The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) in Washington, DC, is Hiring a Program Designer!

Job Description:
Kenjya-Trusant is seeking a candidate to fill the role of Program Designer at The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) in Washington, DC. As a member of the Collaboratory, the Designer will provide human centered design efforts and develop partnerships with private sector and civil society design organizations.

Duties, Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Program Development: Develops, implements, and evaluates new international educational and cultural exchange programs and program elements. Maintains effective working relationships with grantee organizations and partners.  Identifies new organizations with the potential for collaborating with ECA in establishing meaningful international exchange programs and other education diplomacy efforts
  • Program Management: Serves as an initial point of contact for incoming actions from Departmental offices, US embassies/posts, other USG agencies, international organizations, foreign governments, non-governmental organizations, or other sources.  Monitors developing political situations or issues that would impact existing or planned programs. Manages assigned programs, maintaining currency on legislative and policy developments affecting the administration of these programs. Ensures effective execution of program requirements by grantee organizations by developing systematic methods of program execution, evaluation, and management. In coordination with the office’s Grants Officer Representative, reviews budget proposals.  Evaluates program effectiveness in relation to the funding expended
  • Analysis: Advises on program issues and problems; develops and proposes resolutions of program policy and procedural issues.  Drafts and proposes program implementation goals and milestones. Conducts site visits to grantee organizations and partners, both in the U.S. and overseas, as needed to collect information on problems and possible solutions in programs and initiatives. Drafts program directives, policies, procedures, and other materials for approval by appropriate staff.  Provides follow up problem solving assistance, guideline interpretations, and technical consultations as required. Participates in meetings with agencies of other governments and multilateral organizations to contribute detailed technical analyses and assessments of complex issues and alternatives to decision makers
  • Strategic Planning and Facilitation: Organizes and facilitates strategic planning meetings and processes for partner offices across the Bureau and Department.  Identifies client objectives, selects appropriate meeting models, and proposes schedules and meeting plans.  Utilizes facilitation techniques that allow participants to identify and solve complex management and program challenges.  Works with Bureau offices to identify and analyze workflow and management issues and identify processes to resolve them
  • Occasional CONUS and OCONUS travel may be required

Required Experience:

  • Two or more years of relevant work experience
  • Experience any of the following is preferable: program evaluation, educational technology, social network analysis, or public-private partnership development
  • Expertise in managing programs across at least one geographic region, with regional language expertise preferable

Minimum Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a social or human science (e.g., international affairs, sociology, anthropology, psychology, etc.) with degrees in sociology, psychology, or anthropology preferable

Clearance Requirement – Secret 

Please note all candidates are required to provide the previous five (5) years of employment history as well as their most recent paystub for the purpose of salary verification.


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