Program Manager, National Security Language Institute Outbound Placement through American Councils for International Education

American Councils for International Education announces a new position for
Program Manager, National Security Language Institute Outbound Placement:

Based in Washington, DC, the NSLI-Y Outbound Placement Program Manager will oversee administration of overseas programs for American high school students studying critical languages on summer, semester, and academic year programs.  The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) is administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  The program provides scholarships for approximately 650 students annually to learn a new language, participate in an academic program, and become part of a community overseas with the goal of creating a cadre of Americans fluent in critical languages.  See the NSLI-Y website ( for more information.  The position reports to the Vice President responsible for secondary school programs.  The Program Manager’s primary responsibilities will include oversight and administration of the NSLI-Y Outbound Placement for American Councils high school programs in China, Russia, and Tajikistan and other sites as determined (approximately 200 students annually). Occasional travel in the United States and abroad is required.

The position requires good planning and logistics skills, strong communications skills, strategic thinking, the ability to handle multiple tasks and work independently, and a readiness to communicate with diverse groups of people. A background working with high school students and dealing with high school programs is helpful.

*       Develops and administers immersion language programs overseas for U.S. high school students, for summer, semester, and academic year periods;

*       Oversees the hiring, contracting, and training of resident directors, consultants and overseas partners;

*       Organizes Washington, DC and overseas orientation programs for U.S. participants;

*       Submits quarterly and financial reporting to the Program Manager of NSLI-Y Administration for the funder;

*       Prepares agreements and budgets for overseas partners;

*       Works with student participants and monitors students during their programs overseas, including safety and security of homestays and program locations, as well as counseling;

*       Assists with grant and budget proposals;

*       Provides support to and oversight of the resident directors and foreign partners;

*       Develops and maintains materials for administration and promotion of programs including handbooks, applications, websites and brochures;

*       Maintains contact databases and uses existing participant databases;

*       Works with staff to facilitate the domestic and international travel of American participants, including correspondence, preparation of materials, and visa processing;

*       Works with second language acquisition methodologists to ensure that the NSLI-Y program meets its stated goals (this includes coordinating testing, reviewing syllabi, and organizing trainings);

*       Coordinates with Program Manager of China Programs regarding the program in China, program administration, participant monitoring, on-program support, and partners in China;

*       Provides supervision, guidance and training to Program Officer and other program staff;

*       Provides support for secondary school programs as needed.

*       Bachelor’s degree  required; Master’s degree in education, second language acquisition or another relevant field strongly

*       Experience working with high school students;

*       Effective written and verbal communication skills in English and Russian required; Chinese a plus;

*       Experience designing and managing international programs;

*       Demonstrated organizational ability and problem-solving skills;

*       Ability to manage multiple priorities quickly and effectively;

*       Ability to work independently while contributing to an overall team effort;

*       Proven ability to exercise good judgment under pressure;

*       Financial management skills, including budget development and financial tracking;

*       Effective interpersonal skills;

*       Computer skills, including strong knowledge of Access, Excel, as well as experience with Drupal and social networking;

*       Strong commitment to the mission;

*       Experience with U.S. and other systems of secondary education;

*       Experience with international exchange participants and program administration.

*       Experience living abroad preferred.

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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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