The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS) seeks candidates for the position of Resident Director of its study abroad programs based on the campus of Doshisha University in Kyoto. As the administering institution for KCJS, Columbia University via the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement (UGE) will manage the search for this position that is based full-time in Kyoto, Japan.
Established in 1989, KCJS is a consortium of 13 universities that offers academic year and summer programs. Working closely with the KCJS Board of Delegates, Columbia University, and Doshisha University, the Resident Director is responsible for the continued development and oversight of the academic programs, student affairs, and administrative and financial management. The Resident Director supervises a team of full-time administrative staff who assist in all areas of program management in addition to a team of Japanese language instructors. The Resident Director also teaches one class per semester The Resident Director is charged with nourishing an intellectual and social environment that is supportive of excellence and high academic standards.
Oversee the academic year and summer language programs.
Create and implement distinct curricula in coordination with the KCJS Board of Delegates and UGE and meet the needs of today's students; develop innovative courses that make use of the unique opportunities in Kyoto.
Identify and hire local faculty to teach courses or direct independent study projects. Provide guidance to assure that courses meet KCJS academic standards and policies.
Provide academic advising, coordinate and supervise independent studies, and enable student and faculty use of local libraries and other scholarly resources.
Actively develop and strengthen connections with with local academic communities, government agencies in the U.S. and Japan, alumni and donors in order to provide a broad range of opportunities for KCJS students.
Teach one course per term
Maintain a regular on-site presence to provide students with support related to , academic, professional and personal goals. As needed, consult with the relevant parties and/or refer students to other resources to help them meet their goals and/or resolve any issues.
Supervise the organization of student homestay and residential apartment programs.
Plan and lead comprehensive orientation programs for incoming students.
Curate specialized co-curricular and extracurricular activities that support student learning.
Facilitate student involvement in community activities and cultural opportunities. Participate in risk management by developing onsite emergency protocols and handling emergencies in partnership with Columbia OGP, home schools, local security, and medical resources.
Maintain the basic standards of student conduct and where necessary, works with home institutions to educate students regarding these policies.
Supervise and manage an administrative team of full-time employees, language instructors, and adjunct instructors including hiring, training, motivating, evaluating performance and setting salaries.
Work directly with Columbia UGE to prepare annual budget; manage all fiscal activities for a ~$2 million budget.
Manage facilities and property and arrange for service contracts and legal services as needed.
Manage the technological infrastructure for academic and administrative purposes, in coordination with Columbia UGE.
Work with local organizations to ensure compliance with local laws and regulations.
Outreach and Relationship Management
Manage relations with Doshisha University's International Center and the Center for Japanese Language and Culture in addition to other local institutions and partners.
Work in close contact with all administrative staff of Columbia UGE and the KCJS Board of Delegates. Understand the unique needs of the consortium members.
Facilitate ongoing dialogue with the KCJS Board throughout the year including preparing and setting the agenda for the annual KCJS Board meeting. Participate in the Board meeting.
Foster active communication with institutions that send visiting students. Make campus visits and organize information sessions.
Host visitors and maintain contact with advocates for the program including alumni, donors, and government officials.
Other related responsibilities as assigned
Hold a Ph.D. or equivalent experience with advanced degree and undergraduate teaching experience
Experience with students similar to those in the KCJS member institutions.
Relevant administrative experience such as program management, student affairs, marketing and outreach, assessment and planning, and budgetary oversight
Language fluency in English and Japanese.
Demonstrated ability to supervise staff/faculty and lead a team effectively
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a variety of constituents including Japanese staff and faculty, U.S. based board members, faculty, parents, and others
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to problem solve
Capacity to represent the KCJS in Japan and overseas in the U.S. or internationally
Strong understanding of Japanese culture and business practices
Ability to undertake international travel as required
Legally authorized to work in Japan or ability to secure appropriate work visa
Experience with overseas study preferred
This position will be hired locally in Japan for the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies (KCJS). The search will remain open until it is filled. Please include a list of courses taught in your application.
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