Open Position: Director of Programs and Communications
Company: US-China Strong Foundation
Location:  2101 L Street NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC 20037
Time commitment: Full-time
Commensurate with experience
Start Date: Position to be filled immediately
Application Due: Friday, October 7, 2016


Company Description

The US-China Strong Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to strengthen US-China relations by investing in a new generation of leaders who have the knowledge and skills to engage with China. Established in 2013 as the 100,000 Strong Foundation – and re-launched in 2016 as the US-China Strong Foundation – the organization leads a national movement to ensure the next generation of US leaders is equipped to engage effectively with China: a global strategic power, the second largest economy in the world and America’s fastest growing trade partner. US-China Strong leads three signature campaigns that focus on supporting the full spectrum of American youth, spanning from our youngest students through young professionals entering China-related careers.

  • 1 Million Strong:1 Million Strong is a national campaign to expand fivefold Mandarin language learning in US K-12 schools from approximately 200,000 to 1 million by 2020. Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping announced this ambitious effort in 2015.
  • 100K Strong: Announced in 2009, 100K Strong is a presidential initiative whose initial goal of seeing 100,000 Americans studying in China by 2014 was surpassed. US-China Strong continues to work with both Washington and Beijing to expand and diversify US study abroad to China.
  • US-China Alumni Ambassador Network: The Foundation’s robust and growing US-China Alumni Ambassador Network engages American and Chinese youth who have participated in cross-cultural exchange programs, connecting and cultivating these future leaders as they pursue professional careers.

Basic Functions:

The Director of Programs and Communications serves the critical role of leading the Foundation’s communications and programming portfolio. He/she will report to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) as well as serve as a trusted advisor to the senior management team, based in both Washington, DC and Beijing, China.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Program and Project Management: Oversee the coordination and administration of programming related to the Foundation’s three signature campaigns: 1 Million Strong, 100,000 Strong, and the US-China Alumni network. The incumbent will also oversee the Foundation’s research assistants program.
  • Communications and Marketing: Collaborate with senior management and external public relations team to develop overall foundation messaging. Includes the development of communications plans as well as the drafting of press releases, newsletters, op-eds and other external relations opportunities. The incumbent will also manage the Foundation’s event planning, social media, web and digital content.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Five or more years of experience in at least one of the following fields: program/project management, public relations, or strategic planning
  • Demonstrated interest in and understanding of US-China relations
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, ability to work independently and to contribute innovative ideas in a fast-paced startup environment
  • Ability to prioritize competing tasks, attentiveness to detail and organization
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, Campaign Monitor, Survey Monkey and mainstream social media platforms
  • Mandarin language skills preferred but not required

Education: Undergraduate degree (required), graduate degree (preferred)

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