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Careers

 

• Director of Corporate Programs
• Grants Manager
• Instructors – Children’s Workshops, We All Live in the Forbidden City Program
• Mandarin Adult Language Program Teachers
• Mandarin Children’s Program Teachers


• Director of Corporate Programs

The Position

The Director of Corporate Programs oversees and manages the full spectrum of business and corporate programs at CI, and is a key member of the senior leadership team. Working closely with the President and other senior staff members, the Director will develop and build world class, cutting-edge corporate programs. As CI prepares to move to a new and greatly expanded downtown location near Wall Street, corporate programming is expected to grow accordingly. CI has been the region’s window to China for 88 years. It is the oldest non-profit institution focused exclusively on China.

Responsibilities

  • • Responsible for overall program development and implementation in line with CI mission.
  • • Identify and arrange top-tier speakers for the highly acclaimed China Impact Series.
  • • Manage the annual China/US Executive Summit which has been jointly run with the leading China-based MBA program.
  • • Develop and maintain relationships with a broad spectrum of businesses both in the US and in China.
  • • Manage, coordinate and deliver world class events which entail oversight of, logistics, speaker management, and membership outreach.
  • • Collaborate and communicate with CI leadership including Development and Marketing functions. Liaise with staff in NYC and Beijing and act as a liaison with other team members to achieve event and program objectives.
  • • Ensure database maintenance, which includes speaker/participant and attendee information and mailing list.
  • • Continually monitor the program’s outreach/impact and financial health and make recommendations to the President.
  • • Assist with the development of public relations, communication and fundraising strategies to support program goals and increase community awareness.

 

Qualifications

  • • Bachelors Degree required. MBA preferred. 7-10 year corporate/business track record in the US and/or China. Experience in marketing, fundraising and non-profit sector is an advantage as is the ability to speak Mandarin.
  • • Leadership skills a must with ability to oversee a small support staff. Comfort level with networking and developing business relationships.
  • • Highly refined interpersonal and communication skills are required to work with members of the board and corporate leaders in the US and China.
  • • This position requires a self-starter with the ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously and a willingness to be part of China Institute’s senior team effort.
  • • Proficient in: Microsoft Word, Raiser’s Edge or equivalent software, Excel, database spreadsheets and web-based prospect research.
  • • Excellent writing skills. Knowledge of US and China business climate. Mandarin speaker is a plus.

 

Please send cover letter and CV to:

Ms. Chloe McCabe
Director of Human Resources & Administration

China Institute
125 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

Email: lderespinis@chinainstitute.org

 

China Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

No phone calls please. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

 


• Grants Manager

The Position

Reporting to the senior Development executive at China Institute, incumbent will write and manage grant proposals and reports to annually increase foundation, corporate and government support towards general operations, education, exhibitions, public programs and a comprehensive campaign for capital, endowment and programs. Will conduct research to identify prospects; coordinate with SVP/Chief Development Officer to cold-call prospects as required; steward existing grants funders; and conduct all grant writing, reporting and grants administration.

PLEASE NOTE: As of September 2015, position will move to China Institute’s new, expanded headquarters at 100 Washington Street (entrance at 40 Rector Street) in Lower Manhattan.

Specific Responsibilities

  • • Research, identify, write proposals for and secure grants from appropriate funding sources: government, private and family foundations, and corporations.
  • • Create and maintain ongoing outreach calendar of activities and deadlines. Coordinate with SVP-CDO and China Institute President to schedule face-to-face meetings with prospective institutional funders to present the Institute’s program needs.
  • • Coordinate and collaborate with other China Institute staff to identify and articulate funding priorities and to report on the progress of funded programs.
  • • Work with SVP-CDO and Board leadership to formulate funding strategies, including relationship management and stewardship reporting.
  • • Manage grants correspondence, including acknowledgment letters, declination letters and follow-up, updates, annual stewardship reports and reporting required by funding source.
  • • Partner with Finance Department to ensure appropriate expenditure of funds and documentation.
  • • Work with Development administrator to maintain accurate grant funding records and reports in Raiser’s Edge database.
  • • Participate in China Institute-related development activities.

 

Qualifications

  • • Self-starter with outstanding writing and organizational skills.
  • • Minimum 3 years of successful grant writing experience and proven track-record in successfully applying for and meeting/exceeding fundraising goals.
  • • Successful experience in securing five- and six-figure program, capital and/or unrestricted gifts from institutional funders.
  • • Experience approaching business professionals and soliciting support both in person and over the phone.
  • • Ability to work collaboratively with lean staff in a high-energy, team-oriented environment.
  • • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Raiser’s Edge or equivalent software, Excel, database spreadsheets and web-based prospect research.
  • • Capital campaign experience preferred.
  • • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • • Knowledge of China and related funding initiatives helpful but not essential.
  • • Salary commensurate with experience. China Institute offers very competitive benefits package.

 

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, 2-3 page writing sample, and salary history to:

Lucia T. DeRespinis
Senior Vice President-Chief Development Officer

China Institute
125 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

Email: lderespinis@chinainstitute.org

 

China Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

No phone calls please. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

 


• Instructors – Children’s Workshops, We All Live in the Forbidden City Program

We All Live in the Forbidden City (WALFC) is a dynamic educational program about the history, culture, architecture, and life of imperial China as seen through the lens of Beijing’s Forbidden City, one of the world’s most fascinating landmarks.

We are looking for energetic, creative, and dedicated adults to work with children in grades 3-5 in a series of thematic workshops about the Forbidden City.

 

Specific Responsibilities

  • • Study and implement WALFC lesson plans for the children’s workshops
  • • If needed, tailor lessons and activities so that they are appropriate to students with various abilities
  • • Review program work plans with the WALFC Children’s Workshop Consultant and Program Coordinator for effective implementation
  • • Evaluate the effectiveness of workshops and activities
  • • Create a fun and safe learning environment
  • • Instruct students on the safe and proper use of supplies and equipment, when applicable
  • • Maintain classroom order
  • • Interact professionally and appropriately with parents, teachers, and staff

 

Qualifications

  • • B.A. or M.A. in Childhood Education, East Asian Studies, Drama, Dance, History, or related fields
  • • 1 to 2 years of prior teaching experience preferred, especially with school aged children in an academic or recreational setting
  • • Ability to speak before both large and small groups, and to articulate ideas in a clear, animated and dynamic manner
  • • Strong interest in Chinese culture
  • • Ability to speak, write, and read in Mandarin Chinese desired
  • • Some knowledge of Chinese imperial history preferred
  • • Prior experience working with diverse cultures will be useful; ability to respect, value and honor diversity of children and families a must
  • • Ability to independently supervise a class size of 15-20 students
  • • Strong time management skills
  • • Willingness to travel to schools, libraries, and institutions in the five boroughs; occasional trips out-of-state to conduct workshops at special events
  • • Ability to work flexible hours, especially in the afternoon; occasional work on weekends

 

This is a freelance position on an as-needed basis. The number of workshops assigned to an instructor is dependent on the number of workshops scheduled. Generally, workshops will be one-hour long and will be held in the afternoon.

Compensation Type

Instructors will be paid a set rate per workshop. Travel-related costs will be covered for workshops held outside New York City.

Please send cover letter and CV to:

We All Live in the Forbidden City

China Institute
125 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

Email: forbiddencity@chinainstitute.org

 

China Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

No phone calls please. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

 


• Mandarin Adult Language Program Teachers

China Institute in America, a non-profit, non-partisan, educational, and bi-cultural organization based in NYC, is seeking experienced Mandarin teachers within the tri-state region for its Adult Language Program. Positions currently available include teachers for our group classes, and tutors for our private and corporate tutoring programs.

Successful candidates should be native speakers of Chinese who speak standard Mandarin with clear diction and who have a good command of spoken English. They should be comfortable with dealing with students from diverse backgrounds within the business world and private sector; be presentable in appearance and disposition; punctual; enthusiastic in their instruction and, for private tutoring, must be able to choose materials suited for each students’ needs, level, and abilities. Minimum educational requirement: B.A. degree.

Group classes are held onsite at China Institute. All classes use pinyin and simplified characters. Most tutoring assignments are offsite and held at our students’ office or home with some assignments taking place onsite at China Institute. Competitive hourly wage available. Applicants must have permission to work.

Please send cover letter and CV, including resident status, to:

Wanling Zhang
Program Manager, Adult Language & Studio Programs

China Institute
125 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

Email: wzhang@chinainstitute.org

 

China Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

No phone calls please. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

 


• Mandarin Children’s Program Teachers

China Institute in America, a non-profit, non-partisan, educational, and bi-cultural organization based in NYC, is seeking experienced children’s Mandarin teachers. Grouped by ages three and up, children learn a dynamic mix of Chinese language and culture through a whole language approach in active classroom environments. Successful candidates should be native speakers of Chinese who have teaching experience using simplified characters and who have a very good command of spoken English. They should be vivacious in the classroom and eager to nurture children’s learning and growth. They must feel comfortable creating their own curricula and finding materials to suit classroom needs, levels, and abilities. Teaching assignments may entail classroom teaching or private tutoring and may be onsite, offsite in other schools, or in students’ homes. Classes are taught using simplified characters. Competitive hourly wage.

Please send cover letter and CV, including resident status, to:

Ms. Vera Shi
Resident Faculty & Program Coordinator

China Institute
125 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

Email: vshi@chinainstitute.org

 

China Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

No phone calls please. Only those candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.