Job Opening: Resident Director, Tokyo, Council on International Educational Exchange

job opening - 5Institution:       Council on International Educational Exchange, Study Abroad
Location:          Japan
Position:          Resident Director, Tokyo


A nonprofit, non-governmental organization, CIEE is the world leader in international education and exchange.  For 65 years CIEE has helped thousands of people gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available.  Serving over 300 U.S. College and University consortium members, CIEE operates sixty study centers in over forty countries that support study abroad programs for over 7,000 students annually.  In addition, as the largest sponsor for U.S. Department of State J-1 Visa programs, CIEE helps nearly 25,000 international students participate in U.S. based exchange programs annually.  CIEE programs and services span study abroad, teach abroad, international faculty development seminars, and inbound exchange study, work, and internship programs for today’s high school and university students, professionals, and educators.

We strive to lead a robust community of international program providers and sponsors through innovation, exemplary service and exceptional efficiency.  Our success depends on having the very best professionals.  CIEE is committed to recruiting and retaining the best people in the industry, particularly those who are passionate about international education, are self-starters with high levels of energy and autonomy, and are dedicated to exceed expectations in every challenge.


The CIEE Tokyo Resident Director is responsible for the quality and success of the programs offered at the CIEE Study Center in Tokyo, Japan.  The position is responsible for all aspects of in-country operations as well as for long-range planning, ongoing program evaluation, development, and marketing.  The Resident Director is responsible for ensuring the highest levels of program quality and customer satisfaction.  This individual must be willing to live full-time in Tokyo 12 months per year in order to oversee CIEE programs.


  • M.A. required; Ph.D. preferred—candidate must have academic background that includes relevant experience in Japanese/Asian studies
  • Native or near-native fluency in Japanese required
  • 5-7 years’ professional work experience, preferably in an international education-related position required
  • In-depth knowledge of Japan and its culture, history, business practices, and academic environment required
  • Strong leadership and staff management skills required, as well as a demonstrated commitment to customer service
  • Familiarity with U.S. higher education and direct experience working with U.S. college and university students required
  • Prior experience creating/managing budgets and reporting on financial expenditures required
  • Strong interpersonal skills—must be able to engender the trust and confidence of students and parents, and be able to deal effectively with a wide variety of often sensitive issues, ensuring that all involved parties are satisfied with the resolution
  • Willingness and ability to live full-time (12 months per year) in Tokyo; preference will be given to candidates who are currently legal residents in Japan

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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