Job announcement for summer Resident
Directors in Russia.
American Councils is currently seeking qualified Resident Directors to
work in Russia on a variety of summer programs ranging from five to
eight weeks in length. Individual programs are designed for high
school students, undergraduate and graduate students, or graduate
students and teachers. All programs are focused on the acquisition of
Russian language and culture in an immersion setting.
ANTICIPATED EMPLOYMENT DATES: Early June – August 2012 (exact
appointment dates will vary by program and site).
Resident Directors represent American Councils on programs overseas.
The Resident Director will work with the host institution, managing
communications between American Councils, program participants and
local staff, arranging logistics for the group, advising participants
as required and resolving medical and other issues as necessary.
Resident Directors must be available to program participants on a
daily basis; observe classes at the host institution; meet regularly
with teachers, administrators, and participants; and arrange group
travel and cultural programs. Resident Directors must be available to
participants during any emergencies that arise and must communicate
regularly with the American Councils program staff in Washington, DC.
Resident Directors oversee a small program budget, and are responsible
for proper documentation of program expenditures and timely completion
of a budget report at the end of each month and end of the program.
Other reporting requirements may apply and will vary by program.
Prior to departure, all Resident Directors are required to complete an
orientation program for staff. Resident Directors may be asked to
travel with their respective participant groups at the beginning of
their programs and return to Washington, DC with the group at the end
of the program. In some cases, Resident Directors will be asked to
travel to the program site in advance of the students’ arrival.
Resident Directors report to the DC-based Program Manager and staff.
Depending on program, employment is contingent upon completion of a
successful background check. All offers are contingent upon ability to
receive a Russian visa.
• Advising program participants as needed;
• Reporting on program activities to program staff in Washington, D.C;
• Responding to participant emergencies, including assisting
participants with navigating local clinics and hospitals;
• Liaising with the host institution and local program staff;
• Observing the academic program;
• Arranging group travel and cultural programs;
• Maintaining adherence to program rules and policies among
participants—for some programs, this includes a no-English policy;
• Managing a small budget of program funds and maintaining detailed
financial documentation, including monthly reports;
• Working with host families, which may include selection and
monitoring of host families;
• Completing a pre-departure orientation and training session;
• Resolving other program-related issues as necessary; and
• Performing other program-related tasks as directed.
• Bachelor’s degree or higher in language of host country or area
studies or equivalent;
• Advanced written and oral language skills (minimum 2/2+ on ACTFL
scale) in Russian;
• Study, work, or extensive travel experience in host country;
• Experience working in a position of authority with high school,
undergraduate, or graduate students;
• Experience overseeing and guiding groups;
• Demonstrated skills in academic and personal counseling; and
• Demonstrated skills in general financial accountability.
Positions contingent upon funding. Review of applications will begin
on December 1, 2011.
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