Institution: George Washington University
Location: Washington, DC
Type: Full Time
Education: BA or experience
Job Description Summary:
The Sigur Center for Asian Studies is a university research institute and the academic home of the Asian Studies Program of the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. Its mission is to increase the quality and broaden the scope of scholarly research and publication on Asia, promote US-Asian scholarly interaction and educate a new generation of students, scholars, analysts, and policymakers.
The Sigur Center promotes research and policy analysis on East Asia, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia through an active program of publishing, teaching, public events and policy engagement. The Center offers students the largest Asian Studies program in the Washington, DC metropolitan region, with around 70 faculty members working on Asia. The Center was founded in 1991 out of the Sino-Soviet Institute. It was named for Gaston Sigur (1924-1995), a Japan specialist with a long career at The George Washington University, the National Security Council, and the US Department of State. It has enjoyed status as a signature program of the university since 2003. The Sigur Center currently seeks a Program Coordinator.
The Program Coordinator plays an integral role in the programming of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. The incumbent oversees the Center’s 60+ annual events in addition to playing a critical role in the Center’s communications and outreach effort. This includes website management, social networking, publications, and reports. This position also assists in coordinating the Center’s Visiting Scholars Program which includes working with Scholars and GW’s International Services Office to procure visas and other paperwork. Specific responsibilities include:
- Develops, organizes, and implements the Center’s numerous special events in conjunction with the Director and Associate Director. This includes identifying speakers and topics, drafting invitation letters, scheduling the event, audience development, and publicity across numerous platforms. The incumbent is also responsible for attending all events and serving as the point of contact with GWU or vendors to ensure set-up, delivery of food, etc.
- Manages the Center’s website and publications and coordinates with other Center staff on communications tools and strategies.
Assists the Program Associate in coordinating the Center’s Visiting Scholars (10-15 annually) program.
- Processes payments and honoraria, reimbursements, and reconciles procurement card charges in a timely manner.
- Assigns duties to and supervises front desk student assistants.
- Assists Director and Associate Director with writing, editing, and formatting a variety of annual reports for various stakeholders.
- Performs other work related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
Qualified candidates will hold a high school diploma/GED plus 3 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
- A Bachelor’s degree in an applicable field (i.e. Asian Studies, International Affairs, Communications, etc.).
- Experience living, working, or studying in Asia is strongly preferred. Cross-cultural experience and/or working in an international environment is strongly preferred.
- Knowledge of a modern Asian language is preferred.
- Experience with program management and business administration is highly desired.
- High proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with Dreamweaver or a similar web content management system is highly desirable. HTML experience is a plus.
- Working knowledge of social networking tools (Twitter, Facebook, and blogs).
- Exceptional professional writing and editing skills. Ability to synthesize large amounts of information in written format.
- Experience with US visa procedures (especially J-1 and J-2) is a plus