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Senior Program Associate, Democracy Program

The Carter Center

The Carter Center

Administration, Marketing & Communications, Customer Service, Operations, Data Science, Quality Assurance · Full-time
Atlanta, GA, USA
62,910 – 65,000 USD per year
Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2024
  • Support the U.S. Election Project within the Democracy Program, including design and implementation of multi-faceted activities related to election reform and election observation, including partnership building, training development and implementation, budget management, fundraising, and monitoring, evaluation and learning.
  • May conduct applied research, manage program publications, supervise consultants and interns, and other project(s) responsibilities as assigned.
  • The Senior Program Associate will report to the Associate Director of the Democracy Program or her designee.
  • Due to travel requirement, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) may be required.


  • Designs, implements, coordinates operational facets of a specific program and its related activities.
  • Manages work plans that are designed to accomplish program goals and objectives, and implements changes for improvement and efficiency.
  • Makes decisions on behalf of the program based on critical analyses of operational/statistical reports, financial data and budget forecasts, and outside trends and factors related to the program.
  • May plan, administer or monitor the program's budget, financial management, and/or grants.
  • Takes a leadership role on program-related committees and teams.
  • May develop fund raising initiatives, including researching and identifying funding sources and writing and submitting grant proposals.
  • Conducts program research and ensures that mandatory operational and statistical reports are fact-based and comply with regulations.
  • Serves as liaison with other groups and organizations participating in the program or seeking knowledge of the program, and may write and give speeches/presentations at conferences, university functions, or before various boards.
  • May supervise staff.
  • Ensures that complete and accurate program records are kept and maintained.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


  • Bachelor's degree in a field related to specified program areas and four years related program management experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.


  • Minimum of four years of program related experience in law, good governance, democracy promotion, voting rights, election administration in the United States or internationally.
  • Knowledge and experience of voting and election issues in the United States strongly preferred.
  • Strong writing and communication skills, familiarity with NGOs and project-based fundraising, and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Microsoft Excel skills are required, and knowledge of CRM platforms is preferred. R and Python skills helpful.
  • Experience managing large scale volunteer efforts is strongly preferred.
  • Strong training and event facilitation skills preferred.
  • A high level of personal energy, positive attitude, sense of humor and ability to work in a team setting are essential.

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to The Carter Center on a flexible weekly schedule based upon business needs.  Schedule is based on agreed upon guidelines.  All non-exempt employees must reside within the state of Georgia. The Carter Center reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer

The Carter Center is an equal opportunity employer.