Alumni Coordinator, Critical Language Scholarship Program

Job Type

Full Time




1828 L Street Northwest
Suite 1200
District of Columbia
United States


FLSA Status: Exempt 

Pay Band: 3 Officer/Coordinator



American Councils seeks applications to the position of Alumni Coordinator for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. The CLS Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight weeks abroad studying one of fifteen critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.


To date, the CLS Program has sponsored over 6,000 scholars. Based in Washington, DC, the Alumni Coordinator position for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is responsible for the development and implementation of alumni engagement activities, and the preparation and promotion of CLS alumni highlights and success stories. Responsibilities include working with a variety of data management applications and social media tools, managing a variety of alumni program logistics, and responding to inquiries.

The position will require positive energy and strong interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work independently and handle multiple tasks, and a readiness to work with a wide range of diverse constituents. The Alumni Officer works closely with a dedicated team of CLS staff members and report to the CLS Assistant Project Director.


Experience with digital storytelling—writing articles as well as the production of multimedia narratives—strong organizational skills and attention to detail will be an important plus for any candidate, and an interest in study abroad and international education is also important. A writing sample may be requested following an interview. Limited travel may be required.



  • Prepare regular alumni stories and highlights for social media, the CLS web site and grant reports;
  • Participate in program outreach activities, including occasionally giving recruitment presentations;
  • Manage a high volume of regular communication with CLS Program alumni;
  • Maintain a calendar of activities and events specific to alumni programming;
  • Develop and oversee a range of alumni activities, including a small grants competition, the CLS Alumni Ambassador Program, and photo and video contests;
  • Implement a mentoring program for alumni to assist new program applicants;
  • Facilitate peer-to-peer networking for alumni;
  • Develop and present webinars and conference events for alumni;
  • Provide logistical support for meetings and events;
  • Plan and convene program alumni panels for pre-departure orientations;
  • Process invoices, check requests and payments;   
  • Assist in maintaining and updating a database of alumni;
  • Compile data and materials for grant proposals and reports;
  • In collaboration with the Program Officer for Recruitment and Selection and the Assistant Project Director, lead the planning and administration of the CLS Program’s social media properties; and
  • Provide support for CLS staff based in Washington, D.C.



  • Bachelor’s degree required; experience in study abroad or working overseas preferred;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English; knowledge of a program language preferred (Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish or Urdu);
  • Familiarity with digital storytelling, preparation of press releases or related writing experience preferred;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage routine office support tasks;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities quickly and effectively;
  • Ability to work independently while contributing to an overall team effort;
  • Effective interpersonal skills; and
  • Demonstrated ability to develop diverse networks of contacts; experience working with alumni groups preferred.

The position is contingent upon funding.


Level of Language Proficiency

Strong written and oral communication skills in English; knowledge of a program language preferred (Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish or Urdu);

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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