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• Grants Manager
• Manager of Enrollment and Marketing, Education Department
• Resident Director – Study Tours in China 2014
• Instructors – Children’s Workshops, We All Live in the Forbidden City Program
• Mandarin Adult Language Program Teachers
• Mandarin Children’s Program Teachers


• Grants Manager

The Position

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

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 Chief Development Officer 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 Chief Development Officer and Board leadership to formulate funding strategies, including relationship management and stewardship reporting.
  • • Manage all grants correspondence, including acknowledgment letters, declination letters and follow-up, updates, annual stewardship reports or reporting required by funding source, etc.
  • • Partner with Finance Department to ensure appropriate expenditure of funds and documentation.
  • • Maintain accurate grant funding records and reports in Raiser’s Edge development database.
  • • Participate in China Institute-related development activities.

Qualifications

  • • Self-starter with outstanding writing and organizational skills.
  • • Minimum 5 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 unrestricted gifts from institutional funders.
  • • Must be experienced in approaching business professionals at all levels and soliciting support both in person and over the phone.
  • • Ability to work collaboratively with lean staff in a high-energy, team-oriented environment.
  • • Proficient 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.

Please send cover letter, resume and a 2-3 page writing sample to:

Lucia DeRespinis
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.


• Manager of Enrollment and Marketing, Education Department

The Position

Develop and implement an integrated and comprehensive marketing and communication strategy for China Institute’s Education Department, with the objective to increase enrollment for Chinese language and cultural classes for adults and children, professional development courses and workshops for educators, and other educational initiatives for the general public, in alignment with China Institute’s mission.

In line with an aggressive expansion plan, China Institute will be moving to expanded facilities in lower Manhattan next year. China Institute’s language programs are core to our mission to advance a deeper understanding of China.

Responsibilities

  • • Work with the Institute’s Director of Education and Director of Marketing (to be hired) to develop and deliver marketing strategies to increase the enrollment of the Institute’s language classes for both adults and children, professional development courses and workshops, and other programs for students, educators and the general public;
  • • Maintain, strengthen and cultivate China Institute’s brand for its language classes and educational programs in New York City, especially in China Institute’s new downtown location;
  • • Manage annual marketing budget and strategic plan;
  • • Manage department’s advertisement and PR for language classes and educational programs to ensure timely and sufficient visibility through all relevant media channels;
  • • Organize promotional and community outreach events for language classes and educational programs, including information sessions, open houses, promotional events, etc., and maintain timely follow-ups to ensure lasting audience relationship;
  • • Cultivate and maintain relationships with professional agencies for promoting language and educational programs as needed, such as schools and educational institutions, advertising agencies, marketing firms, media outlets and vendors;
  • • Manage online marketing efforts including website, social media, online advertising, and search engine optimization.

Qualifications

  • • Bachelor’s degree in relevant fields. Experience working with schools and educational institutions is highly desired;
  • • Minimum 3 years of marketing experience with proven ability to create, document and execute marketing plans;
  • • Strong analytical skills and ability to establish business and financial justifications for marketing initiatives;
  • • Must be able to work in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment with demonstrated ability to juggle multiple competing tasks and demands;
  • • Proven project management, financial planning and forecasting experience with track record in attaining stated goals;
  • • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • • Strong interpersonal skills. Must be a team player, personable, professional, and able to get along well with a variety of people;
  • • Proficiency with all digital tools including Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point;
  • • Ability to work on and participate in events including nights and weekends and assist in the set-up and breakdown of events;
  • • Ability to travel domestically or internationally, as needed;
  • • Knowledge of Mandarin Chinese preferred.

Please send cover letter and CV to:

Ms. Shenzhan Liao
Director of Education

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

Email: sliao@chinainstitute.org

China Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

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


• Resident Director – Study Tours in China 2014

The Position

China Institute is seeking a part-time staff member to manage its Study Tours in China program. Candidates must be proficient in Chinese, highly motivated, organized and interested in being part of a culturally diverse team. They must also be innovative and flexible, and interested in devoting time and energy to developing program content for various participants including students, educators and general public.

The Resident Director must have at least 2 years of experience in charge of managing programs in a school setting. S/he must also possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills in both English and Chinese, the ability to interface with the public in a professional, friendly manner, Chinese language proficiency, and a readiness to live in China for the duration of the study tours (ranging from 10 days to 6 weeks); an MA degree and experience living and traveling in China highly desirable.

The Resident Director will report directly to the Director of Education while working very closely with other programs within the Education Department. Currently China Institute runs two Summer Study in China programs for high school students during the summer, and is actively working with schools in New York area to organize school trips during the spring break.

Specific Responsibilities

  • • Supervise the execution of all aspects of the program, including communication with the host school or partner organization(s) and the host family (if any), managing the program team in China, and coordinating with other programs at China Institute as needed;
  • • Recruit, manage and supervise the program team;
  • • Supervise and work closely with program staff to develop content, extra-curricular activities and community service as needed;
  • • Develop program related materials including, but not limited to, job descriptions, the final program report, expense report and other materials as necessary;
  • • Manage the program budgets and assist developing program budgets;
  • • Coordinate with colleagues to plan and carry out program marketing and recruitment, including phone calls, web-based outreach, on-site school visits, open house events and other activities;
  • • Oversee the application, admission and acceptance process, including producing and distributing applications, interviewing and accepting applicants, investigating financial needs, and reviewing scholarship applications;
  • • Organize and conduct pre-program orientations and post-program follow-up activities for participating students and parents, host families and partner school/organization staff;
  • • Manage the alumni network as a result of the program to ensure long-term connection with former participants;
  • • Assist in developing program-related grant applications and all grant-related reporting, as needed;
  • • Coordinate with other programs at China Institute to ensure consistency in program design and management, as well as to maximize the impact of the programs.

Please send cover letter and CV to:

Ms. Shenzhan Liao
Director of Education

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

Email: sliao@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.