Resident Directors, 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 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 is currently seeking qualified consultants to serve as Resident Directors to work on a summer language-focused program approximately eight weeks in length. The program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students and is focused on language acquisition in an immersion setting. Applicants should provide a description of previous experience in country in their cover letter. The program locations are subject to change prior to program start. The consultant agreement includes a scaled compensation fee structure in the event of a cancellation six weeks or less before the start of the program.

The Resident Directors represent American Councils on the program overseas. The Resident Directors will work with the host institutions, manage communications between American Councils, program participants and local staff, arrange logistics for the group, and advise participants as required and resolve medical and other issues as necessary.

The Resident Directors must be available to program participants on a daily basis; observe classes at the host institution; meet regularly with teachers, administrators, and participants; and arrange group travel and cultural programs and other events and activities focused on the immersion experience. The Resident Directors must be available to participants during any emergencies that arise and must communicate regularly with American Councils program staff in Washington, DC.


A minimum of two years of relevant full-time work experience;
Strong written and oral communication skills in English;
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;
Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel; and
Effective interpersonal skills.


Bachelor’s degree;
Knowledge of Japanese or Korean;
Supervisory experience;
Familiarity with American higher education;
Experience using social media for a professional purpose; and
Experience mentoring or advising students from diverse backgrounds.

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. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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