Resident Director, Russian Overseas Flagship Program — American Councils


The Russian Overseas Flagship (ROF) program, located in Almaty, Kazakhstan, assists learners of Russian to reach Superior or higher levels of proficiency. The Overseas Flagship program consists of intensive, structured language instruction; direct enrollment in relevant courses at the host institution; internships; and homestay boarding with native speakers of the target language.


The Overseas Flagship Program Resident Director serves as American Councils’ representative in Almaty in the areas of participants’ health, safety, and program logistics. He/she must be available to program participants on a daily basis, observe classes regularly, meet with administrators and students, help students attend medical appointments, arrange group travel and cultural programs, maintain the office and student lounge, coordinate with local program assistants and with AC representatives at regional offices, and perform other tasks. The Resident Director must be available to participants during any emergencies that arise and must communicate regularly with host institution representatives in Kazakhstan and American Councils staff in Washington, DC. The Resident Director attends American Councils pre-departure orientation programs in Washington, DC, travels to Kazakhstan with the student group at the beginning of the program and returns to Washington, DC with the group at the end of the program. The Resident Director reports to the ROF Program Manager in Washington, DC.


EMPLOYMENT DATES: June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021, with possible continuation into the following academic year.




Monitor participants’ health and safety, and promptly communicate significant issues to American Councils’ and host institution staff;

  • Coordinate health care for participants and intervene on behalf of participants as necessary;
  • Enforce policies, terms and conditions of program participation;
  • Coordinate Almaty-based program logistics, including cultural excursions and related travel, and communicate logistical details to DC-based staff;
  • Assist local administrative staff and faculty with logistic tasks;
  • Submit weekly written updates to the ROF Program Manager;
  • Participate in weekly Skype briefings with the program staff in Washington, DC;
  • Serve as the local liaison between American Councils and the host institute administration as directed to ensure that program logistics proceed as agreed;
  • Cooperate with Academic Coordinator and Homestay/Internship Coordinator in resolving student administrative and behavior issues;
  • Submit student evaluations within two weeks of program conclusion;
  • Manage program finances, make necessary purchases and payments, and submit monthly expense reports accounting for all program expenditures;
  • Work with Regional Director of American Councils’ Kazakhstan office to equip Homestay families with necessary safety equipment for housing Flagship students.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • ​​​​​Demonstrated proficiency in Russian at Level 3 or higher on the ILR scale (;
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Russian, Slavic studies, or related area studies field;
  • Substantial study and/or work experience in Russia and/or Kazakhstan;
  • Experience overseeing and guiding groups;
  • Demonstrated skills in academic and personal counseling;
  • Demonstrated skills in general financial accountability;
  • U.S. citizenship required


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