Assistant Director, South and Central Asia Fulbright Programs

Institute of International Education
  • Location
    New York or Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 17

Position description

The Assistant Director is responsible for the overall program implementation and deliverables of the South and Central Asia (SCA) Fulbright programs administered by IIE. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government in partnership with binational Fulbright Commissions and U.S. embassies abroad. The Fulbright Program, established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  

The Assistant Director works with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), which sponsors and oversees this prestigious, worldwide program, and provides awards for over 7,000 students, scholars, teachers and professionals per year from over 170 partner (foreign) countries. The SCA Assistant Director works closely with the South and Central Asia Branch of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to oversee approximately 950 participants per year either coming from this region or going to this region on Fulbright grants with an annual program budget of approximately $28 million. The Assistant Director works in close coordination with ECA, binational Fulbright Commission partners, U.S. embassies abroad, and internal IIE units to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to fulfill the programmatic vision and articulate the impact of all components of the South and Central Asia Fulbright programs, including significant programming with Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.  

The SCA Assistant Director has ultimate accountability for the deliverables for the SCA Fulbright programs and serves as the overall regional project manager ensuring timeliness and quality in all deliverables for this region. The SCA Assistant Director ensures adherence to contract, regulatory requirements, budget, timeline, and oversees submission of all regional programmatic reports. The SCA Assistant Director ensures that regional program implementation is in line with the regional programmatic vision and expectations.  

Essential Functions:

  • Communicates with ECA, binational Fulbright Commission partners, and U.S. embassies abroad on a day-to-day basis on the status of programs within regional portfolio.
  • Oversees the entire SCA regional portfolio on a day-to-day basis by providing direction and guidance to IIE team members assigned to the project, as well as external partners, to achieve country, regional and programmatic priorities and policies. 
  • Responsible for ensuring all reporting and deliverables are met for the region for the program sponsor.
  • Manages grant funds, including supplementary funds, cost-share and endowments and recommends financial allocations for assigned regional portfolio.
  • Supervises, coaches, mentors and trains team members assigned to the portfolio.
  • Contributes to administrative process development and improvement
  • Works with finance to establish budgets, monitor budget, and conduct forecasting. Work with internal stakeholders, portfolio finance, HR, Grants & Contracts, and other shared services in the implementation of the program.
  • Leads development of new programs and initiatives within region.
  • Supervises a team of three people who work on Fulbright programming in the SCA region.


Education and Work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s required, Master’s degree preferred. 
  • Education and work experience related to international, cultural, or educational exchanges, and/or other types of international study programming required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Must have experience in scholarship management.
  • Must have strong program and people management skills.
  • Must have an understanding of higher education in the U.S. and abroad, including knowledge of the cultural nuances and general expertise of the SCA region.
  • Must have demonstrated budget management and supervisory skills.
  • Must have an understanding of U.S. Department of State programs and goals of exchange programs, as well as knowledge of U.S. foreign policy pertaining to the SCA region.
  • Must have studied or lived abroad or possess a combination of other relevant international experience.
  • Must have a minimum of 5 years of directly related experience.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Must thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced and challenging program environment.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to interact with a diverse range of exchange participants in a culturally sensitive manner.

Work Conditions & Physical Demands

Essential functions are performed in a general office setting with low noise. Job demands may require long periods of sitting; telephone work and/or computer work, as well as interactions with other team members and external stakeholders. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.IIE is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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