The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant-making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a Program Assistant to provide programmatic and administrative support to the Fellowships Program, based at NED’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, in Washington, D.C. This is a non-exempt level position.

Position Summary:

The Program Assistant shoulders a wide range of administrative, logistical, financial, programmatic, and other responsibilities in support of NED’s Fellowships Program, an international exchange program that hosts Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows, Visiting Fellows, and Hurford Youth Fellows.


  • Reports to the Director, Fellowships Program;
  • Contributes to the cultural, intellectual, and collegial life of the international exchange program;
  • Facilitates the Reagan-Fascell program’s annual competition;
  • Develops content for promotional materials, publications, website, and social media;
  • Coordinates administrative and financial procedures, including purchase orders, stipend payments, travel arrangements, and housing;
  • Assists with fellowship events, including scheduling and managing day-of-logistics;
  • Provides administrative support to Fellows, including the special needs of “democrats at risk”;
  • Contributes to other projects, as needed.


  • Knowledge/Experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree in political science or a related field is required;
    • 1–2 years of work experience in a field related to democracy and human rights.
    • Interest and experience working with democracy advocates, civil society leaders, and human rights defenders a plus;
    • Computer proficiency. Familiarity with social media and web development a plus.
  • Other Qualifications:

    • Knowledge/awareness of global democracy and human rights issues;
    • Interest in and experience with international exchange programs a plus;
    • Experience with budgeting and database management a plus;
    • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Competencies:

    • Excellent verbal, written administrative, and interpersonal communication skills;
    • Meticulous attention to detail, and ability to multi-task;
    • High degree of organization and initiative;
    • Works well in a team environment.

To Apply:

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. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org or careers@ned.org.


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