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13 August 2021
Young Professionals Board of Directors Position Openings
Come join the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA), a nonprofit organization serving the greater Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas. With the help of over 2,000 members, volunteers, and supporters in the greater Washington area, UNA-NCA works to build public knowledge of the UN, strengthen UN-U.S. relations, and aid the UN in achieving its goals. 

The UNA-NCA Young Professionals (YP) program cultivates future globally minded leaders in international affairs, spanning non-profits and the public and private sectors through professional development programming and leadership and mentorship opportunities. The team develops international-affairs oriented educational and advocacy programs that will help DC-area young professionals further their knowledge of pressing international issues, dedicate themselves to making a change in the world, and take a step towards becoming future global leaders.

YP Board of Directors Positions Summary

UNA-NCA seeks motivated individuals for the UNA-NCA Young Professionals Program to fill five (5) volunteer leadership roles on the Young Professionals Board of Directors to serve as officers for a specific portfolio. These positions provide key leadership and programmatic support to the organization in support of wider strategic organizational goals and initiatives overseen by the Executive Committee and full-time staff. The Young Professionals Board of Directors oversees a portfolio of activities related to UNA-NCA’s Young Professionals membership, events, communications and government affairs initiatives.

  • Volunteer Leadership Position.
  • A time commitment of 2-5 hours per week.
  • The UNA-NCA YP board meets monthly to plan and report on activities for approximately 1-2 hours on a weekday evening (starting at 6:30 pm or 7 pm) Meetings are conducted in-person every month in the Washington D.C. Metro area.
  • Board members are expected to participate in discussions/decision making processes that take place via email in between monthly meetings. 
  • YP Officers are selected to serve a 2 year term, with the opportunity to extend. 
  • Applicants must reside in the greater Washington D.C. and Baltimore area and be a current member of UNA-NCA. Join here and select DC-Nat’l Capital Area Division as your chapter.

Benefits of serving as a YP leader

There are numerous benefits to serving on the UNA-UNA YP Board, including:

  • Educate young professionals in the Washington DC metropolitan and Baltimore area about the vital work of the UN.
  • Spearhead events and programs that are aligned with the organization's endeavors
  • Strengthen your professional network and build your leadership skills.
  • Develop strong relationships with members from leading organizations in international affairs.
  • Exercise your creative side by planning innovative events
  • Establish yourself outside of your current workplace and interact with like minded individuals.
  • Get connected to a global network.

Position Responsibilities

Communications Officer, Young Professionals (2 positions)

  • Craft communications strategy for YP engagement for current and potential member audiences in coordination with UNA-NCA Vice President for Communications.
  • Play a key role in organization communications including on social media networks and other traditional media outlets.
  • Develop and implement individual communications strategies for events and initiatives led by the YP program. 
  • Serve as a liaison to the UNA-NCA Communications Committee

Advocacy Officer, Young Professionals (1 position) 

  • Work in conjunction with the UNA-NCA’s Vice President of Advocacy to lead campaigns to lobby congressional staff and representatives on strategically selected priorities.Develop and implement individual advocacy action plans for events and ad hoc fundraising initiatives led by the YP program.  
  • Coordinate with YP Communications Officer to push advocacy messages on all social media platforms. 
  • Serve as a liaison to the UNA-NCA Advocacy Committee.

Operations Officer, Young Professionals (1 position) 

  • Serve as secretary for the YP Board, keeping all records of meetings and conduct follow up on all taskings and project assignments.
  • Manage all resources created by the YP program that can be shared and adapted by other program committees across UNA-NCA in coordination with the UNA-NCA Vice President of Strategy and Operations.  
  • Coordinate all YP leaders and oversee meeting management, including space, scheduling, agendas and follow up.
  • Oversee budget and financials for the YP program working closely with UNA-NCA staff and Vice President for Finance

Programs Officer, Young Professionals (1 position) 

  • Serve as project manager for all YP focused events and manage the flagship International Career Dinner series.
  • Develop resources for committees and students for event planning and serve as a key advisor on programming for YP audiences in coordination with UNA-NCA Vice President of Programs.
  • Coordinate event needs with UNA-NCA staff and fellow officers, including marketing, registration, volunteer engagement, and budget.
  • Work in partnership with the Communications Officer to create marketing materials for events.

Development Officer, Young Professionals (1 position)

  • Oversee all fundraising and development efforts by the YP program.
  • Craft annual fundraising strategy and plan geared specifically toward YPs in coordination with UNA-NCA Vice President for Development.
  • Work with UNA-NCA staff and Board leadership on local partnership engagement for YP programming.
  • Serve as the liaison to the UNA-NCA Development Committee.


  • Ideal candidates are young professionals, graduate students and recent graduates in the Washington D.C. Metro area.
  • Passion for the United Nations and international issues a must.
  • Academic background in international affairs, journalism, communications, conflict resolution, public policy, security studies or international development desirable, but not required.
  • Ability to manage tasks in free time and work within deadlines.
  • Strong professional communication skills, including public speaking and frequent email correspondence, required.
  • Experience working on group projects and/or in a team environment is highly desirable.
  • Available for some events outside of normal business hours, on an as-needed basis. 

Application Process

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter addressed to the UNA-NCA YP Program at contactyp@unanca.org. Please mention what position you are applying for in the subject line of the email. In your cover letter, please indicate no more than two (2) of the YP Board positions for which you would like to be considered.

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 13 . Interviews will take place the last two weeks in August with final candidates chosen by August 31, 2021.