Institute Director, Critical Language Scholarship China Program
About the Alliance
The Alliance for Global Education, LLC, a division of the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University, provides stimulating, interdisciplinary study abroad programs that maintain high academic standards, strong student services, and careful health and safety measures. Our core mission is to develop and promote innovative programs in vibrant, dynamic countries that are of ever-increasing scholarly, political, and economic interest. For the summer of 2015 term, The Alliance has partnered with American Councils for International Education to run the Department of State - Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs’ Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) programs in three locations across China.
The Institute Director for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is responsible for the management and development of the Alliance’s CLS China program in Xi’an. Primary responsibilities include serving as the liaison between the host university, CLS Director, and Alliance U.S. staff, and overseeing the development and implementation of orientation, housing, activities, and excursions associated with the program. The Institute Director is also responsible for managing the office and its operating budget. The Institute Director works closely with the CLS Director, the Senior Program Officer in D.C., and other China staff on all aspects of CLS China program development management as needed. This temporary consultant position includes a 5 month contract. Benefits are not included.
Institute Director Responsibilities
- Serve as the main point of contact for all aspects of the CLS program
- Serve as liaison between the Alliance U.S. staff, Language Director, and Chinese host university administration. Build and strengthen the relationship with host institution. Represent the needs of the Alliance, American Councils and the Department of State, to the host institution and ensure that they are operating according to the agreement
- Serve as main point of contact on-site for CLS RD
- Maintain a strong relationship with host university and facilitate introductions between university staff and the CLS Resident Director (RD) as needed
- Reserve student dorm housing; work with host university to identify Chinese roommates and match with CLS students; provide orientation to Chinese roommates about the CLS program and their role; assist the CLS RD in resolving issues between students and their Chinese roommates as needed
- Assist Language Director and host university administrators with selecting and hiring local teaching faculty as needed
- Assist Language Director with logistics for any pre-program teacher trainings as needed
- Hire a Program Assistant to begin at least one month prior to start of program
- Recruit and select peer language partners in collaboration with Language Director and host university administrators
- Arrange airport transfer, pick-up and drop-off for CLS RD and students
- Design orientation schedule and arrange all orientation activities on behalf of CLS RD
- Arrange and participate in welcome and farewell ceremonies for CLS students
- Reserve all classrooms, orientation, and closing ceremony space
- Design two creative extra-curricular activities that offer students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Chinese culture (i.e. calligraphy, martial arts, etc.); prepare schedule for CLS RD
- Make arrangements for three excursions within the host city and prepare schedule for CLS RD
- Develop an overnight trip itinerary to a nearby location to be led by the CLS RD
- Actively enforce Chinese language pledge when interacting with CLS program students; encourage them to speak Chinese at all times
- Serve as a backup emergency contact for CLS students
- Provide leadership, crisis management, and assistance to CLS RD during student emergencies
- Act as a resource for the CLS RD and students regarding the local area, campus life, etc.
- Manage CLS program operating budget, maintain accounting records, and submit regular accounting reports to Alliance D.C. staff
- Monitor the quality of the classroom, dorm, and other on-campus facilities as applicable
- Communicate frequently with the CLS Director and other U.S.-based Alliance staff regarding program issues
- Submit final reports at the end of the CLS program as required by the Department of State
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
- At least two years of relevant work experience in China; experience studying or working in U.S.
- Experience working with American college students
- Near-fluent language skills in both Mandarin and English
- Proven organization, management, and communication skills
- Strong leadership skills, with the ability to work well independently and as part of a team
- A commitment to the ideals of international education, and a genuine interest in sharing China’s linguistic, historic, and cultural legacy with American students
- Flexibility toward evolving responsibilities
Submit a cover letter and résumé to email@example.com with “Application for CLS Institute Director” in the subject line by Sunday, April 26. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.