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  • Program Officer

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    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Washington, DC
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    I have been working at International Republican Institute full-time (More than 5 years)


    Great learning experience. You are given a fair amount of autonomy to run your program without much micro-managing (depending on your division. There is no micro-managing in mine). There are ample travel opportunities for the PO level as well. free unlimited coffee.


    Way too much bureaucracy. Every single thing you do program-wise requires a lot of paperwork. There is no dedicated team for business development so program implementors are also tasked with business development. i.e. grant proposal writing. There is a lot of reporting that is required, and program staff might find that they spend 60-70% of their time on business dev or on reporting, than in actual program implementing. There is a lot of pressure on program staff to not only implement programs perfectly but to also secure as much funding as possible, even if a grant has just been received. Divisions tend to be understaffed and the hiring process is exceedingly and unnecessarily long and drawn out. It's hard to be promoted from within, and even when that happens, staff is compensated under market rate or not as high as staff that has been hired from outside. Worst part of everything, the Institute is redesigning their office layout to an open floor plan, to no one's delight.

    Advice to Management

    Be faster in hiring staff when there is a need. Move toward having a dedicated team for business development so program staff can actually spend their time implementing programs.

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    Program Officer Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 7+ months. I interviewed at International Republican Institute (Washington, DC).


    Very drawn out. It took months between interviews. Meeting with the Regional Director and the Deputy Regional Director was informative and interesting. They seemed sincere and interested in moving the process forward. The final "interview" was, as I recall, with the President and Vice President of the organization. They seemed capricious in their decision making and neither of them added much (positive) to the entire process, other than planning around their schedules meant that the organization waited weeks to hire me.

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Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 201 to 500 Employees
Founded 1984
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Non-Profit
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year

IRI through its programs encourages Democracy where it is absent, helps where it is in danger and shares best practices where it is flourishing

Mission: Advancing Democracy Worldwide

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