President and CEO Search 2017

The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) is an independent Federal agency, established as part of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1969. Created as an alternative to traditional development models, the IAF promotes and invests in sustainable grassroots development throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to help communities thrive. To that end, the IAF provides grants and other support directly to grassroots and community-based organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean to help them implement their own creative ideas for development and poverty reduction.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the IAF is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors (Board) appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate. The Board appoints the IAF’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who heads the leadership team and is responsible for all functions and activities of the Foundation. Forty-one staff based in Washington, a complement of local-hire international contractors, as well as multiple inter-agency agreements and contracts support the IAF mission.

The IAF receives funding through congressional appropriations, the Social Progress Trust Fund (SPTF), and other governmental and private sources. The IAF’s annual budget is approximately $30 million. It is significantly expanding its private fundraising to meet the original intent of Congress that the IAF be a vehicle to combine private, public, U.S. and international funds to advance its mission.

Since beginning operations in 1972, the IAF has distributed over $720 million through 5,100 grants and other technical assistance. Many grants have supported grassroots organizations such as agricultural cooperatives or small, urban enterprises; others were awarded to larger, intermediary organizations that provide grassroots groups with credit, technical assistance, training and marketing assistance. For more information about the IAF, please visit

As stated in its enabling legislation, the IAF’s purpose is:

  • To strengthen the bonds of friendship and understanding among the peoples of this hemisphere;
  • To support self-help efforts designed to increase the opportunities for individual development;
  • To stimulate and assist effective and ever wider participation of the people in development processes; and
  • To encourage the establishment and growth of development institutions which are indigenous to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and which can respond to the needs of the poor in those countries.

The IAF plays an important foreign assistance role as the only U.S. aid agency dedicated entirely to community development in Latin America and the Caribbean working directly with organizations and communities at the grassroots level. The IAF approach to foreign assistance is people-to-people, cost-effective and transparent.

The IAF has long been committed to listening to the organized poor throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and supporting their best ideas for self-improvement. Instead of establishing funding priorities based on external perceptions of community needs, the IAF has supported projects conceived, designed and implemented by the poor themselves. As a result, the community takes ownership of its project, creating greater commitment to the project’s success and sustainability. The IAF fosters social and economic development by focusing on community demand-driven initiatives that create opportunities for historically marginalized and excluded groups. The IAF complements its financial assistance by promoting and facilitating peer-to-peer learning and collaboration among grassroots organizations. This support for an ever wider network of citizens’ organizations in the region strengthens the social fabric and provides an effective and efficient channel for development assistance to enhance communities’ economic and social prospects and resilience.


The President and CEO, reporting to the Board of Directors, is responsible for executing on all IAF functions and activities to advance its mission, subject to the broad policy guidelines established by the Board, the legislation creating the Foundation, and other applicable U.S. laws and regulations. Key responsibilities include:

  • Leading the organization; representing the IAF to internal and external stakeholders; driving the organization’s vision, strategic direction, and successful achievement of its mission, including ultimate responsibility for program results, operations, legal compliance, and IAF’s profile and reputation within the broader international development community and the U.S. Government.
  • Maintaining and strengthening positive working relationships with key senior officials in Congress and the Executive Branch, international development organizations, thought leaders in international development, and current and potential funding organizations, including private foundations, corporations, and bilateral and multilateral institutions.
  • Significantly expanding fundraising from all sources.
  • Motivating and engaging employees and overseas contractors to continue to perform at the highest levels and unifying them around a common vision of how to advance the mission of IAF.
  • Supporting the Board of Directors as it carries out its governance responsibilities.


  • A successful track record directing an international organization or U.S. government agency or a core function within a larger organization, with ultimate responsibility for enterprise results. 
  • Knowledge and experience in foreign assistance or international development, especially with respect to emerging trends and grassroots issues.
  • Knowledge and experience in Latin America and the Caribbean, with field-based experience in at least one country in the region preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience in U.S. Government foreign assistance priorities, programs, and funding mechanisms, including the appropriations process within the U. S. Congress, preferred.
  • A successful fundraiser, with experience that includes having raised significant support from the private sector.
  • Experience managing human, financial, and information resources strategically.
  • A collaborative leader, able to draw on the knowledge and experience of a diverse multi-cultural and multilingual team located in Washington, DC and in 15 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The ability to inspire, motivate and unify employees and external stakeholders around a common vision for the future of the IAF.
  • Spanish bilingual (spoken and written) fluency, Portuguese and French familiarity a plus.

Education: An advanced degree (Masters or MBA) highly preferred

Compensation: By statute, compensation for this position is set at the federal government Executive Schedule (EX) level IV, which the Fiscal Year 2016 salary rate was $160,300. Other Federal employment benefits apply. Relocation assistance and performance bonus may be authorized.

Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship required

Clearance: Must be able to receive and maintain a Top Secret security clearance

Travel: Must be able to travel domestically and internationally at least 15 to 20 percent to visit projects, meet with staff, donors, and partners, and attend key conferences and meetings that advance IAF’s mission and strategy.

How to Apply:  The IAF has retained the services of JDG Associates for this search. To apply, please email your resume and letter of interest to