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Manager, Programming and Development

The Tennessee World Affairs Council is the leading international affairs organization in the state, providing programs and resources for community and education outreach to inspire and inform the communities it serves to know the world.

Since 2007 the Council has provided visiting speaker programs including foreign ambassadors and other distinguished specialists, global affairs competitions for students, professional development events for teachers, discussion groups for individuals and organizations, global affairs teleconferences for members and many more opportunities for a curious public audience to engage in stimulating conversations about the world that matter.

The Tennessee World Affairs Council is a non-profit (501c3), nonpartisan education charity chartered in the State of Tennessee and open to all, with the mission of promoting “international awareness, understanding and connections to enhance the region’s global stature and to prepare Tennesseans to thrive in our increasingly complex and connected world.” The Council is one of 95 like-minded independent nonprofits that make up the network of World Affairs Councils of America. In January the Tennessee World Affairs Council was recognized by this network as “Council of the Month” for its program excellence.

The Council staff has been 100% volunteers since 2007 and now seeks to bring in a talented programming and development manager – Employee #001 – who is passionate about increasing global literacy in the community and serving as a key element in the expansion of the Council’s capabilities. It seeks to grow a workforce committed to the vision of a “well-informed community that thinks critically about the world and the impact of global events.”

The Council has strategic relationships with many organizations in the Nashville community especially Belmont University which hosts the Council’s office near its campus. The Council has a strong “working board” composed of community leaders representing academia, business, diplomatic and military careers and government leadership.

The World Affairs Council is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to demonstrate the strength of its workforce through diversity.


Manager, Programming and Development

The Tennessee World Affairs Council seeks a dynamic individual to work closely with the President and other colleagues – Board Executive and Standing Committees, volunteers and interns, and partnering organizations – to lead the planning, funding, and execution of the community and education outreach programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

o Coordinates with colleagues on long-range community program goals and objectives and designs and schedules speakers and other events consistent with the Council’s mission.

o Contributes to the identification and acquisition of funding through membership expansion, corporate sponsorships, grant requests, donor support and other traditional nonprofit revenue streams.

o Uses Council media and other available tools to promote programs and enhance awareness of the organization and its goals.

o Coordinates with the World Affairs Councils of America and other organizations to enhance and expand program efforts.

o Interacts with speakers, moderators and venue operators ensuring smooth production of program events. Supervises volunteers, interns and other supporting staff in the execution of Council programs.

o Coordinates with Council Treasurer on program budget matters and receipt and payment of program related expenses.

o Assists the President in the management and supervision of the Council’s office operations

o Coordinates with the Education Outreach Coordinator on planning, preparation, and execution of Academic WorldQuest and related activities throughout the year.

o Travel as necessary to support Council operations, such as annual conference of the World Affairs Councils of America and as needed to escort “WorldQuest” championship teams to the national competition.

o Handles all written communication to speakers, moderators, partners, educators and others as necessary to advance the Council’s program objectives, keeping the President abreast of key developments.

o Works with membership and communications team members and board committees on issues related to execution of program planning.

o Stay abreast of global developments to be able to speak knowledgeably about international affairs with Council members, partners and the public.

o Contributes to the Council’s strategic planning process.

o Other duties as necessary to advance the performance, growth and success of the World Affairs Council.


o A bachelor’s degree in international relations, nonprofit management or other relevant fields is desirable. Experience in related fields is a substitute for degree completion. A graduate degree is highly desirable.

o Experience in planning and program execution is a plus.

o A passion for making a difference in the community especially in the area of global literacy.

o A curious mind.

o Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Excellent time-management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with great attention to detail.

o Team-building skills.

o Ability to think conceptually and analytically and a talent for solving problems.

o Excellent self-motivation, self-discipline and proven ability to be a self-starter in any situation.

o Ability to use social media and online resources effectively.

o Ability to use standard office software and tools.

o Good listener. Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills.

o Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality and discretion.


The Tennessee World Affairs Council office is located at 1513 Compton Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37212, near the campus of Belmont University. The Program Manager is expected to regularly visit other offices, facilities and venues in and around the Metro Nashville area. Occasional travel, some overnight, can be expected.


This is a full-time position with a review for continuation and compensation adjustment following a six-month probationary period.

Application Process

Please send your resume and cover letter to with the job title (Program Officer) in the subject line. Your submission will be acknowledged by return email.

The Tennessee World Affairs Council is a nonprofit (501c3), nonpartisan educational charity based in Nashville that works to build understanding of global issues in our communities. Learn more about the Council and find how you can join, donate and volunteer at:  — 

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