The Pacific Rim Study Abroad Program (PacRim Program) promotes the liberal educational mission of the University of Puget Sound, extending the curriculum to incorporate substantive encounters with Asian life and culture. PacRim also serves as a forum for students' personal development through involvement in a strong community, the cultivation of tolerance and independence, and improved intercultural competence. Once every three years, a group of students from the University of Puget Sound travels to Asia for nine months of rigorous academic work and experiential learning. Visiting a number of Asian nations, the group engages with different systems of culture, economics, politics, religion, and philosophy. Academic work, Asian classrooms, and experiential education in Asian cultural contexts extend the limits of the conventional curriculum. The PacRim Program mobilizes an approach that seeks to maximize site utilization and increase the intercultural competence of student participants. This approach focuses on intentionality and critical thinking about socio-cultural differences and favors learning through immersion with cultural mentoring. This is accomplished through interventionist approaches to students' study abroad experience that are designed to promote intercultural understanding. Rather than relying on simple exposure or unguided immersion, this approach focuses on appropriate and ongoing interventions in the study abroad experience of students that connect course content and local settings in Asia to further the learning outcomes of the PacRim Program.
Appointment: One year, full-time (1.0 FTE) position starting July 1, 2020 and lasting through June 2021.
Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities: This one-year position requires coordination, consultation, and collaboration with the PacRim Faculty Directors, the Asian Studies Director, and the other PacRim managers. The PacRim Budget Manager will do the following:
Collect, document, and upload daily expense receipts during the trip year.
Administer per diems for staff, instructors, and PacRim directors.
Monitor the PacRim budget and provide ongoing updates to the Asian Studies Director and PacRim Directors.
Reconcile the procurement cards of PacRim staff and Directors.
Maintain frequent communication with the Finance office regarding the PacRim budget.
Arrange honorariums for guest speakers during the trip year.
Work with the Asian Studies Director and Dean's office to organize payment for instructors teaching PacRim courses in Asia.
Assist and advise students, as necessary, on best personal finance practices during the trip year.
Coordinate gifts for local partners in Asia.
Maintain familiarity with best practices regarding ATM cash withdrawals in countries visited during the trip year.
Purchase (when necessary) and maintain technological equipment needed for PacRim (e.g., mobile printer, projector, scanner, etc.)
Assist instructors with classroom technology.
Provide advice to students regarding SIM cards for cell phones in countries visited during the trip year.
Procure SIM cards for staff, faculty, and PacRim directors.
Supervise and administer social media accounts related to the PacRim Program.
Prepare a final report concerning financial issues for the Director of the Asian Studies Program.
Help to promote the following student learning outcomes in coordination with the PacRim Directors and other managers:
Exhibit a high level of intercultural competence;
Demonstrate awareness and understanding of local, cultural life-ways, and regional socio-cultural, political, and economic variation;
Understand and articulate the influence of historic and contemporary power and wealth inequalities on peoples and regions;
Develop a strong understanding about the histories, beliefs, and practices of Asian cultural groups;
Cultivate lasting connections with people in Asia from diverse cultural backgrounds;
Adjust and adapt to ambiguous and unfamiliar cultural and social situations;
Reflect on how their values have been shaped by their own cultural backgrounds as well as their experiences abroad;
Demonstrate analytical, research, and writing skills through the completion of an independent research project.
Other duties include but are not limited to the following:
Work with the other managers and the PacRim Directors to develop and participate in student activities during the travel year.
Remain current on U.S. State Department information about destinations in order to maintain a safe itinerary.
Participate in regular meetings during the travel year with the PacRim Directors and other PacRim staff to debrief on recent activities, confirm upcoming activities, and identify and address emerging challenges and unforeseen circumstances.
Jointly supervise PacRim work study students who will receive funding for their employment during the travel year.
Qualifications: Minimum Requirements
Experience in accounting and budget management.
Expertise with Microsoft Excel or equivalent.
Ability to work in difficult and changing environments.
Capacity to make difficult decisions quickly.
Ability to handle multiple tasks at once.
Ability to live in close quarters and similar lodging as students for the entirety of the travel year.
Willingness to work long and irregular hours.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
Strong organizational skills.
Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community
Experience with PeopleSoft.
Familiarity and experience with social media platforms.
Familiarity with an Asian language.
Application Deadline: Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than September 20, 2019 to ensure consideration.
Letter of Interest
Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.
Compensation and Benefits: Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.
This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.
About Puget Sound Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nations most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit 'About Puget Sound' (http://www.pugetsound.edu/about) to learn more about the college.
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