Join Team NPCA!

We are always looking for good people to serve as staff, board members, fellows, and interns. Please lend your talents to the Peace Corps community.

 

Staff

Our dedicated staff members serve a variety of roles, including management (President & Vice President), strategic communications, advocacy, partnerships, affliate group and individual memberships, group and individual services, development, and whatever else needs to get done in service of the Peace Corps community. 

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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors sets goals and policies and oversees NPCA operations to ensure that they are consistent with the stated vision, mission, goals and 2014-2018 Strategic Plan. The NPCA board consists of nine member-elected and nine board-elected Directors, plus the Affliate Group Network (AGN) Coordinator  and the NPCA President, who serves ex officio. With the exception of the AGN Coordinator (two-year term), Directors are elected to three-year terms.

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Fellows Program

The National Peace Corps Association Fellows Program offers Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) the opportunity to put your passion, talent, and ideas to action through short-term positions in our Washington, D.C. office. Remote engagement is optional, particularly for RPCVs residing outside of the D.C. area. As an NPCA Fellow, you will help design, produce, and drive key programmatic initiatives that benefit the broader Peace Corps community.

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Internship Program

The National Peace Corps Association has an exciting number of internships available in Washington, D.C. office! Interns can expect to be in a fast-paced, learning environment with great opportunities to expand your network, skillset, and interact with Return Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) on a daily basis.

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Staff

Although we do not have any current openings for staff positions, please check our job board for other opportunities.


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors sets goals and policies and oversees NPCA operations to ensure that they are consistent with the stated vision, mission, goals and 2014-2018 Strategic Plan. The Board is responsible for the financial health of NPCA. NPCA’s success depends on the personal commitment and active participation of all Directors.


Interested in NPCA Board Service?

NPCA is seeking individuals with strong leadership skills and experience in helping non-profit organizations execute strategy and development plans to serve on the NPCA Board of Directors. We have a particular interest in candidates who are well-connected within and beyond the Peace Corps community and who can help us bring in new resources, partnerships and expertise, especially in finance, fundraising, partnership development, media/communications, and/or nonprofit law. We value diversity and an affinity for Peace Corps ideals.

NPCA Directors serve three-year terms and are expected to participate in quarterly board meetings (two in-person and two teleconferences), serve on a board committee, and support NPCA financially within their personal capability. Read more about NPCA Board and committee service.

Serving on the NPCA Board of Directors requires a serious commitment of time, expertise, and financial resources. The NPCA Board is a working board and individual Directors are expected to be actively involved in one or more committees. Directors participate in and encourage initiatives that support and benefit the NPCA.

NPCA Members who are interested in considering Board or committee service are invited to fill out a Board Interest Form. We will review all interest forms submitted and will contact you for a phone conversation if we see a fit. If we do not contact you this year, we will keep your interest form on file for future consideration. Thank you!


Board Committees

Executive Committee

Joby Taylor – Chair ● Randy Adams – Vice Chair ● Jayne Booker – Secretary ● Patrick Fine – Treasurer ● Maricarmen Smith-Martinez – Affiliate Group Network Coordinator ● Glenn Blumhorst – ex officio

Governance Committee

Hank Ambrose – Chair

Finance Committee

Patrick Fine – Chair

Business & Development Committee

Sandra Bunch – Chair

Policy & Advocacy Committee

Sue Senecah – Chair

Membership Committee

TBD – Chair

NPCA Awards Advisory Committee

Tony Barclay – Chair


Board Country of Service Regional Reps (Member-Elected)

Asia and the Pacific – Marjorie Harrison (Email)

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, East Timor, Fiji, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyz Republic, Malaysia, Marshall lslands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Yemen

Europe/North and East Africa – Linda Stingl (Email)

Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Hungary, Kenya, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Poland, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Slovak Republic, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine

The Americas – Katie Long (Email)

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada and Cariacou, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent/Grenadines, Suriname, Turks-Caicos, Uruguay, Venezuela

West, Central and Southern Africa – Patrick Fine (Email)

Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sao Tome e Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Board U.S. Geographic Regional Reps (Member-Elected)

Northeast – Susan Senecah (Email)

Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware

Mid-Atlantic Region and Nationwide– Randolph (Randy) Adams (Email)

Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, Nationwide groups

Southern Tier – Angela Harris (Email)

North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, West Virginia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Puerto Rico

Upper Midwest –  Mary Owen (Email)

Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming

West – Juliana Essen (Email)

Montana, Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Alaska, US Territories 

Note: Regions are defined by the NPCA Board based on the number of NPCA members per region in order to achieve some parity.

Board Affiliate Group Network Coordinator 

Maricarmen Smith-Martinez (Email)


Board Responsibilities

The responsibilities of NPCA elected directors are:

  • Attend Board and committee meetings
  • Represent members, affiliate groups and constituents
  • Raise funds and promote membership
  • Participate in NPCA activities
  • Set goals, policies and budget
  • Hire and evaluate the President / CEO
  • Oversee performance of NPCA

NPCA also needs a strong board to assist members and groups through excellent programs and services.  So, in addition, Elected Directors should:

  • Contact members and groups on a regular basis to sound out their interests, concerns or other feedback that they feel should be addressed by the NPCA Board;
  • Act as members’ and groups’ representative “voice” at Board or committee meetings; and
  • Provide feedback to members and groups after Board meetings.

Roles and Responsibilities of all NPCA Board Members

Additional Responsibilities of Member-Elected Directors


2016 Board Meeting Schedule

The Board meets at least four times per year.

  • Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 1:00-5:00 pm in Washington, DC
  • Monday, June 20, 2016 via teleconference
  • Monday, September 26, 2016 in Washington, DC (at Peace Corps Connect – Washington 2016)
  • Monday, December 12, 2016 via teleconference

Minutes from each Board meeting are reviewed and approved at the following meeting, then posted in our news feed. 


 

Fellows Program

Our Fellows are RPCV leaders in transition who can commit to at least three months of half- to full-time (minimum 24 hours per week) engagement with the NPCA. Positions are unpaid, although a modest subsidy for transportation and incidental expenses may be provided. You will have direct access to a vast network of professionals and partner organizations while gaining valuable professional leadership experience.

Fellows provide vital support and leadership to the NPCA in a variety of areas, including:

  • Advocacy
  • Communications and marketing
  • Events and conferences
  • Fundraising and grantmaking
  • Program development
  • Technology and innovation
  • Executive management

Applications

Applications for NPCA’s Fellows Program are accepted on a rolling basis and positions are filled as they become vacant. The review and placement process can take several weeks, and positions are highly competitive, so early applications for upcoming positions are encouraged.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to fellowships@peacecorpsconnect.org with the desired fellowship in the subject title. In your cover letter, please note your availability and the position for which you are applying. Short writing samples are accepted. No phone calls please.

NOTE: The National Peace Corps Association is NOT the U.S. Peace Corps, which is a separate, U.S. government agency. We a proud employer of national service alumni.

Fellowships

Advocacy

This position is responsible for supporting and building the network of NPCA advocates, assisting with Capitol Hill advocacy actions, and general advocacy campaigning. This fellow can expect to provide leadership on a variety of projects that will include National Day of Action, National Day of Awareness and the Post-Service Task Force for Health Issues.

This fellow must have extensive writing and communication skills and attention to detail as he/she will assist the advocacy director by preparing support materials, scheduling and participating in advocacy meetings on Capitol Hill, and assisting with videos, Twitter updates and news articles.

Interest and/or experience in advocacy or government/ political related work.

Communications and Marketing 

Bring the world back home and see your name in the lights! Communications crosses all aspects of the National Peace Corps Association. The department publishes a quarterly print magazine, a monthly newsletter and manages the organization’s online presence.

The position is writing-intensive and is expected to help write and edit pieces for the NPCA website, blog, e-newsletter and WorldView magazine. The fellow will also help manage the NPCA’s accounts on social sites including Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

The communications and marketing fellow should have excellent writing, editing, researching, Web publishing, and organizational skills, as well as strong visual / graphic design instincts. Skill with Photoshop, video editing tools, and HTML is a big plus.

Ideal candidates will be those willing to take initiative and do self-motivated independent work. Applicants should be smart, creative, enthusiastic, collegial and inspired by Peace Corps.

Events and Conferences Management 

This position primarily supports the planning and implementation of Peace Corps Connect, the NPCA’s annual gathering of the Peace Corps community. The location changes every year, rotating through different regions of the country. Planning is already underway for Peace Corps Connect 2016 and the 55thAnniversary Commemoration.

This fellow is highly involved in planning and management from start to finish. Key tasks include (but are not limited to): venue research, developing marketing materials, assisting with registration, researching, securing and coordinating exhibitors, local area research, and preparing event materials. This position may involve domestic travel with NPCA staff in order to assist with onsite logistics, registration, and other organizational tasks as needed.

The successful candidate is well organized, attentive to detail, customer service oriented and able to handle multiple tasks in a timely manner. S/he is dependable, creative and strategic! Interest and/or experience in events planning and management, non-profits, marketing and operations.

Fundraising and Grantmaking

Apply your resourcefulness and development skills in this position, which contributes to the financial support of our Peace Corps community’s initiatives through the Peace Corps Community Fund. Your efforts will help secure resources for PCV and RPCV programs and initiatives such as Let Girls Learn, Ebola Relief Fund, Benevolent Fund, Education Fund, Peace Corps Partnership Program and others.

This fellow works closely with the NPCA’s strategic partners such as the country of service RPCV groups, Health Justice for Peace Corps Volunteers, Water Charity, The Village Link, and others, while identifying and forging new partnerships. S/he will be an active player in the grant writing as well as grant making process. This position may involve domestic and/or international travel to research and develop proposals and grant applications.

The successful candidate is a creative and articulate technical writer with demonstrated success in raising funds for a variety of programs and initiatives. S/he is resourceful and comfortable in helping to build relationships with prospective corporate, foundation and individual donors.

Program Development

Help conceptualize, design, build and implement programs and initiatives for the Peace Corps community. In this position, you will have the opportunity to provide your leadership and expertise on the launch, implementation and scaling up of key initiatives such as Let Girls Learn, Employers of National Service, Next Step Travel, Cultural Agility Leadership Lab, All Resources Connect, Transition Assistance Program and others.

Work in collaboration with our strategic partners such as Arizona State University, Northeastern University, Discover Corps, Water Charity, Gathr and The Village Link, while helping to forge new strategic partnerships in the private and private sectors that benefit the Peace Corps community.

This position works closely with the fundraising and grant making fellow. It may involve domestic and/or international travel to plan and oversee program activities.

The ideal candidate for this position is strategic and innovative, with the ability to identify and pursue programmatic opportunities. S/he is adept at program management, market assessment and scaling up.

Technology and Innovation

Tech savvy? Want to employ your technology skills to help PCVs and RPCVs be more effective? Then this position is for you. From database development to website setup, from data analysis to platform construction, this fellow will enable the NPCA to stay on the leading edge of technology and innovation.

This is an opportunity to provide leadership on emerging initiatives such as All Resources Connect, Volunteer Connectivity (PeaceCorps.org email addresses for RPCVs) and others. In this position, you will help guide and develop some of the most exciting programs that the NPCA is developing for PCVs and RPCVs.

Work in collaboration with our strategic partners such as Netagogo, Google, Microsoft, Tech Soup, and others, while helping to forge new strategic partnerships in the private and private sectors that benefit the Peace Corps community.

This position works closely with the program development and fundraising/grant making fellows. It may involve domestic and/or international travel to support program activities.

The ideal candidate for this position is tech savvy and innovative.

Special Assistant to the President

An exciting opportunity to be involved in the core activities of the NPCA as a vital member of the support staff. Lead special projects, serve as liaison between the president’s office and key stakeholders such as the Peace Corps, affiliate groups, and strategic partners; provide administrative/logistical assistance to the NPCA team and promote the NPCA’s mission.

The successful fellow will be well organized to handle multiple tasks, attentive to detail and an articulate communicator. S/he will be highly motivated, resourceful and creative, thriving on the opportunity to contribute to the Peace Corps community. The fellow will be proactive – presenting new ideas, proposing solutions and promoting innovation.

Interest and/or experience in community development, organizational management, international affairs, peacebuilding and other similar areas. Six month commitment preferred.


 

Internship Program

Our interns have a strong interest in joining the Peace Corps and over 90% of NPCA Interns go on to serve as PC volunteers!

Interns work closely with department heads and can expect to have a high level of collaboration with all NPCA staff and other interns. NPCA internships are unpaid positions, which can either be full- or part-time (20-30 hours a week).

Applications

Applications for NPCA’s Internship Program are accepted on a rolling basis but please consider our review process, which can take several weeks.

Spring Internship: applications close December 15th

Summer Internship: applications close April 15th

Fall Internship: applications close August 30th

Please submit a cover letter and resume to internships@peacecorpsconnect.org with the desired internship in the subject title. In your cover letter, please note your availability and if you are interested in being considering for more than one position. If you are applying to the Communications Internship, please examples from your portfolio for design and marketing materials. No phone calls please.

NOTE: The National Peace Corps Association is NOT the U.S. Peace Corps, which is a separate, U.S. government agency.

 

Internships

Advocacy Intern

This intern is responsible for for supporting and building the network of NPCA advocates, assisting with Capitol Hill advocacy actions, and general advocacy campaigning. This intern can expect a wide variety of work project that will include activities on Capitol Hill and advocacy-related meetings.

This intern must have extensive writing and communication skills and attention to detail as they will assist the Advocacy Director by preparing support materials, scheduling and participating in advocacy meetings on Capitol Hill, and assisting with videos, Twitter updates and news articles.

Interest and/or experience in advocacy or government/ political related work.

What You Will Learn:
•    How to liaise with a diverse network of individuals in the Peace Corps community. 
•    Responsible for supporting and building NPCA's advocacy network across the country.
•    Assist in preparations for National Day of Action in March 2017.
•    Assisting with Capitol Hill advocacy actions and general advocacy campaigning.
•    helping to launch NPCA initiatives to better support Returned Peace Corps Volunteers facing health challenges stemming from their Peace Corps service. 
•    Support of other research, writing and posting responsibilities will also be part of this assignment.
•    Act as a liaison and representative of the National Peace Corps Association to community members, group representatives and stakeholders.
•    Attend weekly staff meetings 
•    Assist in daily operational tasks as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
•    Ability to communicate effectively in writing and via email.
•    Ability to communicate orally, both in person and by telephone.
•    Ability to be both consistent and flexible as circumstances warrant.
•    Ability to build relationships with other staff, volunteers and interns. 

 
Communications Intern / Social Media Intern

Enhance your marketing, social media and design skills in this position! Communications crosses all aspects of the National Peace Corps Association. The department publishes a quarterly print magazine, a weekly newsletter and manages the organization’s online presence through the website and social media channels. 

The position is design-intensive and the intern will be expected to help write and edit pieces for the NPCA website, blog, social media and e-newsletter. The intern will also be asked to help manage the NPCA’s accounts on Web 2.0 sites including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. The communications intern should have excellent writing, editing, researching, Web publishing, and organizational skills, as well as strong visual / graphic design instincts. Skill with Photoshop, InDesign, video editing tools, and HTML is a big plus. Other duties may be assigned in support of our communications efforts.

Ideal candidates will be those willing to take direction and also do self-motivated independent work. Applicants should be smart, creative, enthusiastic, collegial and inspired by Peace Corps.

What You Will Learn:
•    How to liaise with a diverse network of individuals in the Peace Corps community. 
•    Apply use of social media for professional communications and marketing.
•    Work across departments and cross-cutting initiatives as pertains to improving the image and increasing the visibility of NPCA.
•    Assist Communications Director with NPCA’s online presence, newsletters and updated content. 
•    Create and edit designs for in-house advertising in WorldView magazine. 
•    Help write and edit pieces for NPCA website, blog and e-newsletter.
•    Help maintain excellent social media presence on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.
•    Other duties may be assigned in support of our communications efforts.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
•    Strong creative background with visual/graphic design instincts.
•    Ability to communicate effectively in writing and via email.
•    Ability to communicate orally, both in person and by telephone.
•    Ability to be both consistent and flexible as circumstances warrant.
•    Ability to build relationships with a diverse team of staff, volunteers and interns. 
 

Special Events Intern

This intern primarily assists in the planning and organizing of Peace Corps Connect, the NPCA’s annual gathering of the Peace Corps community. The location changes every year, rotating through different regions of the country. Peace Corps Connect serves to unite and energize the Peace Corps community and presents an opportunity to share experiences and ideas to build on the commitment to lifelong service. This intern is highly involved in planning and management from start to finish. Key tasks include (but are not limited to): venue research, developing marketing materials, assisting with registration, researching, securing and coordinating exhibitors, local area research, and preparing event materials. This intern is able to (but not required) to travel with NPCA staff for the event in order to assist with onsite logistics, registration, and other organizational tasks as needed.

This intern is well organized, attentive to detail, customer service oriented and able to handle multiple tasks in a timely manner. S/he is dependable, creative and always willing to lend a hand where it’s needed!

Interest and/or experience in events planning and management, non-profits, marketing and operations. 

•    How to liaise with a diverse network of individuals in the Peace Corps community. 
•    Assist with planning and logistics for Shriver Leadership Summit in Washington, DC in March 2017 and Peace Corps Connect Annual Conference in Denver, CO in August 2017.
•    Serve as a liaison for session leaders, affiliate group leaders and help in conference sponsorship recruitment.
•    Monitor event registration and provide troubleshooting as necessary.
•    Help in administrative and logistical details leading up to the conference.
•    Attend meetings and site visits as appropriate.
•    Act as a liaison and representative of the National Peace Corps Association to community members, group representatives and stakeholders.
•    Attend weekly staff meetings 
•    Assist in daily operational tasks as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
•    Ability to communicate effectively in writing and via email.
•    Ability to communicate orally, both in person and by telephone.
•    Ability to be both consistent and flexible as circumstances warrant.
•    Ability to build relationships with other staff, volunteers and interns. 

 
Partnerships & Fundraising Intern

This individual will help coordinate potential and existing partnerships and execute the implementation plans for various partner promotions. This individual will also play an integral role in fundraising through prospect research and learn fundraising techniques used in the nonprofit industry. 

What You Will Learn:
•    Collecting data and research needed to implement projects
•    Promoting development projects through social media and news outlets
•    Working on grant and proposal research for major gifts fundraising
•    Working with the Partnerships Coordinator on developing a cultivation model for membership
•    Working on grassroots outreach and strategy in increasing donations
•    Contributing to writing for weekly newsletters.
•    Gaining a greater understanding of communications and promotional tools used in non-profit sector for advocacy and fundraising.
•    Participating in team meetings, brainstorm sessions and relevant trainings.
•    Other duties as discussed with supervisor and candidate's interests.
•    How to liaise with a diverse network of individuals in the Peace Corps community. 
•    Work across departments and cross-cutting initiatives as pertains to improving the image and increasing the visibility of NPCA.
•    Other duties may be assigned in support of our communications efforts.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
•    Strong creative background with visual/graphic design instincts.
•    Ability to communicate effectively in writing and via email.
•    Ability to communicate orally, both in person and by telephone.
•    Ability to be both consistent and flexible as circumstances warrant.
•    Ability to build relationships with other staff, volunteers and interns.