Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Program Assistant, Int'l Forum for Democratic Studies National Endowment for Democracy (May or Recent Grad)

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally-funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, and is seeking a Program Assistant for the International Forum for Democratic Studies. The position is based in Washington, D.C.
The International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy is a leading center for research, discussion, thought, and analysis on the theory and practice of democracy around the world.
The International Forum seeks a full-time paid program assistant within the Research and Conferences Program. Successful candidates will be recent college graduates with an understanding of democracy and international politics. The program assistant position provides candidates with an excellent opportunity to improve their knowledge of democratization and international affairs, advance their research and writing skills, and introduce them to the democracy assistance community.
  • Assisting in the organization and implementation of a busy calendar of public events and roundtables
  • Documenting events by taking notes and photographs
  • Assisting with travel logistics and reconciling expenses
  • Assisting with the drafting, editing, and proofreading of Forum electronic and print publications, including material for the Forum website, reports, electronic newsletters, and multi-media content for social media
  • Assisting the Forum vice president with special research projects, as needed
  • Helping populate and maintain a contact management system
  • Assisting with administrative and other related tasks, as needed.


  • B.A. in political science, international affairs, or a related field required; M.A. preferred
  • 1–2 years of work experience
  • Experience assisting with event logistics
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and some Adobe Photoshop experience. WordPress, InDesign, and basic HTML (preferred)
  • Experience using a contact management system
  • Possess strong attention to detail and strong editing and writing skills
  • Knowledge of one or more foreign languages preferred
  • Experience living, working, or studying abroad a plus
  • Legal authorization to work in the United States.
The successful applicant will (1) have a keen interest in democracy and human rights; international development, the social sciences, or area studies; (2) possess excellent research, writing, and organizational skills; and (3) demonstrate professionalism and strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well individually and in a team setting and with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Application instructions

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, completed NED Employment Application and contact information for three references.  Please send to jobs@ned.org, with your name and Program Assistant – Forum – Job #1632 in the subject line by June 1, 2016.  The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org. Please no phone calls.