Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Job Opportunity: World Affairs Council

International Affairs Director
This position is available immediately and will be filled prior to August 25.
The World Affairs Council – Washington, DC (WAC–DC) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of International Affairs Director. This is a challenging position involved in many elements of the Council’s work, and calls for an individual with the ability to develop a solid plan, make sound decisions quickly, work well with the public, and assume operations typical of the multi-faceted work of a small staffed non-profit organization.
The World Affairs Council – Washington, DC, ‘A Leading Forum for Global Education and International Affairs,’ is an institution ‘Where Learning Happens.’ WAC–DC is a non-profit, non- partisan organization dedicated to expanding awareness among the American public and the international community of geo-political, business, and civil society issues in our inter-connected world.
Scope of Work
International Affairs public programs are a key element of the Council’s outreach and mission. With over 10,000 members and associates, WAC–DC conducts approximately 60 programs each year for the Washington, DC metropolitan area—comprising general members, young professionals, corporate executives, teachers, and students. Reporting directly to the President of WAC–DC, the International Affairs Director is responsible for:
International Affairs Programs
- Manages and attends all Council programs, over sixty per year, from conception, development, promotion, and lastly execution
-Conception: generates ideas for successful events through “Series” framework -Development: researches IR-based issues to form into a public program; identify and secure
relevant high-level speakers, arrange for venue and plan catering. - Promotion: Designing announcements and invitations and disseminating material
throughout targeted communities; utilizing new media; coordinating event coverage with
press; creating and maintaining rapidly changing guest lists. -Execution: Synthesizing the conception, development, and promotion threads to present a
high quality event to WAC-DC members and the public; oversee guest registration, ensure venue and catering needs are met ; organizing speaker arrival; serve as host to guests; organize event staffing; serve as face of organization at event
- Responsible for all aspects of external relations: press releases, web site work, communicating with the general public, WAC-DC members, speakers, and press
- Makes innovative and strategic use of new media (Facebook,, LinkedIn, YourTube, etc.)
- Works with Global Communications committee on implementing strategy
Membership - Serves as the face of the organization at International Affairs events - Assist staff with other general membership assignments as neededIntern Coordinator - Recruits, interviews, hires approximately 20 interns per year - Manages and supervises the day-to-day work of the interns - Creates balanced work schedules - Delegates office responsibilities amongst interns - Plans special events for interns to enhance the program’s benefits
Other -Assists the President in organizing the annual fundraising dinner; ensures high level
attendance of Washington diplomatic corps; prepares Power Point presentations -Serve as office liaison to IT contractor as well as provide in-house tech support to WAC-D
The International Affairs Director must believe in the value of WAC–DC programming in order to sustain the excitement and initiative crucial to this position. As the public face of the organization, the International Affairs Director must be socially adept and comfortable in interacting with everyone from high school students to ambassadors and ministers of state. An outgoing personality combined with an awareness of social protocols is a must for this position.
Bachelor’s degree in international affairs, communications, or related field (Master’s desired) plus 3 years of relative experience.
Availability for all evening events. Strong communication and marketing skills. Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Experience in event planning. - Experience in project management Contribute to grant proposals. Communicate effectively and regularly with members. Excellent writing abilities. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (required) and Adobe applications (desired). Basic knowledge of HTML and hardware networking skills a plus.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
To apply, send a resume, a writing sample, a list of 6-8 references, and a one-page statement of interest that explains how you meet the qualifications to, subject line: IA DIRECTOR – LAST NAME.
Start date: Immediately (Before August 25)
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position has been filled.
No phone calls please. For more information on the Council and its programs, visit

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