Start Date: August 1, 2011
Length: August 1, 2011 to May 30, 2012 – Renewable
The Flagship Resident Director serves as the American Councils representative and in-country Program Director for participants on the Russian Overseas Flagship Program, an intensive language training program at St. Petersburg State University for learners already at the advanced level of proficiency in Russian. S/he must be available to program participants on a daily basis; observe student classes and meet regularly with teachers, administrators, and students; and arrange group travel and cultural programs. The Flagship Resident Director must be available to participants during any emergencies that arise and must communicate regularly with the Russian Flagship program staff in Washington, DC.
Prior to departure for Russia, the Flagship Resident Director must attend both American Councils’ orientation programs: for resident directors and for participants. He/she must travel to Russia with the student group at the beginning of the program and return to Washington, DC with the group at the end of the program.
The Flagship Resident Director reports to the Flagship Program Manager in Washington D.C.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
· Serve as academic and personal counselor for American Councils Flagship program participants;
· Serve as a liaison between American Councils and the host institute administration to ensure that the academic and cultural program proceeds as agreed;
· Secure medical treatment for students as necessary;
· Enforce American Councils rules as well as those of the Russian host institute;
· Communicate regularly with the American Councils Washington office, reporting any problems regarding participants’ health, academic performance, or behavior, and general group/program updates; and within two weeks of program conclusion submit a final report, program grades and test scores;
· Ensure that in-country travel and excursion program is arranged as agreed and outlined in American Councils materials;
· Manage program finances and submit monthly expense reports accounting for all American Councils program expenditures;
· Coordinate program logistics, including site visits, and communicate logistical details to DC-based staff.
· M.A. required, Ph.D. preferred in Russian, Slavic, or education field;
· Strong interest in language learning/acquisition at the advanced level
· Substantial prior study and/or work experience in Russia;
· Experience overseeing and guiding groups;
· Demonstrated skills in academic and personal counseling;
· Demonstrated skills in general financial accountability;
· U.S. Citizenship Required