OPENING DATE: July 5, 2011
CLOSING DATE: July 19, 2011

POSITION: Program Associate, Mexico Institute, Latin American Program

SALARY: WW-0301-09 ($51,630 - $67,114 per year).
This position may have promotion potential to the grade 11 level.


WHO MAY APPLY: All qualified candidates may apply

DUTIES: The incumbent will work with the Mexico Institute Director to develop a wide range of initiatives on Mexico, the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S.-Mexico economic integration, and migration. The responsibilities will include:

  • Developing conferences and seminars on these issues, including designing the agenda, recruiting speakers, and working with the program assistant to ensure proper logistics;
  • Implementing and leading educational trips for Members and staff of the U.S. Congress to Mexico, including ongoing coordination with consultants and staff;
  • Overseeing the Institute's websites including responsibility for regularly updating content and formats;
  • Coordinating with expert consultants involved in ongoing research projects and conducting original research to contribute to program goals;
  • Managing grants given to the Institute, including preparing grant proposals, managing the grant budget, coordinating the grant project, and drafting grant reports;
  • Assisting the Institute director in fundraising efforts from foundation and private sector sources;
  • Preparing and editing Institute publications including news digests, newsletter articles, and major publications.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: At a minimum, qualified applicants will have a Master's degree in political science, public policy or international relations with an emphasis on Mexico or U.S. - Mexico relations. In addition, minimally qualified applicants must meet any selective factors listed below.

SELECTIVE FACTORS: (Required qualifications)

  1. Ability to read and write in Spanish at a professional level.
  2. Ability to use a personal computer with standard office software.
  3. Skill in writing and editing materials for publication (English). (Please note: a job related writing sample is required).
  4. Experience in the conduct of research and its application to public policy issues and challenges.


  1. Ability to research and develop a wide range of initiatives on U.S.-Mexico economic integration and migration, the U.S.-Mexico border, and/or U.S.-Mexico relations.
  2. Ability to design and implement high-impact workshops and other events.
  3. Grant management experience to include writing grant proposals, managing the budget and activities, and drafting written reports to funders.
  4. Ability to establish and maintain productive and collaborative working relationships with other partner organizations, other researchers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, professional societies, and interest groups.


The Wilson Center does not require a standard application form, but we do require applicants to submit the information listed below. Application materials can be submitted to or to the address at the end of this announcement. It is very important that you fully address how your work experience and education/training meet both the minimum/specialized experience qualifications and the selective factors. These minimum qualification requirements and/or selective factors identify the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to be eligible to compete for the position. Quality Ranking Factors/Ranking Factors are not mandatory but are used to determine the best qualified candidates among those eligible to compete for the position. Therefore, it is to your benefit to provide a full description of your experience and education/training relative to the job requirements of this vacancy. Rating of experience will be based only on the information you supply.

JOB INFORMATION: The announcement number, position title, and grade(s) or minimum salary requirements for the job to which you are applying.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Your full name, mailing address, daytime and evening telephone numbers, salary history, and country of citizenship.

EDUCATION: Colleges and/or universities attended - include name, city, state; majors and type of degree and year(s) received.
(A copy of your transcript is not required unless specifically requested.)

WORK EXPERIENCE: Give the following information for your paid and non-paid work experience related to the job to which you are applying: job title, employer's name and address, duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours per week and salary. Please indicate whether or not your current supervisor may be contacted.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: Any job-related skills (for example computer, foreign language ability, and/or typing skills), training courses (by title and year), honors, awards, and special accomplishments.


  1. Applications must be received by the closing date.
  2. Failure to address the mandatory qualification requirements and quality ranking factors may result in your not receiving credit for all of your pertinent experience. Applicants are strongly urged to address these factors on a sheet or in a cover letter separate from your resume. If you omit the information requested in this announcement your application may be rated ineligible.
  3. Please do not fax your application unless it is specifically requested.
  4. Travel and Transportation and/or Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
  5. The use of U.S. government postage paid envelopes is a violation of federal law and will disqualify you from consideration.
  6. We provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
  7. This is not a U.S. civil service position.
  8. If a vacant position is filled below the full performance level, the selectee may be promoted after meeting time-in-grade without further competition.
  9. Please note: All newly appointed employees must serve a one-year initial trial/probationary period.
  10. This position requires occasional travel.
  11. Please Note: All Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars positions require fingerprinting of employees hired and will include some additional background checks before employment. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires employers to hire only individuals who are eligible to work in the United States. Upon reporting for work, an individual will be expected to present proper evidence establishing employability. The Woodrow Wilson Center participates in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) E-VERIFY electronic employment verification process.

    Please submit your application materials to the following address:
    Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
    Human Resources WC-11-10T
    One Woodrow Wilson Plaza
    1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20004-3027