Program Officer for the Higher Education Program Office, American Councils

Program Officer, Higher Education Outbound Programs


Washington, DC


Based in Washington, DC, the Program Officer for the Higher Education Program office administers research grant programs for U.S. scholars and students in Eurasia and Southeast Europe. Responsibilities focus on the administration and promotion of programs funded by the U.S. Department of State and the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as self-funded programs. However, he/she may be called on to work on all outbound programs, as needed. The position requires close attention to detail, strategic thinking, the ability to handle multiple tasks and work independently, and a readiness to communicate with diverse groups of people. The Program Officer works closely with the Program Manager on the administration of the research scholars’ program, including promotional efforts, coordination of selection committees, and compiling of reports to funding agencies. While knowledge of marketing strategies and budgets will be an important plus for any candidate, an extensive understanding of U.S. academic culture and study abroad in Eurasia and/or Southeast Europe is also important. Some travel is required.

To Apply for this Position


• Processes and maintains program applications;
• Recruits outside readers and selection committee members for Selection Committees;
• Distributes applications to outside readers and selection committee members;
• Arranges travel and logistics for selection committee members;
• Oversees and directs visa process for program participants;
• Updates and edits applications, research handbooks, selection materials, and program evaluations;
• Maintains database of participants, research projects, and outside readers;
• Writes and prepares reports for funding agencies;
• Assists in writing and preparing grant proposals for funding agencies and acts as liaison with Development department;
• Organizes Policy Briefs at Department of State for Title VIII;
• Assists in carrying out promotional strategy;
• Responds to participant requests and inquiries;
• Prepares and distributes program materials.


• BA required; MA strongly preferred;
• Strong written and oral communication skills in English;
• Proficiency in Russian and/or other Eurasian language strongly preferred;
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
• Demonstrated problem-solving skills;
• Ability to manage multiple priorities quickly and effectively;
• Ability to work independently while contributing to an overall team effort;
• Proven effectiveness in a cross-cultural work environment;
• Effective interpersonal skills;
• Extended overseas experience, and
• Strong computer skills.


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