Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
Middle East Institute, Washington, D.C.
The Middle East Institute is looking for an experienced Program Officer for the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center. SQCC's Program Officer will be responsible for program management from design to implementation, financial management, outreach, and administration. He/She will report directly to SQCC's Executive Director.
Program Management Support: conceives and drafts proposals for a variety of program activities including conferences, workshops, exhibits, and other forms of outreach. Drafts quarterly, bi-annual, and annual programmatic reports; Prepares Board materials and takes notes at bi-annual board meeting.
Exchange Programs: Assists Executive Director in organizing and executing VIP and study abroad programs. Maintains correspondence and follow up with participants. Prepares background briefing materials.
Educational Resources: Designs educational materials related to Oman and SQCC.
Coordinates financial management, including overseeing the scheduling and processing of payments and reconciliations, drafting budgets, and monitoring expenditures.
Liaises with external partners and consultants.
Assists in the drafting of memorandums of understanding and contracts for partnerships.
Coordinates with MEI Director of Technology for website administration and development for both the SQCC website and the Indian Ocean in World History website.
Develops seasonal intern work plans and guides up to two interns through SQCC office procedures and programs.
Represents SQCC at national and local conferences and events.
Monitors news and events in Oman.
Coordinate travel for staff and visitors between Washington and Oman.
Other related duties as assigned.
Must have knowledge of the Middle East and Oman in particular.
1-3 years Program management experience
Ability to meet all deadlines and work under pressure in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision.
Demonstrated research, writing, and editing skills.
Outstanding English language skills; Arabic language skills preferred.
Exceptional organizational skills and ability to work independently.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with government and private individuals and organizations.
Bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern Studies, International Relations, or related field. Master's degree preferred.
Willingness to travel both domestically and abroad
Send CV, cover letter, two writing samples (no more than two pages each), and three references to email@example.com - Please make sure to write "Program Officer - SQCC" on the subject line.
MEI was established over 65 years ago with the mission of promoting “knowledge and understanding between the American people and the people of the Middle East.” Today, MEI publishes the highly respected Middle East Journal, holds regular events on politics and policy in the Middle East, and runs a language institute, an internship program, and a library. MEI also hosts a Center for Turkish Studies, Center for Pakistan Studies, and Oman’s Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC). More than 40 affiliated scholars and experts write and speak on Middle East issues. Please visit MEI’s website at www.mei.edu to get a picture of the wide scope of our programs and impact.
SQCC was established in 2005 as a result of Memorandum of Understanding between MEI and the Government of the Sultanate of Oman. It is named after His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, Oman’s ruler. SQCC’s mission is “to promote knowledge of Omani culture in America to strengthen understanding between the peoples of Oman and the U.S.”
Salary commensurate with experience. The Middle East Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individual regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic background. The Middle East Institute provides generous health plans for medical, dental, life, disability and a 403(b) plan. Employees are eligible for one free language class (Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, and Farsi) per year taught by MEI’s Department of Languages and Regional Studies.