VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT- American Corner Programming Specialists wanted in Bitola
NEWS DATE: 12/15/2018

The American Corners in Macedonia are seeking reliable, responsible individuals who have strong communication skills to fulfill positions as part-time (20 hours per week) Programming Specialists in Bitola.

POSITION:    American Corner Programming Specialists

LOCATION: American Corner Bitola

OPENING DATE:    December 15th, 2018   

CLOSING DATE:    December 25th, 2018  

WORKING HOURS:  Part-time (20-hours per week) position on a honorarium contract basis for a period up to nine months (with 3 month renewal)  

Starting date: February 1, 2019

 

Summary:

The American Corners of Macedonia provide information about the United States and encourage dialogue and cooperation between the people of the United States and of the Republic of Macedonia through learning and professional development opportunities, cultural exchange activities, and sharing of information resources.  The American Corners serve as venues for speeches, discussions, film or video showings, holiday celebrations, English language conversation groups, meetings of people who have studied or traveled in the United States, programs for professional and educational development in an American-style learning environment, and other events as scheduled.  The American Corners are supported by the U.S. Department of State and administered through the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Skopje.  The corners also provide access to a collection of books, audio-visual materials, periodicals, online resources, and other information about the United States in English.  American Corner personnel provide assistance to visitors; design and implement programs to enhance mutual understanding between the United States and Macedonia; maintain and safeguard materials, equipment and the premises.

Responsibilities

  • Creating, designing, and organizing programs and events, in cooperation with the other AC staff and Embassy, with particular emphasis on programs involving science and technology, young people, education, English language learning, and other programs with relevance to U.S. foreign policy goals. This includes planning outreach activities to reach relevant local audiences.
  • Preparing venues, publicity materials, handouts, logistics, social media content, etc., for programs and events.
  • Handling the day-to-day activities of the American Corner.
  • Collecting data on books and other library materials and inputing necessary data into library software.
  • Establishing and maintaining linkages with other American Corners, English language libraries, universities, cultural centers, and similar institutions.
  • Assisting AC users in locating and using reference materials.
  • Performing other duties and conducting special projects as assigned.
  • Keeping accurate records of usage of materials, numbers and types of clients, visitors, etc., and preparing statistical and narrative reports on activities.
  • Assisting AC users in locating and using reference materials.
  • Training volunteers, residents, and community members to assist with AC Skopje programs.
  • Serve as a TOEFL and GRE test administrator

Qualifications:  

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in English and Macedonian. Effective communication in Albanian language is preferred but not required.
  • High school degree is required. Some post-secondary education in a relevant field, such as English, education science, business, computer science is highly preferred.
  • Excellent basic computer skills, including excellent ability to use Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office.
  • Relevant marketing and social media experience is preferred. Relevant experience may include a demonstrated ability to use basic graphic design software, webpage design software, or other technical computer skills for advertising and event organizing.  Experience managing content for organizational or business social media accounts is a plus.
  • An enthusiastic interest in organizing and publicizing events for young adults is required. Experience planning events and conducting outreach to audiences is preferred.
  • Competency and experience facilitating and participating in group activities. Must be able to working with people from diverse backgrounds, including youth, adults, elderly and individuals with disabilities.
  • Ability to prepare and update written reports and correspondence.
  • Excellent demonstrated customer service skills and ability to communicate effectively, clearly, and appropriately with colleagues, external stakeholders, potential visitors, and the general public verbally and in writing.
  • Effective oral presentation abilities.
  • Knowledge of the history, values, society, culture, and education of the United States of America.

To Apply: 

Interested candidates for this position should submit a CV or resume and cover letter to acmvacancies@state.gov with an email subject line reading “ACS Vacancy Bitola”. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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