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The Diplomatic Fellowships team at Howard University is pleased to share that it is now hiring for a number of positions that will support the work of the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs program. Howard University administers this U.S. Department of State program through cooperative agreements that ensure close coordination.  The program promotes excellence and diversity in the State Department Foreign Service.  It attracts and prepares talented students and professionals for careers of international service. The Pickering Program has expanded and is looking for outstanding and motivated professionals to carry out its mission.

We are hiring for a range of early, mid-career, and senior-level positions that offer opportunities to learn from a community of experienced staff and grow in our dynamic institution, Howard University. Candidates with a keen interest in program and/or project management, a commitment to excellent customer service, strong technological aptitude, experience in operations, budgeting, and finance, and an ability to balance competing priorities are encouraged to apply. 

All positions are hired by and based at the Ralph. J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University located in Washington, DC. All staff are currently working remotely.

The Diplomatic Fellowships Team at Howard University seeks an experienced, enthusiastic, and innovative leader to serve as director for the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Program. Now in its 30th year, the Pickering program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Howard University. The Fellowship team works to attract and prepare outstanding individuals for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State. The Pickering Fellowship position offers a unique opportunity to work with outstanding individuals to promote positive change in the world.

Current Open Position: Director, Pickering Fellowship
The Director should be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the mission of the Department of State and supportive of creating an excellent and diverse Foreign Service. The Pickering Director will lead recruitment efforts by partnering with various stakeholders to attract outstanding talent; provide coaching and mentorship to Pickering Fellows to ensure they succeed as Fellows and future diplomats; develop and execute a robust professional development program for the Pickering Fellows; work closely with Department of State and Howard University to ensure successful and timely administration of grant obligations; oversee the selection process of the Fellowship; and manage a dynamic and highly motivated team comprised of a Deputy Director, Program Manager, two Program Assistants, and a Communications Coordinator. Successful candidates should have extensive experience in program management, international affairs, or fellowship administration. Preference will be given to individuals who have experience in outreach to diverse communities, fellowship management, or engagement with institutions of higher education or work with college- and graduate school-level students, as well as knowledge of the State Department Foreign Service.

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