Director for American Corner and Makerspace

Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe in coordination with Public Organization Tourism Development Center seeks a qualified Director for American Corner and Makerspace in Dushanbe.

HOW TO APPLY:

Recruitment process for this position is managed by Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe*. Interested candidates are requested to submit their CV and a cover letter to usembassydushanbe@state.gov

Applications missing either CV or a Cover Letter will not be considered.

Deadline for submissions is Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 17:00.

Only those shortlisted will be contacted for the interview.

*The position is not with U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe. American Corners are U.S. Embassy programs implemented by a local grantee organization. The grantee is not an employee of the U.S. government and is not subject to the benefits provided to Embassy employees.

Director

American Corner and Makerspace Dushanbe

66 Tolstoy Street, Dushanbe

Full-time: 40 hours/week (hours/days TBD)

 BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION

Directs and oversees all operations of American Corner (AC) Dushanbe, an outreach, engagement and innovative technology center that promotes cooperation between the United States and Tajikistan.  Designs and implements an annual strategic plan and works closely with the Coordinator of the AC and the Coordinator of Makerspace (MS) to produce and deliver high quality services, programs and resources.  Develops strong networks and partnerships with civil society, entrepreneurs, business and cultural leaders, and educators and students.  Leads and facilitates a quarterly American Space Advisory Group.

Responsible for direct supervision and evaluation of the Makerspace Coordinator and the AC Coordinator.  Reports to the U.S. Embassy Dushanbe and coordinates closely with the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Embassy grant recipient –  Public Organization “Tourism Development Centre.”

 MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. American Corner Dushanbe Management. 50%

Develops and implements an annual strategic plan that matches goals of U.S. Embassy. Continually assesses policies, procedures, and programs and devises strategies for responsive and cost-effective services and outreach.

Leads a team of six AC staff.  Assigns work and provides direct supervision to two staff (AC Coordinator and MS Coordinator) and manages the work of three guards and a janitor.  Together with U.S. Embassy assesses professional development needs of staff and identifies training opportunities.  Prepares evaluation reports and recommends appropriate personnel actions.

Works closely with Coordinators to develop policies and procedures for use and management of the space.  Reviews AC capabilities and develops new ways of optimizing advanced technology.  With Coordinators, develops and manages a network of volunteers and interns, including advertising, recruitment, training, and responsibilities.

Works closely with U.S. Embassy and grant recipient to prepare the AC annual operating and programmatic budget, including periodic reviews.  Interfaces with U.S. Embassy on resource issues and needs.  Prepares monthly reports, analytical reports, and writes briefs on AC programs and issues.

Represents and promotes the AC at local events, conferences, seminars, etc.  Maintains high level contacts, networks and partnerships with civil society and NGOs, entrepreneurs, business and cultural leaders, educators and students.

Develops marketing and branding, coordinates a social media and web presence.

Organizes and facilitates a quarterly American Corner Advisory Group.

  1. Outreach Management and Delivery: 40%

Provides direction and leadership to the Coordinators on program design, target audiences, and U.S. foreign policy goals and priorities.  Oversees strategic programmatic priorities both at the AC and at the Makerspace.

Designs, organizes, and delivers innovative and substantive events and programs at AC, and the MS (dependent upon expertise.)

  1. Other Duties as Assigned. 10%

MINIMUM DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Education: Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  2. Prior Work Experience: Three years of progressively responsible experience in program management, outreach development and delivery, education and training, or communications and public relations.
  3. Language Proficiency: High-intermediate to advanced English skills; fluency in Russian and Tajik;
  4. Knowledge: Familiarity with U.S. and Tajik history, politics, culture and society. Familiarity with emerging technology, program design and marketing/public relations.
  5. Skills and Abilities: Excellent customer, interpersonal, and cross cultural skills. Ability to respond rapidly to complex requests; to independently plan, organize, and carry out assigned responsibilities; to maintain contact with high-level target audiences. Ability to prioritize work and incoming requests. Ability to train, supervise and evaluate staff. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

POSITION ELEMENTS

  1. Supervision Received: Supervised by U.S. Embassy Dushanbe.
  2. Available Guidelines: On-the-job training, guidance from U.S. Embassy staff.
  3. Supervision exercised: Directly supervises two staff and provides guidance to additional staff, interns and volunteers.
  4. Time Required to Perform Full Range of Duties after Entry Into the Position: With the necessary qualifications and prior work experience as stated above, an incumbent should be able to carry out duties within six months of assuming the position.
  5. Work environment. Due to constant interaction with a demanding public and frequent deadlines with short notice, work can be very stressful. Constantly changing environment requires continuous independent learning, and continual updating of skills. Travel outside of Dushanbe on an as-needed basis. Includes weekend and evening work.