Program Director Position for US Citizens/Residents

Center for Lao Studies
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Program Director


Founded in 2006 the mission of the Center for Lao Studies (CLS) is to advance knowledge and engagement in the field of Lao Studies through research, education and information sharing. The Program Director is a key staff member of CLS. Reporting to the Executive Director, he/she provides planning and program leadership in all areas of the Center for Lao Studies. The Program Director is responsible for program management, development, recruitment strategies, promotion, outreach, fundraising, and assessment and evaluation. CLS’s programs includes: Lao Oral History Archive, Summer Study Abroad in Laos, Publications, Journal of Lao Studies, Lao TLC, and the International Conference on Lao Studies. This position is based at our San Francisco office.

Estimate % of time
Key Responsibilities
Program Planning and Development
Work collaboratively with different national and international institutions on various CLS programs.
Oversee planning, scheduling and organizing various programs deadlines and implementations.
Monitor enrollment, on-line memberships, applications, and other program logistics.
Work collaboratively with contractors and IT person.
Program Management
Manage day-to-day program operations.
Keep track of program operational expenses, including program contractors’ payments.
Work closely with the Executive Director to implement, up keep, recruit, and maintain program memberships.
Assist in updating CLS website with relevant and current information on the programs.
Program Promotion/Fundraising
Promote CLS programs through mass email, on-line social network, posters, flyers, and presentations.
Outreach to potential donors, members, students, and program participants.
Work with the Executive Director to write articles and press releases to promote CLS and its programs.
Work with the Executive Director and a grant writer to provide data for grant proposals.
Explore potential grants for program sustainability and expansion by research and networking.
Program Evaluation
Implement consistent program evaluation practices to guide planning and decision-making and support efforts at continuous improvement.
Evaluate program sustainability.
Provide evaluative data for grant applications and other development efforts.
Work closely with the Executive Director to provide grant reports to funders.

Must be US Citizen or Resident
Bachelors Degree required
Masters Degree preferred
Excellent interpersonal skills
Minimum 2-3 years experience in the nonprofit sector
Minimum 2-3 years of management experience
Strong organizational skills
Strong facilitation Skills
Good writing and communication skills
Willing to travel
Willing to work some nights and weekends
Demonstrated belief in the Center for Lao Studies’ mission and values
Knowledge of the Lao language is a plus, but not necessary

This is a one year temporary position that may be extended or become a permanent full time position. It is a contract position, half-time, 20 hour work week.


Compensation w ill be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Please send cover letter along with resume to by May 20, 2014. Please, no phone calls or walk-ins.


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