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The Youth Ambassador (YA) Program provides an intensive and experimental three-week leadership development exchange program for youth (15-18) and adult youth leaders from 26 Western Hemisphere nations and the United States. The Senior Program Coordinator ensures that approximately 172 the YA participants (nine+ annual cohorts of approximately 20+ participants/cohort) receive excellent training and support while in the United States and in Latin America/Caribbean.
The Senior Program Coordinator creates, develops and implements the Washington, DC training program and is responsible oversight of all off-site programmatic and logistical aspects of the program. Extensive knowledge of and work in the English-speaking Caribbean region and experience with youth development and programming is crucial to the success and implementation of the program. To gain an overall perspective of the United States, inbound students and mentor/teachers from Latin American and the Caribbean have the opportunity to participate in leadership development and cultural program with CIED Georgetown's partners throughout the U.S. (and in the Dominican Republic - or other approved country - for the outbound exchange of the U.S. participants). The incumbent works with partner institutions to ensure that they plan and deliver the optimal program possible. This translates into the responsibility that each partner (university or non-profit organization) fully understands, supports and is in full compliance with the YA program goals, Georgetown University policies, and terms of governing agreement with consortium leader, World Learning.
The incumbent also works continuously with in-country staff (and the U.S. Embassies) in the participating countries to plan and ensure a transparent recruitment and selection process, successful pre-departure orientations (including securing all required paperwork - passport, visa, and parental permission forms), and implementation of group civic action activity following the exchange. The position also overseas logistical program aspects such as coordinating complex air travel ticketing, Miami welcome receptions, outbound preparations/orientations, and follow-on activities. The position requires significant travel (up to 3 weeks at a time) leading inbound and outbound cohorts. Following the exchange, the Senior Program Coordinator maintains in communication with participants to ensure that students continue with the key principles and skills they obtained from the program. This includes the solicitation, review, approval, and development of participant-driven follow-on projects related to program themes.
The Senior Program Coordinator manages the administrative flow of information and documentation regarding participants. Including application and all post-selection required parent, student, health insurance, and college forms, financial and program performance reports, contracts, and sub-agreements are completed and processed in a timely manner following all established procedures and deadlines. To guarantee the success of the YA program objectives, the Senior Program Coordinator maintains excellent communication and fosters a spirit of teamwork with all stakeholders. The Senior Program Coordinator supervises one student assistant and indirectly supervises 12-15 US and in-country partner staff. Occasionally, the Senior Program Coordinator undertakes additional duties as assigned by his/her supervisor or the director of CIED.
Requirements and Qualifications
A Master's degree (or commensurate experience)
Extensive knowledge and experience living-working in the English-speaking Caribbean region
Understanding of cross-cultural communication/management
Experience in education or leadership development with youth (adolescents)
Excellent English writing and communication skills are required. French and/or Spanish proficiency preferred
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