American Language & Culture (ALC) Seasonal Program Director – VIA – Stanford, CA

Job Summary:

VIA seeks a seasonal program director to run VIA’s American Language & Culture (ALC) program which has been offered since 1977 to Asian university students to build English academic skills through courses offered by Stanford University and explore U.S. contemporary culture through activities such as Silicon Valley company visits and local volunteering.

The ideal candidate will have background in international education and experience running international exchange programs. The seasonal program director will be hired over 2.5 – 3 months (early June through early September, 2015 with flexible start and end dates) to run one of the ALC sessions. The program dates for 2015 are from July 26 to August 29. The position will be based at the VIA office at Stanford University.

The seasonal ALC Program Director is part of a staff team dedicated to furthering international education through delivering innovative, transformative programs, and the position is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to gain international program experience.

Who we are:

VIA is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to increasing understanding between the United States and Asia through public service and cross-cultural education programs. VIA’s Stanford Programs division fosters an entrepreneurial approach to designing experiential programs that provide in-depth, personal, and provocative cross-cultural experiences for students from top Asian universities for 37 years. In 2014, over 250 students from mainland China, Japan, Korea, Macau, and Taiwan participated in six transformative short-term programs. VIA has offices at Stanford University and in San Francisco. The Stanford Programs staff will be based at the Stanford office.


Pre-program period

Arrange program logistics including activities, itineraries, transportation, lodging, and meals
Post program content to the program website
Communicate program content to participants prior to their arrival
Work with Stanford English for Foreign Students (EFS) department for English class arrangements
Work with other VIA program directors to prepare for the Stanford student coordinator training week

Program period

Reside in the dormitory during program period
Run Stanford student coordinator training with other program directors
Manage program activities with other program directors and Stanford student coordinators
Manage program budget and maintain accurate expense records
Attend weekly teachers meeting with EFS staff
Drive 7-passenger van to transport participants

Post-program period

Summarize program evaluation results
Provide VIA feedback on program strengths and weaknesses
Update program website

Required Qualifications:

Commitment to VIA’s mission to provide innovative experiential learning programs that promote cross-cultural understanding, build partnerships, and offer transformative experiences for our participants
A strategic thinker, creative problem solver, and self-starter who can be innovative in designing and delivering programs that can maximize impact for the people we serve
Excellent detail-oriented, multi-tasking, logistical skills in planning events and outreach
Effective communicator with excellent verbal communications skills and writing skills for professional correspondence. Ability to communicate in English with the fluency of a native speaker.
Ability to work evenings and weekends during program
Legal right to work in the United States

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in program management
Experience working with university students
Experience in Asia, especially Japan, Korea, mainland China, or Taiwan
Familiarity with the San Francisco Bay Area and Stanford
Computer skills (Familiarity with: Macintosh computers, Microsoft Office, and Joomla)

How to apply

Interested candidates should e-mail with an application that includes the following:

Cover letter
Three references (please state nature of your relationship and include contact information)

Please include full position title in your subject line.