Program Officer

Washington D.C.
Apr 18, 2019
May 06, 2019
Program Manager
Education, Nonprofit
Full Time

Program Officer, Education Abroad

At AMIDEAST we pride ourselves in being a leading American non-profit organization engaged in international education, training and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa. We also pride ourselves in providing 40+ days of paid leave and a great 401k with 6% matching.

The Program Officer manages AMIDEAST’s participation in U.S. Department of State sponsored programs such as YES Abroad and the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), and serves as a key link between AMIDEAST Headquarters in Washington, DC and U.S. students, sending institutions, and AMIDEAST field office staff members delivering programs in the Middle East and North Africa.  In addition, the Program Officer works collaboratively with the Education Abroad team in the development and enhancement of AMIDEAST Education Abroad’s intercultural learning initiatives, in supporting the needs of traditionally underserved participant populations specifically and student life generally across all Education Abroad programs, and in marketing AMIDEAST Education Abroad at U.S. institutions.


  • Manages AMIDEAST’s involvement in U.S. Department of State funded programs, including YES Abroad and the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Programs
  • Coordinates with the donor and prime contractor (currently American Councils for International Education), including representing AMIDEAST in meetings of the YES Abroad Consortium and with the Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
  • Participates in the selection of YES Abroad students
  • Communicates with prospective and selected students, parents, and institutions at all stages of program implementation
  • Conducts predeparture webinars; conceptualizes, plans, and implements predeparture and reentry orientations
  • Reviews and revises student policies on an annual basis
  • Leads review process and response to health, safety, and security issues that arise during program implementation
  • Prepares and submits quarterly and final narrative reports
  • Collaborates with field office staff regarding AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs from program development through implementation, monitoring, and final reporting
  • Represents AMIDEAST Education Abroad at U.S. institutions
  • Conducts training for new Education Abroad field office staff
  • Oversees Education Abroad budgets for designated programs, including participation in annual budgeting process, and monitoring of expenses against budget
  • Promotes programs, including through social media, interaction with campus-based education abroad professionals, and overall development of promotional materials and strategies
  • Helps develop and coordinates implementation of intercultural learning initiatives across EdAbroad programs, trains staff to implement them, and monitors them for quality assurance
  • Undertakes special projects as opportunities arise


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (master’s degree preferred)
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant professional education abroad experience, including within the Middle East/North Africa region
  • Experience with administration of U.S. government-funded programs
  • Specific academic and practical knowledge of one or more countries relevant to AMIDEAST Education Abroad programming
  • Proficiency in Arabic and/or French
  • Knowledge of issues facing traditionally underserved participant populations and experience developing and implementing strategies for inclusion and support
  • Experience with study abroad programming for high school and gap year students
  • Experience in budget preparation and financial monitoring
  • Excellent research and computer skills (please list experience with various software programs)

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AMIDEAST is an Equal Opportunity Employer-Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disability/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation

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