International Education Coordinator

Academic Year in America - United States4.3

Contract

International Education Coordinator/Local Coordinator (Home-Based)

Job Description

We are looking for self-driven passionate, community-minded individuals interested in fostering inter-cultural exchange for high school exchange students. This is a highly-flexible, home-based, independent contractor position that requires self-motivated individuals to serve as local representatives in the community for Academic Year in America. As an International Education Coordinator (IEC), you will find volunteer, unpaid host families through your own community outreach and marketing efforts in your area, develop relationships with your local high schools, mentor and support international students and their host families. In addition, you will be required to serve as a host family for at least 6-8 weeks in the first year of being an IEC.

Benefits

As an International Education Coordinator/Local Coordinator with AYA:

  • You could receive up to a $1,200 stipend for every student you successfully place with a volunteer host family and supervise throughout the program.
  • You can earn the opportunity to travel internationally on our annual international incentive trip.
  • You will have the freedom to work from home, and create your own work-life balance and schedule that fits your needs.
  • You will receive extensive AYA training, marketing materials, and diverse professional development opportunities and will collaborate with the National Office in Stamford, CT.

Job Responsibilities

As an International Education Coordinator, under the guidelines of the U.S Department of State and program regulations, you will be responsible for finding volunteer host families for pre-selected high school exchange students and supervising them during their semester or full academic year in America. In addition, you will act as a liaison and establish strong working relationships with all program participants: students, host families, and schools.

Student Placement & Support Responsibilities:

  • Network and promote the AYA program through community outreach efforts.
  • Build strong relationships with local high schools.
  • Identify, select, and interview safe and appropriate volunteer host families, and facilitate the placement process.
  • Provide students and host families with a program orientation.
  • Maintain monthly contact with both the student and host family to ensure student safety and complete on-line monthly student supervision reports.
  • Re-place students with new, vetted volunteer host families within the same community and high school as needed.
  • Provide necessary support for all program participants throughout the student’s stay.
  • Provide interim room and board for a student you are supervising in the event of an emergency.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Candidates must be willing to serve as a volunteer host family for 6-8 weeks during the first year as a Coordinator.
  • Complete additional home visits as requested.
  • Maintain annual training, professional development, U.S Department of State certification, and annual paperwork.

Job Requirements

As an International Education Coordinator with Academic Year in America, you must be able to work independently and effectively from home within your local area, and enjoy working with teenagers/youth. You must have exceptional networking, communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills.

Additional requirements:

  • Experience in community outreach, volunteering, sales, education, social work, and intercultural exchange preferred
  • Hosting exchange students strongly preferred
  • Minimum 25 years of age
  • Pass a background check
  • Complete initial training of approximately 7 hours, in addition to ongoing, periodic training and professional development
  • Reliable transportation at all times
  • Strong computer abilities & home internet required; social media literacy required

Company Overview

Academic Year in America (AYA) is one of the most respected high school/homestay programs in the United States. Founded in 1981, AYA is well recognized by high schools across the U.S and endorsed by thousands of American host families. AYA is sponsored by the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1967 with the assistance of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Its mission is to promote worldwide understanding through cultural exchange. The Foundation awards grants to high schools for projects that encourage intercultural awareness. It also provides scholarships that enable young Americans to study and travel abroad. AYA is a proud administrator of two U.S. State Department grants: the FLEX program, which welcomes students from Eurasia, the former Soviet Union states; and the YES program, which welcomes students to the U.S. from predominantly Muslim countries.

For more information about who we are and what we do, please visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you!

Job Type: Contract

Job Type: Contract