Outreach and Program Coordinator

Job Summary
Responsible for the development, planning, and implementation of outreach activities and the
FLAS Fellowship program for the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

Duties & Responsibilities:

 Develop and administer Center outreach programs and projects under the direction of the
Associate Director, with primary responsibility for organizing and executing visits by speakers,
as well as conferences, workshops, weekly brown bag meetings, film screenings and K-12,
community, and public events; develop visitor itineraries, conference and workshop agendas,
event budgets, publicity or publicity plans, and event schedules in consultation with the
Associate Director; provide Center administrative staff with information needed to make all
travel and lodging arrangements and develop publicity materials. Work with other area studies
personnel and faculty to design, coordinate, staff, and implement joint outreach activities (public
and special events). Act as liaison to campus and university outreach community to develop
collaborative activities.

 Develop, initiate, oversee and/or present at CSAMES-related off campus events for K-12,
community college, business, and media communities. Liaise with other outreach coordinators at
Middle East centers, and represent CSAMES at national outreach initiatives, workshops, and
conferences. Support associated advancement projects including collaboration with other area
studies personnel and faculty to design, coordinate, staff, and implement joint outreach activities
in order to expand the Center’s reach locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

 Serve as the Center Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) Coordinator;
responsibilities include: working in collaboration with IGI Fellowships Coordinator and other
NRCs to advertise FLAS awards, plan and conduct FLAS orientations, liaise with IGI on FLAS-
related financial matters, arrange for mandatory IRIS pre- and post-FLAS proficiency testing in
coordination with faculty, complete all IRIS FLAS reports (including overseas travel requests) in
a timely manner to meet DOE deadlines.

 Contribute to CSAMES communication; collect, organize and disseminate information for
CSAMES listservs, website, newsletter, and social media sites. Responsible for the production of
the Akhbar newsletter.

 Participate in CSAMES’ grant writing and grants administration including developing
budgets, proposals, data collection, entry and reporting to funding agencies, or other
administrative tasks.

 Assign and review work of graduate student assistants, undergraduate students, interns, and
other support staff, under the direction of the Associate director, with primary responsibility for
outreach and office operations.

 Build relationships with constituent communities by attending educational events and
community programs and publicizing Center activities.

 Other duties as assigned to further the mission of the Center.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in a humanities, social science, or education field.
  • A total of one (1) year (12 months) in education, training and/or work experience in
  • educational or outreach programming. (Note: Master’s Degree in an area consistent
  • with the duties of the position may be substituted for one (1) year of work experience.)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree; study in a regional language and in Middle East Studies.
  • Experience in K-12 teaching or programs.

Successful candidates will have the following:

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills. Strong writing and public
  • speaking/presentation skills.
  • Knowledge of key issues related to philanthropic activities.
  • Strong computer skills: Microsoft Office, databases, social media and basic web
  • applications.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Strong relationship management skills.
  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Basic skills in using computer software and apps.
  • Willingness to learn and understand new material.
  • Evidence of strong people skills and teamwork.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills and teamwork.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with minimal supervision.
  • Awareness of, and sensitivity to, cultural and linguistic differences. Commitment to
  • diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of or interest in the Middle East region.

Appointment Information
This is a 100% full-time Civil Service 5002 - Program Coordinator position, appointed on a 12-
month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the deadline date. Salary is
commensurate with experience.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information
Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on Monday, November 21, 2022. Apply for
this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of the posting. In order to be
considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position. Applications not submitted
through https://jobs.illinois.edu will not be considered.  Please include a cover letter, resume, and
contact information for three professional references. For further information about this specific
position, please contact Jill Billerman at jrandell@illinois.edu. For questions regarding the
application process, please contact 217-333-2137.


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