POSITION FILLED - API Dublin - Resident Director

Academic Programs International (API) is a study abroad organisation based in Austin (TX) in the United States.  We offer API students the experience of a lifetime with study abroad and international internship programmes in Europe, Oceania, Latin America and The Middle East.  For additional information view the API website at https://apiabroad.com/.

API programmes in Ireland are located in Dublin, Maynooth, Galway, Cork and Limerick. The Dublin and Maynooth programmes operate during the Fall, Spring and Summer terms. API offers a Resident Director position for the Dublin and Maynooth programmes, based in the Dublin office.

The Resident Director serves as API´s primary liaison for the programme and co-ordinates communication between University partners, students and the API office in Austin. The Resident Director is responsible for undertaking all tasks necessary for the smooth and successful operation of the study abroad programme and assisting when required with the internship programme.

Under the general direction of the Regional Director for the UK & Ireland, the candidate will perform administrative functions by planning, organizing, and directing the day to day operations of the programmes in Dublin and Maynooth. S / he reports to the Regional Director for the UK & Ireland, who is based in Leeds. S / he will monitor classes and advise students with regard to the most common academic questions on matters concerning attendance, university regulations, etc. The Resident Director directs each term’s orientation sessions, must meet frequently with API’s students (both informally and during regular office hours) to evaluate their goals, progress and adjustment to studying in a foreign culture. S/he acts as cultural coach for the students by organising and attending excursions and cultural activities and helps students in their cultural adaptation. Weekend and evening work is sometimes required, and flexibility with hours is a must. In addition the Resident Director is responsible for managing the program’s operating budgets and submitting financial reports. S / he handles academic and all non-academic issues, such as housing, meals, activities and excursions. S/he works with the Regional Director for the UK & Ireland, the Program Manager and students to solve any problems or issues.

This job description is considered a guide to the position and should not be considered exhaustive.

Attributes of the ideal Resident Director candidate are flexibility, enthusiasm, dedication and excitement to bring their own personal touch as they implement improvements to the programme.

Requirements, in Order of Priority

  • EU work permit

  • A BA in a relevant discipline, master’s degree is preferred.

  • 1st hand knowledge of Irish culture and familiarity with the city of Dublin

  • Excellent management and organizational skills

  • A demonstrated sensitivity to student needs and cultural differences

  • A commitment to education and study abroad

  • Professional or academic experience working with Americans

  • A willingness to wear different hats

  • A desire to help develop and improve our programmes further.

Salary and Benefits

  • €28,000 to €35,000 DOE