Program Manager position, Bard-Smolny Study Abroad Program

The Bard-Smolny Study Abroad Program for North American students is based in
Smolny College, Russia’s first liberal arts college, BSAP is the only
program in Russia to offer visiting North American students a broad range of
liberal arts courses along with Russian as a Second Language (RSL).  The
main goal of the Bard-Smolny Study Abroad Program is to provide North
American students with a rigorous and rewarding academic, linguistic, and
cultural experience that will advance their level of competency in the
Russian language and give them the unique opportunity to take a diverse set
of courses in the liberal arts.  Since the program is run within Smolny
College, there are innumerable opportunities for cross-cultural exchange and
dialogue.  Students from North America sit side-by-side with Russian
students in the classroom, participate in student clubs, organizations, and
volunteer opportunities with their fellow Smolny classmates, and interact
directly with the faculty of Smolny College.

The Program Manager of the Bard-Smolny Study Abroad Program is a
professional, full-time administrator employed year-round by Bard College at
Smolny College in St. Petersburg. The Program Manager reports to the
Assistant Director of the Institute for International Liberal Education
(IILE) at Bard College and works hand in hand on a daily basis with the
administration of Smolny College, particularly the Dean of the College and
the Associate Dean for International Students. S/he supervises the daily
running and management of the Bard-Smolny Study Abroad Program during the
fall and spring semesters and the Summer Language Intensive (SLI) in June,
July and August.

BSAP hosts between 30 and 35 North American students each semester, as well
as during the SLI, at Smolny College. The Program Manager is responsible for
all non-academic aspects of the program as well as crisis management, and,
in cooperation with the Associate Dean for International students, supports
students’ academic activities. Specific tasks include supervision of two
full-time local staff members, providing student support of all sorts, work
on program development, recruitment and admission, accounting, as well as
organizing and running program orientations three times per year. The
Program Manager also acts as a liaison between the IILE and Smolny College,
including work with Smolny’s Dean’s Office, Registrar, IT Services,
Financial Office, Admissions Office and Development Office. The Program
Manager is expected to hold regular office hours; some weekend and evening
hours are required.

The successful candidate will be fluent in Russian, will have experience
working and studying in Russia or the former Soviet Union and will hold an
American BA degree or higher. S/he will possess a friendly and professional
manner, will have significant accounting and budgetary experience, will be
familiar with databases, and will have  excellent writing and research
skills. Accuracy, attention to detail, and comfort working in a fast-paced
environment with a team of committed professionals are crucial. A
demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the ideals of a liberal arts
education and cross-cultural exchange, as well as experience working with
young people, are also important. Candidates should have a minimum of one to
two years of administrative experience. Salary for the position covers two
visits to Bard College each year, one in January and one in August, and is
commensurate with experience. Please see http://www.smolny.org for more
information.

Please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three
professional references by email to recruit@bard.edu  Subject line: Smolny
Program Manager-9209. Review of applications will begin immediately. Bard
College is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from
individuals who contribute to its diversity.

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