The East-West Center (EWC) promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options.
Applications are being accepted for a two-year limited position as International Programs Specialist for the Center’s Education Program (EP). The Education Program provides intellectual, social, cultural and professional development activities in a rich, interdisciplinary and intercultural environment for a dynamic residential community of more than 250 graduate students from the United States and 40+ countries, mostly from Asia and the Pacific. Through cultural exchange, shared experiences and collaborative preparation for future leadership roles throughout the region, students develop lasting relationships and an active network of people committed to positive change. In addition to Center-sponsored scholarship students, the student program includes self-funded graduate students (Student Affiliate Program) at the University Hawai‘i at M?noa that participate in the Center’s educational programs and leadership development opportunities, while living in its international residence halls.
The incumbent is a core member of the senior leadership team of the Education Program, contributing to the development of the vision, direction, goals, policies and activities to ensure it is meeting the needs of students and serving the mission of the EWC. Major duties: develop, implement, coordinate, and administer scholarship programs; play a leading role in developing and carrying out experiential/educational components, including year-round events and activities and leadership development projects required of the graduate student participants; provide general counseling, academic guidance, and activities designed to enrich the over-all experience of the degree student; serve as the primary point of contact for assigned scholarship and affiliate students on all matters and as after-hours contact person for participant emergencies as needed; provide the overall vision, planning and organization for the Student Affiliate Program, including recruitment strategies; and play a leading role in student wellness and student life and help to ensure an enriching set of social, cultural and professional development opportunities for students, to include serving as staff advisor to the East-West Center Participants Association board and mentoring student leaders in a variety of other year-round leadership development and community service projects.
Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field plus four years’ experience working in a higher education environment requiring interaction with students, faculty and administrators and demonstrating the ability to successfully perform the kinds of duties required of the position. Demonstrated experience with graduate student life. Highly effective interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, including excellent verbal and written communication in a culturally diverse environment. Relevant experience with implementing and enforcing institutional policy with university students, educational advising, mentoring, and providing cultural support with U.S. and international students. Demonstrated understanding of the multifaceted academic demands of the graduate student experience and capacity to provide empathetic and sound advice and exercise good judgment. Excellent organizational, planning, and communication skills. Ability to set priorities and work under the pressure of deadlines and competing demands. Demonstrated capacity to work both independently and collaboratively to plan, organize, coordinate, and facilitate successful events, gatherings, and activities for up to 200 people. Ability to work cooperatively with people of diverse cultural, professional, and social backgrounds. Fluency in English. Proficiency with Word and Excel or equivalent programs and ability to learn to adapt to new technologies.
Knowledge and understanding of a complex university structure and admissions processes that include offices of admissions, registrar, graduate school, individual colleges and schools, and academic departments. Knowledge of regulations and laws governing university student affairs, such as Title IX. Experience working on promotion of multicultural/diversity/gender issues in a higher education context. Professional experience which included substantive involvement in teaching, advising, planning, developing and coordinating programs for international and American degree students in an educational institution environment. Experience in and/or knowledge of the Asia Pacific region.
SALARY: $84,894 per year which includes a cost-of-living allowance (COLA) currently at 10.64% (subject to change) and an attractive benefits package.
HOW TO APPLY: Submit an application at www.eastwestcenter.org/employment. Application information should include a cover letter with position title and a statement addressing how the qualifications are met, a resume and names and contact information for three professional references. Screening and assessment will be based on materials submitted. Review of applications will begin on September 26, 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options.