Job Opening: Seasonal American Language & Culture (ALC) Program Director, Volunteers in Asia

job opening - 5Institution: Volunteers in Asia (VIA), Stanford University
Location: Stanford, CA
Type: seasonal
Deadline: March 31, 2014
Term: June 9, 2014 – early Sept
Education: 4-year degree

Job Summary:

VIA seeks a seasonal program director to run VIA’s American Language & Culture (ALC) program which has been offered since 1977 to Asian university students to build English academic skills through courses offered by Stanford University and explore U.S. contemporary culture through activities such as Silicon Valley company visits and local volunteering.

The ideal candidate will have background in international education and experience running international exchange programs. The seasonal program director will be hired over three months (early June through early September, 2014 with flexible start and end dates) to run one of the ALC sessions. The program dates for 2014 are from July 27 to August 30. The position will be based at the VIA office at Stanford University.

The seasonal ALC Program Director is part of a staff team dedicated to furthering international education through delivering innovative, transformative programs, and the position is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to gain international program experience.

Who we are:

VIA is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to increasing understanding between the United States and Asia through public service and cross-cultural education programs. VIA’s Stanford Programs division fosters an entrepreneurial approach to designing experiential programs that provide in-depth, personal, and provocative cross-cultural experiences for students from top Asian universities for 36 years. In 2013, over 250 students from mainland China, Japan, Korea, Macau, and Taiwan participated in six transformative short-term programs. VIA has offices at Stanford University and in San Francisco. The Stanford Programs staff will be based at the Stanford office.


Pre-program period

  • Arrange program logistics including activities, itineraries, transportation, lodging, and meals
  • Post program content to the program website
  • Communicate program content to participants prior to their arrival
  • Work with Stanford English for Foreign Students (EFS) department for English class arrangements
  • Work with other VIA program directors to prepare for the Stanford student coordinator training week
  • Obtain California Commercial Driver’s license for driving 15-passenger van

Program period

  • Reside in the dormitory during program period
  • Run Stanford student coordinator training with other program directors
  • Manage program activities with other program directors and Stanford student coordinators
  • Manage program budget and maintain accurate expense records
  • Attend weekly teachers meeting with EFS staff
  • Drive 7- or 15-passenger van to transport participants

Post-program period

  • Summarize program evaluation results
  • Provide VIA feedback on program strengths and weaknesses
  • Update program website

Required Qualifications:

  • Commitment to VIA’s mission to provide innovative experiential learning programs that promote cross-cultural understanding, build partnerships, and offer transformative experiences for our participants
  • A strategic thinker, creative problem solver, and self-starter who can be innovative in designing and delivering programs that can maximize impact for the people we serve
  • Excellent detail-oriented, multi-tasking, logistical skills in planning events and outreach
  • Effective communicator with excellent verbal communications skills and writing skills for professional correspondence. Ability to communicate in English with the fluency of a native speaker.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends during program
  • Willingness to obtain Class B Commercial Driver’s license and drive a 15-passenger van
  • Legal right to work in the United States

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in program management
  • Experience working with university students
  • Experience in Asia, especially Japan, Korea, mainland China, or Taiwan
  • Familiarity with the San Francisco Bay Area and Stanford
  • Computer skills (Familiarity with: Macintosh computers, Microsoft Office, and Joomla)

Hire Period:

Early June – early September, 2014

Salary details: Total salary of $9,000 (Monthly salary of $3,000 for 3 months)
Benefits: Room & board and program-related expenses covered during program period

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