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Project Director, Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Fellowship Program

Washington D.C.

  • Organization: IREX - International Research & Exchanges Board
  • Location: Washington D.C.
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Who We Are

IREX is a global development and education organization. We strive for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world—where individuals reach their full potential, governments serve their people, and communities thrive. With a projected annual portfolio of more than $100 million and more than 600 staff worldwide, we work with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: cultivating leaders, empowering youth, strengthening institutions, and increasing access to quality education and information.

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Fellowship program supports young social entrepreneurs from the Americas develop and strengthen their enterprises, build technical and leadership skills, and build enduring partnerships with U.S. businesses and enterprises through a transformational exchange experience, alumni supports, and a robust network of peers and collaborators. The Project Director is the project leader and provides overall program vision while ensuring program activities are achieving stated objectives and goals, on-time, on budget and compliant with all grant requirements; and program staff have the resources and guidance to succeed.

Support the oversight and/or management of Practice projects. Responsibilities include managing the practice financial information, developing strategic initiatives, and managing practices human resources. The role may require a division of practices specific duties with Practice Director based on individual strengths and/or areas of expertise. The position may be asked to speak for and/or represent the practice. May be asked to assume responsibilities of Project Director to meet the needs of a program(s).

Are you the next member of our team?

Your Background & Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • 10 + years of progressive job experience.
  • At least ten (10) years’ experience working on relevant donor-funded programming, with a minimum of four (4) years’ senior management experience preferred.
  • Experience working in LAC preferred.
  • Experience managing USG-funded programming preferred.
  • Experience supporting young leaders or social entrepreneurs a plus.
  • Skills may vary based on program, project, or practice needs.
  • Technical knowledge of and hands-on experience with exchange/fellowship programs
  • Experience managing USG-funded programming preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and develop relationships with donor counterparts and project stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including conflict resolution abilities, and a demonstrated ability to hold staff accountable for quality outputs and results.
  • Fluent English language skills; Spanish language skills preferred.
  • You must have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States.

Your Daily Tasks

  • Provide strategic direction and technical leadership for the program, ensuring impact goals are achieved and deliverables are technically sound and submitted in a timely manner.
  • Responsible for overall project management, ensuring program quality and achievement of intended impact, compliance with donor and IREX policies, and fiscal soundness.
  • Supervise team managers for all components of the YLAI program and provide direct oversight of the program's operations, workshops, partnerships, communications, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Serve as primary liaison between the program and the U.S. Department of State as well as program beneficiaries, IREX’s home office, and other stakeholders.
  • Represent Leadership Practice and program interests both within and outside of IREX.
  • Manage partnership outreach efforts that support program implementation.
  • Lead the non-competitive program renewal process annually.
  • Support the competitive proposal development process for the YLAI program.
  • Develop and monitor program budgets for all open awards.
  • Support the quarterly pipeline projections process.
  • Ensure compliance with IREX and donor policies and procedures in all project implementation actions.
  • Supervise and mentor assigned staff for YLAI. This includes managing recruitment for these positions; training new employees; delegating work; providing feedback; and conducting performance reviews.
  • Mentor and coach team managers and ensure overall team staffing needs are met across all program components; identify additional internal and external support as needed, including consultants and temporary staff.
  • Create a team culture of learning and adaptation to ensure team members are able to participate in learning and innovation to support program evolution and their own professional development.
  • Other support duties as needed.

IREX will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008.

We conduct background checks on all successful candidates.

This position is eligible for Telework. The eligible employee is a regular, full-time DC-based staff who works from a worksite outside the DC office for one or more days a week.

This position is not eligible for Immigration Sponsorship.


EOE – Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/vets.

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