Job Opportunity: Program Director, Migration, Remittances, and Development

Title:

Program Director, Migration, Remittances, and Development 

Reports to:

President

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Inter-American Dialogue is seeking a professional to shape, manage, and oversee the Dialogue’s longstanding and recognized work on Migration, Remittances, and Development.

The Dialogue is Washington’s leading forum for exchange among opinion leaders of the Western Hemisphere, and an independent, nonpartisan center for policy analysis on economic and political relations in the Americas. Its more than 100 members from the United States, Canada, and Latin America include former presidents, prominent political, business, labor, academic, media, military, and religious leaders.

The evolving Migration, Remittances, and Development Program develops approaches and policy proposals to address current governance, economic, social, and security challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean that are increasing pressure on emigration. The new director will oversee staff to sustain and enhance the Dialogue’s current projects on financial inclusion, migrant surveys, and the role of remittances in development, particularly in Guatemala.

The program director will lead content development and closely track US immigration policy and engage in discussions and debates on key issues and choices facing policymakers. In addition to overseeing the implementation of current projects, the director is encouraged to explore other strategic directions for the program as the political debates evolve, particularly in the United States, Mexico, Central America, and more widely in the region.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone committed to high-quality programming and constructive and innovative ideas to tackle migration, remittances, and development challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean. The director will form part of a dynamic senior management team dedicated to advancing democratic governance, social equity, and prosperity in the hemisphere.

Responsibilities:

  • Establish and maintain networks of experts and other stakeholders from government and non-governmental organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the United States;
  • Design innovative research and prepare timely, high-quality, and balanced analyses on the most salient program issues. Produce articles, interviews, blogs, and engage with US and Latin American media to help disseminate information, constructively shape the policy debate, and devise practical solutions to key problems;
  • Convene, manage, and commission papers from leading experts with diverse perspectives on migration, remittances, and development to review a particular challenge and to formulate actionable recommendations in substantial policy reports;
  • Help build interest and commitment to the program and its core objectives among policy officials from national governments, multilateral organizations, civil society groups, business associations, academic communities, and prospective funders;
  • Manage direct service programs in the region and supervise staff engaged therein. Travel periodically to the region to support program efforts and represent the Dialogue in various external policy discussions and external engagements;
  • Work closely with the President and the Director of Development to identify and pursue fund-raising opportunities for the program and to assist in developing proposals.

Qualifications:

  • Interested candidates should have graduate training in a relevant field;
  • 8 or more years of work experience in international or public policy research;
  • Excellent organizational, management, written, and oral communication skills;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Expertise and knowledge of key issues related to migration, remittances, and development;
  • Ability to work effectively with different sectors in both the Latin American and Washington policy communities;
  • Fluency in both Spanish and English (Portuguese is a plus).

To Apply:

For consideration, please submit your resume, a cover letter, two writing samples in English and Spanish to jobs@thedialogue.org, and indicate position and last name in the subject line. No phone calls, please. 

Position will be open until filled.

The Inter-American Dialogue is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status.