Programs Manager – Foreign Policy Education

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
January 6, 2022
325 N. St. Paul, Suite 4200, Dallas, TX, Texas
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The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth seeks a high-energy, detail-oriented, multi-tasking team player to manage public speaker programs and our young professionals’ group as we fulfill our mission to educate citizens about our nation’s foreign policy. This position coordinates public programs (70+ annually): lectures, screenings, socials, and two annual fundraising events. Event coordination includes travel arrangements, budget, and event management logistics. Management of Global Young Professionals includes the planning, marketing, and execution of monthly events. This Program Manager position is part of a dynamic, collaborative team. The experience level we are seeking is 5+ years and the salary range is $50-55,000.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, tact, and diplomacy for frequent interaction with members, directors, publishers, government and NGO contacts, and speakers, and attendance at early morning and evening events are essential. Further requirements include the ability to perform detailed reporting with attention to detail and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team to meet deadlines. Event production management skills and nonprofit experience are a plus. Knowledge and interest in national and international issues and events is required.
• Coordinate logistics for in-person speaker programs (including travel arrangements, itineraries, budget adherence, event management logistics, A/V requirements, and book sales).
• Zoom host for virtual programs, leading production and coordinating logistics.
• Responsible for accurate event-related record entries into Raiser's Edge, including after-event expenses and invoices.
• Participate in coordinating two fundraising events (Mallon Award Dinner and International Educator of the Year Award), including event logistics and promotion in concert with the marketing and development departments.
• Drive event information to the marketing department for promotion of programs and manage the contractors producing program recordings.
• Create and manage Meridian: Global Young Professionals events as well as twelve events per year for the Global Forum, the Council’s philanthropic membership level.
• Assist President/CEO and Director of Programs with program and series development, and drafting letters of invitation as needed.
• Draft event remarks and provide speaker and topic research.
• Assist in the development and stewardship of event venues, community organization partners, businesses, and publishing contact relationships.
• Supervise and provide tasks to one-two interns per semester.
• Work with Director of Education on speaker programs and educational outreach.
• Organize logistics and schedule for periodic trips to New York and/or Washington, DC to meet with publishers or think tank contacts.
  Required Skills & Experience
• Bachelor’s degree required, preference given to majors in international affairs, journalism/marketing. Knowledge and interest in national, international, and foreign policy issues are required.
• Programmatic experience arranging logistics for speakers or meetings is preferred, as well as experience negotiating vendor contracts.
• Outstanding oral and written communication skills with excellent interpersonal, presentation, and negotiation skills.
• Desirable candidates will be highly collaborative, organized, and detail-oriented. They should be adaptive and comfortable navigating the unknown, as well as be solutions-oriented and able to complete multiple projects concurrently while balancing competing priorities and always meeting deadlines.
• A commitment to delivering excellent internal and external customer service is required.
• MS Office proficiency is required; and experience with customer database management system Raiser’s Edge and NetCommunity content management system is preferred.
Please email your resume and a cover letter to the attention of Martha Powell, Director of Administration, at This job is located in downtown Dallas, and the Council is currently on a hybrid office/home work schedule. 
Learn more about us at We are a dynamic nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings international awareness and cross-cultural understanding to the North Texas community and presents distinguished international figures year-round for in-depth interpretation of global events. We have more than 3,000 members. The Council is located in downtown Dallas and offers an excellent benefit package that includes health insurance, a 401(k) plan, and paid parking. 
We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment for all staff. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design, and deliver solutions.
We're an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

Application Instructions

Please email your resume and a cover letter to the attention of Martha Powell, Director of Administration, at Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.

This job is located in downtown Dallas, and the Council is currently on a hybrid office/home work schedule.

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