1916 Program Assistant, Fellowships Program

Washington, District of Columbia, United States Full-time

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally 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 assists with a broad range of administrative, programmatic, and financial areas of support for the Fellowships Program, an international exchange program that hosts Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows, Visiting Fellows, and Hurford Youth Fellows in residence at NED.



  • 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;
  • Contributes to the development of web content and promotion of the program via social media;
  • Assists with administrative and financial procedures, including purchase orders, stipend payments, travel arrangements, and reimbursements;
  • Provides administrative support to Reagan-Fascell, Visiting, and Hurford Youth Fellows, including the special needs of democrats at risk;
  • Contributes to events and 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, salary history with requirements, and contact information for three professional references.  Please, no phone calls; direct inquiries to careers@ned.org  with 1916 PA, RFDF – YOUR NAME in the subject line.   

The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org