Current Openings

Current Openings

POSITION TITLE: Sector Advisory Committee Member
The committee member plays a key role in advising the Africa-America Institute (AAI) leadership in developing strategies and programs to support Africa’s key growth sectors. He/She works with leadership to ensure adequate analysis exists to support AAI’s expansion into these key areas and that program objectives support the future needs of each sector. Each member will provide expert advice, manage and build relationships with key stakeholders and help progress program initiatives through research and review of AAI strategy and proposals.

The successful candidate will be comfortable sharing information and insights, and engaging in ongoing intellectual exchange. The candidate must be comfortable working with AAI, nonprofit, government and corporate sectors. This position will report to the Chief Executive Officer.

AAI seeks a mid-to-­high level career professional with outstanding credentials and a strong record of professional accomplishments related to AAI’s growth industries: Oil & Gas, Transportation, Healthcare, Power/Energy, Vocational & Technical Training, and telecommunications/IT. In addition, we place high value on: integrity, flexibility, resourcefulness, and tenacity.


A successful candidate will bring the following core competencies to the position:
Leadership and Vision: Bring expertise and networks to supplement AAI’s in-house resources. Assist in recruiting other leaders to serve on the committee. Attend advisory committee meetings.
Personal Presence: Interpersonal skills to motivate and energize AAI’s employees and support constituencies. Attend AAI special events.
Management, Finance, and Administration: Provide objective guidance and feedback on development strategies. Identify donor prospects and introduce them to AAI.
External relations: Be an effective advocate for AAI’s mission. Be a champion and help AAI develop a case for support. Identify possible partners. Increase awareness of AAI activities through community outreach and the media.

In addition, he/she will have the following characteristics:
Proven passion for Africa and its economic, cultural, and social engagement with America and the rest of the world based on significant professional and/or personal experience.
Be a high-energy strategic thinker with an action-orientation; able to handle ambiguity and negotiate solutions to produce positive results.
Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills; excellent communicator
Commitment to AAI’s mission and core values of inclusivity and participation, knowledge and creativity, humility and respect, and honesty and integrity

REPORTS TO: Chief Executive Officer
KEY CONTACTS: Development & Strategy Officer, Program Manager, and Corporate Affairs Officer
TERMS: 12 months
COMMITMENT: 25 hours per quarter and 1‐2 in-­person meetings annually.
COMPENSATION: This is a voluntary, non-executive and non-fiduciary position.

NOMINATION PROCESS:To nominate someone or for confidential consideration of your own candidacy, please send a resume/c.v. and a cover letter, including a statement on why your nominee should be a member of the committee, to:

Melissa Howell, The Africa-America Institute, 420 Lexington Avenue #1706 New York, NY 10170
Email is strongly encouraged:

Due to the level of interest anticipated, we expect to respond to only those who most closely match our interest.



POSITION TITLE: Jobs Board/Career Site Administrator

UNIT: “Talent Central” Site


Talent Central is a microsite hosted on the Africa-America Institute’s website that features a job board, advertising opportunities and career development resources for the African Diaspora and organizations that recruit from this talented group.

Talent Central’s goal is to provide easy to access information about varied opportunities that are currently available with companies that work in Africa as well as provide insights from HR and Recruitment professionals, to support the process of transition to the African continent. Talent Central has three components: Jobs Board, Career Insider Blog, and Career Survey.


– Identify, develop, and engage strategic partners, who can provide jobs and vacancies to be posted on Talent Central; content for the Career Insider Blog; and media/PR support.

– Identify and reach out to companies and organizations who are potential clients for Talent Central and are willing to post on a regular basis.

– Market the services of Talent Central through outreach to potential contributors, in coordination with AAI’s Communications and Development staff.

– Serve as the administrator of the Talent Central microsite back-end.

– Continuously post relevant jobs and blogs on Talent Central.

– Constantly ensure that the information posted on the microsite is accurate and up-to-date.


– You have a deep understanding of HR practices and issues around recruitment and talent management in Africa and the Diaspora

– You are able to confidently and effectively communicate with multi-stakeholders, especially recruiters from major international corporations

– You are able to work collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams

– You are passionate about and immersed into the issue of expanding career/job opportunities for Africans.

– You have a natural interest in “selling” or promoting a product or services

– You are open-minded, self-reliant, and results oriented.


– Bachelor’s degree is a must

– Master’s degree is a plus

– Strong research and analytical skills

– Proficiency with WordPress is a plus

– Strong verbal and written communication skills


– Unpaid/Internship

– Location: AAI headquarters in New York City

– 20 hours a week (3 business days)

– Duration: Minimum of 3 months

– Reporting directly to the President & CEO


– Send your cover letter and resume to Mikako Tai at with subject line “Talent Central Internship Application.”

– Deadline: Rolling