University of Wisconsin–Madison

Managing Director, Participant Recruiter, Program Officer and Resident Director (American Councils)

Managing Director (Washington, DC)

The Managing Director for Program and Business Development is responsible for planning and implementing American Councils program and business development for all regions of the organization’s current and future activity. The position directs operations in the organization’s Bids and Proposals Department to maintain and develop the organization’s activity in core areas receiving State Department funding, but mainly works with new US government, foreign government, foundation and private funders to develop new program models and funding streams.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the development of proposals to a wide variety of new funders in the US and foreign governments and private sectors to develop core program activity;
  • Provide comprehensive and strategic leadership in developing a multi-faceted strategic approach to grow annual revenue;
  • Develop and strengthen relationships and alliances with private sector partners, foundations, and domestic and international funding agencies;
  • Work collaboratively with individuals throughout the organization (including but not limited to senior staff, regional directors, country/office directors, program managers, and program officers) to plan and launch new initiatives and ensure utilization of best development practices;
  • Provide oversight and coordination for American Councils’ business development team (staff and consultants) over a broad range of program and business development activities;
  • Utilize staff resources within and across department lines to ensure initiatives are developed efficiently, relationships are established using existing contacts where possible and outreach is consistent with American Councils’ mission and focus;

For full description or to apply, please visit this site.

 

Participant Recruiter (Europe, Eurasian and Senegal)

The four-month Participant Recruiter position serves as the American Councils program representative in the region and is responsible for all aspects of participant recruitment for secondary school programs including: publicizing competitions; interviewing candidates; conducting prerequisite testing; and associated record keeping and reporting. This position requires extensive travel throughout the region assigned, most likely working in more than one country, with long and non-standard work hours including weekends. The Recruiter must also interact with local governmental and educational officials at all levels in disseminating information about the programs and coordinating the testing process.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend initial training conference in August in Ukraine;
  • Coordinate recruitment activities to ensure the timely and proper conduct of the competition;
  • Interact with local educational authorities;
  • Organize and arrange testing locations;
  • Conduct testing;
  • Organize and participate in meetings with candidates and their parents;
  • Conduct interviews with semi-finalist candidates;

For full description or to apply, please visit this site.

 

Program Officer (Washington, DC)

Based in Washington, DC, the Program Officer position for the Critical Language Scholarship Program administers intensive overseas summer language institutes for U.S. graduate and undergraduate students. Responsibilities focus on program administration and logistics, as well as communication with program participants and partners for the Portuguese, Swahili and Turkic (Azerbaijani and Turkish) language programs in Brazil, Tanzania, and Azerbaijan.

The position will require close attention to detail, the ability to handle multiple tasks and work independently, and a readiness to communicate with diverse groups of people. The Program Officer will work closely with the Senior Program Officers on student placement, and report directly to the Project Director on the administration of the language programs. While organizational skills and administrative experience will be an important plus for any candidate, an extensive understanding of academic culture for study abroad programs is also important. Some travel will be required.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the administration of institutional partner agreements and budgets;
  • Coordinate with overseas partners on program components;
  • Assist in writing and preparation of reports and grant proposals for funding agencies;
  • Respond to participant requests and inquiries;
  • Oversee and direct visa processing;
  • Prepare and distribute program materials and handbooks;
  • Organize and participate in pre-departure orientations for outbound groups;
  • Coordinate recruitment of short-term Resident Director staff positions;
  • Advise and provide training to on-site Resident Directors;
  • Manage weekly conference calls with on-site Resident Directors and maintain daily email correspondence, as needed;
  • Arrange overseas travel and logistics for outbound groups;

For full description or to apply, please visit this site.

 

Resident Director (Almaty, Kazakhstan)

The Almaty Resident Director serves as the American Councils representative and in-country Program Director for participants on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP), hosted by Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. The Resident Director is available to program participants on a daily basis; observes student classes and meets regularly with teachers, administrators, and students; oversees student housing; and arranges group travel and cultural programs. The Almaty Resident Director is available to participants during any emergencies that arise and communicates regularly with the AC Study Abroad program staff in Washington, DC. Prior to departure for Kazakhstan, the Resident Director attends American Councils orientation programs: for both resident directors, and for participants. The Resident Director travels to Kazakhstan with the student group at the beginning of the program and returns to Washington, DC with the group at the end of the program. Following return to Washington, DC, the Resident Director attends the post-program debrief. The Resident Director reports to the AC Study Abroad Senior Program Manager. All offers are contingent upon ability to receive and maintain a visa to the host country

Responsibilities: 

  • Be available and accessible to program participants on a daily basis, including through office hours, regular presence at the host institution, and weekly group meetings;
  • Monitor participants’ health and safety, and promptly communicate issues to the AC Study Abroad office and host institution staff;
  • Respond to participant emergencies, including assisting participants with securing medical care and navigating local clinics and hospitals;
  • Observe the academic program;
  • Coordinate Kazakhstan-based program logistics, including cultural excursions and related travel, and communicate logistical details to the AC Study Abroad office;
  • Submit weekly written updates to the AC Study Abroad office and participate in weekly conference calls with the AC Study Abroad office;
  • Serve as the local liaison between American Councils and the host institute administration;
  • Conduct in-country arrival orientations at the beginning of each program period;
  • Review all American Councils student policies and enforce program rules and requirements in consultation with Washington, DC office;
  • Regularly visit host families to review conditions, learn about student-host relations, and verify the quality of the host-family placement;

For full description or to apply, please visit this site.