Job Opening: Assistant Director, Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association

job opening - 5Institution: Oberlin College
Location: Oberlin, OH
Application deadline: March 29, 2013
Start date: June 17, 2013
Education: BA required, postgrad degree preferred

The Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association (“Shansi”) is seeking an Assistant Director to join a dynamic team dedicated to international educational exchange and promoting understanding and communication among Asian and American partner institutions. This position will be based in Shansi’s offices at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.


The Assistant Director will work with the Executive Director on all aspects of Shansi’s work, including strategic planning, program management, fundraising and development, public relations, and on–campus engagement at Oberlin College. The Assistant Director will assist the Executive Director in representing Shansi with Asian partner institutions, Oberlin College faculty and students, donors, Shansi alumni, Trustees, and other key stakeholders.

About Oberlin Shansi

Founded in 1908, the Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association (“Shansi”) is among the oldest international educational exchange programs in the United States and takes great pride in its multifaceted approach to building bridges between the United States and Asia. Shansi seeks to promote understanding and communication between Asians and Americans through its varied connections with its partner institutions, including teaching and service exchanges of faculty, staff, and students. Shansi partners with Oberlin College and with universities and NGOs in China, India, Indonesia, and Japan. The defining programs offered by Shansi are: two-year fellowships for recent Oberlin graduates to teach or engage in service projects at partner institutions in Asia; faculty and staff exchanges among Oberlin and the Asian partner institutions; and travel grants for Oberlin students to pursue independent research or service projects during winter term or summer. For more information about Shansi, please visit our website at

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for managing the Shansi Fellows program, including promoting the program on the Oberlin College campus, recruiting applicants, overseeing the selection and orientation of new Fellows, and maintaining regular contact with and providing ongoing support to Fellows in Asia.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director, the Development Committee of the Shansi Board of Trustees, Oberlin College partners, and others to support individual fundraising, grant writing, and engagement with Shansi stakeholders.
  • Enhance Shansi’s public outreach through development of engaging online and printed communications materials and organization of events for Shansi friends, Oberlin College alumni, and other interested stakeholders.
  • Provide support for the Shansi Board of Trustees meetings and retreats, and as assigned by the Board and the Executive Director, staff specific Board Committees and engage in Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Committees of the Board.
  • When the Executive Director is absent, serve as the key point of contact with the Shansi Board and act on the Executive Director’s behalf when necessary.
  • Periodic travel overseas and within the United States may be required.

Requirements and Desired Qualifications

Experience: A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience in a relevant field such as international exchange, international development or education, or foreign affairs in Asia with non-profit organizations, academic institutions, or in business.

Education: Bachelor’s degree required; post-graduate degree in a relevant field is preferred.


  • Flexibility, creativity, and a passion for international exchange and development will be crucial to success.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Proven interpersonal and intercultural skills, familiarity with Asian cultures, strong cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity, and ability to build and maintain relationships across cultures.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to work effectively with a broad range of partners, including undergraduate students, college faculty and administration, staff of Asian academic institutions and non-governmental organizations, Shansi trustees, and many other key institutional stakeholders.
  • Experience living in Asia and proficiency in a language of one of Shansi’s partner countries is highly desirable.
  • Experience with fundraising for non-profits will be looked upon favorably.
  • Computer literacy and competency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel necessary, and experience with desktop publishing and relationship management software helpful.

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