Resident Director - China

Job Type

Part Time Contract


Details: $4800 to $5800/contract




457 Riverside Drive
New York
United States


iEARN-USA is currently seeking a qualified Resident Director to work in China on a summer language program for U.S. high school students. The program is the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), is focused on Chinese (Mandarin) language acquisition and takes place in Zhuhai, China.


May 16 – June 18, 2018 (part-time, remote in the U.S.); June 18 – August 5, 2018 (three-day orientation in New York, NY; then full-time in Zhuhai, China).


The Resident Director (RD) represents iEARN-USA and their local partner in his/her activities during the tenure of the appointment. The RD serves as a cultural and academic liaison for around 24 students (aged 15-19) during their overseas program. The RD is the primary support person for all students and is responsible for the on-going monitoring of the safety and well-being of students. The RD must be available to students on a daily basis, observe students’ classes, and be available via phone to students in case of emergency. The RD also plays a key role in supporting participant learning and encouraging the use of the target language as much as possible.

Prior to departure, the RD will be required to attend an online or in-person training session and a pre-departure orientation organized by iEARN-USA. In May, RDs will begin part-time, remote work in coordination with iEARN-USA on pre-program language support, orientation planning, conference calls and webinars with students, and logistical support. RDs are required to travel with their respective student groups at the beginning of their programs and return to the U.S. with the group at the end of their programs. This is a seasonal position.

RDs report to the Local Coordinator and iEARN-USA.


  • Be responsible for and available to a group of American high school students at all times during the program, including traveling with students during program activities and being available 24/7 for emergencies;
  • Lead individual and group debriefing sessions with students to enhance language learning experience and cultural understanding;
  • Advise program participants as needed on diverse issues related to their study abroad experience (including, but not limited to: language learning, host family adjustment, culture, program logistics, homesickness, interpersonal and group dynamics);
  • Enforce iEARN policies;
  • Work closely with the Local Coordinator and iEARN-USA to design and deliver a five-week online language preparation curriculum for students to teach them basic phrases and common characters;
  • Participate in pre-program webinar and conference call;
  • Co-facilitate and plan student pre-departure orientation session in New York;
  • Review student information and other program materials;
  • Submit weekly reports to the Local Coordinator and iEARN-USA program staff, as well as final report and individual student evaluations;
  • Assist the Local Coordinator with conducting visits to each student’s host family;
  • Meet frequently with the Local Coordinator to share and discuss any information that would be helpful for the students, both in terms of their safety/well-being and their language development; and,
  • Perform any related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor.


  • Exceptional drive and passion for international education; mission driven with a positive attitude;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, conversant to fluent Mandarin Chinese language ability;
  • High emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills; ability to listen and to engage a wide range of partners;
  • Flexibility and willingness to work outside primary job description and traditional work hours; and,
  • An appreciation of and eagerness to work with a diverse, innovative, and trailblazing youth community.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Chinese, area studies, or related field;
  • Study, work, or extensive experience in China and with Chinese culture;
  • Proven ability to work with and lead high school students;
  • Demonstrated skills in academic and personal counseling or Residential Life;
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check;
  • Candidate must have experience living in the U.S. and China; and,
  • Prior experience as a participant on a U.S. Government-sponsored exchange program is preferable, but not required.

Level of Language Proficiency

Chinese - conversant to fluent

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please email resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references in one pdf to Include “China Resident Director” in the subject line.

Apply by April 27, 2018.