Program Assistant, Education

TITLE: Program Assistant, Education

REPORTS TO: Program Director, Education

The Inter-American Dialogue—a leading center for policy analysis and exchange on Western Hemisphere affairs, based in Washington, D.C.—is recruiting a Program Assistant to work with the Education program.

The Program Assistant will support the senior staff in a range of activities (see below). S/he will have initiative, excellent problem-solving skills, and the ability to communicate effectively 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 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.


Specific responsibilities include:


  • Carry out independent analytical work; co-author reports and policy briefs with other staff members
  • Provide research support to senior staff for specific projects and presentations.


  • 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 weekly education newsletter.
  • Maintain the education pages of the Inter-American Dialogue website and the program’s social media accounts.


  • Coordinate day-to-day relations with funders and partners.
  • Review and monitor program deliverables.


  • Manage the logistics of public events, including international conferences and seminars as well as DC-based panel events. This requires handling travel, lodging and other logistical arrangements.
  • Summarize proceedings from events to be used in program communications and for fund-raising


  • Oversee the selection and management of the program intern each semester.
  • Help manage financial logistics of the program: coordinate management of sub-grants to partners and consultants; support the production of grant proposals; respond to donor requirements, including by preparing financial and impact reports


  • Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences (Master’s degree a plus, but not required)
  • 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.
  • 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.

How to Apply

For consideration, please submit your resume, a cover letter, one writing sample in English and one in Spanish to Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 19, 2019.

Please indicate last name and position for which you apply in subject line. If you prefer you may send the materials by mail to Education Program, Inter-American Dialogue, and 1155 15TH ST NW, STE 800, Washington, DC 20005. No phone calls, please.