Washington, D.C
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 28, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


This position is located at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center). The Wilson Center is governed by its own presidentially appointed Board of Trustees. The Center provides a non-partisan policy forum for tackling issues through independent research and open dialogue that seeks to inform actionable ideas for the policy community and the public at large. It offers a bridge between the world and Washington and between critical ideas and policy practice.

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Director of the Global Europe Program will perform the following major duties and responsibilities:
  • The program director serves in a full-time capacity as the Wilson Center's lead in-house expert and strategist on matters pertaining to Europe and serves as an advisor to executive leadership of the Wilson Center on these issues.
  • Designs and implements a schedule of high-impact activities to improve understanding about Europe and US policies, which include research, reports, publications, meetings, panel discussions, conferences, seminars and targeted briefings involving individuals from the scholarly, business, media, governmental and non-governmental office (NGO) worlds.
  • Represents the Wilson Center to outside audiences including policy and business leaders, professional associations and other key constituencies.
  • Acts as a key media spokesperson for the WC on Europe related issues with the media and develops media events to promote the programs and the WC. Also supports scholars and alumni scholars to build media interactions.
  • Helps build knowledge and share expertise on Europe's relationship with other regions of the world, regulatory regimes in Europe and regional organizations including the EU,NATO and OSCE as well as U.S. policy development in coordination with key policymaking communities, including Congress.
  • Develops and executes fundraising strategies including funding from foundations, governments, private donations from individuals, companies and organizations to maintain and expand the program, and oversees all expenditures to ensure the proper use of and reporting on resources and donations.
  • Oversees the operations of the program, and supervises and manages the performance of staff within the program.
  • Works in cooperation with the Scholars and Academic Relations Office to recommend scholars for appointments for periods of residency and cooperates in the administration of an annual international fellowship competition.
  • Collaborates closely with resident and non-resident scholars to ensure maximum synergy between programmatic priorities and scholarly research.
  • Collaborates on Center-wide projects, themes, special activities and new initiatives that advance the Center's mission and interests and that cut across Center programs.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for this position, which may include international travel.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • You may be required to complete a probationary period.
  • You must maintain a bank account for direct deposit.
  • You must have a valid Social Security Number to apply.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


Incumbent must possess a demonstrated mastery of a particular discipline, area study, or related field (i.e., political science, international relations, environment, law, history, etc.) related to public policies in the European region and U.S. foreign policy related to the region. Such mastery is evidenced by the possession of a Ph.D., M.A., J.D., and/or equivalent directly related professional experience reflected in the duties outlined above; entrepreneurial, managerial, and administrative ability to direct a major program designed to bring cutting-edge scholarship to focus on public policy issues related to the European region; experience in planning, supervising, evaluating, and coordinating the work of others; recognized record of publications and media presence as an expert on issues; demonstrated ability to make effective oral presentations; ability to establish and maintain good working relationships and to work effectively as part of a team; and administrative and interpersonal skills sufficient to direct, organize, coordinate, and accomplish the overall mission of the Wilson Center through the work of their office. Previous experience working with and/or advising Congressional staff/Members and federal government officials is required. This position also requires expert knowledge of national, international, governmental and non-governmental organizations that fund work on the European region, including skill in grant writing and grant administration with a proven record of success in order to solicit funding in support of program staff salaries and programming.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet the criteria below:

1. Selective Factors (SF):
  • Previous experience working with and/or advising Congressional staff/Members and federal government officials is required, and;
  • This position also requires expert knowledge of national, international, governmental and non-governmental organizations that fund work on the European region, including skill in grant writing and grant administration with a proven record of success in order to solicit funding in support of program staff salaries and programming.

Applicants who do not meet the SFs will not be eligible for further consideration for this position. This must be supported in your resume / CV and attaching a copy of your academic records showing conferral of the degree.

2. Basic Requirement in A, B, or C below:

The occupational series (0101, Social Science series) requires applicants to meet the basic requirement in accordance to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards :

A. Degree: Behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position; for example, international relations or political science. (Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study with at least 24 semester hours of behavioral or social science courses); or
B. Combination of education and experience that provides knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field; or
C. Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

3. Specialized Experience:

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). To further assess if you meet the one full-time year (12-months) of specialized experience, you are required to include the month and year AND the hours per week spent for each of your professional experience.


All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see .

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at .

You are required to include a copy of your unofficial academic transcript/s showing the conferment of your degree at the time of application. Your application will be marked "ineligible" if you fail to provide a copy of your academic transcript/s. If selected for the position, you will be required to provide a copy of your official academic transcript/s. You are responsible to any cost associated in obtaining your academic transcripts / records.

Additional information

CTAP/ICTAP: To receive special priority consideration for eligible applicants, you must rate a score of 85 or better on the established ranking criteria. Additional information can be found at CTAP/ICTAP .

EEO Policy: The Wilson Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors.

Reasonable Accommodation: Federal agencies provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Schedule A: Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For additional information, see .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement.

Information for Veterans: The category rating process does not add veteran's preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade or higher. For additional information, see Veteran Information .

Qualifying applications will be placed into one of the following categories:

1. Gold (Best Qualified)
2. Silver
3. Bronze

Key Core Competencies

Strategic Thinking


Creativity and Innovation

Situational Awareness


Human Capital Management

Financial Management

Oral and Written Communication

Applications in the Best Qualified category will be evaluated to ensure that the job requirements, including any Selective Factors (SF), Basic Education, Specialized Experience, and other eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the résumé and other documents submitted.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents are required for ALL APPLICANTS:
  • A Résumé showing relevant experience includinghours worked per week and month/year dates of employment.
  • Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire completed online.
  • A Cover Letter highlighting your professional experience as it relates to the position as European Studies Program Administrator.
  • Unofficial academic transcripts demonstrating completion of basic education requirements.

Applicants claiming Veteran's Preference eligibility must submit:
  • A copy of your DD214, Member Copy 4; or
  • A certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days for current Active Duty members.

Veterans claiming 10-Point Preference must also submit an SF-15 Form and ALL documents indicated on the form as proof for the type of preference.

Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP Eligibility must submit:
  • Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from; or
  • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation; or Separation SF-50; or
  • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held; or
  • Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.

Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents have been submitted.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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