IEL Program Associate

The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) is a national expert in community-driven leadership development in the intersecting areas of education, health, and employment. The common thread in our work is supporting community and institutional leaders as they build systems around racial, disability inclusion, and economic equity goals. Our 58-year journey and experiences have resulted in approaches, tools and practices that reflect the needs of leaders no matter where they sit in communities. The authentic relationships that we build in the process shape the way we engage community leaders, do our work, and provide the foundation for deeper impact as we continue to address systemic challenges in the 400 plus communities that trust us as partners, especially during this unprecedented time in history.

Overview: The program associate provides ongoing administrative and logistic support for the staff and initiatives at IEL. At present, this position will support the program managers for the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program, the Virginia Career Pathways project, and IEL’s portfolio youth leadership programming. Project assignments may change over time as projects shift at IEL.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative and logistical assistance to support at least three projects.
  • Maintain routine communications with project sites, partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Perform data collection, input, analysis, and reporting in support of monitoring sites’ progress toward performance measures.
  • Synthesize reports for funders and external audiences, and capture success stories to share on the IEL website.
  • Support trainings through various youth leadership programs/ webinars.
  • Write, edit, and produce a variety of project materials as well as IEL products as directed (e.g., conference programs, program handbooks, quarterly reports, project guidelines, policies, proposals, newsletters, curriculum, etc.).
  • Assist with planning and organization of annual all-site conferences, site visits, and meetings.
  • Assist with professional development, virtual events logistics, administrative, and content planning.
  • Represent projects at select meetings and conferences.
  • Provide training materials and technical assistance on data collection methods and reporting.
  • Serve on IEL-wide ad hoc committees and planning groups.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 
  • Bachelor’s degree plus experience with youth workforce development and/or youth leadership(preferred).
  • Strong problem-solving, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Data analysis and reporting experience.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Experience with facilitation.
  • Proven capacity to work effectively as a team member.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously. 
  • Experience with various software packages: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint applications; Adobe Acrobat; online bulk email services; some experience editing websites with online content management systems.
  • Experience planning in-person and virtual professional events preferred. 
  • Strong interest in promoting equity and inclusion for youth and adults in areas that include program development, leadership development, workforce development, and/or education policy.

If you would like to apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no specified length) to Maame Appiah at Please include “IEL Program Associate” in the subject of your email application. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, this position is fully remote and return to the office instructions will be provided at the appropriate time, following D.C., and CDC guidance.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2022, or until filled

Salary: Range is between $47,500 and $60,000, commensurate with experience.

IEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status or disabled veterans’ status. IEL is implementing a diversity and supported inclusion strategy and is actively and intentionally encouraging applicants of color and individuals with disabilities to apply.