Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Boren Program Officer Position Appropriate for Recent Grad

Position description

Boren Scholars and Fellows study throughout the world, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
The Program Officer will serve as the lead for approximately 170 Boren Scholars. This includes managing the application process, monitoring and communicating with the program grantees, conducting program outreach, and facilitating review panels.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Applicant Counseling, Outreach and Review Process
- Serves as a primary contact for potential applicants, as well as campus representatives and interested parties. Responds to both general and specific questions and inquiries through email, phone, or in-person.
- Represents and promotes the program at conferences, on-campus visits, webinars, and other outreach opportunities. Works with the outreach specialist to coordinate his/her own schedule and travel.
- Reviews Boren Scholarship applications for technical eligibility; coordinating any required notifications to applicants. Oversees follow-up to applicants who have not submitted complete applications.
- Facilitates review panels for the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships.
- Evaluates and revises applicants' program budgets.
Grantee Monitoring
- Serves as primary contact with Boren Scholars and advises supporting program coordinator on policy and communication questions.
- Evaluates and makes recommendations on all program and budget change requests, tracking approximately 2.5 million.
- Monitors and manages grantees, including grantee payments within IIE databases.
- Responds to emergency situations.
- Communicates with grantee home and host institution contacts (campus reps, deans, registrars) to explain Boren policies.
- Works closely with IIE's Language Flagship team to manage The Language Flagship Boren Scholars and manages the Boren-Flagship language testing process.
- Supervises temporary workers as needed.
- Responsible for complying with applicable contract and sponsor requirements and following all IIE policies and procedures.

Qualifications

Education/Experience:
- Undergraduate degree in related field, and at least 2 years related experience required.
- Program management experience including managing tasks and responsibilities in a complex, deadline-oriented environment required
- Experience with U.S. Universities, study abroad programs, and/or competitive awards required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Ability to interpret documents such as contracts, policy and procedure manuals and write complex reports and correspondence.
- Ability to interact with all levels of staff and external contacts; sensitive to cultural differences when working with people from other cultures; and ability to exercise discretion on confidential matters and to demonstrate sound judgment in consulting with and keeping others informed.
- Ability to easily adapt to changing organizational needs and a fast-paced work environment; work independently without close supervision and as part of a team.
- High level of job-focused multi-tasking skills and ability to perform under pressure of deadlines.
- Ability to compare and evaluate possible courses of action and recommend or decide appropriate course of action.
- Knowledge of higher education systems and study abroad.
- Intermediate proficiency with MS Office applications including Word, Excel and Outlook.
- Willingness and availability to travel within the United States up to 10%. Valid Driver's License is preferred.
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