disbursements;
• Report quarterly student costs to Fulbright Commission on student costs;
• Negotiate admissions and financial aid opportunities on behalf of students;
• Promote the Fulbright Program to U.S. academic institutions through campus visits, presentations, and other outreach efforts; 
• Represent Fulbright and Amideast at U.S. professional conferences;
• Travel domestically and internationally to the region


• Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred
• Minimum of 3-4 years experience in a student services environment
• Previous supervisory experience 
• Experience with J-1 exchange visitor programs highly desired
• Experience with U.S. graduate admissions highly desired
• Ability to maintain and organize a large amount of detailed information (ex: budgetary and student related information)
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize responsibilities
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
• Ability to work independently 
• Proficiency with Windows environment, particularly MS Office, and intermediate (or higher) proficiency in Microsoft Excel

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