26JUN – Public Affairs and Communications Assistant, Open World Leadership Center – Deadline: 15JUL


Organization Description 

The Open World Leadership Center administers the Open World program, one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs for countries of the post-Soviet era. Begun as a pilot program in 1999 and established as a permanent agency in late 2000, the Center conducts the first and only international exchange agency in the U.S. Legislative Branch and, as such, has enabled more than 23,000 current and future leaders from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan to meaningfully engage and interact with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and thousands of other Americans, many of whom are the delegates’ direct professional counterparts. 

The Open World program focuses both on assisting the Congress in its oversight responsibilities and on conducting exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between the up-and-coming leaders of Open World countries and Americans dedicated to showcasing U.S. values and democratic institutions. While all the countries of the Open World program are strategically important to the interests of the U.S. government, many also have growing economies where opportunities for foreign investment and trade increase yearly. Program results include new Congressional and other legislative relationships, and foreign partnerships with American government officials, jurists, nongovernmental organizations, universities, and sister cities. In this way, Open World supports the Eurasian-related interests, projects, and partnerships of American citizens around the country. 


101 Independence Ave., SE 
John Adams Building, Room 144 
Washington, DC 20540-9980 USA 

Job Description 

The Open World Leadership Center, and agency of the US Congress, is seeking a part-time public affairs/communications professional for a short-term contract not to exceed nine months.  The position will begin in late July.  Under the supervision of the Public Affairs Specialist the successful candidate will contribute to the implementation of creative communication strategies to promote Open World’s mission and assist in raising awareness of its programs among the Congress, general public, US-based hosts, and program alumni. 

Job Responsibilities 

  • Serves as the focal point of and technical support for Open World communications.

  • Drafts and edits public information material for Open World’s website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube channels. 

  • Drafts material for the annual report, news releases and other publications, including brochures and flyers. 

  • Writes and posts content to www.openworld.gov 

  • Manages both private and public events as needed. 

  • Photographs orientations, visiting guests, and other subjects. 

  • Provides editorial and technical assistance to Open World staff in all aspects of media and communications, proposal writing, executive correspondence, and the development of promotional materials. 

  • Updates Open World’s media lists. 

  • Performs other duties as assigned. 

Job Requirements  

Desirable candidates will have:

  • Experience in traditional and new media

  • An interest in Russia, Ukraine, the Caucuses, and/or Central Asia

  • Be enthusiastic about international professional exchange programs

  • Have a solid understanding of the Congress

  • Work well as part of a small team.

How to Apply 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to openworld@openworld.gov 


July 15, 2015