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%)
Provide oversight for communications and brand strategy (including but not limited to the annual partnership updates, e-newsletters, recruitment materials, press releases, etc...)
Developing on-campus co-curricular program components
Planning and leading local, state and national site visits for scholars
Building linkages between Scholars at MSU and other MSU alum across the globe
Maintain and expand alumni connections
Develop sound working relationships and alliances with units across campus, including, Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS), University Undergraduate Division (UUD), Office for Cultural and Academic Transitions (OCAT), Neighborhoods, African Studies Center, Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP), Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, and individual faculty and faculty emeriti
Liaise with graduate advisors to monitor graduate Scholar progress
II. Program Management (25%)
Develop goals and lead the planning and implementation of all events including new scholar orientation, faculty recognition, and graduation celebration
Ensure timely development and submission of reports
Assist with program evaluation
Provide personnel management
Assist with preparing and monitoring budgets
Lead weekly staff meetings
Coordinate the new scholar selection process
Develop and implement winter and summer break programming
III. Leadership Training (25%) The PM is responsible for developing, adapting and implementing the program’s leadership development curriculum, which includes:
Develop training content and coordinate bi-monthly LAAD seminars
Recruit new faculty and coordinate existing faculty inputs to ensure coherence and complementarity of content provided to scholars
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:
Developing, implementing and directing scholars to programs that integrate them into life on campus and the local community
Connect scholars with other African students/programs on campus
Serve as the advocate for scholars to the leadership of program administrators and other campus departments
Provide comprehensive support for scholars facing bereavement and health and wellness issues
Lead cohort building “report-back” events each semester for undergraduate and graduate experiential learning program.
Masters -African Studies, International Development
Doctorate -African Studies, International Development
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.
Required Application Materials
CV, Cover letter
Review of applications will begin on June 8, 2018.
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