NSLI-Y Coordinator

AFS-USA Intercultural Programs
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 21

Position description

AFS-USA is part of a worldwide network of AFS partner organizations that work together to advance global education and foster meaningful connections across cultures. As the network’s largest partner, AFS-USA works to increase the global competency of U.S. citizens by providing a variety of international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities. We are proud of our Staff from our national office in New York City as well as home offices across the county, who collaborate with our more than 4,000 AFS-USA Volunteers to deliver high quality programs and global education resources. These include immersion-based study abroad experiences in over 40 countries worldwide; opportunities to host foreign AFS exchange students; and global learning workshops and curricula for educator, schools and businesses.


AFS-USA manages several programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State (ECA), providing scholarships for adolescents to participate in international exchange. The Sponsored Programs department at AFS focuses on maintaining relationships with the funder (ECA) and other grantees, and incorporating sponsored programs into overall AFS programming. Sponsored Programs Coordinators focus on a specific portfolio of grant-funded program(s), which, depending on the size and scope of programs may encompass more than one program or may mean working in tandem with other staff on some part of a larger program. The NSLI-Y Coordinator will work most closely with the NSLI-Y Specialist and the Manager of Outbound Sponsored Programs, as well as other department and division staff.


This position will focus on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, coordinating programmatic components both domestically and internationally. Core responsibilities of the role include carrying out program requirements, such as conducting orientations, managing projects, communicating with participants and domestic and international partners, working on participant travel/logistics, and carrying out program-focused projects. 




The NSLI-Y Coordinator’s primary responsibilities include:

·        Conduct general advising and customer service activities, and respond to questions from external stakeholders, including advising participants and their families during the pre-departure preparation phase.

·        Maintain data integrity for applicant files. 

·        Coordinate the preparation and completion of participant interviews throughout the U.S., including training and coordinating a team of temporary staff and AFS volunteers. 

  • Work with relevant staff/partners in the production and distribution of program-specific materials for use in PR/marketing and social media, and assist with program website maintenance.
  • Coordinate logistics and training materials, and deliver content for virtual and in-person events during the participant pre-departure preparation and post-program stages.
  • Assist with project/program design, planning, execution, and evaluation. 
  • Assist with both cross-departmental and external communications, including regular program documentation and reporting.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



·        BA/BS degree in Education, International Education, International Relations, Business Communications or a related field 

·        Superior organizational skills

·        IT experience/interest, including familiarity with database utilization and website management

·        At least 3-5 years of project management experience

·        Strong communication skills and service-oriented work style



·        Proven success implementing and leading complex projects.

·        Ability to build and maintain cooperative relationships with stakeholders, including staff, alumni, volunteers, vendors, funders and international partners.

·        Excellent oral and written communication skills

·        Experience with organizations and resources in general international education, youth development and technology.

·        High level of attention to detail.

·        Internet research, website navigation, database utilization, and general IT skills for working on annual application development and publishing website stories. 

·        Preference for experience working in a volunteer-based organization.

·        Strong preference for a candidate with experience learning or teaching a language outside the U.S., and with conversational ability in a foreign language.

·        Ability to work independently and with multiple deadlines as well as in a team environment

·        Ability to prioritize projects and work closely with multiple staff across departmental lines.

·        Demonstrated initiative and critical thinking. 


·        The NSLI-Y Coordinator works in AFS-USA’s NYC office (preferred), U.S. remote considered. Office hours are 9:00am-5:00pm. Ability to work extra hours on evenings and weekends during peak periods and critical events

·        Requires domestic and international travel.


AFS-USA’s provides a wide array of benefits (including but not limited to medical, dental and vision coverage, retirement plan, short-term and long-term disability, fully funded life insurance, generous time-off, and commutation reimbursement) that not only enhance your financial security and well-being, but also add significantly to your total compensation.


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