Program Assistant-Africa Program

Washington D.C.
May 16, 2017
May 24, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is seeking a Program Assistant for the Africa Program. The Wilson Center is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by an Act of Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center provides an essential link between the policy and academic communities by creating programs and communication opportunities that examine current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world. It is a non-partisan/non-advocacy institution supported by both public and private funds. The Center is (along with the National Gallery of Art and the Kennedy Center) one of the three special institutions created by congressional statute to perform a national mission within the Smithsonian Institution. It is governed by its own presidentially appointed Board of Trustees. The Center sponsors basic, original scholarship and dialogue covering both international and domestic issues through its programmatic offices. The Center conducts an active program of publishing and outreach through its various print, electronic and multimedia presentations. All duties and responsibilities are conducted within the framework of the Center’s congressionally mandated mission with a view toward advancing our understanding of a variety of issues and in strengthening the importance between worlds of learning and public policy.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Supporting conferences and events.

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Specialized Experience Statement:This position requires a B.A. in African studies, international relations, or other field related to Africa or U.S.-Africa relations; excellent organizational skills, event planning experience and research skills; a good working knowledge of the policies, priorities and activities of the Africa Program; and personal computer skills including the ability to use a variety of software packages (Microsoft Suite) to perform/automate office work. The position also requires the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; knowledge of proper grammar, spelling, punctuation and style; foreign language proficiency desirable, knowledge of French highly desired; basic accounting, grant management and budgetary skills; ability to handle the logistical aspects of international and domestic conference coordination and event planning; ability to use a variety of research sources such as library, internet, and propriety sources such as Lexis-Nexis; previous website development experience preferred. In addition, field or work experience in Africa is highly desirable.

To be minimally qualified applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in African studies, international relations, or other work or field experience related to Africa or U.S.-Africa relations highly desirable.

Knowledge Required by the Position

Excellent organizational and research skills, as well as experience planning, implementing, and closing-out events. Experience arranging high volume, complex international and domestic travel, and logistical aspects of conference coordination. Personal computer skills including the ability to use a variety of software packages, especially Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint, to perform/automate office work. The position also requires the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, including drafting a variety of documents, reports, and summaries for a professional audience; knowledge of formal, professional communication, cross-cultural communication, proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style; French language proficiency, both oral and written, is highly desirable, but not required; basic accounting, grant management, and budgetary skills; basic project support and calendar management skills.

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