Resident Director/AFLI French (African Flagship Languages Initiative)

American Councils

About the organization

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core to the mission and vision of American Councils as an international organization working to empower individuals and institutions to address challenges in a diverse and interconnected world. In 1974, American Councils developed the first exchanges between scholars from the former Soviet Union and the US. Today, we support collaborative education with some of the world's most strategically important nations and regions.
Our programs work to build mutual understanding through cross-cultural learning and communication that values cultural diversity and reflection. Through these processes, our participants grow, and their understanding of the world deepens. The nature of our work uniquely provides us opportunities to grow as an organization, as we seek to understand and expand the diversity of perspectives, opinions, and backgrounds among program participants and staff members., opinions, and backgrounds among program participants and staff members.


• Serves as academic and personal advisor for American Councils program participants;
• Serves as a liaison between American Councils and WARC administration to ensure that the academic and cultural program proceeds as agreed;
• Observes classes occasionally for purposes of evaluation of the academic program, and communicates with teachers, the host institution, and American Councils regarding the classroom situation;
• Secures medical treatment for students as necessary; accompanying students to hospitals and physician appointments during all medical emergencies;
• Enforces American Councils rules as well as those of WARC;
• Communicates weekly with the American Councils Washington office;
• Ensures that in-country travel and excursion program is arranged as agreed and outlined in American Councils materials;
• Manages program finances and submit monthly expense reports accounting for all American Councils program expenditures;
• Coordinates program logistics, including visits from outside inspectors, and communicates logistical details to DC-based staff; and


Bachelor’s degree or higher in French language and linguistics, West African area studies, or other relevant discipline required;
• Superior French language skills required, both written and oral, as defined by an Oral Proficiency Interview and a written test;
• U.S. Citizenship required;
• Study, work, or extensive travel experience in African countries required;
• Experience overseeing and guiding college or high school student groups highly desirable;
• Strong demonstrated skills in academic and personal counseling highly desirable;
• Strong demonstrated skills in general financial accountability highly desirable, ideally relating to managing an office or program overseas.
• Strong demonstrated skills in study abroad program management and/or development highly desirable.
• Strong demonstrated organizational skills, including the ability to multitask and thrive in a busy work environment highly desirable.
• Demonstrated flexibility and resourcefulness in program and/or personnel management highly desirable.



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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