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Career Opportunities at The Carter Center

The Carter Center staff are mission-driven professionals committed to making an impact to advancing peace and health worldwide. In accordance with our commitment to fundamental human rights, The Carter Center embraces diversity as an organizational strength and source of enrichment. We value free and open communication, respecting the views, roles, and contributions of all. There are approximately 200 staff at the Atlanta headquarters and thousands more in field offices around the world. Atlanta staff are recruited through the Emory University Human Resources Department and are employees of Emory University. We offer competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our staff.

Below are just a few of the many benefits available. To see all of the benefits Emory offers, visit the Benefits webpage.

  • Health Insurance (medical, dental and vision plans)
  • Retirement Savings Plans (with an excellent matching program)
  • Life Insurance (basic and supplemental)
  • Short & Long-term Disability
  • Courtesy Scholarship (tuition discount at Emory for faculty/staff and their dependents)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Time Off & Holidays (10 holidays per year + two floating holidays)
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Resources for Child Care, Adult Care and Emergency Back-up Care
  • Adoption Reimbursement
  • Fitness and Personal Wellness Programs
  • Workplace Flexibility
  • Public Transportation Subsidies

A complete list of Carter Center position openings can be viewed on Emory University's Career Opportunities. If you don't see a position that you are interested in, please submit your resume for future consideration to careers@cartercenter.org. We will certainly keep you in mind and contact you if a position becomes available that matches your background.

Below are a few of the Center's current openings:

+Vice President, Peace Programs

DESCRIPTION:

Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn in partnership with Emory University, The Carter Center was created to advance peace and health worldwide. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. The Center seeks to actively prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. As a nongovernmental organization, the Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases and improving mental health care.

The Carter Center collaborates with other organizations, public or private, in carrying out its mission around the world. For additional information regarding accomplishments, leadership, governance, and current programs, please visit The Carter Center.

PEACE PROGRAMS:

The Carter Center is recognized as a pioneer and leader in the field of election observation. It has monitored 107 elections in 39 countries, helping to ensure democratic elections that reflect the will of the people. When the Center first started observing elections in the late 1980s, the Cold War was ending and a wave of democratization was spreading globally. In the last 10 years, however, the trend toward greater democracy has plateaued, and citizens in many parts of the globe are now confronting challenges from authoritarian governments and narrowing political space.

Beyond elections, the Center seeks to deepen democracy by nurturing full citizen participation in public policy-making and by helping to establish government institutions that bolster the rule of law, fair administration of justice, access to information, and government transparency.

A culture of respect for human rights is crucial to permanent peace. The Center supports the efforts of human rights activists at the grass roots, while also working to advance national and international human rights laws that uphold the dignity and worth of each individual.

When democracy backslides or formal diplomacy fails, the Center offers conflict resolution expertise and has furthered avenues for peace in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia.

Since 1982, The Carter Center has shown that creating a world at peace is a very possible journey, one step at a time.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Vice President (VP), Peace Programs is responsible for the overall direction, strategic planning, development, and implementation of initiatives aimed at advancing peace and fostering human rights in countries around the world, most commonly in poor and politically weak states. Current Peace program activities are focused in the following areas: human rights, democracy, access to information, conflict resolution, cooperation in the Americas and U.S.-China relations. The VP, Peace Programs oversees the leadership and professional development of more than 100 staff members located in Atlanta and international field offices, and the development and implementation of 30 program activities with annual budgets of approximately $25 million. This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer of The Carter Center and serves as a member of the senior leadership team, comprised of the Vice President, Health Programs, Vice President, Finance, and Vice President, Operations and Development. This full-time position is based in Atlanta and requires both international and domestic travel.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The VP, Peace Programs is required to have broad experience and deep substantive knowledge of international affairs and is a respected expert with a minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience at a senior leadership level, and a graduate degree in a relevant field. A terminal degree is desirable, as is proficiency in one or more foreign languages and experience working and/or living abroad. The successful candidate will be a decisive manager with a proven track record of managing and leading successful global teams, strong managerial and leadership skills, and proven ability to oversee complex international multi-disciplinary initiatives simultaneously. Extensive international experience in one or more of the following geographic areas is also required: Africa, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, or Asia. The successful candidate will have a record of distinguished service as a practitioner, ideally in a variety of organizational settings (e.g. international/multinational organizations, government, non-governmental organizations, academia, and/or independent consulting).

The ability to shape and implement the strategic vision for The Carter Center Peace Programs is a critical element for this position, as is the ability to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders. The successful candidate must exhibit leadership qualities to build accountable teams and manage change.

+Senior Associate Director, Conflict Resolution Program

CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROGRAM:

The Carter Center works to build sustainable peace in emerging democracies and to prevent and resolve conflicts.

The Center has conflict resolution efforts underway in:

-Israel-Palestine, where we support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We encourage reconciliation between Palestinian factions and promote comprehensive peace in the region.
-Mali, where the Center serves as the Independent Observer of the 2015 Peace Agreement, reporting on the progress of the implementation of agreement.
-Preventing Violent Extremism, where we aim to combat and prevent the rise of violent extremism and Islamophobia by working with religious and community leaders in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and the United States.
-Sudan, where the Center supported the de facto ceasefire that’s been in place since early 2016 and continues to support the current phase of the peace process.
-Syria, where we support a political solution to the catastrophic war by exploring governance and constitutional reform options, and where we have initiated a conflict mapping project that analyzes the unprecedented volume of citizen-generated information about the conflict to better inform peacebuilding efforts.

SUMMARY:

Serving as a deputy to the Conflict Resolution Program Director, the Senior Associate Director oversees the implementation of Conflict Resolution program activities.  The Senior Associate Director’s primary responsibilities include: all aspects of project management (design, implementation, and evaluation), fundraising, budget and grant management, staff supervision, and liaising with both Carter Center program and departmental personnel and external stakeholders. The Senior Associate Director supports the Program Director in setting overall strategy and assures that projects align with the program mission. The Senior Associate Director primarily manages activities for MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, including track-2 and 1.5 activities, data collection and analysis, conferences, field missions, networking and negotiation/facilitation and other activities. S/He will manage and provide leadership to Atlanta staff and field-based staff and provide direction on short-term missions to countries of potential programmatic interest.  S/He will supervise staff, interns, and volunteers.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

-Post-graduate degree in conflict resolution, international relations, area studies, international law, or related fields.
-Preferably ten years of experience in international conflict resolution, negotiation, mediation, facilitation, program design and implementation.
-Experience working with conflicts in the Middle East or North Africa preferred.
-Incumbent should be detail oriented, well organized, and meticulous.
-A high level of personal energy and positive attitude are essential.
-Excellent writing and communication skills are essential.
-Familiarity with NGOs and project-based fundraising is advantageous.
-Fluency in English and foreign language skills, especially Arabic or French, are preferable.

FORMAL JOB DESCRIPTION:

-Assumes a senior role in the planning, development, and implementation of various aspects of a complex global program.
-Serves as a liaison and key spokesperson to various committees and organizations.
-Leads policy formulation, strategy development, and management of daily operations.
-Collaborates with representatives from private, government, and international agencies to design, implement and/or evaluate program-related projects and strategies that effectively address the public needs associated with the program.
-Conducts research, designs new initiatives, and writes publishable articles and papers.
-May write grant proposals and prepare/present associated reports to funding organizations and to clients.
-May engage in fundraising initiatives on behalf of the program
-May oversee the annual budget and other financial aspects of the program.
-May supervise staff.
-Performs related responsibilities as required.

+Senior Associate Director, Global Access to Information Program

Global Access to Information Program

The Carter Center's Global Access to Information (ATI) Program works in partnership with governments, civil society, and international and regional bodies to improve governance and transform lives through a meaningful right of access to information.

Summary

Serving as the deputy to the Director, the Senior Associate Director oversees the implementation of the Global Access to Information Program’s country programming portfolio. The Senior Associate Director’s primary responsibilities include: all aspects of project management (design, implementation, and evaluation), fundraising, budget and grant management, staff supervision, and liaising with both Carter Center program and department personnel and external stakeholders. The Senior Associate Director supports the Program Director in setting overall strategy and assures that projects align with the program mission.

Preffered Qualifications

-Proven expertise in the field of access to information, transparency, democratic development, or good governance is required.
-Post-graduate degree and at least ten (10) years related experience in international relations, political science, public policy, gender programming, human rights, good governance, and/or law.
-Exceptional written and communication skills.
-Candidates should be detail-oriented, well-organized, and able to independently manage multiple projects and lead teams.
-A positive attitude and ability to work in a fun, fast-paced environment is essential.
-Strong knowledge of NGOs and project-based fundraising and prior living/working experience abroad is a plus.
-High level of proficiency in Spanish is preferred.

Formal Job Description

-Assumes a senior role in the planning, development, and implementation of various aspects of a complex global program.
-Serves as a liaison and key spokesperson to various committees and organizations.
-Leads policy formulation, strategy development, and management of daily operations.
-Collaborates with representatives from private, government, and international agencies to design, implement and/or evaluate program-related projects and strategies that effectively address the public needs associated with the program.
-Conducts research, designs new initiatives, and writes publishable articles and papers.
-May write grant proposals, and prepare/present associated reports to funding organizations and to clients.
-May engage in fundraising initiatives on behalf of the program.
-May oversee the annual budget and other financial aspects of the program.
-May supervise staff.
-Performs related responsibilities as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in a field related to the program and seven years of professional experience related to the program and previous supervisory and program/project management experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

Apply Today

Visit this link or search job number "22077" on Emory University's Career Opportunities »

+Associate Director, Access to Information and Justice

THE GLOBAL ACCESS TO INFORMATION PROGRAM:

The Carter Center's Global Access to Information (ATI) Program works in partnership with governments, civil society, and international and regional bodies to improve governance and transform lives through a meaningful right of access to information.

SUMMARY:

Working under the overall supervision of the Director of the Global Access to Information Program, the Associate Director will support management of one or more projects, with emphasis on the justice and security sector, including strategic direction, design and implementation, budgeting, fundraising, and public relations.  Liaises with both Carter Center staff and external clients.  Tasks include supporting project development, grant development, budget planning, leading and/or participating in field missions, project/initiative promotion, report production and networking. S/he assists the Director in defining and evaluating the program’s overall mission and strategy, and supervises staff, interns and consultants as assigned by Director. 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

-Ability to travel internationally is required.
-Post-graduate degree and a minimum of six (6) years of program related experience or equivalent in international relations, political science, public policy, justice and security, human rights, good governance and/or law.
-Experience working with the justice and security sectors.
-Strong written and communication skills.
-Applicant should be detail-oriented, well-organized, and proactive on follow-up.
-Applicant should possess a positive attitude and an excellent sense of humor are essential.
-Familiarity with NGOs and project-based fundraising and prior living/working experience abroad is a plus.

FORMAL JOB DESCRIPTION:

-Directs the strategic planning, development, and implementation of program.
-Collaborates with representatives from private, government, and international agencies.
-Represents the program in various national and international fora.
-Conducts research, designs new initiatives, writes publishable articles and papers, collaborates with others, and designs programs.
-May supervise staff.

+Senior Associate Director, Journalism Fellowship Program/Behavioral Health and Media, Mental Health Program

The Mental Health Program

Under the leadership of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a long-standing champion for the rights of people with mental illnesses, the Carter Center's Mental Health Program works to promote awareness about mental health issues, inform public policy, achieve equity for mental health care comparable to other health care, and reduce stigma and discrimination against those with mental illnesses.

Summary

The Associate Director reports to the Director of the Mental Health Program. S/he serves as the Program Director’s deputy for Liberia and global mental health program management, including project management functions and relationships with external stakeholders. The incumbent’s responsibilities may include conducting applied research, managing program publications, facilitating expert meetings, and overseeing special global mental health projects outside of Liberia.

Preffered Qualifications

-Graduate degree in public health, mental health discipline or related field.
-A minimum of five years related international health, education or international development program management experience is required.
-Demonstrated proficiency in project management, developing and implementing activities, staff supervision, budget preparation and execution, and partnership building.
-Demonstrated experience working in low or middle-income country.
-Excellent writing skills including writing for internal and executive staff as well as for the general public and funding proposals.
-Demonstrated proficiency in monitoring and evaluation of data from project activities and the collection, analysis and reporting of data.
-Skilled public speaker.
-Experience starting, overseeing and operating a mental health or health related program in a low or middle-income country a plus.

Formal Job Description

-Directs the planning, development, and operations of a program.
-Collaborates with representatives from private, government, and international agencies.
-Plans, executes, and monitors program budgets, including approval of expenditures; prepares annual financial and program reports to external parties with interests in the program.
-May engage in fundraising initiatives on behalf of the program.
-Ensures that the program is in compliance with federal and international laws and regulations.
-Oversees program communications, including development of communications strategies, development of key program messages, production of print and electronic materials, and reputation management.
-Represents the program in various national and international fora, and actively engages with representatives from other NGO's for purposes of conducting research and designing new initiatives.
-May supervise program staff. Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in field related to specific program as indicated and six years program related experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

Apply Today

Visit this link or search job number "17995" on Emory University's Career Opportunities »

+Associate Director, Mental Health Program, Liberia and Global Mental Health Initiatives

The Mental Health Program

Under the leadership of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a long-standing champion for the rights of people with mental illnesses, the Carter Center's Mental Health Program works to promote awareness about mental health issues, inform public policy, achieve equity for mental health care comparable to other health care, and reduce stigma and discrimination against those with mental illnesses.

Summary

The Associate Director reports to the Director of the Mental Health Program. S/he serves as the Program Director’s deputy for Liberia and global mental health program management, including project management functions and relationships with external stakeholders. The incumbent’s responsibilities may include conducting applied research, managing program publications, facilitating expert meetings, and overseeing special global mental health projects outside of Liberia.

Preferred Qualifications

-Graduate degree in public health, mental health discipline or related field.
-A minimum of five years related international health, education or international development program management experience is required.
-Demonstrated proficiency in project management, developing and implementing activities, staff supervision, budget preparation and execution, and partnership building.
-Demonstrated experience working in low or middle-income country.
-Excellent writing skills including writing for internal and executive staff as well as for the general public and funding proposals.
-Demonstrated proficiency in monitoring and evaluation of data from project activities and the collection, analysis and reporting of data.
-Skilled public speaker.
-Experience starting, overseeing and operating a mental health or health related program in a low or middle-income country a plus.

Formal Job Description

-Directs the planning, development, and operations of a program.
-Collaborates with representatives from private, government, and international agencies.
-Plans, executes, and monitors program budgets, including approval of expenditures; prepares annual financial and program reports to external parties with interests in the program.
-May engage in fundraising initiatives on behalf of the program.
-Ensures that the program is in compliance with federal and international laws and regulations.
-Oversees program communications, including development of communications strategies, development of key program messages, production of print and electronic materials, and reputation management.
-Represents the program in various national and international fora, and actively engages with representatives from other NGO's for purposes of conducting research and designing new initiatives.
-May supervise program staff. Performs other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in field related to specific program as indicated and six years program related experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

Apply Today

Visit this link or search job number "28654" on Emory University's Career Opportunities »

+Senior Associate Director, Development, Annual Fund

Summary

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, Major Gifts and Annual Fund (CDO), the Senior Associate Director, Annual Fund is charged with development and implementation of strategies for cultivation and solicitation of individual donors to the Annual Fund at The Carter Center. S/He is responsible for all aspects of the annual fund marketing program known as the Ambassadors Circle, a level of giving for donors making unrestricted gifts of $1,000 + annually. This may include marketing, budget and revenue management, communications, development and implementation of strategies, and event planning for solicitation and cultivation of members of the Ambassadors Circle, with the goals of generation, retention and growth of donors' giving. Provides exceptional level of donor-focused service, including timely and appropriate follow-up to receipt of gifts and donor visits The Senior Associate Director, Annual Fund is further responsible for analysis, planning, and management of the Annual Fund revenues and expenditures. S/he supervises professional and administrative staff. S/he also serves as a member of the Center's major gifts and annual fund teams, and contributes to the development of plans and strategies to achieve revenue goals in support of the Center's health and peace programs and overall operations. S/he also manages a tailored portfolio of individual donors. The position requires travel up to 40 percent of time to achieve cultivation, stewardship, and revenue targets.

Preffered Qualifications

-Proven experience managing non-profit fundraising, with a focus on developing strategy and implementing annual giving programs including direct solicitation experience.
-Strong interpersonal and long-term relationship-building skills are essential.
-A disciplined, results-oriented self-starter who can work both independently and collaboratively in a fluid environment.
-Well-developed analytic, strategic, critical, and problem-solving skills.
-Excellent project management skills - ability to take lead on multi-functional projects, manage and prioritize multiple responsibilities and competing demands, and adapt to frequent and unexpected changes.
-Strong attention to detail and able to develop, implement, and analyze strategies with minimal oversight.
-Strong communication skills (written, oral, and presentation) to effectively articulate the mission and goals of The Carter Center and its programs in a compelling manner.
-High degree of competency with Microsoft Office software and Raiser’s Edge constituent management system a plus.
-Active engagement in professional development and current on best practices for annual fund programs.
-Familiarity with planned giving vehicles.

Job Description

-Develops, coordinates, and implements fund-raising activities which may include direct mail, planned giving, endowment campaign and/or special fund-raising initiatives.
-Maintains a thorough working knowledge of programs. Develops and implements strategies for marketing new and existing programs.
-Manages fund-raising initiatives for specific programs, which may be funded by foundations, corporations, governments (foreign and U.S.), organizations or individuals.
-Assists in preparing budgets, monitoring expenditures and preparing financial reports.
-Builds relationships with current and prospective donors.
-Maintains updated information on prospective donors.
-Oversees the development of communication materials directed at donors.
-Designs and implements strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
-Evaluates the effectiveness of various development strategies, and prepares alternative approaches to meet goals.
-Plans cultivation and solicitation trips.
-Prepares briefing materials for trips and ensures comprehensive follow-up after donor visits.
-May identify foundation support opportunities.
-May write or assist others in writing grant proposals.
-Ensures timely submission of proposals/reports.
-May develop and make presentations; may write and present speeches.
-Supervises staff, volunteers, and vendors.
-Performs related responsibilities as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and four years experience in higher education, development, fund raising or equivalent experience in a non-profit institution.

Apply Today

Visit this link or search job number "20524" on Emory University's Career Opportunities »

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