Managing Director for Language Flagship Programs through American Councils for International Education

American Councils for International Education announces a new position for
Managing Director, Language Flagship Programs:

Based in Washington, DC, the Flagship Managing Director oversees American Councils Language Flagship Programs, including the Arabic Overseas Flagship Program (Damascus, Syria; Alexandria, Egypt), the Central Asian Turkic Overseas Flagship Programs (across Central Asia), the Overseas Russian Flagship Program (St. Petersburg Russia), the Persian and Tajik Overseas Flagship Program (Dushanbe, Tajikistan), the Swahili Overseas Flagship Program (Zanzibar, Tanzania), the Yoruba Overseas Flagship Program (Ibadan, Nigeria), the Bambara Overseas Flagship Program (Mali), the Zulu Overseas Flagship Program (South Africa), the Chinese Overseas Flagship Program (Nanjing and Qingdao, China) and the Russian Overseas Flagship Program (St. Petersburg, Russia).  The Managing Director will supervise a staff in the U.S. and overseas.  American Councils continues to play a dynamic role in the growth and development of Flagship language study overseas. The Managing Director reports to the American Councils Vice President.

The Flagship Language Program is designed to train superior speakers of critical languages in an intensive, overseas immersion setting.  Advanced students of Arabic, Central Asian languages, Persian, and Russian receive NSEP funding to participate in Flagship Programs, while others receive partial funding or funding from a variety of sources. Under the direction of the Managing Director, program staff members manage program logistics, support students pre-departure and overseas, and assists in curriculum development and program design.  Program consultants provide curriculum design and evaluation.  The Managing Director is also responsible for program development, overall program direction, and financial oversight of the programs.


§       Oversees daily operations of Arabic, Central Asian, Chinese Persian, Swahili, Yoruba and Russian Flagship (primarily overseas and some domestic) Programs;

§       Coordinates and works with American Councils program staff in management and development of Flagship programs, including admissions process, curricula, testing, recruitment and evaluation.

§       With Flagship Program Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigators, and consultants, assists in design, development and implementation of current and future Flagship programs;

§       Works with the Academic Councils and the Council chairs for each of the Flagship Programs, including responsibility for preparing the bi-annual meetings of each of the Councils in close cooperation with program staff and American Councils senior management;

§       Ensures academic oversight of the Flagship Programs provided by the Council chairs;

§       Communicates regularly and coordinates with U.S. granting agencies and program contractors, US and foreign institutional partners, including the Institute for International Education, NSEP, and Bryn Mawr College;

§       Supervises four direct reports in the U.S. with oversight of overseas staff working on Flagship programs; recruits and trains additional staff as program developments require;

§       Oversees institutional relations with overseas and U.S. university partners;

§       Oversees application process and selection committees for all Flagship Programs;

§       Oversees design, scheduling and coordination of orientation programs for Flagship participants;

§       Oversees coordination of participant testing and tracking of student progress throughout program period;

§       Ensures comprehensive and effective logistical support for staff and participants overseas;

§       Writes and edits reports, proposals, and promotional materials;

§       Oversees maintenance of Flagship websites;

§       Develops program budgets and tracks expenses;

§       Works closely with other outbound staff to coordinate Flagship activities with those of other programs as needed, including Russian Language and Area Studies Program, Eurasian Regional Language Program, and Title VIII Research Scholar Programs.

*       Ph.D. in relevant field (area studies, education or second language acquisition) preferred;
*       Experience in managing study abroad programs required;
*       Excellent written and oral communication skills;
*       Excellent spoken and written skills in at least one of the target languages;
*       Outstanding organizational skills;
*       At least five years of program administration experience;
*       Database and spreadsheet skills preferred;
*       Knowledge of budgetary procedures, especially with regard to government grants preferred;
*       Knowledge of language and culture of at least one target region desirable.

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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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