Program Officer-Chinese Language Programs, Critical Language Scholarship Program

American Councils for International Education

About the organization

Established in 1974, American Councils for International Education began as a teachers exchange organization, and has since expanded to administer academic exchanges and overseas language immersion programs, perform data-driven research and create educational development programs.

The Critical Language Scholarship 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 8 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. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. By prioritizing inclusion and access, the CLS Program ensures that the next generation of America’s global leaders reflects its diversity.


The Program Officer position reports to the CLS Program Manager and is responsible for program administration and logistics, communication with program participants and partnering institutions in China and Taiwan providing Chinese immersion language programs. The Program Officer will also remotely manage a team of Resident Directors. In addition, the Program Officer will work with a team of regional Program Officers to analyze program successes and challenges and work on projects to implement changes and improvements across program sites. The Program Officer will also work on select recruitment activities and monitoring selection panels during the application season, both in coordination with the larger CLS team.

The position will require close attention to detail, the ability to handle multiple tasks and work independently, and a readiness to communicate with diverse groups of people. While organizational skills and administrative experience will be an important plus for any candidate, an extensive understanding of academic culture for study abroad programs is also important. Some travel will be required.


Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Mandarin Chinese;
Experience in study abroad, international education, federally funded programs for cultural exchange, or familiarity with the field of second language acquisition;
Experience working with data and spreadsheets;
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
Demonstrated problem-solving skills;
Ability to manage multiple priorities quickly and effectively;
Ability to work independently while contributing to an overall team effort;
Proven effectiveness in a cross-cultural work environment; and
Effective interpersonal skills.


Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required;
Experience mentoring or advising students preferred;
Supervisory experience preferred;
Familiarity with American higher education;
Experience using social media for a professional purpose;
Expert knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel.

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