Title: Resident Advisor, UW in India Program
Job location: Varanasi and Delhi, India
Supervisor: Harini Narayanan, India Programs Director
Dates: August 2019 through August 2020
Description of the Organization
CET Academic Programs is a study abroad organization that has been developing and delivering innovative educational programs abroad since 1982. Originally “China Educational Tours,” CET began operations in Beijing, later expanding to other locations around the world. Today, CET offers a varied portfolio of semester, summer, and short-term customized programs in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East for college, high school, and pre-college students.
CET is known for high program standards, strong academics, a nimble and collaborative approach to partnerships, and supportive student services. Through elements such as field-based course components, internships, community-based learning, and housing with local roommates, CET strives to integrate students into the local community and facilitate lasting relationships with hosts. As an environmentally conscientious organization, CET aims to adopt sustainable measures across its operations. And through its commitment to inclusion, CET seeks and encourages the participation of students from diverse backgrounds, ensuring a welcoming, hospitable program environment that promotes student learning.
Description of the Position
The RA will participate in the Hindi language classes as a student while performing his/her duties for CET. The India Resident Advisor (RA) is based in Varanasi in the fall and spring terms and in Delhi in the summer. Duties include meeting with students frequently to help them adjust to life in Varanasi, serving as a language and cultural resource for students, assisting on-site staff with administrative and academic tasks, writing program-related emails and reports, assisting the Program Director in handling on-site emergencies, hosting US faculty visitors on site, and assisting with all activities and trips.
Candidates must have proficient English with strong Hindi skills. The successful candidate will attend a training session in DC or Varanasi. Because the compensation package includes the opportunity to conduct language training and participate in field research, this is an excellent position for a graduate student. Candidates will need to be able to balance their own studies with the RA duties.
Candidates must be willing to sign a one-year contract with CET.
• Serve as language and culture resource to students
• Assist students as they adjust to life in India
• Maintain office hours and meet frequently with students to serve their needs
• Coordinating logistics for the student orientation each term, including creating schedule, coordinating airport pickups, completing FRRO paperwork, assisting with SIM card set up, and lead parts of the orientation sessions
• Design and implement various extra-curricular and co-curricular activities and opportunities through the term
• Support the PD in upholding all CET policies
• Assist the PD with activities and excursions, including traveling seminar
• Coordinate student needs on site, represent these to other staff on-site and in DC
Other Administrative Functions
• Write daily and final reports
• Collect student travel information
• Administer safety drill and follow-up with students
• Coordinate AV for courses and program functions
• Coordinate program house meals and groceries
• Keep track of library and other materials that students check-out
• Assist coordinating the final banquet
• Contribute to final program and incident reports
Serve as Liaison
• Assist the PD in representing CET to visiting US faculty and study abroad advisors
• Communicate regularly with CET's head office, particularly in the event of an on-site emergency
• Support PD with any on-site crises in an appropriate and effective manner
Requirements, in Order of Priority
• BA in related field; MA a plus
• Proficient English language skills
• Strong Hindi language skills
• Ability to remain calm and project authority during crises or stressful situation
• Superior interpersonal skills
• Excellent oral communication and writing skills
• Study abroad experience in India; UW in India program alumni are particularly encouraged to apply
• Willingness to wear different hats and maintain flexibility toward program responsibilities
• Commitment to education abroad and the field of South Asian Studies
• Sensitivity to both student needs and cultural differences
• Undergraduate teaching, advising, or mentoring experience (preferred)
Final hires are contingent on a successful background check.
Our company is committed to diversity, and we work hard to maintain a welcoming, non-discriminatory office culture. We welcome qualified applicants of all backgrounds to apply to our openings. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.
Qualified candidates should submit the following:
• Formal cover letter that outlines the position to which you are applying, your qualifications and experience, and where you first heard about the position.
• List of three references.
Applications missing any of these components will not be considered.
Please include the job title in the subject line. Application materials must be received by June 15, 2019 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.