Get to know Madeleine Duncan, Management and Program Analyst at All Native Group.
What is your title/role, and what does it involve?
My title is Management and Program Analyst (MAPA). I work for the Bureau of Medical Services (MED) at the U.S. Department of State (DOS). My role includes assisting with the daily administrative responsibilities of the Health Alert Response Team (HART), MED’s COVID-19 command center. Additionally, I am leading the organization and management of the onsite COVID-19 vaccination clinic as well as at off-site domestic locations. I run the day-to-day operations of the COVID Vaccination clinic as well as our domestic vaccination strategy.
What do you enjoy most about the work you do?
The most enjoyable aspect of my position is knowing that my daily responsibilities are having a profound, positive impact on the lives of our diplomats and foreign service workforce during a global pandemic. I am proud to be a part of a team actively fighting against the continued spread and infection of the COVID-19 virus. It has been incredibly rewarding to work in a position that directly allows me to work with the patient population and hear how the clinic/becoming vaccinated is impacting their lives.
How long have you been with the company, in years? How have you been able to grow personally and/or professionally since you started?
I have been in my current role since December 2020. I have learned more and more about myself as a team member and leader. I especially love how to manage my team and keep them enthusiastic and focused after a year of hard times in the pandemic.
What has been one of your favorite projects so far, and why?
Managing and coordinating the domestic COVID-19 vaccine clinic response has been one of my favorite projects, so far. While it is extremely challenging, I have learned so much about the attributes required for strong leader and an efficient and effectively run patient program. The opportunity to have such a large responsibility so early in my DOS career is an honor I do not take lightly.
What do you like to do outside of work?
When I am not at work, I enjoy exercising – especially running. I also like hanging out with friends and family when I can. DC is a great city to get outside an enjoy the sites via running, biking or whichever sport takes my fancy.
What is something about you that might surprise people?
Something about me that may surprise people is I grew up overseas. I take pride in my language and cultural knowledge.
What has surprised you about working for ANG? What insights or advice would you give to someone who is thinking about applying to work here?
I think the biggest surprise about working for ANG is how fast I was given opportunities to demonstrate my leadership skills and establish myself as a dependable leader within MED. I was really able to work with ANG and my sponsor department to hone my skills and figure out where best I can fit in.
I would advise anyone thinking about applying to ANG or a recent new hiring to take advantage of all the new opportunities, projects, and responsibilities ANG opens the door too. Those experiences will only help strengthen your professional skills, making you a sought-after candidate for future opportunities.
What are you looking forward to this summer?
This summer, I am looking forward to life beginning to return to “normal” as more people have the opportunity to become vaccinated against COVID-19. I also really enjoy the Olympics and I am very excited at the possibility that they may happen – even a year late!
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