Tuesday, May 5, 2009

JOB- Program Officer, Persian and Central Asian Turkic Languages, American Councils, Washington, DC

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JOB- Program Officer, Persian & Central Asian Turkic Langs., American Councils

Posted by: Jacob Smith <smith@americancouncils.org>

Program Officer
Persian Overseas Flagship Program
Washington, DC

Position Description


Based in Washington, DC, the Program Officer will assist in the
administration and daily operation of the Persian and Central Asian
Turkic Languages Overseas Flagship Programs and the Eurasian Regional
Language Program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and various other locations.
The Persian and Central Asian Turkic Languages Overseas Flagship
Programs are designed to train superior speakers of Persian and
Central Asian Turkic languages. While the Program Officer's first
priority will be to assist in the development and operation of the
Flagship programs, he/she will also regularly assist with daily
administration of the Eurasian Regional Language Program, designed for
students interested in studying a variety of Eurasian languages on
summer, semester and academic-year programs.

The Flagship Program officer will report to the Senior Program
Managers for Flagship and Outbound Programs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Assist in the design, development, and implementation of the
programs listed in the summary
* Assist in daily operation of the programs listed in the summary
* Obtain materials, plan seminars, and arrange travel and other
logistics for faculty professional development
* Assist in the development and design entrance exams and applications
* Update and edit program applications
* Update participant handbook and program publications
* Help to organize selection committees
* Help to design and coordinate pre-departure orientations
* Coordinate participant testing and measures for tracking the
progress of participants
* Communicate with overseas staff, US university partners, and
government contractors and funders
* Respond to inquiries from applicants
* Provide ongoing logistical support to resident directors and
students overseas
* Work with overseas staff to arrange visas, travel, housing, and
internships for participants
* Write reports, proposals, and promotional materials
* Maintain and update websites
* Promote fellowship programs though electronic and print media
* Conduct outreach activities
* Assist in development of program budgets and tracking of expenses


* Bachelor's degree in Near Eastern Studies, Central Asian Studies,
or related field; graduate degree preferred
* Excellent written and oral communication skills
* Experience in international education, study abroad, or federally
funded programs for cultural exchange
* Strong ability to work on multiple tasks and as part of a team
* Outstanding organizational and time-management skills
* Strong spoken and written Persian, Tajiki, Russian and /or a
Central Asian Turkic language
* Familiarity with teaching, testing, or developing course materials preferred

MORE INFORMATION: Please visit our employment section at
http://www.americancouncils.org and read more about Flagship at

To Apply:

Send a cover letter/resume and salary requirements to American
Councils, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036.
Fax: (202) 872-9178 or (202) 833-7523; E-mail:
resumes@americancouncils.org. Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is a
private, non-profit educational association and exchange organization
devoted to improving education, professional training and research
within and regarding the former Soviet Union (FSU). American Councils
administers academic exchange and training programs in virtually all
fields; provides educational advising and academic testing services
throughout the FSU; and organizes conferences and seminars in the US
and abroad for its membership, exchange participants, alumni, and
professional groups.

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