Regional Educational Advising Coordinator (REAC), South America Andean Region
Purpose of Position: The Regional Educational Advising Coordinator (REAC) for South America Andean Region provides professional leadership and support to the EducationUSA network of advising centers in this region to foster international student mobility and advance the U.S. Government's public diplomacy efforts. In close consultation with U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA), the REAC counsels Public Affairs Sections (PAS) on student mobility issues and advising programs and provides guidance and training to advisers and host institutions. He/she receives policy guidance from ECA and PAS. Work is carried out independently under general supervision. The REAC may be located in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Work Authorization Requirements: Work authorization is required. Support may be available in select locations. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. • Provides guidance to EducationUSA advisers throughout the region through site visits, consultations, workshops, and regular email and telephone communication. Travels extensively on behalf of the EducationUSA network and visits each country in the region every two years or more frequently as needed and pending available resources. • Designs and delivers trainings and workshops, in-person and virtually, tailored to meet competency development needs for individual advisers and the region • Counsels and assists PAS in the development of educational advising programs to achieve mission public diplomacy goals. Provides guidance to PAS and partner institutions hosting EducationUSA Advising Centers in developing the annual country strategic plan for advising. • Facilitates EducationUSA collaboration with the U.S. higher education community to increase student mobility, working with local external partners as appropriate. • Serves as a regional resource providing expert advice on international student recruitment and retention to U.S. higher education institutions and organizations; contributes to the EducationUSA website, online journals and other outreach platforms. • Works closely with ECA to develop programs, procedures and guidance in support of EducationUSA advising in the region and the global network. • Develops and maximizes use of innovative tools and resources to enable the global EducationUSA network to reach and serve larger and more diverse audiences. • Engages with embassies’ regional English language officers (RELOs), information resource officers (IROs), and consular officers to strengthen priority program areas. • Responsible for complying with applicable service agreement and sponsor requirements and following all organization policies and procedures. • Performs other duties and functions as assigned. Education/Experience: • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s or equivalent academic degree preferred; or a combination of experience and education. • Seven years of overall experience, with a minimum 5 years of experience working within an international educational system and 2 years of management experience. • Experience working within the region of hire and familiarity with the higher education systems for that region. • English required and fluency in Spanish preferred. • In depth knowledge of the U.S. higher education system. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: • Proven cross-cultural skills, particularly in the area of communications. • Ability to work effectively with partners and stakeholders from various sectors: academic, professional, corporate, student, government, U.S. Embassy, NGO, media, etc. • Strong analytical, information-gathering, writing, and oral presentation skills. • Strong financial and personnel management experience. • Excellent skills in time management, problem-solving, leadership, marketing, planning, and negotiation. 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. Background Information IIE administers the Global EducationUSA Services program, through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), to support the global EducationUSA network by coordinating advising centers, building the capacity of the global network through training and professional development, advancing collaboration with the U.S. higher education community, and promoting U.S. colleges and universities to the international audience.