Program Associate

Farragut North
Apr 26, 2019
May 31, 2019
Law, Nonprofit
Career Level
Entry Level
Full Time

The IBA, established in 1947, is the world’s leading organization of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies.  It serves as the global voice of the legal profession. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world.  It has a membership of more than 80,000 legal professionals and nearly 200 bar associations and law societies spanning all continents.  It has considerable expertise in providing assistance to the global legal community.  The IBA is a non-profit organization that also has offices in London (headquarters); Seoul, South Korea; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and The Hague, Netherlands. 

The IBA’s North America office in Washington, D.C., opened in August 2013.  The Program Associate will work closely with the North America Office Director to serve the IBA’s members and the legal community in North America and advance the IBA’s efforts to promote human rights and the rule of law around the world. 


  • Work hand in hand with the Director to ensure the smooth running of the IBA’s operations in North America.
  • Oversee basic bookkeeping, including financial reporting; generate financial and business development reports.   
  • Maintain internal and institutional member databases.
  • Assist with event planning, ranging from global IBA conferences to locally held events on topics such as (1) the role of lawyers in combating climate change, (2) business and human rights, and (3) North Korean human rights; assist with marketing efforts and collaborate with any co-organizers of such events.
  • Liaise with London office on a regular basis regarding compliance, administrative and programmatic matters. 
  • Communicate and meet in person with existing and potential association members; respond to regular telephone and email inquiries about the IBA from existing and prospective members, with many inquiries relating to the 50+ conferences the IBA conducts each year (mostly outside North America).
  • Represent the IBA at meetings on issues pertaining to the state of the legal profession and human rights (i.e., crimes against humanity in North Korea).  
  • Produce high caliber written work product that requires minimal editing (i.e., letters, memos, meeting summaries, press releases, and routine communications with IBA members and firms).   
  • Conduct substantive research; summarize findings and make recommendations in well-organized, well-written memos.
  • Manage the office internship program, which typically has separate Fall, Winter and Summer classes comprised of 2-3 interns per period.
  • Travel occasionally for short periods, mostly on the East Coast.

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • The North America office is comprised of a Director and Program Associate, as well as interns and/or fellows; as such, the position requires a team-focused and flexible approach and a strong commitment to the continued growth and impact of the IBA’s North America office.
  • The Candidate must be self-directed, disciplined and discreet; the candidate must possess excellent judgment and a high degree of emotional intelligence.
  • The Candidate must possess the ability to multi-task and to address the most important and/or pressing priorities first.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, prioritise, meet deadlines and follow through on commitments.
  • Past experience working in an office setting, and a command of best practices with respect to office administration matters. 
  • Project management experience, ideally in a non-profit/association setting. 
  • Experience working with law firms, member associations, international development organizations or a variety of entities with which the IBA collaborates, including human rights NGOs, the State Department and academic institutions, is highly desirable.
  • Strong oral presentation and writing skills are a must. 
  • Additionally, candidates are expected to have a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree, a high level of competence using Microsoft Office and ideally the ability to use Microsoft Publisher. 
  • Overseas studies and/or significant time spent abroad is viewed favorably.

How to apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter and writing sample of original, unedited work to Sosseh Prom at  Please note in the subject heading of your email that you are applying for the Program Associate Position – North America.  The cover letter should describe how your past experience, skills and interests match the requirements of the job, and should not exceed 1 ½ pages.  The IBA regrets that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Thank you very much for your interest in the IBA. 

Application Deadline: 10 May 2019

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