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Program Assistant, International Forum for Democratic Studies

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the globe. With an annual appropriation from Congress, NED makes more than 2,000 grants to support the projects of nongovernmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 100 countries. Governed by an independent Board of Directors, NED holds a unique role as America’s leading foundation for freedom, empowering the institution to be nimble, innovative, and risk-taking in support of democratic activists, civil society organizations, independent media, and the NED family core institutes (the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, the Center for International Private Enterprise, and the Solidarity Center). We seek a motivated, energetic, organized, and resourceful Program Assistant who is a mission-oriented team player, and who would be excited to join a growing and fast-paced International Forum for Democratic Studies, team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy is a leading center for research, discussion, thought, and analysis on the theory and practice of democracy around the world. The International Forum seeks a program assistant within the Research and Conferences Program. Successful candidates will have an understanding of democracy and international politics. This position provides an excellent opportunity to the incumbent to advance their research, writing, and administrative skills, and improve their knowledge of democratization and international affairs.


Assist in the organization and implementation of a busy calendar of public events and roundtables.
Document events by taking notes and producing meeting summaries.
Assist with travel logistics and reconciling expenses.
Assist with the drafting, editing, and proofreading of Forum electronic and print publications, including material for the Forum website, reports, electronic newsletters, and multi-media content for social media.
Assist the Forum vice president and senior director with special research projects, as needed;
Help populate and maintain a contact management system;
Assist with administrative and other related tasks, as needed.



Bachelor’s degree in political science, international affairs, or a related field required; Master’s degree preferred.
0-2 years of work experience.
Experience assisting with event logistics.
Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, and Mail Chimp.
Basic HTML, Microsoft CRM/Microsoft Dynamics 365, and Adobe Spark preferred.
Experience using a contact management system.
Other Qualifications:

Knowledge of one or more foreign languages preferred.
Experience living, working, or studying abroad a plus.
Authorized to work in the United States.

Strong editing and writing skills, and attention to detail.
Exceptional analytical skills;
Ability to maintain professionalism under pressure;
High degree of organization and initiative.
Demonstrated ability to work as a team player, including coordination and facilitation skills.
This position is part of the NED Bargaining Unit.

To Apply:

Apply Online. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, desired salary, and contact information for three professional references, of which one should be a supervisor. Please, no phone call inquiries. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics covered by applicable law. The NED is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation for all qualified individuals and bases all employment decisions on qualifications, merit, and business need. The NED believes that diversity and inclusion amongst our team members are critical to our success as an organization operating globally and seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

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