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Program Assistant Job Description 

The Bretton Woods Committee is the preeminent non-profit organization dedicated to effective international economic and financial cooperation. Towards this end, we demonstrate the value of multilateralism and improve the performance of the international financial institutions (IFIs) through public dialogue, advocacy and policy analysis. 

Our mission is supported by:
•    A diverse, global membership of leaders from business, finance, government and academia who are an unparalleled source of ideas and expertise.
•    We are an independent, non-partisan advocate for the key multilateral institutions. We help inform public officials that global economic prosperity is best served through effective multilateralism.
•    We convene flagship conferences on the most critical economic and financial topics. These serve as important fora for dialogue and debate between BWC members, senior policymakers, multilateral officials, private sector leaders and prominent academics. 
•    Working groups that organize roundtables, seminars, conferences, and other events to analyze and make policy recommendations on emerging issues impacting the future of finance, trade and global development.
•    Special projects that produce reports and publications with unbiased analysis and policy prescriptions on ways in which the multilateral system – and the institutions that comprise it – can be strengthened and made more effective.

The Program Assistant, Operations will support the Programs Team overall work, including program strategy, management, logistics, and operations, research and writing projects, business development efforts, stakeholder management, and communications strategy.  
The successful candidate will be exceptionally organized, collegial, and an effective communicator, while having an entrepreneurial ethos and a passion for work. Experience showing a strong record of and emphasis on collaboration, high-level communication, project management, event organization, operational skills, and attention to detail are key. The position requires demonstrated initiative, interpersonal skills, and reliability, as this role will directly support the Director of Programs to drive results and achieve programs’ goals. The Program Assistant, Operations will collaborate closely with junior staff at the Program Associate levels and with interns. This is an ideal role for a self-starter looking for opportunities to grow at one of the preeminent and dynamic global policy organizations in Washington DC.

Job Responsibilities
•    Lead the coordination and execution of major public events, high-level private events, international programming, virtual programming, and projects for the Programs Department (Programs). This includes end-to-end life-cycle event and project management, coordination with both junior and senior staff, and other stakeholders.
•    Manage Programs’ day-to-day operations and assist in developing the program’s external engagement and communications strategy.
•    Assist with routine contacts database, website, and mailchimp updates, including online report launches.
•    Draft and develop visual materials such as event flyers or banners.
•    Serve as liaison for internal and external relations and support Programs Director with scheduling and stewardship of relationships with members, key donors, prospects, or contacts.
•    Coordinate with a range of key stakeholders, partners, and colleagues so that meetings, projects, or events reflect leadership priorities, are properly prepared, include the right participants, and are timely.
•    Support the Programs Director with operational tasks, scheduling, budgeting, drafting memos, reviewing written products before publication, and overall program management.
•    Manage multiple processes and projects, supporting the work of staff and of members (in case of working groups), tracking commitments and deliverables, managing deadlines, and ensuring accountability.
•    Update databases and contact lists.
•    Assist in the supervision and management of program interns.
•    Take notes at events or strategic meetings for internal and external distribution.
•    Assist in managing Zoom webinars and video editing.
•    Perform other duties as assigned, including research and writing.

Qualifications
•    Bachelor’s degree in international affairs, economics, political science, or related; or in a communications field with a demonstrated interest in politics and policy. Master’s degree or dual degrees, or additional work experience is a plus.
•    Ideally 2 years full-time work experience in a position with demonstrated and transferable operational and organizational skills, project management experience, and excellent communication skills. Relevant substantive knowledge is a plus.
•    Must demonstrate passion for our work (in your cover letter, please describe your interest).
•    Demonstrated initiative, attention to detail, ability to work well in a dynamic team environment, and ability to work independently and proactively.
•    Self-starter and results-oriented individual who is comfortable in a fluid, deadline-driven environment.
•    Ability to guide senior staff, junior staff, and interns to move assignments to completion in a timely and professional manner.
•    Positive and flexible attitude, with a desire to grow in responsibility over time.
•    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written), including the ability to identify and work through challenges, underscored by strong judgment and emotional intelligence.
•    Ability to handle information with professionalism while demonstrating reliability and a sense of maturity.
•    Skills in MS Office suite, social media for organizations/groups, and customer relationship management systems, along with an ability to quickly learn new software and platforms.
•    Experience with WordPress or graphic design skills (PPT, Canva, InDesign etc).are a plus
•    Must be authorized to work in the United States long-term.
•    Must be able to work full-time (40 hours/week).
•    Position is DMV based and in-person.

Location
1701 K Street, NW, Suite 950, Washington, DC  20006

Salary and Benefits
$ 45,000.00/50,000.00 dependent upon experience; employer sponsored health care plan; paid vacation/sick leave. Position is DMV-based. Work is currently done remotely, with two or more in-person days required per week.

To Apply:
Please submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample (2 pages max) to Elena Tosana, Director of Programs at [email protected] with subject line: BWC Program Assistant, Operations. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Deadline for submission: November 25, 2022
 

 

Internships:

The Committee seeks the help of four interns each term, for the spring (January-May), summer (June-August) and fall (September-December) terms. The internship requires roughly 20-30 hours per week, and pays a $500 stipend for each term completed successfully. It is conducted remotely, with duration from the beginning of the first month, to the end of the last month in each term.

The following positions are open for each term:

INT1 - Program, Marketing, and Communication Intern:
BWC seeks two dynamic, self-starters to assist in program, marketing, and communications efforts. This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of events planning, marketing, and communications management. The interns will work independently and in a team to fulfill organizational goals and initiatives related to programming, events, outreach and membership.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assist in planning, writing and managing e-blasts and e-newsletters, press releases, short reports/project summaries
  • Update and maintain BWC’s social media presence, including daily monitoring, posting, scheduling and reporting updates
  • Update organization website with current events, relevant news, etc.
  • Design event/program fliers/publications, graphics and other marketing material
  • Monitor and spot relevant news on international financial institutions (IFIs) on a daily basis
  • Provide input for creative marketing strategies and social media campaigns
  • Manage editorial and event calendars
  • Create online advertisements as needed
  • Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and tools for marketing and communications
  • Update spreadsheet of press contacts

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate senior, recent graduate, or graduate student, preferably in a related field (e.g., English, Marketing/Communications, Advertising, Public Relations, Design)
  • Understanding of the basic principles of events planning, public relations and/or marketing
  • Firm grasp of social media tools and platforms including Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
  • Must be computer literate (working knowledge of word processing, PowerPoint, Excel). Proficiency in either Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, or Canva highly desired. Familiar with online meeting platforms (Zoom, Teams etc)
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills; great at proof-reading and copy-editing
  • Genuine enthusiasm for creating compelling marketing materials to support BWC programming and membership
  • Analytical and thorough when conducting research and interpreting numbers and statistics
  • Self-starter, good time management, creative, with ability to communicate in a professional manner
  • Ability to work well independently and within a team
  • Have some knowledge of global issues related to international financial institutions and multilateral development banks
  • Previous internship or related experience in marketing or communications a plus
  • Knowledge of HTML, website content management and graphic design a plus

Location: This is a remote position, with required video conferencing check-in with the BWC staff or supervisors.

INT2 - Operations and Membership Intern:
The intern will help to support the Committee’s operations, fundraising, and membership activities. 
 

Responsibilities may include:

  • Support the Committee's membership recruitment strategy by researching high-level leaders in the fields of international finance, trade, and development and by assisting with the membership invitation of prospective candidates through a yearly recruitment drive. 
  • Support the Committee’s yearly fundraising cycle by reviewing materials and documents and by assisting with the compilation and mailing of fundraising materials. 
  • Assist in the execution of Committee programs and events by providing both operational and logistical support both in the lead up to events and day-of. 
  • Support the Committee’s communications by researching current member information and by periodically engaging with members via e-mail and telephone to update contact information as deemed necessary by the Operations Associate. 
  • Support the Committee’s operational infrastructure by assisting in projects that increase operational efficiency regarding the Committee’s website, CRM database, photo and video storage, and others as assigned.
  • Support daily administrative tasks of the office including data entry, mailings, processing contribution acknowledgment letters, etc. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • The successful candidate will be an undergraduate senior, recent graduate, or graduate student in a field related to international business, business administration/management, business development, finance, economics, international development/affairs, political science, conflict analysis, or a related field who has:
  • A healthy awareness of companies, government actors, international financial institutions, and other organizations involved in global finance, trade and development activities
  • Previous office experience
  • A strong attention to detail and ability to stay organized with minimal oversight
  • A self-driven nature and demonstrated ability to multi-task with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills in English
  • Excellent knowledge of MS-Office, especially Microsoft Excel.
  • Research skills
  • Previous experience in membership management and fundraising preferred

Location: This is a remote position, with required video conferencing check-in with the BWC staff or supervisors.

 

INT3 - Government Affairs Intern
The Bretton Woods Committee (BWC) seeks the support of a part-time Government Affairs intern each semester. Interns will work closely with BWC’s Executive Director and Legislative Working Group to support its Congressional education and advocacy efforts. Individuals who wish to gain hands-on experience with the U.S. legislative and appropriations process and/or an in-depth understanding of the international financial institutions (IFIs) are encouraged to apply. 
 

Responsibilities may include:

  • Research, writing & analysis on various policy topics related to the IFIs including drafting analysis of the President’s budget requests and State and Foreign Operations spending bills.
  • Tracking current legislation and amendments moving through the legislative and/or appropriations process
  • Attending and summarizing congressional hearings/markups and other relevant policy events
  • Maintaining a contact database of relevant Congressional staff
  • Outreach to Capitol Hill and the Administration
  • Preparing meeting, briefing, and presentation materials
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Graduate student (preferred) or recent undergraduate majoring in international relations, international economics, political science, government, public affairs, policy or related field.
  • Strong research, writing, communications skills
  • Effective problem-solving skills
  • A self-driven nature and demonstrated ability to multi-task with minimal supervision
  • A healthy awareness of global governance and multilateral institutions
  • Experience working with senior officials while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Previous Capitol Hill or government experience is strongly preferred
  • Excellent knowledge of MS-Office suite.
  • Familiarity with legislative works and dynamics.

Location
Primarily Remote.

 

BWC’s office is located at 1701 K Street, NW, Suite 950, Washington, DC, 20006

 

How to Apply for BWC Internships:
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter and a writing sample (2 pages maximum) by email to [email protected] with subject line: BWC Internship. Please indicate your desired term, beginning and end dates, your available number of hours per week, and your time zone in your cover letter. The applications will be reviewed and given preference as received.

The deadline for submission is: 

Spring Term - Nov. 15

Summer Term - March 15

Fall Term - July 20

Individuals who wish to gain a wide range of hands-on experience and learn about the inner workings of a small non-profit and the individuals and organizations shaping the future of the international financial institutions are encouraged to apply.