Job: Academic Advisor-American Councils (Astana, Kazakhstan)

Deadline for Applications: Ongoing Until Filled

American Councils seeks an Academic Advisor for the USA Pavilion Student Ambassadorship Program in Astana, Kazakhstan as part of the 2017 World Expo. The USA Pavilion Student Ambassadorship Program will bring 40 qualified Student Ambassadors to the 2017 Expo in Kazakhstan, where they will represent the U.S. Pavilion in various capacities. The Academic Advisor will work closely with the American Councils D.C. office to develop a two-credit course for the USA Pavilion Student Ambassadors that focuses on cross-cultural communication and strengthens students’ critical thinking skills, cultural awareness, and global understanding through assignments, reflection, journal writing, and feedback sessions. The Academic Advisor will play a lead role in creating the course syllabus, teach the course on a weekly basis in Astana, review assignments, and provide feedback to students via face-to-face meetings, Internet, and email. All offers are contingent upon ability to receive and maintain a visa to the host country.

ANTICIPATED EMPLOYMENT DATE:  Early June to mid-September 2017


  • In coordination with American Councils, design an interactive, two-credit course on intercultural communication to be taught during the program;
  • In coordination with American Councils, develop complete course syllabus, providing a description of the course’s overall goals, weekly assignments and classroom topics, explanations of grade formulations, and required readings;
  • Develop and employ classroom activities to help students better understand their experiences in a new culture, develop stronger cross-cultural communication skills, and explore fundamental concepts of culture.
  • Develop weekly assignments on intercultural communication to be graded each week, and returned to students with comments;
  • Hold regular offices hours and be widely accessible to students on a flexible, daily basis in order to accommodate students schedules as pavilion ambassadors;
  • Submit weekly written updates to the American Councils Outbound office and participate in weekly conference calls with the Outbound office;
  • Review all American Councils student policies and enforce program rules and requirements in consultation with Washington, DC office; and
  • Perform other program-related tasks as directed.


  • Master’s degree or higher in anthropology, sociology, Central Asian studies, Russian literature, Russian area studies, or related field;
  • Advanced Russian and/or Kazakh language skills;
  • Study, work, or extensive travel experience in Russia or Central Asia;
  • Experience overseeing and guiding groups;
  • Experience working in a position of authority with high school, undergraduate, or graduate students preferable;
  • Previous experience in content/theme, task-based, and project-based instruction preferred;
  • Teaching experience strongly preferred but not required;
  • Demonstrated skills in academic and personal counseling.

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