The YES Programs Local Coordinator is responsible for functions related to implementation of the Kennedy-Lugar YES and YES Abroad programs in Banja Luka, while supporting and aiding the Country Representative in Sarajevo when needed. The position reports to the Country Representative in Sarajevo, and works in conjunction with Washington-based program managers and colleagues in Southeast Europe.
About American Councils:
American Councils for International Education is an international not-for-profit organization working to advance education, research, and mutual understanding across the United States and the nations of Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Southeast Europe. Its mission is to foster democratic development and civil societies by advancing education and research, cultivating leadership, and empowering individuals and institutions through learning. With a staff of over 450 professionals in over 60 countries, American Councils designs, implements, and supports innovative programs in education, community outreach and scholarly research.
YES and YES Abroad program:
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program provides scholarships for high school students to spend up to one academic year in the U.S. where they live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures. The program is focused on countries with significant Muslim populations and is a democratic response to the events of September 11, 2001, providing a deeper understanding between cultures.
The YES Abroad program was initiated as a reciprocal extension of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program for American students doing an exchange program in countries with significant Muslim populations.
- Coordinate the YES Abroad Program in Banja Luka including: host family and host school recruitment, activities with students like orientations, cultural events and volunteer opportunities and on-program support.
- Support the implementation of the YES program including: promoting and advertising, assisting in all rounds of testing; organizing various program events; local visa support, preparing student departure and arrival.
- Assist in the implementation of other programs of the organization, as required;
- Other duties as assigned.
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full Time, Undetermined Term (after initial probationary period)
REPORTS TO: Country Representative
- Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in a relevant field of study
- Eligible for employment in Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Minimum 2 years’ experience in exchange program administration or position with similar duties
- Outstanding time management, organization and planning skills
- Demonstrated excellence in communication and multicultural interpersonal skills
- Fluent in English and one or more local languages
- Familiarity with the education system in Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Experience traveling under difficult conditions
- Flexibility to occasional work on weekends and evenings
- Experience in budget management
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office software suite and common social media platforms
DEADLINE for applications submission: June 17, CEST 23:59.
Preferred Start Date: August 1, 2018
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – American Councils is committed to taking affirmative steps to enhance employment opportunities for minorities, women, veterans, and people with disabilities, and strives to ensure that meaningful employment and promotional opportunities are maintained for everyone. American Councils’ commitment to equal employment opportunity is based not only on federal requirements, but also on a longstanding commitment to maintaining a diverse workforce reflective of the communities in which we operate.
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