Legacy International is seeking a professional who cares deeply about community development for the next generation of leaders to join our team as Program Manager for the Professional Fellows Program (PFP). PFP empowers young professionals from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to pursue their visions as entrepreneurs and in civil society development. We are looking for a person with an entrepreneurial mindset who has strong networking and organizational skills and an interest in the MENA region and international exchange programs.
Our Company. Our Mission.
Legacy International equips emerging leaders to transform their values and vision into sustainable success. Our programs and services help people of all ages form collaborative teams around shared values, develop entrepreneurial mindsets and business models, promote social responsibility and lead to peaceful sustainable communities. Since 1979, projects and initiatives have involved professionals, community leaders, and youths from 110 countries. Legacy is funded by multiple federal and private grants, fee-for-service income, and donations. Significant support comes from the U.S. Department of State. We are headquartered in Bedford, Virginia with additional employees working remotely in the Washington, DC metro area.
The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) for Economic Empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa is a two-way exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, and build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders committed to strengthening their communities through social entrepreneurship and workforce development. PFP Fellows are placed in intensive U.S.-based fellowships in non-profit organizations, private sector businesses, and government offices for individually tailored professional development experiences. They build broad networks with American and other participant colleagues as they develop a deeper understanding of U.S. society and enhance their professional skills. American participants who have hosted international fellows travel overseas for participant-driven reciprocal programs.
The Program Manager works as part of a team to plan, coordinate and implement the Professional Fellows Program, playing a central role in fellowship outreach and placement with U.S. hosts, as well as group management and support, and delivering segments of training. (Other Legacy exchange programs may also be supported and contributed to at various times.)
- Partnership / Fellowship Manager: Cultivate and maintain relationships with partners to secure 31, 4-week fellowships. Manage subawards for partners in securing virtual fellowships outside of the DC Metro region. Individualize each fellowship experience and arrange additional networking opportunities.
- Curriculum Design: Work with the team and provide input into curriculum design. Includes researching relevant topics and developing materials for program use.
- Training: Collaborate with the team to adapt and deliver curriculum on topics of leadership development, cross cultural understanding, project planning, economic empowerment, job readiness skills, and civic engagement. Plan / lead debriefs, learning games, "team challenges", individual and group mentoring sessions to maximize learning. Facilitate interaction within the participants and with U.S. counterparts through formal and informal interactions, site visits, presentations, and discussions.
- Alumni Support: Support participants through the development and delivery of in-country follow-on projects. Provide training in project management topics, review proposals and provide guidance to participants on development of projects. Track and monitor participant and alumni progress of project implementation.
- U.S. Outbound Planning & Delivery: Develop and deliver (virtual or in-person) multiple outbound programs to multiple MENA countries. Coordinate U.S. participant selection and working with alumni for program design and implementation.
- Data Collection Management: Work with the team to develop and implement data collection of participant project goals and objectives. Manage electronic systems used to track and report on program goals. Build surveys and processes to comply with ECA’s new MODE Framework.
- Reporting: Provide regular reports on program delivery and successes as requested for ECA and other sponsors.
- Participant Selection: Review applications and conduct interviews (in-country or virtual) to drive Fellows selection. Manage selection panel debriefs and decision-making process. Drive U.S. Fellow Outbound Program selection process.
- Support participants through the development and delivery of in-country follow-on projects. Provide training in project management topics, review proposals and provide guidance to participants on development of projects. Track and monitor participant and alumni progress of project implementation.
- During program delivery, when a cohort is in the U.S. be on-call to address participant needs, including (but not limited to) health care issues that may arise.
- Professional Network: Develop and maintain relationships of external partner networks for future programs, speakers, trainers, and site visits.
- Serve as a trainer for other adult or youth virtual or in-person programs. Develop curriculum and materials on a variety of topics. Deliver content to relevant audiences.
- Previous experience on project management, preferably in an international exchange program
- Networking skills. Previous experience establishing and nurturing collaborative relationships with other organizations and institutions.
- Demonstrated, strong organizational and logistics skills.
- Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, keep groups on schedule, and make appropriate adjustments as needed.
- Interest in and ability to work in both a team environment and alone with minimal direction.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills (oral, written, and communication/presentation capabilities).
- Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university. (Equivalent post-secondary coursework, training, and experience acceptable.)
- Knowledge of the Washington, DC metro area, and familiar with its “entrepreneurial landscape”
- Able to travel for 2 to 3-week periods, domestically or internationally at least once a year.
- U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident
- Only candidates who are fully vaccinated against COVID or able to do so will be considered
The following qualifications are preferred:
- International travel experience, preferably to the Middle East and/or North Africa (MENA)
- Demonstrated knowledge of history and culture of the MENA region
- Conversant or fluent in Arabic or French
- Previous experience as a trainer or teacher in leadership development, cross cultural understanding, project planning, and civic engagement.
- Previous experience working with university students.
Work Load, Start Date & Work Location
- This full-time position begins on January 3, 2022, to be confirmed at time of hire offer.
- This is a Washington DC area hybrid position. Legacy’s DC office is located at Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 15th Street, NW, WDC 20009
- Potential, periodic travel to our Bedford, Virginia headquarters and travel with participants during program delivery is required. Possible international in 2023.
- During program delivery, time commitment typically expands to include some evenings and weekends. Some regional and international travel may be required.
- Cognitive ability to plan and conduct activity to achieve participant development objectives; to help delegates maximize personal, professional and experiential learning.
- Ability to effectively communicate with staff and participants, and to provide necessary instruction and training.
- Cognitive and communication abilities to manage large, complex event management.
- Auditory, visual and ambulatory ability to identify and appropriately respond to environmental and other hazards that may affect the group.
- Ability and stamina to maintain a 12 to 14-hour day with a group ranging in size from 10-50 participants.
- Ability to observe and assess participant behavior, enforce appropriate safety guidelines and emergency procedures, and provide guidance and discipline as needed
TO APPLY send cover letter and resume to: Leila Baz, HR Manager; email@example.com. (Please note “PFP” in the subject line.)
Legacy International is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks qualified applicants to represent diverse geographical, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. Our goal is to select the most qualified staff. The competitive standards are set by each group of applicants. Our policy is to ensure that no employee or applicant for employment is denied equal opportunity because of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other non-merit-based factor.