Program Officer, IVLP
WFH Flexible Washington, DC
Job Type

Title: Program Officer, IVLP

Employment Status:  Exempt

Salary: $68,250 - $89,250

Supervisor Title: Director, IVLP Program Management

Date Revised:  December 2022

Summary of Position:

The Program Officer (PO) is responsible for designing, planning and implementing short-term professional exchanges in the United States for U.S. Department of State-sponsored participants in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Spanning a wide range of subject areas and sectors, these high-level exchanges connect emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts to encourage long-lasting relationships. 

This position is located in Washington D.C. and Meridian requires MD, DC, or VA residence for all employees. The position may work partially remotely until further notice. Effective January 4, 2022, all Meridian staff are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a reasonable medical or religious accommodation is approved.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Establish      the concept for each project using guidance provided by the State      Department.
  • Research,      develop and implement a diverse U.S. program in cooperation with State      Department officials, participants, interpreters, and International      Visitor Liaisons.
  • Arrange      a Washington, DC, schedule of professional appointments to support project      goals. 
  • Oversee      local programs carried out in other cities by community-based members of      Global Ties U.S. 
  • Work      effectively under the pressure of time constraints and the high visibility      of the IVLP.
  • Capture      significant project developments for the Department of State and preserve      them for the permanent record.
  • Supervise,      work cooperatively, and provide professional guidance to a Program      Associate. 
  • Monitor      all aspects of the project budget and administration to ensure financial      responsibility.
  • Provides      leadership, direct supervision and support to Meridian. Staff positions      that may report to the Program Officer include Senior Associate and Associate.
  • Responsible      for completing all organizational administrative responsibilities in a      timely manner and meeting all organizational administrative deadlines.
  • Other      duties as assigned.

Employer’s Statement

Meridian is committed to creating a diverse environment. We believe in empowering global leaders and amplifying voices of a wide variety of backgrounds to create pathways for greater understanding, shared value and respect for all cultures as connecting people has been our foundation for over 60 years. If you share our values and enthusiasm to promote non-partisan collaboration to address global challenges and opportunities, you can find a home at Meridian. 

As an equal opportunity employer, Meridian promotes equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, family responsibilities, marital, veteran or military status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Equal employment opportunity will be offered and maintained to all persons at every stage and condition of employment, including recruiting, hiring, training, upgrading, promotion, transfer, discipline, layoff, recall, and termination.

How to Apply 

Qualified candidates should apply here. Only candidates being considered for this position will be contacted. NO PHONE CALLS in reference to this position will be accepted.



  • Master’s      Degree in International Studies or related field, preferred.
  • At      minimum, 5 years of progressive international program management      experience.
  • A      thorough understanding of American society, culture, history, geography,      economy, and government.
  • Broad      knowledge of international cultures and customs.
  • Experience      with the IVLP or other USG-funded exchange programs, preferred. 
  • Regional      expertise, welcome.
  • Or any      equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that      demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the      position

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Capacity      to organize, manage, and coordinate complex tasks.
  • Excellent      research and analytical skills.
  • Ability      to synthesize large amounts of information on diverse topics.
  • Ability      to work on multiple projects under deadline.
  • Good      judgment and problem-solving abilities.
  • Exemplary      written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong      inter-cultural communication skills; maturity, cultural sensitivity, and      tact suitable for working with individuals from around the world

Technical Requirements:

  • Proficiency      in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Outlook and      Teams is necessary for this role
  • Experience      with Canvas, Zoom and Salesforce is helpful
Salary Description
$68,250 - $89,250