2105 Associate Director, Programs Europe

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | EUROPE | 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 an Associate Director for the Europe Program team. The position is based in Washington, D.C.


Position Summary:

The Associate Director reports to the Senior Director and is responsible for helping to develop and lead a programmatic strategy that integrates organizational goals, political developments, and civil society priorities, including direct supervisory responsibility for the work of assigned assistant program officers, program officers, senior program officers, and senior managers.  The Associate Director is responsible for ensuring the production of quality material in a timely manner, completion of all tasks and responsibilities, rigorous review and oversight of portfolio, travel planning, adherence to Endowment policies, staff development, and discipline; and administrative and budget tracking.  The Associate Director represents the team before the executive team and board and with external audiences in Washington and in the field.  The position requires regular travel.



    • Work closely with the Senior Director to take on defined responsibilities for strategy development and grantmaking processes;
    • Assist the Senior Director in day-to-day team management, such as monitoring and managing efficient and appropriate use of staff time and other NED resources, helping the Senior Director set management and workflow priorities, and recommending process improvements;
    • Assist the Senior Director in resolving management issues related to staff performance, team dynamics, and other personnel matters;
    • Help to lead strategic planning for the region and specific countries; monitor budgets and compliance; ensure timely and accurate internal and external reporting;
    • Oversee the development, assessment, and presentation of a portfolio of proposals at regular Board meetings;
    • Supervise and guides staff as they monitor groups in the field and maintain relationships with grantees, other organizations, and individuals in the region;
    • Conduct strategic field visits to the region;
    • Coordinate and oversees regional staff interaction with NED’s core institutes and other relevant policy makers and donors;
    • Provides leadership in cooperation with Democracy Support Activities and other departments at NED; 
    • Contribute to the development and delivery of internal training and knowledge-sharing efforts.
    • Leads problem solving and develop innovative approaches to grant management and grantmaking processes; and
    • Represent and speak for the regional program and for the Endowment more broadly as needed.



  • Knowledge/Experience:
    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required; Graduate degree requred.
    • 11+ years of relevant regional programmatic required; and 4+ years of management experience.
  • Other Qualifications:
    • Demonstrated expertise in multiple countries in the region, particularly political knowledge; 
    • Well-established network of contacts in Washington and region; 
    • High level of familiarity with civil society issues and deep knowledge of civil society organizations and individual activists in the region; 
    • Significant grant-making, grants-management or fundraising experience; 
    • In-depth management experience, including direct staff supervision, handling and addressing complaints and performance issues, assignment of tasks, budget management, program development, and leadership; 
    • In-country work experience or study; 
    • Senior-level experience in an international NGO preferred; 
    • Full professional fluency in at least one regional language is required; 
    • Authorized to work in the United States. 
  • Competencies:
    • Excellent written, interpersonal, and oral communication skills;
    • Demonstrated leadership and management competence;
    • Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task and work independently;
    • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite, databases, and other applications; 
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, international office 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. For more information, please visit our website at www.ned.org or careers@ned.org.   

The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer.