Position Availability

Korean-American Educational Commission Executive Director

Applications are invited from U.S. and Korean citizens for the position of Executive Director of the Korean-American Education Commission (KAEC).

KAEC is a non-profit, bi-national commission, based in Seoul and managed by a Board of Directors, responsible for administering the Fulbright Program in the Republic of Korea (ROK). The KAEC Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and oversees a variety of programs promoting U.S.-Korea educational exchange and collaboration throughout Korea.

Candidates must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree, an advanced degree is preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of Korean and American societies, including educational systems.
  • Managerial experience in an academic, philanthropic, or cultural exchange organization.
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills in both Korean and English.
  • Proven ability to lead and direct multicultural teams.

Competitive candidates will demonstrate:

  • Creativity and innovation.
  • Ability to identify and develop key partners.
  • Acute understanding of and vision for Korea-U.S. educational relations and opportunities.
  • Strategic and operational leadership experience with demonstrated program management skills to engage and energize a board of directors and to lead, develop, and retain a team.
  • Experience in financial planning, budget oversight, fundraising, marketing, public relation, and in using social media as a marketing and recruitment tool.

Successful U.S. citizen applicants will qualify for visa sponsorship by the KAEC.

A two-year renewable contract will be offered to the successful candidate. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Interested candidates should send:

  • A one-page statement of interest in English,
  • A CV in English and Korean, and
  • Names and contact information of three references

to kate_bang@kellyservices.kr by January 18, 2019. Questions about the position may also be submitted to this email.

Job Description
of Executive Director
Korean-American Educational Commission (KAEC)

Basic Function of Position

Under the supervision of the Commission’s Board of Directors, initiates, implements, coordinates, and oversees all functions of KAEC, a binational body established by diplomatic agreement to promote academic and scholarly exchange between the Republic of Korea and the United States, including by managing the Fulbright grant program, the Educational Information Services (EIS), liaison with alumni associations, and other related activities, including programs proposed by Korean or U.S. governments and approved by the Commission.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Directs Secretariat of approximately 14 persons in carrying out the following functions:

1. Administration

  • Oversees the preparation of all reports for approval by the Commission and subsequent submission to the two governments including 1) the annual budget of over $7 million (approximately 7.5 billion won) composed of contributions from the two governments, private donations, and fee-for-service activities conducted by KAEC, and other sources; 2) an annual report documenting a given year’s programs and activities; 3) the annual program proposal presenting the Commission’s projected program and budget for the coming year; 4) the annual audit report prepared by outside auditors.
  • Oversees all financial transactions of the Commission as outlined in the Commission By-Laws and the Financial and Accounting Guidelines. This includes advising the Commission on investment of its funds, approving expenditure vouchers, and submission of quarterly financial reports to the U.S. Government regarding the status of funds.
  • Oversees personnel management for the Secretariat including supervision, recruitment, assignment, preparation of position descriptions, review of personnel policies and rules, promotions, annual performance evaluations, granting of leave, and annual salary adjustments; plans and organizes Secretariat operations to attain maximum efficiency, maintain staff morale, and meet new program requirements.
  • Oversees development and maintenance of office hardware and software systems to ensure maximum efficiency.
  • Prepares Commission agendas and any other materials for consideration by the Commission, and assists the Chair to prepare, organize, and run meetings.

2. Fulbright Grant Program

  • Maintains close and continuing contact regarding the grant program with the U.S. agencies involved in the administration of the Fulbright program, including the United States Embassy in Seoul, the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board which sets policy for the world-wide Fulbright Program, the Education and Cultural Affairs Bureau (ECA) of the United States Department of State which oversees the Fulbright program worldwide, the Department of Education which oversees the “Fulbright-Hays” Program, the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) which is responsible for the senior Fulbright program, and the Institute of International Education (IIE) which is responsible for the student program.
  • Oversees the annual grant competition for Korean participants. Publicizes the programs and interprets Commission policies. Establishes screening committees, reviews applications, and participates in interviews of applicants. Recommends candidates to the Commission and communicates Commission decisions to agencies in the United States. Organizes orientation programs and maintains liaison with grantees until they return to the Republic of Korea at the conclusion of their Fulbright grant.
  • Oversees the annual selection of U.S. grantees. Review applications recommended by CIES and IIE, and recommends candidates to the Commission. Arranges Korean affiliations of selected candidates. Corresponds with all grantees before arrival, and arranges appropriate orientation programs. Oversees all activities of grantees while in the Korea until their departure from the country at the conclusion of their Fulbright grant.
  • Recommends to the Commission any modifications in the grant program for Korean and U.S. grantees relating to grant categories, basic requirements, fields or disciplines, revision of grant benefits, or any other modifications to maintain the excellence and relevance of the Fulbright program in Korea and the United States and in relation to other Korea-U.S. exchange programs.

3. Educational Advising Services

  • Oversees the operations of the Educational Advising Services, which delivers advice and information to the Korean public about study in the United States and U.S. educational institutions through group and individual advising sessions, plus print and electronic media, including extensive use of social media.
  • Oversees the delivery of similar services about Korean education and academic institutions to U.S. university educators, students and other visitors from the United States through correspondence, briefings, participation in NAFSA: Association of International Educators and other special meetings in the United States, as well as periodic visits to U.S. university campuses.
  • Oversees the implementation of appropriate orientation programs for sponsored and non-sponsored Koreans who have obtained admission to U.S. universities.

4. Alumni Activities

  • Maintains a close working relationship with the Korean Fulbright Alumni Association
  • In close consultation with the alumni leadership, supports, encourages, and helps coordinate alumni activities, including events marking the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Korea.
  • Oversees the maintenance of a database of Korean and U.S. alumni.
  • Maintains contact with the American Fulbright Association and serves as the liaison between the Association and the Korean alumni association. Maintains direct contact with U.S. alumni when and where possible, encourage contributions in a variety of ways to the Fulbright Program.
  • Supervises all other alumni-related work carried out by the Secretariat.

5. Other

  • Maintains continuing contact with the Public Diplomacy Section of the United States Embassy in Seoul, and the Korean Ministries of Education, Foreign Affairs, and Finance and Strategy, on Commission-related matters, especially regarding annual contributions to the program.
  • Organizes a Special Commission Working Session (i.e. retreat) for the Commission and invited guests every 2-3 years (or as needed) to evaluate the program and plan for the future.
  • Establishes and maintains continuing contact with Korean and U.S. government, university, media, and business officials and executives regarding all phases of the Fulbright program and other educational exchanges between Korea and the United States, both directly through visits, speeches, and interviews, and indirectly thorough attendance at seminars, receptions, conferences, and other cultural and educational exchange activities.
  • Represents the Commission in Korea and the United States at various public and private functions.
  • Regularly visits Korean universities, academic conferences, and other meetings in order to keep abreast of developments in the educational fields.
  • Actively but selectively participates in community outreach activities to raise visibility and strengthen the credibility of KAEC. This may include serving on U.S.-Korea education related boards and commissions.
  • Annually visits all U.S. agencies involved in the administration of the Fulbright program and attends the annual NAFSA conference to participate in relevant panels. Periodically visits U.S. universities to meet with administrators, professors, and students as well as other relevant organizations and conferences to keep abreast of developments in education and in Korea-U.S. educational and cultural exchange.
  • Advises the Commission on any financial, administrative, programmatic or other matters that should be brought to its attention, whether directly or indirectly related to the work of the Commission.
  • Apprises the Commission Chair in advance of all official travel and projected absences from the office and ensures all staff travel, including the incumbent’s, is the minimum necessary to achieve the Commission’s strategic goals.