Executive Secretary (Director)

The Moroccan American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchanges (MACECE)

Applications are invited from U.S. citizens for the position of Executive Secretary, who serves as the Director of the Moroccan American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchanges (MACECE), a bi-national educational foundation that administers the Fulbright Exchange Program in Morocco. MACECE was founded 35 years ago and oversees one of the oldest and largest Fulbright programs in the Arab world.  The Executive Secretary will be based in Rabat and direct the implementation of this dynamic international academic exchange program jointly funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco. The Executive Secretary reports to a 12-member binational Board of Directors which oversees MACECE activities. Extensive travel within Morocco and occasionally abroad is required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and commit to ensuring that MACECE fulfills the purposes of the bi-national agreement and the policy guidelines of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

MACECE seeks a new Executive Secretary who will:

  • Lead the Binational Fulbright Commission in advancing U.S.-Morocco bilateral relations through educational, scientific and cultural exchanges.
  • Supervise a team-oriented staff of 12 in planning, implementing and evaluating the Commission’s Fulbright exchange programs.
  • Ensure effective use and oversight of MACECE financial resources and that all reporting requirements are fully met, as set out by the two governments and as required by the Commission’s Board of Directors.
  • Maintain and enhance the Commission’s interactions with American and Moroccan academic institutions, government entities, corporate partners, and NGOs, ensuring nation-wide representation in Morocco.
  • Support and enhance the Commission’s alumni activities and actively increase Fulbright alumni involvement.
  • Convene plenary meetings of the Commission and its various committees and implement the Board’s decisions.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • A minimum of five years’ experience in the public, private or non-profit sectors in the fields of international education, organizational management or university-level recruitment (knowledge of, or experience with, U.S. Government programs an advantage);
  • Thorough understanding of American academic institutions as well as the education systems and cultures in the North Africa and Middle East region;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a professional staff and achieve results in an international, multicultural education environment;
  • Demonstrated experience in program management, recruitment, personnel administration and outreach / public relations;
  • Proven skills in overseeing financial functions, including: annual budget preparation and management, accounting principles, financial reporting, and annual audit processes;
  • Proven track record of dynamic leadership, creative problem solving, strategic planning, and organizational innovation;
  • Ability to interact and engage effectively with American and foreign academic communities and institutions, government officials, NGOs, and the private sector;
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; proficiency in English and French required. Knowledge of Arabic (in addition to French) a plus;
  • Experience in utilizing IT solutions and digital media to enhance institutional performance;
  • Minimum of Master’s Degree required;
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising is desirable.


A one-year contract, with the option to renew, will be offered to the successful candidate, who will start no later than August 2018. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications. A letter of application addressing the above qualifications, accompanied by a CV and three letters of recommendation should be sent by e-mail to RabatMACECE@state.gov no later than January 15, 2018.  Only complete applications received by the closing date will be considered.

Questions about the position may also be sent to ThibaultE@state.gov  and AriciJL@state.gov

Information about the Fulbright Program can be found at: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright and http://www.macece.org/