Program Officer, Scholar Rescue Fund - (2910)

Institute of International Education (IIE)

About the organization

An independent not-for-profit founded in 1919, IIE is among the world's largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. We are committed to delivering program excellence to a diverse range of participants, sponsors, and donors.


IIE Scholar Rescue Fund fellowships support threatened scholars to work in safety at partnering academic institutions worldwide. The IIE-SRF Program Officer manages all phases of pre-grantee administration, grantee management, and monitoring for a complex caseload. This individual represents IIE-SRF internally and externally and participates in host partner and scholar outreach.

This role:

Conducts university placement outreach for grantees; negotiates placement terms and support with host institutions; prepares grantee and host agreements, compiles documentation for payments and processes insurance; monitors, advises, and follows up with grantees and host institutions; visits grantees and hosts as needed.

Responds to applications and inquiries; corresponds with applicants and conducts research regarding their backgrounds, circumstances, and home countries; assists with making eligibility determinations; prepares and conducts presentations on applications for the Selection Committee.
Assists in implementing outreach strategy to promote awareness of fellowships among potential applicants and host institutions.

Prepares reports and grantee narrative data; maintains records and databases with up-to-date information on applicants, grantees, and alumni for monitoring and evaluation; represents IIE-SRF at meetings and events; assists in program development, fundraising, and special initiatives, as required.

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Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and at least 2 years of related work experience.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Excellent communication skills, including writing and ability to communicate with internal and external stakeholders. Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills.

Knowledge of international and US educational organizations and systems, human rights/relief/refugee orgs., or other relevant entities. Interest in global affairs.

Ability to meet deadlines, handle increasing levels of responsibility, and work with limited supervision.

Solid judgement and ability to handle sensitive, confidential information in a discrete, professional manner.

Excellent research and analytical skills. Attention to detail. Flexibility, initiative, and good problem-solving abilities.

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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Application instructions

Resume and Cover Letter required.

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