Experiential Programs Specialist

The East-West Center
Hawaii, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 01, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


SUMMARY:  The East-West Center (EWC) is accepting applications for and Experiential Programs Specialist in the Professional Development Program. EWC's Experiential Professional Development (XPD) designs, facilitates, and evaluates innovative, non-residential and residential experiential programs in partnership with dozens of Universities, non-profit and for profit organizations, and U.S. Embassies across Asia and the Americas including the Innovation for Sustainable Development Fellowship (#EWCinnovationfellows), EWC Teaching Fellows Program (#EWCteachingfellows), EWC Ocean Research Corps for early career ocean researchers (#EWCoceancorps), EWC Innovation Challenges on various themes (eg. circular economy), and an annual EWC environmental awards program. XPD also offers the bi-annual, hybrid YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Environmental Issues with eleven (11) U.S. Embassies and the University of Montana for the U.S. Department of State’s signature program for leadership development in Southeast Asia, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (#YSEALI).

1. Support and Strengthening Existing Programs 

  • Responsible for co-developing and co-delivering an innovative curriculum, a creative communications strategy, impactful trainings using experiential learning methods that compliment academic training, and a measurement, evaluation, and learning (MEL) strategy and dashboard with the Senior Experiential Leadership Education Specialist for non-residential and residential or virtual experiential programs and initiatives for undergraduate/graduate students and early career researchers and professionals across Asia and the Americas.
  • Responsible for coordinating, co-organizing, and implementing regional 4-5 day summits for alumni in Southeast Asia and the Americas that highlight innovation strategies and success stories of community and environmental impact, grant writing workshops and trainings that connect alumni to follow-on grants programs offered by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassies, University partners, and the EWC Office of Alumni Engagement, and other short-term regional opportunities.
  • Responsible for co-developing collaborative programming with other EWC initiatives and programs including the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP), EWC Education programs (eg. The Exchange) and scholarships, training programs for social entrepreneurs (Changing Faces)and journalists with EWC Seminars, and with the EWC Office of Alumni Engagement.

2. Help Ensure Quality Programming and Continuous Learning 

  • Implement and customize the monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) strategy of all programs with methods that enable comparisons across programs and that capture data used to improve programs, measure participant learning, and broadly share program outputs and outcomes across a variety of mediums.
  • Conduct regional scanning and analysis with respect to emerging social and environmental issues, opportunities, and challenges in Asia and the Americas for curriculum development and to shape the direction of program activities.
  • Serve as a presenter and resource on experiential programming for other East-West Center programs.

3. Collaborate in the Development of New Programs (20%):

  • Provide support for conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and evaluating the program curriculum as well as new initiatives within social innovation, environment, health, arts, and social entrepreneurship; building a competitive niche for XPD in the international marketplace; supporting the operational aspects of XPD.
  • Expand and create new initiatives and programs in collaboration with local and regional partners, including universities and non-governmental organizations, and EWC alumni.
  • Ensure new programs connect with emerging and critical regional issues and trends (e.g. Planetary Health, inclusive innovation).
  • Support the communications strategy of XPD and recruitment and selection of participants; in conjunction with the EWC Foundation, support the XPD staff search for external funding support for XPD.

This position is also responsible for supporting the competitive advantage of the East- West Center’s experiential curriculum; innovation themed activities and programs; for strengthening external funding of experiential learning activities; for strengthening partnerships in support of the Center’s experiential learning for sustainable development.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent.
  • Three years’ experience in designing, facilitating, and evaluating in-person and virtual assessing international education and exchange programs for undergraduate and graduate students and early career professionals from the Asia Pacific region and the Americas (in the region and/or with participants from the region).


  • Professional experience as a social entrepreneur or with a social enterprise in the Southeast Asia and/or the Americas.
  • Experience with running startup accelerator programs in Southeast Asia and/or the Americas (in the region and/or with participants from the region).
  • Experience with community-based development programs and initiatives in the Global South.
  • Five years experience in designing, facilitating, and evaluating in-person and virtual international exchange programs for undergraduate and graduate students and early career professionals from Southeast Asia and the Americas (in the region and/or with participants from the region).
  • Fluency in one or more languages of Southeast Asia or the Americas.

SALARY: $73,514.85 which includes a cost-of-living allowance (COLA) currently at 10.28% (subject to change) and an attractive total compensation package.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit an application by clicking the APPLY NOW button at the bottom of online careers page. Application information should include a cover letter with position title and a statement addressing how the qualifications are met, a resume, and names and addresses of three professional references. Screening and assessment will be based on the materials submitted. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

An Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled
As required under Title IX, the East-West Center does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities it operates, including in admissions and employment.

This is a non-management position