Program Manager Position, Open World Program

Program Manager
Open World Program

SUMMARY:
The Open World Program is funded by the Open World Center at the Library
of Congress.  The program, through travel of delegations to the U.S.,
aims to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and the Russian
Federation, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova,
Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.  The goal of the Open World
program is to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation
between the United States and the countries of Eurasia by developing a
network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand
exposure to America’s democratic, accountable government and its
free-market system.

The Program Manager supervises program staff in the Washington, DC
office and coordinates activities closely with program staff in the
Moscow office, travel agency staff, and database management staff.  The
Program Manager also is responsible for regular communication and
reporting to the Open World Center staff and working in cooperation with
American Councils senior management and partner organizations. The
position reports to a Washington, DC-based Vice President.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
*    Oversees day-to-day program activity in the DC office, makes program staffing decisions, and supervises seven program staff;
*    Maintains relations with the Open World Center, partner organizations, and U.S. hosts;
*    Works jointly with the Moscow-based program manager to develop and implement a strategy for participant recruitment, selection, and implementation of the program;
*    Works with the Moscow-based Open World manager to articulate program activities overseas and in the U.S.;
*    Articulates program goals and policy to participants, partners, hosts, the public policy community and contractors;
*    Ensures coordination with partner organizations on development of itineraries and placements for participants;
*    Participates in development of participant tracking tools, including databases;
*    Participates in development and implementation of pre-departure orientations, U.S.-based arrival orientations, and other professional programming for participants;
*    Coordinates and oversees financial management, including developing the budget; authorizing and monitoring expenditure of contract funds; and identifying opportunities for cost savings;
*    Monitoring compliance with the contract issued for the program by the Library of Congress;
*    Oversees compliance through SEVIS;
*    Develops written materials, including annual reports and weekly program reports;
*    Coordinates travel and visa support for participants;
*    Oversees maintenance of interpreter recruitment and database;
*    Develops and implements policies and procedures covering a variety of situations, including emergencies.

QUALIFICATIONS:
*    Advanced degree preferred;
*    Familiarity with the Russian political scene and Eurasia;
*    Excellent writing skills;
*    5 years work experience managing international programs;
*    Proficiency in spoken and written Russian;
*    Experience working with leaders from Russia’s political and economic spheres;
*    Experience in preparing budgets and tracking and projecting expenses;
*    Experience living in Russia or other countries of the former Soviet Union;
*    Effective communication and representational skills; and
*    Demonstrated effective organizational and planning skills.

TO APPLY:
Send letter/resume and salary requirements to HR Department, American
Councils, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 700, Washington, DC  20036.
Fax: 202-572-9095 or 202-833-7523; email: resumes@americancouncils.org
with job title in the subject line. Affirmative Action / Equal
Opportunity Employer.

American Councils improves education at home and abroad through the
support of international research, the design of innovative programs,
and the exchange of students, scholars, and professionals around the
world.  American Councils employs a full-time professional staff of over
370, located the U.S. and in 40 cities in 24 countries of Eastern
Europe, Eurasia, Asia and the Middle East.

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