Job Opportunity: Program Assistant, Education

TITLE: Program Assistant, Education 

REPORTS TO:   Program Director, Education  

The Inter-American Dialogue seeks a staff member to join its education team. The Program Assistant will support the education team in a range of activities (see below). S/he will have initiative, excellent problem-solving skills, and the ability to communicate fluently in both English and Spanish. The position brings a committed individual into contact with an active group of civil society leaders, policymakers and academics in the field of education policy in Latin America and exposes them to cutting-edge policy issues in education. 

The education program at the Inter-American Dialogue seeks to shape and influence the regional policy agenda through its highly regarded analytical work and outreach activities. Within the broad field of education, we cover a range of topics, with a particular focus on early childhood development, teacher policies, technology and innovation, English language learning, and skills development.  

Our program produces research reports on education in Latin America and creates regional communities of practice around key education issues in order to advance the understanding of these issues and advocate for more effective policies.  

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Program Assistant will work under the direction of the Education Program Director. Specific responsibilities include: 


  • Manage the logistics of all public-facing events, including international conferences and seminars as well as virtual and DC-based events.  
  • Manage webinar technology, coordinate interpretation, audience outreach, mailings and participant registration.  
  • As international travel reopens, coordinating events in the region may include handling travel, lodging and other logistical arrangements.
  • Summarize proceedings from events to be used in program communications and fund-raising.  


  • Generate and execute social media strategy that considers all Dialogue social media accounts including @PrealEd, @The_Dialogue, Facebook and LinkedIn.  
  • Coordinate events and report launches, including social media campaign, speaker prep, logos, mailing and website publication, in close collaboration with partners (where applicate).  
  • Assist with the editing, translation, design, and publication of program reports, memos, press releases, proposals, and other materials.  
  • Manage and write for the PREAL blog; coordinate production of guest blog posts as well as Dialogue-produced posts. 
  • Coordinate the production of the education newsletter. 
  • Maintain the education pages of the Inter-American Dialogue website. 


  • Carry out independent analytical work; co-author blogs, reports and policy briefs with other staff members.  
  • Conduct background research to support program initiatives, including conducting interviews, preparing literature reviews, and consulting publicly available education databases. 


  • Coordinate day-to-day relations with funders and partners, including preparing invoices, monitoring contract deadlines and deliverables, and produce progress reports. 


  • Oversee the selection and management of the program intern each semester. 
  • Coordinate with the Dialogue’s communication team to track program metrics.  


  • Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences. 
  • Familiarity with issues in education and developing countries.  
  • Experience (1+ year preferred) living, working, and/or studying in Latin America.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English is required, Portuguese a plus.  
  • Strong conceptual, oral, and written communication skills and attention to detail. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Twitter and Zoom. 
  • High level of initiative as well as the ability to work in a team. 

The Inter-American 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 100 members from the United States, Canada and Latin America include former presidents, prominent political, business, labor, academic, media, military and religious leaders.   

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.  

For consideration, please submit your resume, a cover letter, one writing sample in English and one in Spanish to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

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