Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Full Time Positions

Membership Coordinator

Sister Cities International is seeking a Coordinator in its Membership Department. This is an entry level position with opportunities for advancement. The coordinator will be responsible for membership recruitment, renewals, and basic member services. This includes:

  • Processing membership payments
  • Performing member orientations
  • Correspondence with renewing/potential members
  • Managing collection and entry of information for SCI’s database of over 545 member communities and general database management
  • Researching potential members
  • Initial outreach to potential members
  • Responding to basic member inquiries/requests
  • Production of new membership materials for recruitment
  • Production of new membership materials for current members
  • Other duties as assigned

Required qualifications:

  • Excellent writing/correspondence skills
  • Excellent phone skills
  • Ability to manage relationships with people from diverse backgrounds/sectors, including municipal officials, volunteers, members of the diplomatic corps, and private businesses/nonprofits from both the U.S. and abroad
  • Experience in data entry/database management
  • Experience in high level customer service
  • Passion for peacebuilding, international cooperation, and support of volunteers groups
  • Strong organizational skills, including time management
  • Ability to deal with uncertainty and a sense of humor

 Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in international exchanges
  • Masters degree in international affairs or similar field
  • Foreign language proficiency
  • Experience working in a membership association
  • Database management experience

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to akaplan@sistercities.org with "LAST NAME - Membership Coordinator" in the subject line.

Youth Programs Manager

Sister Cities International’s Membership Department is seeking a Youth Programs Manager to manage its J-1 Visa exchange program, Youth Leadership Summit, and other youth programs. SCI recently became a J-1 Visa Sponsor and the selected candidate will reorganize and expand SCI’s High School Homestay exchange program in light of this new status. Job responsibilities include:

J1 Visa Exchange program (60%)

  • Develop SCI’s J1 Secondary School Exchange Visitor Program to provide opportunities for international candidates looking to travel and gain experience in their U.S. sister city
  • Ensure compliance with applicable contract and sponsor requirements and following all SCI policies and procedures 
  • Use the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to issue DS-2019 forms, update sponsor information, and apply for redesignation every two years
  • Recruit and select program participants 
  • Coordinate the application and placement process for 50 international exchange students in 2016, with an eye towards growth in future years
  • Recruit host families
  • Review host family application paperwork and Local Coordinators’  monthly reports to ensure compliance with US Department of State regulations
  • Ensure students are enrolled in health insurance
  • Submit timely reports to the US Department of State
  • Assist in the production and dissemination of marketing materials and resources to assist members

 Youth Leadership Summit (20%)

  • Organize and manage SCI’s annual Youth Leadership Summit, attended by approx. 125 high school students
  • Manage communication with registrants, speakers/panelists and host committee to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding conference details
  • Assist Director of Conferences and Events in developing a youth track for the annual conference
  • Assist in the recruitment of participants and marketing needs
  • Recruit speakers, chaperones, transportation, and field trips for the youth participants
  • Coordinate a Model UN activities or similar simulations for attendees
  • Manage paperwork for student registrants – code of conduct, hotel reservations, special needs

 Member Services (10%)

  • Respond to requests from members for services, assistance, and networking
  • Produce informational resources or other materials for members as needed
  • Assist other departments by providing information about member activities and programs
  • Perform some administrative tasks or data entry associated with basic membership department procedures
  • Assist in member recruitment, renewals, and orientations

Young Artists and Authors Showcase (10%)

  • Catalogue entries and maintain a submission database 
  • Recruit judging panel for both showcases
  • Correspond with sponsors and participants in SCI member cities
  • Maintain an updated Tumblr
  • Assist Communications Department in sending out press releases and updating the website
  • Assist in creation of marketing materials
  • Coordinate tour schedule for yearlong traveling art display

Required qualifications:

  • Minimum two years of experience in J-1 Visa administration, including use of SEVIS
  • Experience working directly with youth in programs or events
  • Excellent telephone/writing/correspondence skills
  • Ability to manage relationships with people from diverse backgrounds/sectors, including municipal officials, volunteers, members of the diplomatic corps, and private businesses/nonprofits from both the U.S. and abroad
  • Experience in data management and compliance issues
  • Experience in high level customer service
  • Ability to manage multiple interns, chaperones, and other volunteers
  • Strong organizational skills, including time management
  • Passion for peacebuilding, international cooperation, and support of volunteers groups
  • A sense of humor and the ability to adapt to uncertainty or the occasional crisis

 Preferred qualifications:

  • Event management experience
  • Master’s degree in international affairs, education, or similar field
  • Foreign language proficiency
  • Experience working in a membership association

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to akaplan@sistercities.org with "LAST NAME - Youth Programs Manager" in the subject line. 

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.