American Councils for International Education is a premier, international non-profit organization creating educational opportunities that prepare individuals and institutions to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world. Through academic exchanges, overseas language immersion, and educational development programs, American Councils has designed and administered innovative programs that broaden individual perspectives, increase knowledge, and deepen understanding for almost 45 years across more than 85 countries.
American Councils administers the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program, a scholarship opportunity funded by the U.S. Department of State. Now in its 26th year and expanding to new countries, FLEX provides outstanding, competitively selected secondary school students with a life-changing opportunity to spend a year living with a U.S. host family and attending a U.S. high school, in addition to participating in a variety of activities to learn about U.S. culture and share their own. The Country Representative’s primary responsibility is the management of the FLEX program in the given country as well as administrative and financial oversight of the local office and organizational relations in the host country. This position reports to the Manager for Field Operations, Secondary School Programs and works in close coordination with Washington-based program managers and colleagues in the region.
- Coordinate and implement all components of the FLEX program cycle in the given country including participant recruitment activities (publicity, testing, interviews), orientation and travel, and on-program support;
- Represent and promote the FLEX program and communicate accordingly with local education institutions, local and social media, U.S. Embassy, and other official institutions as appropriate;
- Provide regular on-program support, which includes logistical, administrative, and practical support to participants and natural families;
- Provide prompt updates on time-sensitive issues and share information for reporting to the DC office as requested;
- Create and update FLEX recruitment, notification and other program materials in appropriate local language(s);
- Conduct informational meetings for program participants and their parents;
- Travel extensively throughout the given country during recruitment and occasionally to other countries for training conferences;
Administration and Financial Duties:
- Responsible for overall supervision of American Councils programs and infrastructure in country including academic, operational, and other policy matters that are affected by the region’s political, economic and cultural conditions and requirements of the host environment;
- Responsible for office and program administration, ensuring correct interpretation and implementation of administrative rules and procedures of American Councils in the context of local laws; management of outgoing and incoming funds, procurement of goods and services, budgeting, financial reporting and analysis of program expenditures;
- Represent American Councils and programs and activities in the given country; develop and maintain relationships with the U.S. Embassy, host government representatives, and other local organizations and groups;
- Communicate with Washington office and other field offices as needed related to program, financial, and administrative matters; manage staff visits; develop new programming and contributions to proposals;
- Cultivate new development initiatives; and
- Other duties as assigned.
- Must have authorization to work in assigned country (Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Slovenia). Preference given to local nationals.
- Minimum two years’ experience in exchange program administration or position with similar duties
- Demonstrated excellence in communication and multicultural interpersonal skills
- Fluent in one or more local languages
- Fluent in English and able to translate from local language into English
- Experience conducting business meetings on the road
- Familiarity with the education system in the given country and the United States
- Flexibility to occasionally work on weekends and evenings
- Experience in budget management and excellent attention to detail
- Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in a relevant field of study
- Outstanding time management, organization and planning skills
- Preference given to candidates who have studied in the United States
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