Resident Director

Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM)
Resident Director
(Negotiable start date from 1 Oct 2021 — 1 December 2021)


The Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM), located in Tangier, Morocco, is the only U.S. National Historic Landmark outside the United States and its possessions. TALIM is also an American Overseas Research Center and affiliated with the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS). We invite applications for the position of Resident Director (RD).

TALIM is housed in a spacious historic building in the old city (madina) of Tangier, given by the Sultan of Morocco as a gift to the U.S. in 1821. It functions as a museum, research library, conference facility, and community center, and hosts a range of cultural and youth-oriented programs.

TALIM’s RD serves as liaison between American and Moroccan scholars, administers AIMS grants and programs in Morocco, and cooperates with other AIMS centers in North Africa. The RD also directs an active outreach program including cultural performances, digital outreach, and youth engagement.

The RD acts in a representational capacity in Morocco and abroad, conserves and operates an historic building, activates and directs programs, raises funds, and interacts with the international academic community. The RD must have a sufficient understanding of U.S. embassy operations to engage effectively with the Embassy on representational programs, grant opportunities, maintenance, and other issues.

TALIM is supported by private contributions and through AIMS; maintenance of the building is funded by the U.S. Embassy in Morocco and partially overseen by the RD. The RD supervises eight Moroccan program and administrative staff, and is responsible to a Board of Directors centered in Washington DC.

The successful applicant should have executive and cross-cultural management skills in the MENA region, preferably in the Maghrib, and be fluent in English and French. Arabic is highly desirable. Candidates with previous experience working with the State Department, and/or regional experience in grants or museum management, cultural, community and educational outreach programming are encouraged to apply. The applicant should also have program experience with digital platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Salary is modest and TALIM does not provide pension or medical benefits; the position is particularly suitable for a retiree with a supplementary income and benefits. Housing is provided without cost in an apartment within the Legation. Travel to Board meetings in the U.S. is normally provided twice a year.

Please send a statement of interest and qualifications and a current c.v. or resume to Mary Jeffers, TALIM Board VP and Chair, RD Recruitment Committee, at TALIMRecruitment@gmail.com. The position start date is negotiable from 1 October 2021 until 1 December, 2021. Review of applications begins on 15 December 2020. Applications should be submitted no later than 30 January 2021. TALIM is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.

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