Data and Reporting Officer, 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 Data and Reporting Officer 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.


Based in Washington, DC, the Data and Reporting Officer for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program assists in the administration of intensive overseas summer language institutes for approximately 550 U.S. graduate and undergraduate students, as well as recruitment and outreach activities for the program, which generates approximately 5,500 applications per year. Responsibilities include drafting quarterly grant reports, maintaining participant data and records in a variety of electronic formats, tracking participant records to ensure compliance with eligibility requirements, assisting in the transfer of program documents to institutional partners, accessing the program database to generate reports, managing weekly reports from overseas staff, scheduling language tests, and sending data updates to program partners and funders.


The Program Officer will work closely with a dedicated team of CLS staff members and report to the CLS Project Director and the Assistant Project Director. The position will require close attention to detail and the ability to work independently on multiple tasks. Frequent collaboration within the department and across the organization will be an integral component of the job, calling for a readiness to communicate with diverse groups of people. While organizational skills, attention to detail, and experience working with student records and data will be important for any candidate, experience and interest in study abroad and international education is also important. Limited travel may be required.



Data Management:

  • Analyze, clean and enter data to maintain/update program databases;
  • Maintain authoritative lists of program institutes, participants, alumni and related information;
  • Provide training and operational support to program staff and their partner organizations in database use.

Student Selection and Evaluation:

  • Assist with the design, development and update of online forms;
  • Assist in the notification process for accepted students by sending out log-in information and instructions;
  • Organize and monitor the progress of language testing and transfer test scores into the participant database;
  • Monitor submission of documents to ensure participants have met eligibility requirements;
  • Coordinate with program funder and staff to make daily updates to student rosters;
  • Assist in the transfer of data and program documents to institutional partners overseas;
  • Track the completion of post-program requirements and grades.

Grant Management and Reporting:

  • Analyze program data and provide summaries for program reports;
  • Assist the Project Director to prepare grant proposals;
  • Monitor submission of weekly reports from overseas summer staff and prepare report summaries.
  • Maintain a system to track critical health and behavioral incidents during the summer;
  • Draft and prepare quarterly grant performance reports, in communication with program staff.

Administrative Duties:

  • Respond to program requests and inquiries;
  • Prepare check requests and monitor the timely submission of invoices;
  • Organize and participate in program events, including pre-departure orientations for outbound groups;
  • Ensure compliance with document retention policies and procedures for the proper disposal of program files.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; experience with study abroad or in an international setting preferred;
  • Experience working with database applications and Microsoft Excel required;
  • Demonstrated general financial accountability;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities quickly and effectively;
  • Ability to work independently while contributing to an overall team effort;
  • Effective interpersonal skills;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English, knowledge of a critical language preferred (Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish or Urdu);
  • Experience with SQL preferred; and
  • Experience working with SPSS, R or similar statistical packages preferred.


Position contingent upon funding.

Level of Language Proficiency

Strong written and oral communication skills in English, knowledge of a critical 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

How To Apply

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