Program Officer / US-China Exchanges, Beijing

Job Title: Program Officer / US-China Exchanges (Inbound) Effective Date: September 2015
Grade: CN-06
Division: D565 Location: Beijing, China
Reports To: Program Manager/US-China Exchanges
Type: Full-time Job
Location: Beijing
Sector(s): other
Organization: IIE Consulting (Beijing) Ltd.
Contact: email:
Application deadline:Oct 5, 2015
Program Summary: The Institute of International Education (IIE) manages undergraduate and graduate level scholarships at accredited academic institutions throughout the world. IIE’s mission is to advance international education and access to education worldwide. IIE implements many of the world’s most prestigious scholarship programs and manages global scholarships through our network of domestic and international offices. IIE has received funding from the U.S. Department of State and other funders to support several programs, including the Fulbright Program, in China.
Purpose of Position: The IIE Beijing Office, [formally IIE Consulting (Beijing) Ltd.], is seeking applications for a full time Program Officer position. The Program Officer (PO) for US-China Exchanges (Inbound) will provide day-to-day support for assigned inbound programs, currently primarily IIE’s designated parts of the Fulbright program (U.S. student researchers, U.S. Senior Researchers). S/he will serve as the primary in-country point of contact on assigned programs for program candidates and grantees. The PO will report to and receive direction from the Program Manager/US-China Exchanges (PM).
This position is based in Beijing, China.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
Day-to-day program management support (40%)
• Coordinate annual recruitment scheduling, materials development and program announcements, in consultation with the sponsor and program stakeholders.
• Provide general in-country program management and support services to program sponsors and grantees.
Selection, placement, visa processing and monitoring (40%)
• Organize and administer application, review and interview processes as directed by the PM and in consultation with the sponsor, local partners and IIE’s US offices; confirm and process nominations.
• Assist with placement issues; help with pre-departure logistics; coordinate visa application processes for program candidates in close collaboration with the sponsor, local partners and IIE/Chinese universities and research institutions.
• Continually monitor relevant changes in the local context (e.g., visa policy changes, modifications to exchange practices, etc.) and advise program participants and the PM of both these changes and recommended program adjustments in a timely manner.
Program Manager support (10%)
• Support the PM in the planning and implementation of key program activities.
External representation and other duties (10%)
• Represent IIE in a positive and engaging manner to ensure positive working relationships with all key stakeholders (including participants, potential applicants, funders/sponsors, program staff in the US and China, Chinese government institutions and ministries, and the broader public); and
• Other duties may be assigned as needed, related to these or other programs.
• Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
• Minimum 6-12 months of prior overseas study experience.
• Minimum 2 years of experience supporting international scholarship, education and/or exchange programming.
Skills Required:
• Familiarity with the US and Chinese higher education landscapes.
• Experience supporting international education, scholarship, exchange and/or development programming.
• Some exposure to donor (e.g., USG, Chinese Ministry of Education, Hanban, etc.) regulations around program implementation preferred.
• Strong organizational, planning, and scheduling skills.
• Strong spoken and written communication skills in both English and Mandarin, to convey information to individuals and groups of varying educational, cultural, and experience levels.
• Demonstrated commitment to quality and customer focus.
• Ability to build and maintain effective relationships.
• Ability to comply with guidelines, policies and procedures.
• Ability to work effectively with US and Chinese individuals, groups and institutions.
• High level of integrity and accountability.
• Professionalism and maturity.
• Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills.
Work Environment and Physical Demands: Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
To apply for this position, email your resume, cover letter and salary expectations to Please title your message “[YOUR LAST NAME][YOUR FIRST NAME] US-China Exchanges Program Officer, Inbound.”
Applications received by September 18, 2015 will receive priority consideration. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by email to arrange an interview.
No phone calls please.
This material is cross-posted from China Development Brief and appears to be an interesting opportunity for the Humphrey community.   This is meant for information sharing purposes only. 
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