IES Abroad
  • SAF
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Full Time

Status: Full-time, exempt
Schedule: Normal office hours are 37.5 hours per week, M-F, 8.30 a.m. 4.30 p.m., with a 30-minute lunch break. This is an exempt position that may be required to work beyond core office hours and travel approximately 5-10% based on the needs of the position and the organization.
Reports to: Director of Strategic Initiatives
Direct reports: None
Start date: ASAP
Location: Chicago, IL

About us:

Everything we do is about the IES Abroad student. Our profoundly passionate team of study abroad professionals believes in creating once-in-a-lifetime educational adventures that transcend expectations. Our goal is to rock the world of some 8,000 study abroad students every year.

From our headquarters in Chicago to our 140+ study abroad programs in 85 global locations worldwide, we create authentic global education and life-affirming cultural experiences. We work at IES Abroad because we believe that every student should have the opportunity to go abroad - especially in a fun, safe, and superior academic and cultural environment.

We believe so strongly in the power of our program, that we actively recruit students from diverse populations and provide more than $4 million in scholarships year after year. We are proud that our students are as diverse and exciting as the countries we study.

We're not ashamed to admit, we're a little bit obsessed with study abroad.

Summary of position:

The Program Development Manager is responsible for collaborating with colleagues around the world to design and develop academic programs that meet the needs of the Study Abroad Foundation's sending university partners and students in Asia. The Program Development Manager will ensure that programs meet appropriate academic, co-curricular, and student support standards. This position is responsible for driving the program development and proposal process from start to finish, including program budgeting, negotiating with internal and external constituents, finalizing contracts, preparing program information, and facilitating the student enrollment as needed.

Experience & Qualifications/Skills:

  • At least 5 years' related experience, preferably working with faculty and/or administrators in program development/management of study abroad related to recruiting/customer relations, etc.
  • Successful track record in recruitment, client management, or study abroad programing in which goals were consistently met and/or exceeded.
  • Experience and demonstrated understanding of the complexities and preferences of the Chinese outbound study abroad environment.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in a changing environment and to present suitable solutions to new challenges.
  • High tolerance of ambiguity and ability to change course as needed.
  • Demonstrated consistency in meeting pressing deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ease in interacting with various constituents across cultures.
  • Strong communications skills with ability to cooperate with all stakeholders.
  • Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of this position
  • Passion for embracing business process improvement opportunities.
  • Exceptional team player: proactive, responsible and able to learn quickly.
  • Maintain a positive can-do attitude and sense of humor.
  • Act in a professional manner at all times.
  • Talent for organizing and prioritizing multiple priorities and projects in fast-paced environment, including excellent follow-up and attention to detail.
  • High level of enthusiasm, energy, and flexibility.
  • Strong data management skills with past experience using budgeting tools, Microsoft Office, CRM, and databases.
  • Knowledge and understanding of trends and best practices in international higher education.
  • Experience working with and understanding of Chinese culture, particularly as pertains to universities and college students.
  • High proficiency in Mandarin Chinese is strongly preferred.

Education Licenses and/or Certifications etc.:

  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred.
  • Must have valid US Driver's license and ability and willingness to drive as required.

Application Deadline: 

Open until position is filled.

No phone calls or emailed status inquiries accepted.

How to Apply:

All applicants should submit an application including cover letter, resume, and salary requirements by clicking 'Apply Now' at the right hand side of this page.

Please visit http://www.iesabroad.org/study-abroad/about/employment for more information about working at IES Abroad.

Equal Opportunity Employment:

IES Abroad is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. We strive to treat people with respect; fully utilizing employee's abilities and promoting workforce diversity.

We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, national origin, citizenship, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation or genetic information or veteran status and/or any other status protected by applicable laws.

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