AUCA-Bard Program Manager, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The AUCA-Bard Study Abroad Program for North American students is based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan at the American University of Central Asia, the region’s premier university. Opening in Fall 2011, AUCAB is the only program in Central Asia to offer direct enrollment to visiting North American students in broad range of liberal arts courses with special emphasis on Central Asian Studies (as well as Russian as a Second Language). The main goal of the AUCA Bard 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 understanding of Central Asia. Since the program is run within AUCA, there are innumerable opportunities for cross-cultural exchange and dialogue.

The Program Manager of the AUCA-Bard Study Abroad Program is a professional, full-time administrator employed year-round by Bard College at AUCA in Bishkek. The Program Manager reports to the Associate 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 AUCA. S/he supervises the daily running and management of the AUCA Bard Study Abroad Program during the fall and spring semesters and possibly, in the future, the Summer Program.

AUCA-Bard will host approximately 10 students per term initially, beginning fall 2011, increasing to between 20 and 25 North American students each semester by 2013. The Program Manager is responsible for all aspects of the program as well as crisis management and student support services. Specific tasks include supervision of one full-time local staff member, providing student support of all sorts, work on program development, recruitment and admission, accounting, as well as organizing and running program orientations two-three times per year. The Program Manager also acts as a liaison between the IILE and AUCA, including work with AUCA’s President’s Office, Registrar, IT Services, Financial Office, Admissions Office and International Students 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 Central Asia, 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 with 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 send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three professional references by email to
Subject line: AUCA Program Manager. 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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