Academic Year Resident Director, Chinese Language Program-NSLI-Y
Job Details
Beijing, China - Beijing, China


American Councils is currently seeking a qualified Resident Director to work in Beijing, China on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program.  NSLI-Y is part of a multi-agency federal initiative to increase U.S. citizens’ capacity to engage with people from around the world who speak selected critical languages. NSLI-Y is administered through a cooperative agreement between the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State and the American Councils for International Education. NSLI-Y provides language scholarships to American high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 to study Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish overseas for a summer or an academic year. More information can be found at 


The Resident Director will be based in Beijing, China to work on the NSLI-Y academic year program implemented by American Councils from November 2019 - May 2020. Interested candidates may also be considered for work as a summer program Resident Director in another Chinese city from June to August 2020.


Anticipated Employment Dates: November 2019 to May 2020, with possibility to extend to future program cycles. Preference for applicants who can begin no later than mid-November.


The Resident Director represents American Councils on the NSLI-Y program in the host country. The Resident Director oversees implementation of the program on the ground and is responsible for ensuring the program is meeting it goals. The Resident Director will work with the Chinese host institution; manage communications between American Councils program participants and local staff; arrange logistics for the group; advise participants as required; and resolve emergency 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 cultural programs and other events and activities focused on the immersion experience. The Resident Director must be available to support participants during any emergencies that arise and will communicate regularly with the American Councils program staff in Washington, DC. The Resident Director oversees a program budget, and is responsible for proper documentation of program expenditures and timely completion of expense and other reports.


During the academic year, the Resident Director will work with the Washington, DC office on building relations and program development issues with summer host institutions in other sites.

Resident Directors are required to attend pre-departure and re-entry orientations and travel to and from the host country with the participants.


Resident Directors report to the DC-based Program Manager. Completion of a successful background check is required. All offers are contingent upon ability to receive and maintain a Chinese visa.


Detailed responsibilities are outlined below.




  • Works to ensure daily smooth operation of the NSLI-Y Program on the ground in the host country. 
  • Oversees health and safety of program participants.
  • Advises program participants as needed on a variety of language learning, cultural, adjustment and logistical issues.
  • Serves as a liaison between American Councils and the host institution to ensure that the implementation of the NSLI-Y program proceeds as agreed, and works with the Program Manager to develop effective program implementation processes at the host institution.
  • Conducts and arranges weekly group meetings, monitors participant health and wellbeing, ensures participants adhere to program rules and policies, provides program participants with emergency and personal support, secures medical treatment for participants.
  • Ensures that academic program goals are being met, works closely with teachers, observes classes on a regular basis, coordinates student evaluation. 
  • Designs opportunities for students to maximize their language gain and immersion process.
  • Monitors host family placements throughout the program, including conducting site visits and meeting requirements for personal contact with each family. Serves as primary contact on all host family issues.
  • Provides required support to arrange and facilitate group housing, group meals, group transportation and other applicable group arrangements for participants in host country.
  • Arranges volunteer activities, and cultural programs. Organizes and implements arrival, mid-program, and re-entry workshops.
  • Responds to participant medical emergencies, including assisting participants in securing medical care.
  • Manages a small program budget, and is 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.
  • Communicates regularly with American Councils, reporting any problems regarding participants’ health, academic performance, or behavior, and providing general group/program updates.
  • Completes reporting requirements, including site visit reports, narrative reports, participant evaluations, e-mail and phone communication, and financial reporting.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Chinese, area studies or a related field;
  • Advanced written and oral language skills (minimum 2/2+ on ACTFL scale) in Chinese;
  • Study, work, or  travel experience in China;
  • Experience working in a position of authority with high school, undergraduate, or graduate students;
  • Experience overseeing and guiding groups;
  • Demonstrated skills in general financial accountability.
  • Demonstrated organization and time management skills

Review of applications will begin immediately.



American Councils is committed to taking affirmative steps to enhance employment opportunities for minorities, women, veterans, and people with disabilities, and strives to ensure that meaningful employment and promotional opportunities are maintained for everyone. American Councils’ commitment to equal employment opportunity is based not only on federal requirements, but also on a longstanding commitment to maintaining a diverse workforce reflective of the communities in which we operate.



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