Resident Director (Summer) - Taiwan

  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 20

Position description

iEARN-USA is currently seeking a qualified Resident Director to work in Taiwan on a summer language program for U.S. high school students. The program is the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), is focused on Chinese (Mandarin) language acquisition and takes place in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. 



May 18 - June 21, 2020 (part-time, remote in the U.S.); June 22 - June 24, 2020 (one-day staff meeting and three-day pre-departure orientation in New York, NY); June 25 - August 8, 2020 (full-time in Kaohsiung, Taiwan); August 9 - August 11, 2020 (three-day re-entry orientation in New York, NY). 

The Resident Director (RD) represents iEARN-USA and their local partner in their activities during the tenure of the appointment. The RD serves as a cultural and academic liaison for around 25 students (aged 15-19) during their overseas program. The RD is the primary support person for all students and is responsible for the ongoing monitoring of the safety and well-being of students. The RD must be available to students on a daily basis, observe students’ classes, and be available via phone to students in case of emergency. The RD also plays a key role in supporting participant learning and encouraging the use of the target language as much as possible.


Prior to departure, the RD will be required to attend an online or in-person training session and a pre-departure orientation organized by iEARN-USA. In May, RDs will begin part-time, remote work in coordination with iEARN-USA on pre-program language support, orientation planning, conference calls and webinars with students, and logistical support. RDs are required to travel with their respective student groups at the beginning of their programs, and return to the U.S. with the group and attend a re-entry orientation at the end of their programs. This is a seasonal position.


RDs report to the Local Coordinator and iEARN-USA.



  • Be responsible for and available to a group of American high school students at all times during the program, including traveling with students during program activities and being available 24/7 for emergencies;
  • Lead individual and group debriefing sessions with students to enhance language learning experience and cultural understanding;
  • Advise program participants as needed on diverse issues related to their study abroad experience (including, but not limited to: language learning, host family adjustment, culture, program logistics, homesickness, interpersonal and group dynamics);
  • Enforce iEARN policies;
  • Work closely with the Local Coordinator and iEARN-USA to design and deliver a five-week online language preparation curriculum for students to teach them basic phrases and common characters; 
  • Participate in pre-program webinar and conference call;
  • Co-facilitate and plan student pre-departure and re-entry orientation sessions in New York; 
  • Review student information and other program materials;
  • Submit weekly reports to the Local Coordinator and iEARN-USA program staff, as well as final report and individual student evaluations; 
  • Assist the Local Coordinator with conducting visits to each student’s host family; 
  • Meet frequently with the Local Coordinator to share and discuss any information that would be helpful for the students, both in terms of their safety/well-being and their language development; and,
  • Perform any related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor.


  • Exceptional drive and passion for international education; mission driven with a positive attitude;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, conversant to fluent Mandarin Chinese language ability;
  • High emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills; ability to listen and to engage a wide range of partners;
  • Flexibility and willingness to work outside primary job description and traditional work hours; and,
  • An appreciation for and eagerness to work with a diverse, innovative, and trailblazing youth community.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Chinese, area studies, or related field;
  • Study, work, or extensive experience in China or Taiwan and with Chinese/Taiwanese culture;
  • Proven ability to work with and lead high school students;
  • Demonstrated skills in academic and personal counseling or Residential Life;
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check;
  • Candidate must have experience living in the U.S. and China or Taiwan; and,
  • Prior experience as a participant on a U.S. Government-sponsored exchange program is preferable, but not required.

Compensation is TBD and commensurate with experience. 

Application instructions

Please email resume and cover letter in one pdf. Include “Taiwan Summer Resident Director” in the subject line.


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