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Looking for a career unlike any you’ve had before? YFU seeks passionate individuals who are up for an enriching challenge: Working with students, families and volunteers to advance intercultural understanding, mutual respect and social responsibility through educational exchanges.

YFU has the following positions open for individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of young people and families. Additional details regarding part time and full time positions can be found by clicking on the descriptions below. Visit our internships page if you are interested in opportunities at our headquarters or one of our district offices across the United States.



Travel Assistance Coordinators

Position Summary:  Coordinate closely the day-to-day activity of the Seasonal Airport Staff in selected airports, in conjunction with the Travel Operation and Systems Specialist (TOSS), to provide a consistent and smooth running Travel Assistance Program.  Travel is not required.  Position is based in our National Office and remotely manages the assigned Airport Staff operation.   In-depth training is provided.   

Host Family Recruiter (Home Based) Several Positions Available

YFU CONTACT Worker Status: Independent Contractor


Promote YFU programs with the specific objective to recruit volunteer host families for high school students. Assist the host family with completing the host family application and work with YFU staff and volunteers as designated to complete the vetting process and finalize the placement. May work directly with school districts and/or high schools to obtain approval for student admission. Local Host Family Recruiters work within an assigned geography toward YFU's placement objectives for inbound exchange students. YFU USA, in compliance with the US State Department and Department of Homeland Security, sets and upholds standards for Host Family final selection, student matches, and school enrollment which would need to be met by the LHFR.

Identify potential leads, recruit qualified volunteer host families, and create "permanent" placements for YFU's exchange students thereby contributing to the overall growth and stability of YFU communities.


Administrative Travel Assistant, Washington DC

Based on YFU USA's mission and goals, in conjunction with the Travel Operations & Systems Specialist, this position helps lead the day-to-day activity of the Seasonal Airport Coordinators and the Seasonal Airport Staff in selected airports. Act as a strong back-up to the Travel Operations & Systems Specialist (TOSS) to provide a consistent and smooth running Travel Assistance Program.

Director of Administration

Purpose of Position: The Director of Administration is responsible for strategic-level oversight of administration functions including human resources, wellness programming, facilities and events space management (revenue center) for the national office, and administrative support. The position provides strategic direction of YFU's people functions in accordance with federal, state, and local law; YFU philosophy and policies; as well as business and human resource best practices. Human resources activities include support of multiple site locations in a number of states.


Travel Operations Assistant – Part-Time

Youth For Understanding USA (YFU USA), headquartered in Washington, DC is a non-profit intercultural exchange organization whose mission is to prepare young people for their responsibilities and opportunities in a changing, interdependent world.   We partner with YFU from over 60 other countries to offer the student exchange experience to thousands of students.  

One temporary Travel Operations Assistant will work in the YFU USA National Office with the Travel Manager in the YFU Communication Center during the student summer travel cycle.  


The Special Orientations Coordinators (two positions to be filled) are temporary positions that will provide hands-on, logistical support directly to the Education and Training Department. These positions will report to the E&T Director, and will be managed by the Program Coordinator for day-to-day tasks and assignments. During the orientations, the Special Orientations Coordinators will be working closely with Site Directors and other YFU staff. YFU USA is committed to providing students with comprehensive educational programming which helps to prepare them for their unique exchange experience. The Special Orientations Coordinators' work is key in achieving that goal; the quality of their efforts will directly impact the quality of the students' exchange experience.

• Beginning in late March: 20 - 30 hrs per week
• April through late-July: 36+ hrs per week

• YFU USA National Office, Washington, DC (Shaw-Howard Metro area)
• On site at orientations in the Washington, DC or San Francisco, CA areas

• Serve as team members with the Education and Training Department by playing a leadership role in planning, coordinating and implementing several 2-3 day orientations for American students preparing to study abroad in countries all over the world, as well Finnish students studying in the US.


Field Director – New York State (Office or Home Based)
Admissions Counselor - Washington DC

Based on YFU's mission and goals, the Admissions Counselor coordinates the enrollment process for the students and supports the students interested in the YFU programs, including scholarships.  This position acts as liaison with district U.S. offices and international offices involving issues regarding student enrollment, program specifications, and operational matters.  This position is responsible for the continuous and on-going ‘sale' of the YFU USA programs and 'product'.    In addition, the incumbent will provide support such as keying in data for students and following up with student enrollment applications. 

Manager of Individual Giving (Headquarters)