Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Executive Assistant

Description:

This position is responsible for providing high-level executive, administrative, and managerial support to the President and CEO in the execution of her roles and responsibilities. The ideal candidate will have the acumen to handle complex situations and multiple responsibilities simultaneously, mixing long term projects with the urgency of immediate demands of the organization’s operations, and be willing to assist with other departments and organizational needs as necessary. 

Responsibilites: 

  • Exert management and oversight of the President and CEO’s office to concentrate her time, effort, and priorities on strategic and fundraising initiatives
  • Maintain the President’s official calendar, coordinate travel logistics, update contact lists
  • Assist the President and CEO to schedule and manage meetings within the organization
  • Monitor, respond to, and distribute incoming correspondence and communications to the President and CEO’s office
  • Record, transcribe, and disseminate minutes from the President and CEO’s meetings and distribute minutes in a timely manner to support consistent communication and record keeping
  • Keep clear records of all board member and leadership contact information in a database as well as board meeting minutes and agendas
  • Record, transcribe, and disseminate minutes from the Board of Directors’ meetings (including Committee meetings and Task Forces as assigned) and distribute minutes in a timely manner to support consistent communication and record keeping
  • Responsible for administrative matters pertaining to supplies, equipment, and travel including purchasing, payment requests and record keeping
  • Log all incoming mail/payments and follow standard operating procedures to process them
  • Answer and route telephone calls and inquiries from the public
  • Assist other members of the staff on large-scale projects when necessary
  • Perform other related duties and additional tasks as assigned
  • Facilitate the management of internal and external communications (to and from the Office of the President) to ensure responsive and timely attention to needs of all staff
  • Prepare routine high level correspondence including letters and memos, summarize information and written materials
  • Compile and reconcile expense reports for the President and CEO
  • Serve as a point of contact for the organization’s Board of Directors and other leadership personnel

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; a degree with an international focus strongly preferred
  • Minimum of two years’ work experience in busy executive officeExperience in handling a wide range of administrative and executive support related tasks
  • Experience with making international and domestic travel arrangements and preparing detailed itineraries and agendas for executives
  • Experience in collaborating with finance and program teams in preparation for meetings
  • Well organized, flexible and enjoys the challenges of supporting a small office of diverse staff and programsAbility to interact with staff at all levels in a fast-paced environment, sometimes under pressure, while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful, and efficient, with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality
  • Detail oriented individual with the ability to work collaboratively, accept responsibility, and motivate colleagues, members, volunteers, and donors
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, and coordinate multiple projects
  • Strong telephone skills essential
  • Salesforce for Non-profits experience helpful
  • Experience with handling high level executives and officials preferred (e.g. federal and local government officials/employees, embassy and consulate officials/employees, etc.)
  • Demonstrated capacity to function independently, and exercise discretion and judgment with sensitive matters
  • Ability to initiate work and follow through with minimal supervision
  • Adapt to changing priorities and balance competing assignments
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Proficiency with Windows computer applications, especially Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Internet applications

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@sistercities.org with their first and last name and the name of the position title in the subject line (ex: John Doe Executive Assistant). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

Fall 2015 Internships

Conference and Events Intern

Description:

The intern will work directly with the Conferences & Events Manager and assist with all logistics related to planning the 2015 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference. Duties will include, but are not limited to: helping organize speakers for workshops, answering inquiries from conference registrants, monitoring and reporting status of conference registrations through online registration site CVENT, tracking hotel housing reports, researching potential vendors and facilities, and conducting follow-up emails and phone calls to VIP attendees. The intern will have the opportunity to interact with hotels, vendors, and event participants. This intern will also work closely with our Communications Department regarding various PR and marketing matters.

We are looking for organized individuals with a professional demeanor who can multitask and meet deadlines. Strong attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work independently and in a team are necessary.

Requirements:

  • Resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program
  • MUST be competent in all aspects of Microsoft Office software, including mail merging capabilities
  • Strong customer service skills – you will be interfacing on the phone and via email with our members and elected officials

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@sistercities.org with their first and last name and the name of the internship in the subject line (ex: John Doe Conference). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

Membership Intern

General Information:

Sister Cities International's Membership Department serves three major functions. The department is responsible for membership recruitment and retention, identifying and nurturing sister city community partnerships, and providing general customer service to the membership. The department is the first point of contact for our members and therefore maintains working knowledge of all programs within the organization.

Position Summary:

These interns work with the Membership department on day-to-day operations, including research and recruitment of members, identifying possible city-to-city partnerships, preparation for meetings with visiting international delegations, responding to members, and special projects depending on the skills and desires of the intern. These interns may be asked to assist with meetings with member communities throughout DC, Maryland, and Virginia depending on the intern's availability.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Conduct research for recruitment and retention campaigns
  • Prepare materials and information for upcoming meetings and conferences
  • Website and Database management
  • Receive international delegations to the Sister Cities International Office
  • Assist international communities as they consider American partnerships
  • Research and compose member related content for website
  • Correspond with current and potential members
  • Other administrative tasks as directed
  • A special project may be developed based on the interest of the intern 

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled, full/part time student in an undergraduate or graduate program. Recent graduates will also be considered
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Customer service experience
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills, and fluency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Close attention to detail is required
  • Experience living or working abroad and fluency in a second language preferred, but not required
  • Sense of humor

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@sistercities.org with their first and last name and the name of the internship in the subject line (ex: John Doe Membership). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

Communications and Marketing Intern

Position Summary:

The intern will assist the Communications Director and Communications Coordinator in a variety of projects related to research, member communications, public relations, media, and website management. Applicants should have an academic background or previous experience in media, research, writing, social media, and website management.

The internship will provide a window into the field of public diplomacy and nonprofit communications. It is an excellent opportunity to gain key communications and public relations skills.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Research trends and activities in the sister city network.
  • Assist with Sister Cities International's social media campaigns.
  • Archive and classify press articles.
  • Research media organizations, create press lists, and draft press releases.
  • Monitor member communications and generate events lists for publication.
  • Upload content to the Sister Cities International website.
  • Assist Conference and Events Manager with event-related tasks such as marketing and registration.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student with availability to work 20 hours per week.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office required.
  • Ability to conduct quality research and effectively report on findings.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task.
  • Previous internship experience in research, writing, or media preferred.
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign a plus.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Experience in customer service a plus.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@sistercities.org with their first and last name and the name of the internship in the subject line (ex: John Doe Communications). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

Finance Intern

Position Summary:

The Finance Intern will work mainly with the Finance Coordinator to monitor and manage day-to-day Finance, Human Resources and Administrative activities. The Director of Finance and Administration will serve as the primary supervisor.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Coding and entering accounts payable transactions
  • Preparing account reconciliations monthly
  • Assisting with cash flow projection reports
  • Preparing and entering journal entries
  • Participating in monthly Finance Committee meetings
  • Printing, distributing and mailing checks
  • Interacting with vendors and customers as needed
  • Processing payments and receipts
  • Proofing budget and grant reconciliation documents
  • Banking, filing, other tasks as assigned

Requirements & Skills

  • Accounting, Finance or Business major/minor
  • Outstanding communications skills both written and oral
  • Successful completion of Accounting I or equivalent work experience
  • Proficient computer and Internet skills, Excel and Word a plus, Sage accounting software ideal
  • Responsive in dealing with inquiries and requests and an ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

 Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@sistercities.org with their first and last name and the name of the internship in the subject line (ex: John Doe Finance). Weekly schedule as well as start/end dates are flexible. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

 Volunteer Opportunities

Become a State Coordinator

We are seeking dynamic and dedicated individuals to serve as State Coordinators. Current vacancies can be found here. If you are interested in applying please review the State Coordinator Job Description and Application. Contact membership@sistercities.org for further information.