Program Manager, Distinguished Awards in Teaching

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States


The Program Manager (PM) is responsible for the advising, research support, and alumni engagement functions for participants in the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Semester Program and Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program for U.S. K-12 educators.


The Program Manager advises and monitors participants from the selection through alumni phases of the program including program preparations; supporting the design, execution and modifications of participants’ inquiry research projects as needed; liaising with posts and commissions on placement and advising issues. The PM works closely with the U.S. Department of State on participant matters in close coordination with the Lead Project Manager for the Program. The Program Manager works under supervision of the Lead Project Manager within IIE’s Client Engagement unit.


Essential Functions:

  • Works with posts and commissions to ensure appropriate placement, housing and logistics of Fulbright teacher abroad. Serves as primary point of contact for all participants. Responsible for providing support and guidance. Ensures IIE’s best practices in participant advising are followed including the use of Client Relationship Management systems and other standard tools at IIE. Engage regularly with the Advising delivery unit to ensure continuity in grantee support.
  • Develops virtual professional learning communities, ensuring active participation and information sharing among teachers, alumni, and educational experts. Presents pre-departure webinars to support teacher success abroad. Develops new comprehensive pre-departure materials to include country specific information. Engages alumni in supporting current participants during orientation and as mentors during the program.
  • Provides emergency services support, connecting participants to local resources and coordinating follow-up as necessary.
  • Promotes alumni professional development engagement opportunities and oversees the alumni and professional development grants. Supports innovation efforts to increase number of alumni engaged with the program. Develops alumni impact reports on a regular basis in accordance with client vision and needs.


Job Requirements

Education and Experience:

Requires a Master’s degree in order to apply a working knowledge of the theories and principles in a specialized field or work discipline.

Requires at least seven (7) years of related work experience. 


Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in K-12 education is required.
  • Experience working on cooperative agreements for the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Government, preferred.
  • Experience having lived, worked, taught, or studied abroad, preferred.
  • Experience working on alumni engagement activities, preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience with virtual collaboration tools, preferred.
  • Cross-cultural knowledge and understanding of issues that U.S. teachers (and their families) from diverse backgrounds may encounter while living abroad.
  • Have a good understanding of educational systems abroad.
  • Strong project management, and organizational skills.
  • Participant advising including the ability – to manage emergency issues.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and manage sensitive information.
  • Experience running webinars or interest in gaining the expertise to deliver them.
  • Strong written, oral, and cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications, including Word, Excel and Outlook as well as knowledge of social media applications.


Work Conditions & Physical Demands:

Essential functions are performed in a general office setting with low noise. Job demands may require long periods of sitting; telephone work and/or computer work, as well as interactions with other team members and external stakeholders. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  


IIE is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.



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Minimum Education Required

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