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Regional Program Officer, Fulbright Student & Scholar Programs, Near East Asia and South & Central A

Institute of International Education
Washington D.C.
$55,043 - $70,386
Closing date
Mar 10, 2024

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Global Education
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Job Description:

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is hiring a Regional Program Officer, Fulbright Student and Scholar Programs, Near East Asia (NEA) and South & Central Asia (SCA) for our Fulbright Program Management department. We invite you to join a team united by a single goal: to transform our interconnected world into a network of more peaceful and equitable societies. IIE’s team members share a belief that when education transcends borders, it opens minds, enabling people to go beyond building connections to solving problems together.

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Job Summary:

This position will work with the Fulbright Program Management department. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international academic exchange program sponsored by the United States Government. Fulbright was founded in 1946 with an ambitious goal—to increase mutual understanding and support friendly and peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Led by the U.S. Government in partnership with more than 160 countries worldwide, Fulbright offers an expansive suite of life-changing international academic and cultural exchange opportunities.

The Regional Program Officer, Fulbright Student and Scholar Programs supports Program Management (PM) project deliverables for specified countries or programs within the Near East Asia (NEA) and South & Central Asia (SCA) regions. This individual will support the implementation of the contractual services for the Fulbright Program, including country-specific budgets and program policies, working closely with their counterparts at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Fulbright Commissions and U.S. Embassies overseas, and internal teams within the larger Fulbright team at IIE to enable programmatic success.

Essential Functions:

Communicates with counterparts at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, Fulbright Commissions, and Foreign Posts for assigned countries or programmatic portfolio and responds to general and specific questions, inquiries, and correspondence.

Provides information to internal IIE units and external regional Fulbright counterparts so that country and programmatic priorities and policies can be achieved.

Monitors grant funds, including supplementary, cost-shares and endowments and recommends financial allocations for assigned country portfolio.

Maintains detailed grantee records; analyzes data and develops reports for the Program Directors and Regional Assistant Directors.

Reviews applications and determines grantee eligibility. Hosts selection panels and facilitates selection process.

Collects and reviews documents provided by participants to ensure timely U.S. visa issuance and onboarding.

Advises participants and works with hosts to resolve issues.

Job Requirements:

Education and Work Experience:

Requires a Bachelor's degree and at least two years of related work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Experience in projects and tasks involving complex details which require well-developed organizational, time-management, and administrative skills.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written. Ability to read and interpret documents such as contracts, policy, and procedure manuals and write complex reports and correspondence.

Ability to interact with all levels of team members and external contacts; sensitivity to cultural differences when working with people from other cultures; ability to exercise discretion on confidential matters and to demonstrate sound judgment in consulting with and keeping others informed.

Ability to easily adapt to changing organizational needs and a fast-paced work environment; work independently without close supervision and as part of a team.

Ability to compare and evaluate possible courses of action and recommend or decide an appropriate course of action.

Fluency in English, written and oral.

Proficiency with MS Office applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Background experience in the NEA and/or SCA region is preferred.

Knowledge of higher education systems in the United States and abroad preferred.

Abilities in a second language relevant to the regions preferred.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary Range:

$55,043 - $70,386.

A candidate’s salary is determined by various factors including, but not limited to, relevant work experience, job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, internal organizational equity, and geographic region.


IIE offers a robust suite of benefits to team members including medical, dental, and vision plans, paid time off and holidays, student loan and tuition reimbursement programs, professional development reimbursement program, retirement plans and a family medical leave benefits.

Please visit our careers page here for further details.

The Institute of International Education (“IIE”) has a hybrid work environment that allows team members a combination of in-office work and telework at any of the locations listed above.

Work Conditions & Physical Demands:

Essential functions are performed in a general office setting with low noise. Job demands may require long periods of sitting; telephone work and/or computer work, as well as interactions with other team members and external stakeholders. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

IIE is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


Established in 1919 with the founding premise that international exchange could make the world a more interconnected place, the Institute of International Education has championed international education and pioneered new models of collaboration across institutions of higher education with a worldwide reach. Today, IIE proudly supports flagship educational and cultural exchange programs on behalf of the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, in addition to government, corporate and foundation programs. IIE is proud to assist scholars, students and artists threatened by conflict and unrest in their home countries.

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