The Carter Center: Senior Program Associate, OVP, Peace Programs

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime

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The Carter Center is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization founded in 1982 in Atlanta, GA, by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University. The Center has helped to improve millions of lives in more than 80 countries by waging peace, fighting disease, and building hope. The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.  

The Carter Center collaborates with other organizations, public and private, in carrying out its mission around the world. Current information about the Center’s many programs and activities are available at The Carter Center .




  • The Senior Program Associate organizes, coordinates, and plans operational facets of projects under the Senior Associate Director, and the Vice President for Peace Programs;
  • Supports major projects within the China Focus, including the design, day-to-day management, and implementation of online engagement initiatives (e.g., U.S.-China Perception Monitor), Track II dialogues and events, and research reports;
  • Supports budget management, development of proposals, technical and donor reports, fundraising, and public relation;
  • Makes decisions on behalf of the program based on critical analyses of operational/statistical reports, financial data and budget forecasts, and outside trends and factors related to the program;
  • Conducts public-facing research and writing, including reports and speeches, to support the China Focus’ online engagement initiatives and Carter Center staff;
  • Writes, edits, and solicits content and communication materials, including website content, newsletters, and specialized project/program reports, for the China Focus;
  • And may supervise staff, interns, work-study students, and volunteers.
  • Includes occasional international and domestic travel.
  • Due to travel requirements, Hostile Environment Awarenes Training (HEAT) will be required.


  • Designs, implements, coordinates operational facets of a specific program and its related activities.
  • Manages work plans that are designed to accomplish program goals and objectives, and implements changes for improvement and efficiency.
  • Makes decisions on behalf of the program based on critical analyses of operational/statistical reports, financial data and budget forecasts, and outside trends and factors related to the program.
  • May plan, administer or monitor the program's budget, financial management, and/or grants.
  • Takes a leadership role on program-related committees and teams.
  • May develop fund raising initiatives, including researching and identifying funding sources and writing and submitting grant proposals.
  • Conducts program research and ensures that mandatory operational and statistical reports are fact-based and comply with regulations.
  • Serves as liaison with other groups and organizations participating in the program or seeking knowledge of the program, and may write and give speeches/presentations at conferences, university functions, or before various boards.
  • May supervise staff.
  • Ensures that complete and accurate program records are kept and maintained.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


  • Bachelor's degree in a field related to specified program areas and four years related program management experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.


  • Master's degree in political science, international studies, Chinese studies, or related field. 1-2 years working on issues related to U.S.-China relations or Chinese politics.

  • Strong collaborative problem solving and analytic skills, a high level of personal energy and the ability to work in a team setting are essential.

  • Must be detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to work under pressure with tight deadlines.

  • Exceptional initiative and follow-through skills that deliver measurable results are crucial.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and facility with computers are a must.

  • Prior living, studying, or working experience in China is desirable.

  • Strong familiarity with Chinese politics and U.S.-China relations.

  • Knowledge or experience with public opinion research is a plus. Knowledge or experience with Chinese social media is a plus.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer


NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to The Carter Center on a flexible weekly schedule based upon business needs.  Schedule is based on agreed upon guidelines.  All non-exempt employees must reside within the state of Georgia. The Carter Center reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee. 

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