Resident Director, Turkish Overseas Flagship Program-Baku, Azerbaijan

Job Type

Full Time




1828 L Street Northwest
Suite 1200
District of Columbia
United States


Flsa Status: Exempt

Pay Band: 0 Expatriate



The Turkish Overseas Flagship program, located in Baku, Azerbaijan, assists learners of Turkish to reach Superior or higher levels of proficiency. The Overseas Flagship program consists of intensive, structured language instruction, content courses at the host institution, internships, and home stays with speakers of the target language.


The Flagship Resident Director serves as American Councils’ representative in Baku for participants of the Turkish Overseas Flagship program. S/he must be available to program participants on a daily basis, observe classes regularly, ensure participants’ health and safety, meet with host institution administrators and instructors, help students attend medical appointments, arrange group travel and cultural programs, maintain office/student lounge, and perform other tasks. The Resident Director must be available to participants 24/7 and be able to assist during any emergencies that arise. S/he must communicate regularly with the Turkish Overseas Flagship program staff in Washington, DC and report any issues involving students, instructors, and the host institution. The Resident Director may be required to attend American Councils pre-departure orientation programs in Washington, DC and travel to Azerbaijan with the student group at the beginning of the program and return to Washington, DC with the group at the end of the program. S/he may also be required to attend the Resident Director training in Washington, DC. The Resident Director reports to the Turkish Overseas Flagship Assistant Program Manager.


EMPLOYMENT DATES: August 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019, with possible continuation into the following summer and/or academic year.



  • Monitor participants’ health and safety, and promptly communicate all issues to American Councils staff;
  • Coordinate health care for participants and intervene on behalf of participants as necessary;
  • Enforce policies regarding terms and conditions of program participation;
  • Coordinate in-country program logistics, including cultural excursions and related travel;
  • Conduct in-country pre-program orientation;
  • Assist local administrative staff and faculty with logistic tasks;
  • Meet weekly with students and instructors to assess progress and discuss concerns;
  • Serve as a counselor for program participants;
  • Serve as the local liaison between American Councils and the host institute administration as directed to ensure that program logistics proceed as agreed;
  • Manage student homestays; identify, select, and assign host families, regularly communicate with participating hosts through visits or phone calls, address and resolve all issues between the hosts and the students;
  • Assist the host institution representative in finding and managing internship assignments for students;
  • Submit student evaluations within two weeks of program conclusion;
  • Manage program finances, make necessary purchases and payments, and submit monthly expense reports accounting for all program expenditures;
  • Submit weekly written reports and participate in weekly Skype briefings with the program staff in Washington, DC;
  • Arranges site visits for American Councils and domestic Flagship institution staff;
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.



  • Advanced Turkish written and oral language skills (minimum Level 2+ on the ILR scale; Level 3 or higher preferred);
  • Knowledge of Azerbaijani language is desirable.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Turkish or Turkic studies, International Relations, Education, or related areas;
  • Substantial study and/or work experience in Azerbaijan and/or Turkey;
  • Experience overseeing and guiding groups;
  • Demonstrated skills in academic and personal counseling;
  • Demonstrated skills in general financial accountability;
  • U.S. citizenship required

Level of Language Proficiency

Advanced Turkish written and oral language skills (minimum Level 2+ on the ILR scale; Level 3 or higher preferred);

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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