PH International

PH International Openings

International Cross-Cultural Exchange Program Manager

Published: 09.05.2023


Application Deadline:  September 23, 2023

About PH International

PH International (Project Harmony, Inc.) is an international non-profit with over 35 years of experience in creating strong global communities by fostering civic engagement, cross-cultural learning, and increased opportunities in the digital age. PH pursues this mission by developing innovative programs for youth, professionals, and communities worldwide. Through in-person and online engagement, PH International strives towards a world where individuals and communities work across boundaries to address challenges with solutions rooted in cultural understanding, inspired by a sense of shared responsibility, strengthened by individuals empowered with practical skills and knowledge and sustained through open communication, exchange, and friendship. A talented, multinational staff is the cornerstone of these efforts.

The PH International U.S. headquarters is located in Waitsfield, Vermont, with field offices in Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, and Ukraine, with programs also being implemented in other countries in the Balkans, Central Asia, South America, and in South and Southeast Asia. As an organization that embraces challenge and strives for innovation, we seek partners who are results-based and who believe, as we do, that working from a place of integrity and optimism will open creative potential that could never be achieved alone.

Position Responsibilities:

PH International is seeking a full-time Program Manager for cross-cultural exchanges funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Through the program, PH will coordinate multiple international cross-cultural exchanges and manage a small grants program to support innovative participant initiatives.  The program will include both in-person and virtual exchange components that will engage youth influencers from around the world and the United States with a specific focus on the empowerment of women and those with disabilities.  Diverse applicants, particularly those with lived experience in the program's inclusion themes, are encouraged to apply.  PH is an equal-opportunity employer.

As a staff member of the international exchange team, the Cross-Cultural Exchange Program Manager will have the lead responsibility for managing all aspects of programming that are assigned to them and will supervise other staff who are in supporting roles for the program. The Cross-Cultural Exchange Program Manager will report directly to the Director of Cross-Cultural Exchange Programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contribute to ensuring that overall program goals/milestones, intended outcomes, and indicators are achieved for results-driven program implementation;
  • Determine program/activity timelines; identify potential challenges and solutions in each project/program process;
  • Work with staff to create and deliver assessment tools, including surveys and evaluations, to track performance progress;
  • Manage program support staff and volunteers; communicate and work closely with subaward organizations;
  • Implement internal processes to improve program delivery within specific timeframes,i.e, completing program checklists and plans for implementation, branding, and marketing;
  • Determine program content, related activities, and timelines while identifying potential challenges and solutions in the project process;
  • Manage the overall program budget, including projecting and documenting program expenditures;
  • Manage the overall planning, coordination, and execution of all program logistics;
  • Lead the recruitment and orientation of host families as needed;
  • Communicate with program funders as needed and as approved by the supervisor;
  • Accompany groups on U.S. and international exchanges
  • Be available for overseas travel

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Development, International Studies, or a related field of study
  • Strong intercultural skills, including evidence of sensitivity to and acceptance of people from diverse backgrounds
  • Office experience, including experience with Outlook, Microsoft Office Suite, and Teams
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently
  • Evidence of organizational skills, attention to detail
  • International experience, such as studying, working, or living abroad
  • Valid driver’s license with a clear DMV history of record and own your own vehicle
  • Background check clearance
  • Preference is given to candidates residing in Vermont or the surrounding area of New England

Start Date:  Negotiable

Salary: $47,000 (annual salary)

Benefits: Benefits include medical insurance and generous CTO (combined time off).

How to Apply

Individuals interested in this position should apply by sending a resume and answers to the questions below to with “SSC Program Manager - Full Name” in the subject line.  PH International complies with all federal requirements for hiring and employment. We are an equal-opportunity employer. No phone or follow-up emails, please. Only top applicants will be contacted for an interview.


1) Let us know why you are interested in working with an international non-profit organization.

2) Tell us about your experience with international living, studying, or working.  What were the most important lessons of that experience that you would bring to this position?

3) Tell us about a key project you worked on that helped prepare you for this position. What was your specific role? What was its impact? Were there obstacles you had to overcome? What did you learn from this process and how do think this project prepared you for working with PH?

4) Tell us about your ties to Vermont or New England and your interest in living and working here.