American Councils is currently seeking a qualified Resident Director to work in Japan on a summer program approximately eight weeks in length. The program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students and is focused on the acquisition of Japanese language and culture in an immersion setting.
Anticipated Employment Dates: Early June - August 2020 (exact appointment dates will vary according to program specifics). Resident Director training dates will be announced separately.
Resident Directors act as representatives of American Councils on overseas programs. Resident Directors work with the host institution, manage communication between American Councils, program participants and local staff, arrange logistics for the group, advise participants as required, and resolve medical and other issues as necessary.
Resident Directors must be available to participants on a daily basis, observe classes at the host institution, meeting regularly with teachers, administrators and participants, and arrange group travel and cultural programs and other events and activities focused on the immersion experience. Resident Directors must be available to participants during any emergencies that arise and must communicate regularly with American Councils program staff in Washington, D.C. Resident Directors are not allowed to leave the program site or group excursions to conduct personal travel. 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 at the end of the program. Other reporting requirements may apply.
Prior to departure, Resident Directors may be required to complete an orientation program for staff. Resident Directors may be asked to travel with their respective participant group at the beginning of the program and return to Washington, DC with the group at the end of the program. In some cases, Resident Directors may be asked to travel to the program site in advance of the students’ arrival. Resident Directors report to the D.C.-based Program Manager and staff. Completion of a successful background check may be required. All offers are contingent upon ability to receive and maintain a visa to the host country.
- Being responsible for and available to a group of American college and graduate students at all times during the program;
- Advising program participants as needed on a variety of language learning, cultural, adjustment, and logistical issues, including on issues such as group dynamics and interpersonal relationships;
- Reporting on program activities to program staff in Washington, D.C. or staff in the host country;
- Responding to participant emergencies, including assisting participants with navigating local clinics and hospitals;
- Supporting students from diverse backgrounds as well as students who have never traveled abroad before;
- 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, including a language policy;
- Managing a small budget of program funds and maintaining detailed financial documentation, including monthly reports;
- Collecting and tagging photographs and videos from students and local CLS staff;
- Completing a pre-departure orientation and training session;
- Working with host families, which may include selection and monitoring of host families, conducting site-visits, maintaining weekly communication, and conflict resolution;
- Supervising the work of an assistant;
- Resolving other program-related issues as necessary; and
- Performing other program-related tasks as directed.