Director, Higher Education Programs in Turkmenistan
ISSUING DATE AND APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Issuing Date: November 3, 2021 Application Deadline: December 5, 2021
This position will serve as an adviser and curriculum developer in support of American Councils efforts to provide promising Turkmen
citizens with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully enter graduate programs at U.S. universities, independently, while
increasing their chances of receiving financial aid. The GRE Adviser will provide instruction on all components of the GRE test; develop,
evaluate, and refine curriculum components; and administer participant recruitment and alumni tracking. This is a part time (20
hours/week) position based in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
(Main Duties and responsibilities)
• Advise program participants in the English language on GRE;
• Availability to work 20 hours per week, including Sundays and evenings as required;
• Maintain office hours to support current program participants;
• Mentor and develop students to acclimate them to the U.S. higher education environment and standards;
• Track participant progress and provide recommendations for self-study to improve their performance;
• Complete administrative tasks, including managing participant and alumni records, writing reports, attending meetings, and
arranging guest speakers
• Evaluate and refine the curriculum components in consultation with the Program Director, other advisers, and contract consultants;
• Contribute to positive working alliances, including actions that support a spirit of cooperation and team, receptiveness to
suggestions, and informed decision making;
• Participate in special workshops and events occasionally on weekends or evenings;
• Attend professional development events, some of which may be outside Turkmenistan;
• Assist with recruitment and processing of incoming program applications;
• Assist in the collection of and processing of program feedback;
• Work in close cooperation with American Councils colleagues in Ashgabat and Washington, D.C., consultants, as well as the U.S.
Embassy in Turkmenistan;
• Other program-related tasks, as required and assigned by the Program Director and/or the Country Director.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
• Knowledge of and experience with the U.S. higher education system and structure;
• Strong writing, communication, and professional interpersonal skills;
• High official scores on TOEFL, GRE, or other U.S. tests preferred but not required;
• Strong English language skills; Turkmen and/or Russian language skills (both preferred);
• Demonstrated training or teaching, organizational, and problem solving skills;
• Ability to work independently, manage multiple deadlines and priorities quickly and effectively, and contribute to a team effort;
• Proven effectiveness in a cross-cultural work environment;
• Positive and enthusiastic attitude;
• Initiative, creativity, and passion for helping persons achieve their academic goals.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
• Strong overall knowledge of the U.S. higher education system required;
• Experience as a student or teacher in the U.S. higher education system or a model of it (i.e. AUBG) required;
• Experience in taking or teaching U.S. relevant standardized tests such as TOEFL, SAT, or GRE preferred but not required;
• Demonstrated experience in developing training or teaching curriculum preferred but not required
ABOUT AMERICAN COUNCILS AND EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS:
American Councils is a legal entity in Turkmenistan under the Foreign Assistance Agreement between the governments of the United
States and Turkmenistan for the purpose of implementing US Embassy education and cultural exchange programs in Turkmenistan. Staff
receive a market salary, work only a 5 day/40 hour week, immediately start accruing 20 days of paid vacation and 12 days of paid sick
leave a year, and are compensated for overtime with additional paid vacation. American Councils maintains a friendly, informal office
environment. For further information, please call (993) (12) 36-90-16 or visit our website at https://americancouncilstm.org/
To apply, you must send:
1) a resume/CV
2) a cover-letter that includes expected salary
3) Email and phone contact information for three references who can speak to your professional and academic skills
Application packages should be sent to American Councils for International Education (48a Gorogly Street), or by e-mail to
Please indicate the name of the position in your application and email subject line.
Only top candidates with complete applications will be interviewed. Candidates will also be tested as part of the application process.
Application deadline: December 5, 2021.
Approximate start date: January 3, 2022