Program Officer, International Visitor Program

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary will depend on experience and will start in the mid-30’s.



Start Date



2200 Alaskan Way
Suite 450
United States


The World Affairs Council is seeking to hire a full-time Program Officer with the International Visitor Program (IVP). IVP designs and implements exchange programs in Seattle for hundreds of visitors each year and is one of the largest international visitor programs of its kind in the United States. This position requires a candidate who can work independently with minimal oversight in a fast-paced environment to create high-quality exchange programs for emerging youth and professional leaders from around the world. This position also requires a candidate who can work collaboratively with the entire IVP team in reaching program goals and seeking opportunities to grow the IVP program. The successful candidate will also be charged with supporting the overall mission of the World Affairs Council, and working with Council leadership, staff, and interns across all departments. This is a full time, exempt position that reports to the IVP Director.

This position will work with all IVP programs from our core professional exchange, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), to youth leadership exchanges to other exchanges as needed. The opportunity to work across our suite of exchange programs is an exciting opportunity to develop sophisticated program management skills, gain exposure to a range of different cultures and thematic areas, become deeply engaged in our local community through global engagement, and engage in a dynamic day to day work environment. 

The World Affairs Council maintains a small professional staff that works together to promote the Council’s activities, raise funds, and raise the profile of the Council in the Seattle community. Responsibilities are shouldered equally among staff members, and each member of the team contributes to the work of the others where appropriate. 



Program Management

  • Plan and implement creative, logistically sound, and relevant programs for prestigious international visitor groups.
  • Manage volunteer hosts and host families.
  • Track program budgets.
  • Design curricula.
  • Adhere to risk management procedures.
  • Program Development
  • Work with IVP staff to develop and execute proposals for international exchange programs.

External Relations

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with local professional resources, volunteer hosts, and other partners who meet with international visitors.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with national partners, including national programming agencies, the State Department, and the Global Ties U.S. network.

Program Administration

  • Communications through social media (Facebook, Twitter), website (WordPress), and mass email (MailChimp).
  • Database maintenance and customization (Salesforce).
  • Program impact, measurement and evaluation.
  • Finance.
  • Other administrative tasks as required.


Required Qualifications

  • At least four years of professional experience in a relevant field such as international education, exchange management, program management, or international relations.
  • Four-year university degree.
  • Cross-cultural education or exchange experience (study or living abroad preferred).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Flexibility, excellent problem solving skills, and a sense of humor.
  • Professionalism and exceptional organizational skills.
  • Time management and multitasking skills with acute attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience/ability and a willingness to take on new projects.
  • Experience working with youth or external partners, such as volunteers, requiring a high degree of customer service.
  • Passion for the mission of the Council and a desire to make a positive impact.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and social media platforms.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends as necessary.

Desired Qualifications

  • Graduate degree or advanced training in international education, international affairs, program management, or similar.
  • Experience designing programs and curriculum for youth and adult learners.
  • Experience with ECA programs at the State Department (i.e. Fulbright, IVLP, Professional Fellows, Youth Ambassador Programs).
  • Familiarity with Pacific Northwest region.
  • Foreign language proficiency.
  • Experience with Salesforce CRM or other database.
  • Graphic design experience.
  • Intern management experience.


The World Affairs Council is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. The Council will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.


Benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, and generous paid time off. Orca pass included. 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Apply at Please include a cover letter detailing how your work and the results you produced align with the responsibilities and qualifications of the job. This position will remain open until filled. The ideal candidate will be a Seattle local available to start work quickly.