Washington, DC

Program Officer for Global Learning, The NEA Foundation (NEAF)
The Organization

For 50 years, the NEA Foundation (NEAF), an independent, public charity founded by educators for educators, has been keeping the promise of public education by providing programs and resources to improve public education for all students. We believe that when educators unleash their own power, ideas, and voices, communities, schools, and students all benefit. To learn more, visit https://www.neafoundation.org.

Position Overview

The Program Officer for Global Learning primarily manages the NEA Foundation’s Global Learning Fellowship (GLF) and may contribute to other program areas or special projects, as assigned.

Established in 2011, the Global Learning Fellowship is a 12-month, cohort-based professional development opportunity for K-12 public school educators. Through a blend of online, peer, and international field-based learning opportunities, Fellows develop the skills and knowledge to integrate global competency into their daily classroom instruction. The Program Officer manages all aspects of GLF program delivery and oversees its budget.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1.  Serve as lead project and financial manager for NEAF’s Global Learning         Fellowship:

  • Drive the mission and goal alignment of the Global Learning Fellowship in relation to the NEAF’s goals and mission.
  • Maintain day-to-day Fellowship program budgets, tracking programmatic spending, and generating financial documents.
  • Lead the Global Learning Fellows’ recruitment, application and onboarding processes, ensuring a broad representation of educators from across the United States.
    • Coordinate the Fellowship application and peer-review processes via the Cybergrants platform.
    • Communicate with Global Learning Fellowship  applicants.
    • Generate contractual agreements for applicants selected as Global Learning Fellows.

2.  Facilitate the development and implementation of a 12-month global               education course for each cohort of Fellows:

  • Plan, curate and help deliver in-person workshops and virtual webinars, and moderate an online discussion board, all part of a blended group learning experience supporting Fellows’ global education and competency.
  • Research and recruit experts to serve as presenters for workshops and webinars.
  • Maintain program communications and coordinate online community-building activities for Fellows.
  • Collaborate with program alumni that volunteer to serve as mentors to new Fellows.

3.  Collaborate with the Foundation’s senior leadership team and external           partners to design a dynamic 7- to 10-day global learning field study for         the Fellows.

  • Design and distribute program surveys and other measurement tools to continuously seek Fellows’ feedback and assess their learning and satisfaction throughout the fellowship.

4.  Recruit and manage consultants and external partners to support                   Fellowship activities.

  • Generate partnership agreements, memorandums of understanding and consultant agreements.
  • Supervise consultant activities and work products.

5.  Build out and manage a network of Global Learning Fellowship alumni.

6.  Produce (or review) editorial content for Fellowship communications and         marketing, working in partnership with Foundation’s Communications and       Development teams to advance program awareness and identify external       resources.

7.  Develop and maintain effective professional relationships that advance           the Foundation’s programmatic goals.

8.  Research and stay current on the field of global education. Produce               summary briefs for Foundation staff and others.

9.  Contribute to the Foundation’s short- and long-term planning and                   budgeting activities, as well as ongoing internal learning and team                   development efforts.

10. In partnership with other staff, may oversee a Program Assistant/                    Associate or student interns.

11. Represent the Foundation at conferences, symposia, and meetings                where appropriate.

12. Coordinate as needed with other colleagues on joint projects, and                  execute special global learning-oriented projects and other duties as              assigned.

Desired Qualifications

1.  BA/BS degree and a minimum of two years of relevant work experience.

2.  Proven project management experience, including attention to detail,             ability to manage multiple relationships and deliverables simultaneously,         and timely follow-through.

3.  Commitment to and passion for public education, as well as familiarity             with the nonprofit sector and its role in social change.

4.  Record of accomplishment working on globally-focused issues or                   programs is encouraged, but not required. A curiosity to understand               different perspectives and cultures is a must.

5.  A goal driven self-starter, with an ability to work independently and under       pressure while interacting with a wide range of people.

6.  Strong leadership skills, self-confidence, resiliency and poise.

7.  Outstanding writing skills and an articulate speaker with the ability to               serve as spokesperson for the Foundation.

8.  Ability to develop and manage budgets.

9.  Team player, possessing a keen sense of humor and creative problem-            solving skills.

10.  Ability to travel both domestically and internationally, in alignment with             the Fellowship’s global field study.


The Foundation offers an excellent benefits package.

How To Apply

For consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume to neafhr@nea.org, noting “Program Officer, Global Learning” in your subject line.

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