Apply to be Program Assistant

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Mobility International USA (MIUSA), a national nonprofit organization working to advance disability rights and leadership globally, seeks an Exchange Program Assistant to join our dynamic team.

Posted March 3, 2020

Candidates will bring prior experience working in a related field, required skills, and a passion for disability rights. Candidates must be available to work approximately 30-40 hours per week from April - September 2020. This is an entry-level professional position based at our national office in downtown Eugene, Oregon, USA. Equal Opportunity Employer. People with disabilities, those from ethnic minority backgrounds, and others are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due by Monday, March 16th, 2020 for priority consideration.

Duties and responsibilities:

Assists Project Managers and other exchange team members with the planning, preparation and implementation of MIUSA exchange programs. Tasks may include:

  • Plans and assists with logistical arrangements, including but not limited to: transportation, venues, food, program supplies, workshops, meetings, and disability-related accommodations, etc.
  • Works as assigned to ensure full staff coverage during exchange programs (including evenings and weekends as necessary)
  • Assists with activities and trainings as assigned, ensuring safety, successful participation and inclusion of all participants
  • Escorts and/or assists exchange program participants to ensure participant health, safety and well-being of all program participants
  • As directed, communicates with community members in a positive, proactive and professional manner, and notifies Project Manager of any issues immediately
  • Assists with preparing for and conducting meetings and presentations, which may include tasks such as printing documents, creating packets and name tags, notetaking, and setting up AV equipment
  • Coordinates production of materials in alternative formats as needed
  • Revises, updates and maintains exchange-related forms and materials as needed
  • Maintains accurate and well organized files and records related to exchange programs, including correspondence and program materials
  • Ensures accurate and prompt entering of exchange-related information into appropriate databases and spreadsheets
  • Assists with tracking and organizing receipts for financial reporting as directed
  • Works with MIUSA exchange team to ensure accurate inventory and organization of basement storage area
  • As directed, maintains and develops content related to exchange programs for MIUSA’s website and social media outlets (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr)
  • Assists exchange team and other MIUSA team members with general office tasks (e.g. answering phones, mailings, etc.)
  • Participates in team meetings

Additional requirements:

  • Accepts other tasks as necessary when responsibilities allow
  • Takes initiative and is proactive in solving problems
  • Maintains a helpful, positive and professional demeanor
  • Effectively describes MIUSA and Exchange projects in phone and written correspondence
  • Detail oriented
  • Works as part of a team
  • Adheres to MIUSA’s personnel policies and procedures stated in the policy manual
  • Is CPR/First Aid certified prior to hiring or will get certified before working on an exchange program, unless exempt per MIUSA approval
  • Models MIUSA’s values of full inclusion, equal participation and disability-rights perspectives, as well as enthusiasm, integrity, direction, respect and an optimistic outlook

Desired Qualifications:

  • Two years college education or equivalent; B.A. or B.S. preferred, in international development, disability studies, women’s studies, or related field
  • Excellent detail-oriented, organizational and prioritizing skills
  • Excellent typing and computer skills, demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Office applications and the internet
  • Excellent communication and cross-cultural skills
  • Experience coordinating groups and programs
  • Understanding of disability issues from a rights based perspective
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively via e-mail, telephone, and other mediums
  • International development or international exchange experience preferred
  • Understanding of inclusion of people with disabilities from a human rights perspective; experience with inclusion of people with disabilities in international development or international exchange preferred
  • Experience working in a non-profit setting desired
  • Competence in language in addition to English preferred

To Apply:

Applications are due by 5pm PST Monday, March 16, 2020. Late applications accepted after initial deadline until position is filled.

Send resume and letter of interest to: Suz Dunn, sdunn [at] miusa.org

Subject line: [Exchange Program Assistant, Your Last Name]

MIUSA does not have the capacity to sponsor visa applications for candidates from outside the US. If you are an international applicant, please indicate in your application that you have authorization to legally work in the US. All offers of employment at MIUSA are contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check.