Academic Programs International (API) is a private study abroad organisation based in Austin (TX) in the United States. We offer API students the experience of a lifetime with study abroad and international exchange programs in the South Pacific Asia, Europe, Latin America and The Middle East. For additional information view the API website at http://www.apistudyabroad.com.
API is seeking a Resident Director (RD) for its study abroad program in Shanghai, China. The Shanghai program operates during the fall, spring and summer terms.
The RD serves as API´s primary liaison for the program and coordinates communication between University partners, students and our office in Austin. S/he is responsible for undertaking all tasks necessary for the smooth and successful operation of the program.
The candidate will perform administrative functions by planning, organizing, and directing the day to day operations of the study abroad program in Shanghai. S/he handles academic and all non-academic issues, such as activities and excursions. He or she will monitor classes and advise students with regard to the most common academic questions on matters concerning attendance, university regulations, etc. The RD directs each term's orientation sessions, must meet frequently with API´s students (both informally and during regular office hours) to evaluate their goals, progress, and adjustment to studying in a foreign culture. In addition, the RD is responsible for managing the programs operating budgets and submitting financial reports. S/he works with the Regional Director, the Program Manager, and students to solve any problems or issues.
This job description is considered a guide to the position and should not be considered exhaustive.
Attributes of the ideal RD candidate are flexibility, enthusiasm, dedication and excitement to bring their own personal touch as they implement improvements to the program.
Requirements, in Order of Priority
A BA in a relevant discipline
1st hand knowledge of Chinese language and culture and familiarity with the city of Shanghai
Fluency in English
Excellent management & organizational skills
A demonstrated sensitivity to student needs and cultural differences
A commitment to education and study abroad
Professional or academic experience working with Americans
A desire to help develop and improve our programs further.
Salary and Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience
Qualified candidates should submit:
A formal cover letter that includes the position title and how you first heard of the position opening
Contact information for two references
For questions and to send application materials via e-mail (as Word or PDF attachments) to:
Mona M. Miller
Regional Director, Asia and the South Pacific