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Program Officer, Scholar Rescue Fund (Hybrid)

Institute of International Education
Washington, DC 20005
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    186310670

Institute of International Education


IIE is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer of Females/Minorities/Veterans/ Individuals with Disabilities.


Organizational Department:

Schedule: Full Time

Education: Bachelor's Degree

Career Level:

Location: Chicago IL - Chicago, IL 60602 US
Houston TX - Houston, TX 77027 US
New York NY - New York, NY 10007 US (Primary)
San Francisco CA - San Francisco, CA 94108 US
Washington DC - Washington, DC 20005 US

Job Description:

The IIE Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) is the only global program that arranges, funds, and supports fellowships for threatened and displaced scholars at partnering higher education institutions worldwide. The IIE-SRF Program Officer manages all phases of applicant vetting and selection, grantee and host partner management, and monitoring for a complex caseload of scholars from around the world. This individual represents IIE-SRF internally and externally and participates in host partner and scholar outreach.

The Institute of International Education ("IIE") has a hybrid work environment that allows team members a combination of in-office work and telework at any of the locations listed above.

Essential Functions:
Assesses a diverse range of applications to IIE-SRF, requiring consideration of highly subjective and nuanced factors: corresponds with applicants regarding their backgrounds and circumstances, requiring sensitive communications with individuals in vulnerable situations; conducts research on applicant backgrounds, circumstances, and home countries; helps identify possible strategic risks to IIE and IIE-SRF; makes complex eligibility determinations and award recommendations.
Prepares written and verbal presentations for the IIE-SRF Selection Committee (which includes leaders in the fields of human rights, higher education, government, and business communities, as well as members of the IIE Board of Trustees), including responding to ad hoc questions from the IIE-SRF Chairman and committee members.
Manages a caseload of 40-60 IIE-SRF scholars: guides grantees, many of whom are members of vulnerable populations or have experienced violence or trauma, through the fellowship process, from application to the academic appointment's conclusion; serves as grantees' point of contact for all fellowship and personal matters, such as placement, immigration issues, family concerns, academic support, and post-fellowship needs.
Arranges and supports fellowship placements across the globe: conducts university placement outreach for grantees, considering a variety of factors related to the scholars' and hosts' needs while also taking into consideration strategic partnerships for IIE and IIE-SRF; negotiates appointment terms with host institutions determining the adherence of highly variable fellowship arrangements to IIE-SRF policy and making policy exception recommendations when needed; prepares grantee and host agreements, compiles grantee documentation for payments, and processes insurance; conducts monitoring, advising, and follow-up with grantees and host institutions.
Participates in developing and implementing outreach strategies to promote awareness of fellowships among potential applicants and host institutions.
Contributes to internal and external communications: composes a diverse array of documents, including grantee biographies, hosting agreements, immigration support letters, and reference letters; reports to IIE-SRF and IIE leadership on complex and sensitive grantee situations; contributes to donor reports and IIE-SRF communications; maintains records and databases with up-to-date information on applicants, grantees, and alumni for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
Represents IIE-SRF at meetings and events: visits grantees and host institutions; develops partnerships with new host institutions and partner organizations; speaks about IIE-SRF at conference and industry events, when appropriate.
Assists in program development, fundraising, and special initiatives, as required.

Job Requirements:

Education and Work Experience:
Requires a Bachelor's degree and at least two years of related work experience, or combination education and experience.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
Excellent communication skills, including strong writing abilities. Demonstrated interpersonal and cross-cultural skills, including emotional intelligence and sensitivity for working with individuals from vulnerable groups. Superior attention to detail.
Knowledge of international and U.S. educational systems, human rights / refugee organizations, or other relevant entities. Demonstrated interest in and experience with global affairs.
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, handle increasing levels of responsibility, and work with limited supervision.
Solid judgement and demonstrated ability to handle sensitive, confidential information in a discrete, professional manner.
Excellent research and analytical skills. Fluency in a foreign language is beneficial.
Flexibility, initiative, and problem-solving abilities, particularly in ambiguous or complex situations.

To help promote and ensure the safety of our employees and those we work with, we require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees that have a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination, or who object to being vaccinated based on a sincerely held religious belief, may request a reasonable accommodation. State and local guidelines apply.

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.

Travel: Less than 10%





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Posted: 2022-07-21 Expires: 2022-08-22

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