Job: Summer Resident Directors (American Councils)

Deadline for Applications: Open Until Filled

American Councils is currently seeking qualified Resident Directors to work overseas on a variety of summer Russian language programs ranging from six to eight weeks in length. Individual programs are designed for high school students or undergraduate and graduate students. All programs are focused on the acquisition of Russian language and culture in an immersion setting. Programs may be held in a variety of locations in the Russian Federation, Eastern Europe, and/or Eurasia. Program locations are subject to change prior to program start.

Anticipated Employment Dates: Early June – August 2017 (exact appointment dates will vary by program and site).

Resident Directors represent American Councils on programs overseas. The Resident Director will work with the host institution, managing communications between American Councils, program participants and local staff, arranging logistics for the group, advising participants as required and resolving medical and other issues as necessary.

Resident Directors must be available to program participants on a daily basis; observe classes at the host institution; meet regularly with teachers, administrators, and participants; and arrange group travel and cultural programs and other events and activities focused on the immersion experience. Resident Directors must be available to participants during any emergencies that arise and must communicate regularly with American Councils program staff in Washington, DC. Resident Directors oversee a small program budget, and are responsible for proper documentation of program expenditures and timely completion of a budget report at the end of each month and end of the program. Other reporting requirements may apply.

Prior to departure, all Resident Directors are required to complete an orientation program for staff. Resident Directors may be asked to travel with their respective participant groups at the beginning of their programs and return to Washington, DC with the group at the end of the program. In some cases, Resident Directors will be asked to travel to the program site in advance of the students’ arrival. Resident Directors report to the DC-based Program Manager and staff. Completion of a successful background check may be required. All offers are contingent upon ability to receive and maintain a visa to the host country.


  • Advising program participants as needed on a variety of language learning, cultural, adjustment and logistical issues;
  • Reporting on program activities to program staff in Washington, DC;
  • Responding to participant emergencies, including assisting participants with securing medical care and navigating local clinics and hospitals;
  • Liaising with the host institution and local program staff;
  • Observing the academic program;
  • Arranging group travel and cultural programs, as well as volunteer opportunities and other program events (varies by program);
  • Maintaining adherence to program rules and policies among participants—for some programs, this includes a language policy;
  • Managing a small budget of program funds and maintaining detailed financial documentation, including monthly reports;
  • Collecting photographs and videos from students and local staff, creating newsletters (varies by program);
  • Completing a pre-departure orientation and training session;
  • Working with host families, which may include selection and monitoring of host families (varies by program);
  • Communicating with host families and working with students and local staff to resolve any problems related to host families;
  • Resolving other program-related issues as necessary; and
  • Performing other program-related tasks as directed.


  1. Bachelor’s degree or higher in Russian, area studies or a related field;
  2. Advanced written and oral language skills (minimum 2/2+ on DLPT scale, Advanced on ACTFL scale) in Russian;
  3. Study, work, or extensive travel experience in Russia, Eastern Europe, and/or Eurasia;
  4. Experience working in a position of authority with high school, undergraduate, or graduate students;
  5. Experience overseeing and guiding groups;
  6. Demonstrated skills in academic and personal counseling; and
  7. Demonstrated skills in general financial accountability.

Positions contingent upon funding. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

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