Project Manager, Initiative on U.S. Education Pathways for Refugee Students
The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, along with other partners, has launched an initiative to expand higher education pathways in the United States for refugee students. The initiative focuses on developing a university sponsorship program and also explores ways of making the existing F-1 international student visa system more accessible to refugee students. We are seeking a Project Manager to coordinate and shepherd the initiative through the planning and critical early implementation phases.
This is a full-time position, reporting to the Executive Director of the Presidents’ Alliance and working closely with staff members at UNHCR and the Global Task Force on Third Country Education Pathways. This position can be structured as a consultant or as a staff position with benefits.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Coordinate and support the five short-term working groups (Overseas infrastructure; Policy infrastructure; Program infrastructure; Awareness and education; Funding) as these groups develop strategies, plans and deliverables.
- Advise and facilitate working group agendas, strategize on deliverables, advocacy, and policy engagement, and coordinate across the groups to align perspectives and goals
- Manage logistics for working group meetings: scheduling; managing communications; monitoring, tracking, and communicating action items
- Coordinate the creation of a final holistic report that encompasses and synthesizes outputs from the five working groups.
- Build communication processes between the working groups and with the ED of the Presidents’ Alliance; flag when things are off track; meet regularly with student interns
- Liaise with the coordinating team, working group co-chairs, interns, and technical support to ensure activities are running efficiently
Support the launch and potential implementation of a new university sponsorship pilot program and advocacy/use of the F-1 visa system as a complementary education pathways
- Support the production of a roadmap laying out a timeline and goals for university sponsorship, based upon the working groups’ recommendations
- Support advocacy, policy engagement with the administration, & education campaigns
- Produce other deliverables recommended by the working groups, such as reports, program, calendar of activities
- Support fundraising: develop proposals and other pitch materials; participate in funder meetings
- Plan briefings and webinars to increase awareness among HEI presidents, faculty, administrators, students, and other higher education stakeholders regarding university sponsorship programs and/or F-1 visas for refugee student access.
- Coordinate resources to develop or share through the Higher Ed Immigration Portal.
SKILLS AND BACKGROUND
A successful candidate will bring policy expertise in one or more of the fields of refugee resettlement, immigration and higher education, or international education and demonstrate outstanding organizational, writing, and speaking skills. Subject matter expertise or direct experience in complementary education pathways for refugee students is a plus but not required.
A successful candidate will have 5+ years of professional work experience including in one or more of the following areas: 1) Translating strategy into policy, program and operational plans; 2) project management and tracking; 3) program development; 4) policy infrastructure; 5) strategic communications and narrative; and 6) fundraising.
Bachelor’s degree required; advanced professional or doctoral degree in law, public policy, management, communications, or relevant academic discipline welcomed.
Competencies. The successful Project Manager will be energetic, creative, thoughtful and adept at collaboration, building relationships and communicating effectively with a diverse group of partners, building structure and translating big ideas into tactical plans, and tracking details through to resolution. Preferred competencies include:
- Ability to work with impacted populations, diverse teams, and on complex collaborative projects; also with experience partnering with executive-level stakeholders
- Ability to connect the dots across many stakeholders and projects to successfully keep all initiatives on track; ability to work independently, solve problems creatively, and collaborate effectively
- Ability to create and track budgets
- Ability to create strategic communications and media or narrative campaigns
- Ability to receive and retain a high volume of information and quickly incorporate learning into strategies
- Uses excellent judgment to guide decisions, including recognizing when to gather additional perspectives or resources to move a project forward
- Ability to anticipate and facilitate cascading meetings that are required to ensure that stakeholders are arriving at defined outcomes
- Possesses the confidence, presence, and composure to be successful with building credibility with colleagues and partners
- Ability to meet multiple deadlines and deliver high quality, accurate work
- Ability to influence others to achieve outcomes and timelines, mostly without formal authority
- Familiarity and ease with software/tech (e.g. Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Zoom)
The location for this position is flexible, with a preference for Washington, D.C. or New York City.
This full-time position will initially be structured as a 3-month contract, with the extension for the remainder of the 12 months contingent on a successful performance review and secured funding. The target full-time annualized salary for the position is between $75,000-$85,000, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, dental and life insurance, paid vacation and sick time, among other benefits. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications should consist of a cover letter, a current resume/C.V., writing sample or other relevant work product, and the names of three references. Applications or inquiries about the position should be directed to. Please put “Project Manager for Initiative on U.S. Higher Education Pathways for Refugee Students” in the subject line.
Consistent with federal, state, and local law, we are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, or other protected category. We strongly encourage former refugee students, other immigrants, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous individuals and people of color), women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups to apply.