Job Opening: Program Associate, Carolina Asia Center

*Position: Program Associate (full-time)
*Institution: Carolina Asia Center, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
*Application Deadline: 29 May 2017

Carolina Asia Center

The Carolina Asia Center is the University of North Carolina’s flagship organization for Asia-related activities. In 2014, we became the first Title VI-funded pan-Asia National Resource Center in the southeast United States. The Center’s mission is to positively transform our understanding of and relationship with Asia and to equip students and others with the knowledge of Asia to assume leadership roles. The Center develop resources for engagement with Asia-related topics through seminars, language study, outreach, cultural competency, study abroad and visiting scholars programs.

The Center is a unit of UNC-Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences and work with various professional schools, departments, centers and student organizations on campus. Beyond Carolina, we collaborate with regional and international institutions to develop and implement educational programs on Asia.

Position Description

The Carolina Asia Center is a National Resource Center (NRC) funded by Title VI of the US Department of Education. Funding for the NRC supports initiatives to provide educational and outreach programs at local, regional, and national levels for K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions as well as for business, media, government, and the general public. The Program Associate will support the coordination and implementation of day to day activities of the Carolina Asia Center. The Program Associate will be supervised by the Center’s Associate Director, and will work with Center’s Director, Business Manager, and Program Manager for the Phillips Ambassadors program as well as Center’s partners. The duties include, but not limited to the following: coordinate, plan, organize and implement Asia related events on campus and beyond; work with faculty working groups and student organizations to organize and implement Asia related events; provide administrative and logistic support to implement programs; assist with research, data collection and report writing; support outreach program to K-12 and Community Colleges, Business, Media and Government at local, regional and national levels; and support drafting web updates and newsletters and compiling and distributing weekly Asia-related opportunities and events listings.

Other duties include, but are not limited to: manage the Center’s listservs; attend Asia-related events as required; provide support to run fellowship/grant programs including Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship program; provide support for the CAC Visiting Scholars program as needed; evenings and weekend work may be required, but partially flexible schedule and provide other support as required to develop or implement programs to achieve the Center’s mission and strategic goals.

High school diploma or equivalency; or demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

The selected candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong interpersonal and intercultural skills, and strong organizational skills. In addition, selected candidate must have strong problem-solving and analytical skills, and be able to work as a member of a close-knit team. The ability to work independently is also essential. The selected candidate must have experience in organizing events and supporting program implementation. Proofreading and editing skills are also required.

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred qualifications for this position include a bachelor’s degree and academic training in Asian Studies. Experience developing and writing e-newsletters is a plus. The ability to interact with diverse personalities including faculty, staff, students, K-14 educators, representatives of government agencies, and the general public is also preferred. At least one or two years of experience in organizing events is highly preferable.

Through UNC Careers Website:

Required Documents: (1) Cover Letter, (2) CV or Resume, (3) List of References

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to

Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

Further information can be found at:

About Travis

I am a scholar of Japanese & Okinawan history with a particular interest in the history of arts and culture, and inter-Asia interactions, in the early modern period. I have been fortunate to enjoy the opportunity to live in Okinawa for six months in 2016-17, and in mainland Japan on multiple occasions, including from Sept 2019 to now.
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