Job Opening: Program Officer, CLS (Focus on Indonesia, Japan and Korea)

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Employer: American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
Location: Washington, DC
Education: BA
Deadline: September 28, 2015


Based in Washington, DC, the Program Officer position for the Critical Language Scholarship Program administers intensive overseas summer language institutes for U.S. graduate and undergraduate students. Responsibilities focus on program administration and logistics, as well as communication with program participants and partners in the East Asia and Pacific Region, with a focus on Indonesia, Japan and Korea. The Program Officer position will also provide secondary support for programs in another region.

The position will require close attention to detail, the ability to handle multiple tasks and work independently, and a readiness to communicate with diverse groups of people. The Program Officer will work closely with the Project Director on the administration of language programs and preparation of participants. While organizational skills and administrative experience will be an important plus for any candidate, an extensive understanding of academic culture for study abroad programs is also important. Some travel will be required.


  • Assist in the administration of institutional partner agreements and budgets;
  • Coordinate with overseas partners on program components;
  • Respond to participant requests and inquiries;
  • Oversee and direct visa processing;
  • Prepare and distribute program materials and handbooks;
  • Organize and participate in pre-departure orientations and virtual trainings for outbound groups;
  • Coordinate recruitment of short-term Resident Director staff positions;
  • Advise and provide training to on-site Resident Directors;
  • Manage weekly conference calls with on-site Resident Directors and maintain daily email correspondence, as needed;
  • Arrange overseas travel and logistics for outbound groups;
  • Maintain occasional contact with an advisory board of language teaching professionals;
  • Contribute to team projects for the development and revision of program materials on a regular basis;
  • Process check requests, prepare invoices and track program payments and expenses;
  • Assist in program recruitment, outreach, and communications efforts;
  • Facilitate ongoing communications with program alumni;
  • Assist in organizing teacher-training workshops;
  • Assist in writing and preparation of reports and grant proposals for funding agencies;
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English; knowledge of a CLS language preferred;
  • Experience in study abroad, international education, federally funded programs for cultural exchange, or familiarity with the field of Second Language Acquisition;
  • Experience working with data and spreadsheets;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills;
  • Experience mentoring or advising students preferred;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities quickly and effectively;
  • Ability to work independently while contributing to an overall team effort;
  • Proven effectiveness in a cross-cultural work environment; and
  • Effective interpersonal skills.

Position contingent upon funding. Review of submitted applications begins September 28, 2015.

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