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Country Director (Russia), American Councils, Moscow, Russia

Country Director
Russia

Position Description

Summary:
The Country Director provides overall administrative and programmatic direction for all American Councils activities and operations in the Russian Federation and represents American Councils to current and potential funders and partners. Located In Moscow, the position oversees and directs American Councils activities related to study in Russia for Americans and study abroad in the U.S. for Russians, as well as Russia-based programming for alumni of exchanges, development projects in higher education, and service to U.S. and Russian institutions seeking partnerships, cooperation, and learning. The Country Director exercises administrative oversight of all operations and personnel in the country, working in conjunction with respective Office Directors in St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, and Vladivostok. The Country Director oversees and provides on-site academic monitoring of American Councils’ academic programs for Americans, and periodic evaluation of teaching effectiveness and program design. The portfolio in Russia includes exchanges such as Open World, FLEX, NSLI-Y, CLS, LFP, the Tatarstan Higher Education Fellowship, and development and other higher education initiatives such as the Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity (EURECA) Program, EducationUSA, and Legislative Institutes. In support of programming, the Country Director consults with Washington-based staff to make recommendations concerning personnel matters, policies, budgets, and innovations in programmatic and administrative structures.

This position reports to the Washington-based Managing Director for Field Operations and Programs, and as a key member of American Councils field-based leadership team, works closely with senior staff members, program managers, and colleagues in other field offices.

Responsibilities:

Oversight and Leadership
* Maintains American Councils’ organizational relations in the country with relevant US government offices and institutions (the US embassy, USAID, and other US government agencies); with the Russian federal and regional governments and private institutions (government ministries, agencies, and offices; national corporations; and American Councils’ institutional partners); international and domestic foundations organizations and foundations; and the media;
* Provides overall supervision of American Councils programs in Russia by communicating, as needed, with Russia-based and U.S.-based staff members concerning academic, operational, and other policy matters as affected by Russia’s political, economic and cultural conditions; Makes recommendations on general program matters, on perceptions of American Councils administered programs and on the influence of local conditions on administration of programs in Russia;
* Represents American Councils as related to all programs in individual consultations, public appearances, and meetings with potential and existing partners; advances goals of international cooperation and learning in the larger NGO, exchange, donor, and education community in Russia
* Participates actively in developing new programs, seeking new funding sources, cultivating philanthropic opportunities for the region and enhancing external relations.

Administration and Finance:
* Oversees American Councils internal operations, ensuring smooth operations of American Councils in the country in terms of infrastructure and staffing
* Advises staff on American Councils policies and employment matters and coordinates implementation of HR policies and practices related to hiring, training, evaluation, and professional growth and development
* Works closely with Program Managers and Grant Accountants to ensure budgets for the region are developed, monitored, adjusted and maintained according to government regulations and sound accounting practices.
* Oversees all general Moscow office administrative matters such as negotiating contracts; interacting with landlords, maintaining proper work environment, and providing DC office with finance reports monthly, and budgets every six months; monitors all outgoing and incoming funds
* Assists Office Directors with the coordination of all general office administrative matters in the region such as negotiating contracts.

Program Administration:
* Oversees and assists in organizing, implementing and reporting on activities, including recruitment and alumni activities delivered by program offices;
* Monitors all recruitment activities to assure timely and proper conduct of competitions;
* Assists with recruitment activities
* Meets with ministry and US government officials regularly to provide appropriate information and overview of the program administration processes and alumni activities
* Ensures accurate, full and timely reports are filed as appropriate

QUALIFICATIONS:
* Fluent in Russian; additional regional languages desirable;
* Graduate degree — related to region in: economics, international education or development, history, or related area; experience working with higher education a plus
* Professional-level program management experience;
* Experience in budget management;
* Demonstrated experience in developing external sources of funding support;
* Supervisory experience; experience supervising host-country national staff preferred;
* Experience traveling extensively under difficult conditions;
* Overseas work/living experience, preferably in Russia;
* Cross-cultural skills;
* Strong written and oral communication skills.

TO APPLY:
Select this link and follow the prompts:
https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=590091
Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

American Councils improves education at home and abroad through the support of international research, the design of innovative programs, world. American Councils employs a full-time professional staff of over 370, located in the U.S. and in 40 cities in 24 countries of Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Asia and the Middle East.

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Summer 2011 Curriculum Development “Violence Overload? Promoting Sensitivity to Human Suffering: The Case of Bosnia,” REEEC, UIUC

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce its upcoming Summer 2011 Curriculum Development Workshop.

We would appreciate your assistance in spreading the news about this upcoming workshop to your K-12 email lists.  Attached is a flyer you can download, print, and post.  The workshop website may be found at this address: http://www.reeec.illinois.edu/teachers/curriculum/.


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RSO: Eurovision Screening, IHouse, May 14

A message from our friends from the European Students Association:

Hi all,

we hope you’re enjoying this quarter, and are ready for a bit of popular culture.
European Students Association in cooperation with the International House’s Residents’ Council is inviting you to
EUROVISION screening,
which will take place in the dining hall of the International House on Saturday, May 14th, at 2 pm.
Eurovision presents songs of contestants from all over Europe. Come and see what European songs are like!
In case you don’t like the performances, you can enjoy a variety of free food and snacks which will also be served.
We’re looking forward to seeing you!
On behalf of ESA board,
Nina

 

 

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Conference: The 26th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference, May 13-14

You are cordially invited to attend:

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“Mutual Perceptions”

Friday and Saturday, May 13–14, 2011
8:00am–8:00pm (both days)
Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago
1212 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Download full program here
This year, our conference features 22 panels, amounting to 82 individual presentations. Select titles include “Ottoman Voices of the 16th Century,” “Theology and Metaphysics,” “Cosmologies and Geographies in Transcultural Perspectives,” “Schools, Prisons, and Sanitation,” “Liminality: Classical Arabic Poetry,” “Revolutionary Discourses in Iran,” “Power and Legitimacy in the Formative Period of Islam,” “Perceptions of Islamic Archaeology, Past and Present,” “Colonial Anxieties,” and “Perspectives on the ‘Arab Spring’ of 2011.”
Our keynote speakers are Professor Suzanne Stetkevych, Indiana University, Bloomington, with a talk entitled “Takhmis as Verbal Reliquary: Enshrinement, Inscription and Performance in Shams al-Din al-Fayyumi’s Takhmis al-Burdah,” and Professor Stephen Dale, Ohio State University, with a talk entitled “Hadhrami Merchants and Malayali Muslims: the Origin of the Islamic Community of Southwest India.” Other highlights will be a concert of Arabic, Turkish, and Persian music by theMiddle East Music Ensemble, and the famous lamb roast dinner, arranged by the Middle East Studies Students’ Association.
The conference is free and open to the public, so come and share in the conversation! You can find our full program, plus hi-resolution versions of our flyers, at our website:

 

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Discussion: “Shostakovich, Prokofiev and their Audiences, East and West,” Gerard McBurney (Director of CSO’s Beyond the Score), Prof. Sheila Fitzpatrick (History), Prof. Robert Bird (Slavic), May 9

CENTER FOR EAST EUROPEAN AND RUSSIAN/EURASIAN STUDIES (UCHICAGO)

Gerard McBurney on Shostakovich and Prokofiev

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“Shostakovich, Prokofiev and their Audiences, East and West”
A Conversation with Gerard McBurney (Director of CSO’s Beyond the Score), featuring Prof. Sheila Fitzpatrick (History) and Prof. Robert Bird (Slavic).

Monday
May 9, 2011
4:30 pm – 6pm

Franke Institute for the Humanities
At Regenstein Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Soviet Arts Experience, the Department of History, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.

For more information, or if you feel you need assistance to attend, please contact CEERES atceeres@uchicago.edu or 773-702-0875.

 

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Workshop: History of Prostitution in Poland, Prof. Keely Stauter-Halsted (UIC), Modern Europe Workshop, May 10

A message from our friends at Modern Europe Workshop:

Dear all,

Please join us on Tuesday, May 10 in the John Hope Franklin Room for the next meeting of the Modern Europe Workshop: refreshments at 4:45, discussion starting at 5:00. We are pleased to welcome Keely Stauter-Halsted, the Stefan and Lucy Hejna Family Chair in the History of Poland at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her publications include The Nation in the Village: The Genesis of Peasant National Identity in Austrian Poland, 1848-1914 (Cornell, 2001). Professor Stauter-Halsted’s paper, from an in-progress work on the history of prostitution in Poland, is currently available on Chalk. If you do not have access to the Chalk site or have any questions, please contact Eleanor.

Immediately after the workshop, everyone is warmly invited to a workshop dinner at Tara Zahra’s house.

Address: 5445 S. East View Park #2, Chicago 60615
Phone: (773) 484-7616

If you plan to attend dinner, please RSVP to tzahra@uchicago.edu by Sunday May 8 so that we have enough food.

We hope to see you there!

Best,
Eleanor, elrivera@uchicago.edu

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Lecture: “The Soviet Uncola,” Paul Manning, Anthropology of Europe Workshop, May 11

The University of Chicago’s Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, the Semiotics: Culture in Context Workshop, and the Anthropology of Europe Workshop proudly present:

“The Soviet Uncola”

A Lecture by Paul Manning
Associate Professor, Anthropology, Trent University

Wednesday, 4:45-6:00pm
Haskell Hall 315
May 11, 2011

Reception to follow

For more information about the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, please visit our blog, at http://lucian.uchicago.edu/workshops/anthroeurope/

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Regional Director, South-Eastern Europe, American Councils, Belgrade, Serbia

SUMMARY:
The Regional Director is responsible for expanding and maintaining American Councils presence and infrastructure in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia. In addition to coordinating all current American Councils programmatic activity in the region, the incumbent will establish and maintain American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS organizational relations, oversee internal operations, and provide overall supervision of American Councils programs. In this capacity, the Regional Director position reports to the Washington-based Managing Director for Field Operations and Programs, and works closely with the Washington-based Program Managers and the Director of Program Development. The position is stationed in Belgrade, Serbia

RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Maintains American Councils organizational relations in the host country with relevant funding agencies, government offices, institutions and foundations (Embassies, USAID, World Bank, etc.); with national government and private institutions (government ministries, agencies and offices; national corporations; American Councils’ institutional partners); with the in-country offices of American organizations and foundations; and, with the international and domestic press;
* Administers youth, undergraduate and graduate student exchanges as well as faculty and professional training programs. Responsibilities include but are not limited to promotion of programs; recruitment, selection, and interviewing of candidates; pre-departure orientations; English-language program; staff training as necessary; and alumni activities;
* Responsible for actively seeking out and implementing growth and development activities throughout the region which support the organization’s mission, including fund-raising activity and managing external relations;
* Oversees American Councils internal operations in region; coordinates the activities of program staff; and advises staff on American Councils policies and employment matters regarding local national employees;
* Communicates regularly with, and makes recommendations to the Washington- based Managing Director for Field Operations and Programs and relevant Program Managers and senior staff on general program matters, on perceptions of American Councils programs and on the influence of local conditions on the organization’s programs in the host countries;
* Provides coordination among American Councils offices in South-Eastern Europe and acoss program lines, Manages all general office administrative matters such as negotiating contracts; interacting with landlords, etc.

QUALIFICATIONS:
* Bachelor’s degree (graduate degree preferred) — related to region in: economics, international education or development, history, Balkan languages, or a related area;
* Professional-level program management experience;
* Experience identifying and developing new programming and fundraising opportunities;
* Knowledge of and experience with major funding sources in region (including USAID, World Bank, major corporations and foundations, etc.);
* Overseas work/living experience, preferably in the applicable region; demonstrated interest in the applicable region;
* Supervisory experience; experience supervising local national staff preferred;
* Cross-cultural skills;
* Strong written and oral communication skills: English (obligatory), Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian, Macedonian and/or Albanian (desired); and
* U.S. citizenship required.

TO APPLY:
Select this link and follow the prompts: https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=584011
Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

American Councils improves education at home and abroad through the support of international research, the design of innovative programs, and the exchange of students, scholars, and professionals around the world. American Councils employs a full-time professional staff of over 370, located in the U.S. and in 40 cities in 24 countries of Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Asia and the Middle East.

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Lecture: From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean: The Global Trade Network of Armenian Merchants from New Julfa, May 20

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago presents

From the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean:
The Global Trade Network of Armenian Merchants from New Julfa

By Prof. Sebouh Aslanian
Visiting Professor in Armenian Studies at the University of Chicago

Made possible by the Dumanian Armenian Studies Endowment

Friday, May 20
6:30 pm
Pick Lounge
5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Open to Public

Reception to follow

Please circulate!

For assistance please contact Dr. Hripsime Haroutunian:
hharoutu@uchicago.edu

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Presentation: Armenians in Turkey 100 Years Ago, May 16

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Armenian Students Association at the University of Chicago present

Armenians in Turkey 100 Years Ago: Presentation on the historic postcards documenting the lives of Armenians in Ottoman Empire (1900-1910)

By Turkish author and publisher OSMAN KOKER

Monday, May 16
5:00 pm
Pick 218
5828 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Reception to follow

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Köker came to international attention in 2005 when he organized an exhibition titled “My Dear Brother” in Istanbul presenting photographs of Armenian life in Ottoman Turkey, drawn from a large collection of postcards owned by the collector Orlando Calumeno. Since then, the exhibition has also been mounted in Munich, Cologne, Frankfurt, Valence, Paris, Geneva, London and Yerevan. Founder and editor-in-chief of Birzamanlar (Once Upon a Time) Publication, Köker publishes books about Turkey’s multicultural society, and how that structure vanished over time. He was one of the founders of the Minority Rights Watching Committee in the Human Rights Association (1993) and has been one of the contributors of various initiatives on minority rights in Turkey since then.

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