Resident Director, Critical Language Scholarship Program (multiple listings)

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 (CLS) Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is an immersive language and cultural program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Each summer students spend 8-10 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. In addition to summer study abroad programming, the CLS Program is developing innovative initiatives to engage with students virtually. By prioritizing inclusion and access, the CLS Program ensures that the next generation of America’s global leaders reflects its diversity.


American Councils for International Education is hiring short-term Resident Directors for summer language immersion programs abroad for American high school and college students studying one of 15 critical languages including: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

Resident Directors must be proficient in the target language and typically have experience studying, working, or traveling in the host country. They are responsible for promoting student success by ensuring the health and safety of program participants, helping them to maintain a language policy, and assisting them in acclimating to life in the host country. In-country partner institutes are responsible for administering the academic curriculum. Therefore, the Resident Director position is a non-teaching position.

A full list of available Resident Director positions is available at

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled.


Advanced written and oral language skills (minimum 2/2+ on DLPT scale, Advanced on ACTFL scale) in Japanese;

Study, work, or extensive travel experience in Japan;

Experience working in a position of authority with undergraduate or graduate students;

Experience overseeing and guiding groups;

Demonstrated skills in academic and personal counseling preferred; and

Demonstrated skills in general financial accountability.

Application instructions

Position contingent upon funding. All candidates offered a position will be required to provide proof of full Covid-19 vaccination status. American Councils and relevant parties will continue to closely review public health and travel conditions to determine whether participants can travel overseas. The Resident Director position is contingent upon the approval of overseas travel for participants. Resident Directors will only travel to countries which are approved for travel by the State Department and American Councils.

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