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Assistant Director, Africa, South and Central Asia and Near East


Job posted by: Institute of International Education

Posted on: June 10, 2014

Job description

Purpose of Position: Oversee the Africa, South and Central Asia and Near East (AFSANE) world area unit of the Foreign Fulbright Program division. Responsible for IIE's contractual services with the sponsor; manage the unit budget and supervise a team of staff members including a manager (located both in NY and Denver offices); manage cost-shared, endowment and private funding distributed to AFSANE World Area Fulbright Students. Work is carried out independently under general supervision.

Essential Duties and Responsibilitiesinclude the following.

  • Manage grant funds totaling approximately $30 million annually for the current fiscal year; work closely with DOS (Department of State)/ECA (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) and Fulbright offices overseas to plan funding requirements for the following fiscal year; direct Fulbright‑related IIE programs, such as those providing supplementary, corporate, cost‑shared, endowment and travel grants; determine the interim and final annual Fulbright allocations for new and renewal grants for each country; recommend allocations for related programs. Manage non USG Fulbright agreements with the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), which includes separate enhanced financial reporting.
  • Assure that the AFSANE World Area meets IIE's contractual commitments to DOS/ECA in accordance with contract deliverables, IIE policies, Fulbright policies, and federal regulations, including but not limited to time-charging, audit-ready fiscal management and contracts.
  • Act as central contact at IIE for DOS/ECA Branches and overseas Fulbright Program Offices; assure effective working relationships with ECA branches and overseas offices; resolve administrative and communications problems; brief ECA and Fulbright personnel; represent IIE at DOS/ECA meetings and conferences. Occasional travel in U.S. and overseas may be necessary.
  • Responsible for selection, training, supervision and development of staff as well as for coordination of their work within IIE, with DOS/ECA and with overseas Fulbright offices; maintain efficient and effective performance of the AFSANE Team by evaluating workflow, program policy application, and sponsor relations.
  • Manage caseload of new and renewal Fulbright grants; assure appropriate program placement and funding; make final decision on amount of each Fulbright grant awarded in the first and subsequent years; prepare official grant documentation; assure accuracy of student grant budgets and statistical information on each student.
  • Coordinate efforts of multiple parties, both internal and external, to resolve complex grantee situations for entire AFSANE world area.
  • Provide direction to IIE's service divisions (Placement, Global Exchange Operations, Intensive English and Pre-Academic, Student Supervision) and Regional Offices on Fulbright country/area policies and special services required for individual country programs or students; monitor compliance.
  • Lead development of new Fulbright programs and initiatives; identify enrichment and other special opportunities for grantees and country programs; craft proposals; administer special activities; provide regional expertise for IIE program development and create and implement training programs for overseas staff as needed; represent AFSANE Team in the divisional and institute wide working groups.

· Responsible for complying with applicable contract and sponsor requirements and following all IIE policies and procedures

Job Requirements


· Bachelor's degree required; Master's Degree preferred.

  • Minimum 7 years of program management experience in international education or closely related fields.
  • Experience working or living in, and knowledge of, Africa, Near East and South and Central Asia world area.
  • 5 years of budget management and staff management experience required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of educational systems in the U.S. and overseas.
  • Strong analytical, budgetary, and interpersonal skills required.
  • Knowledge of J-1 student visa regulations is preferred.
  • Knowledge of languages relevant to these regions is preferred.
  • Ability to organize high volume operations and work effectively with individuals within IIE and outside the organization.
  • Initiative, mature good judgment, and excellent communication skills (written and oral).
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge Microsoft Office 2010; internet software and database software.

Work Environment and Physical Demands: Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

How to apply


809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY, 10017, US


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