Specialist - Advisor-Fixed Term
Program ManagerPosition Summary
Michigan State University’s International Studies Program seeks an experienced Program Manager (PM) to provide day-to-day supervision for the African Scholars Program and to work with ISP leadership to develop strategies for leveraging new funding to scale the program across Africa and potentially to other regions of the world.
The African Scholars Program at MSU is a comprehensive initiative that currently equips students from Sub-Saharan Africa with the technical and behavioral skills and competencies they need for leadership, career development, and a life of service. The Program operates under four main pillars: Personalized Academic Advising, Leadership Development, Career Education and Internships and Community Service & Learning with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship as a cross-cutting pillar. Juniors, seniors, and all master’s scholars currently attend the Leadership Academy for African Development, while freshmen and sophomores participate in the Community Service & Learning Programs. However, effective fall 2019, the Leadership Academy will be available to all scholars.
Scholars’ are also required to participate in Career Education and Internships. Other services and opportunities provided to scholars include mentoring and psycho-social support for scholars and educational field visits.
The PM provides leadership for both the day-to-day and long-term strategic management of the African Scholars Program. In this role, the PM’s essential duties and responsibilities will include:
I. Strategic Planning (25%)
II. Program Management (25%)
III. Leadership Training (25%)
The PM is responsible for developing, adapting and implementing the program’s leadership development curriculum, which includes:
IV. Scholar Advocacy and Support (25%)
The PM will strengthen the program’s impact by building a robust cadre of scholars and alumni. Specific elements of this job function include:
Masters -African Studies, International DevelopmentDesired Degree
Doctorate -African Studies, International DevelopmentMinimum Requirements
- Master’s degree in African Studies, International Development, Community Sustainability or other related field;
- At least three years at a director or manager level;
- Demonstrated experience operating within multiple cultural contexts;
- Experience in related fields such as public relations, business administration or marketing;
- Demonstrated organizational, interpersonal and written/oral communications;
- Demonstrated comfort with extensive domestic and international travel.
- At least five years at a director or manager level;
- Experience living abroad is highly desirable;
- Fluency in French, Swahili, Portuguese or other international languages spoken in Africa.
CV, Cover letterSpecial Instructions
Review of applications will begin on June 8, 2018.