The Country Director is responsible for maintaining relations for American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS organizational, administering existing programs, and developing new programs in Armenia. The position oversees all internal operations in the Yerevan office, and provides oversight of cultural exchange programs as well as in-country programming across the country with a growing portfolio of activity. Primary responsibilities include: relations with the U.S. Embassy; oversight of administrative and finance functions; liaison with government officials; recruitment and testing of potential program participants; orientation and coordination of logistics for participants; and supervision and delivery of alumni programming. The position can involve rigorous seasonal travel within Armenia with some regional travel also possible. The Country Director reports to the Regional Director for the South Caucasus located in Tbilisi, Georgia and works closely with Washington and field-based program managers.
Oversight and Leadership:
- Provides overall supervision of American Councils programs in country by communicating with locally-based staff members and any sub-recipients concerning performance as well as on academic, operational, and other policy matters that are affected by the region’s political, economic and cultural conditions;
- Makes recommendations on general program implementation matters and on the influence of local conditions on administration of programs in the local environment;
- Represents American Councils and programs in individual consultations, public appearances, program orientations for inbound and outbound groups, and in meetings with potential and existing partners;
- Maintains American Councils organizational relations in country with relevant US government offices and institutions (the US embassy/ consulate, PAS, USAID, and other US government agencies); with the host country government and private institutions (government ministries, agencies and offices; national corporations; institutional partners); with the in-country offices of international and American organizations and foundations; and with the media;
- Participates actively in designing and developing new programs, seeking new funding sources, and contributing to proposals.
- Oversees and assists in organizing, implementing and reporting on activities, including recruitment and alumni activities delivered by host country office;
- Monitors all recruitment activities to assure timely and proper conduct of competitions;
- Conducts recruitment, including advertising, lectures, interviews with finalist candidates, testing, correspondence, and meetings with parents, applicants and finalists, and those not selected;
- Oversees tracking of all applicant and participant files;
- Coordinates alumni activity planning and delivery of appropriate activities for alumni of all programs, oversees alumni assistants and alumni fellows, coordinates updates to alumni information, submits regular reports on alumni activity;
- Meets with ministry and US government officials regularly to provide appropriate information and overview of competition processes and alumni activities; keeps them informed of changes regarding the competition;
- Coordinates and supervises all logistics for events: meeting flights, transporting to hotels, organizing support staff, registering participants, providing support to dignitaries and guests.
Administration and Finance:
- Manages all general office administrative matters such as negotiating contracts; interacting with landlords, maintaining proper work environment, etc.;
- Develops country office policies in compliance with local legislation, U.S. grant requirements, global American Councils policies, and local environment;
- Provides DC office with finance reports monthly, and budgets monthly; monitors all outgoing and incoming funds;
- Hires for approved positions, prepares contracts and maintains files for host-country national staff, trains and oversees staff, conducts performance reviews, monitors proper submission of timesheets
- Provides oversight for maintenance of local website and intranet materials pertinent to local office.
- Experience with management, oversight, and administration of a varied program portfolio, including budget management;
- Supervisory experience; experience supervising host-country national staff preferred;
- Experience traveling extensively and working under difficult conditions;
- Overseas work/living experience, preferably in-country; demonstrated interest in the region and its culture;
- Cross-cultural skills;
- Strong written and oral communication skills in Armenian and/or Russian;
- Bachelor's degree (graduate degree preferred) — related to region in: economics, international education or development, history, or related area.