Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Adventist University of Central Africa (AUCA),American Corner Coordinator Jobs in Rwanda



POSITION DESCRIPTION—American Corner Coordinator
Summary
Under the general supervision of the Librarian of Adventist University of Central Africa (AUCA), the Coordinator of the American Corner (AC) Kigali, coordinates, plans, organizes and directs the activities of the Corner.  The Corner Coordinator serves as the liaison person between the Library and the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda as well as local institutions such as businesses, universities, schools, and organizations with an interest in the United States.

The American Corner Kigaliis an American-style resource center designed to increase mutual understanding between Rwanda and the United States.  The Corner offers programs and activities in five core areas: English language learning, EducationUSA advising, cultural programs, alumni engagement, and information about the United States. The Corner also offers resources, such as books, films and documentaries, games, “maker space” equipment, and Internet access.
Successful applicants will be expected to demonstrate the ability to make the Corner a center of creative engagement, where innovative and creative activities happen on a regular basis, and where visitors will feel comfortable and welcome.
The American Corner Kigali will be an inclusive space where patrons, particularly youth, can cultivate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) skills through hands-on learning experiences. The Corner will provide access to creative technology, such as 3D printing, electronics kits, video and music production tools, and much more. 
This position is full-time, working on a varying schedule, including evenings and occasional weekends.
Responsibilities:
  1. Provide day-to-day customer service to Corner patrons, keeping all AC equipment and tools safe and keeping the library organized.
  2. Manager of the integrated Library management software; the coordinator is responsible for cataloging all material, encoding and complete information into record, including loan length.He/she is responsible for tracking, documenting and reporting the status of overdue materials or damaged equipment.
  3. Initiate and sustain a broad program of activities, including but not limited to: student clubs, English language training, film screenings, lectures, workshops and seminars, cultural events, digital engagement, and maker-space activities.Some programs may take place outside the space of the Corner.Once fully open, the Corner must implement at least 24 programs per year, though more will be expected in order to meet the “Gold Standard” required.
  4. Report monthly to the Information Resource Center at the U.S. Embassy on all Corner activities and user statistics.
  5. Work with the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs staff to disseminate information about studying in the United States to Rwandan students and proactively reach out to alumni of U.S. government exchange programs to organize and facilitate programs that promote alumni engagement.
  6. Build close relationships with the academic departments of AUCA, including Employment and Career Units, exploring ways to use the Corner as a “maker space,” a location for innovation and exploration of new technologies as a pathway to job creation.
  7. Understand and promote to Corner visitors, the full range of online and physical resources available at and through the Corner, including computers, iPads, e-LibraryUSA databases, interactive web chats and other Internet-based events.
  8. Manage the Corner’s presence on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other similar sites, including sharing, posting and developing unique content that builds mutual understanding between the United States and Rwanda.
  9. Operate and maintain computer and digital equipment such as tablets, laptops, cameras and 3D printer; set up equipment for interactive online programming using network connections and Wi-Fi.
  10. Marketing the AC and its Programs and encourage diversified groups of people (students, youth, teenagers, girls and women, journalists, professionals…) to use the space and participate in different programs.
EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
  • Education: University degree required
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • General knowledge of U.S. history and politics, values, society, culture and education
  • Good communication and customer service skills and desire to interact with patrons and visitors of all ages and backgrounds
  • Adaptability and creativity
  • Excellent computer skills, including ability to use Excel, social media, websites, electronic databases and search engines
  • Experience with online and digital technologies preferred
  • Skill in prioritizing work assignments to handle multiple tasks; ability to adhere to tight deadlines
  • Ability to assess community interest in American topics
  • Ability to plan, organize and carry out a wide variety of programs that promote the Corner and its resources to target audiences
  • Ability to plan and maintain a budget and accurate records
  • Ability to prepare written reports and correspondence in English
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural setting and sensitivity to diverse cultural backgrounds
  • An “entrepreneurial spirit” that can identify and follow up on additional sources of in-kind support for Corner activities
  • Flexibility and ability to work as part of a team
ADDITIONAL PREFERENCES
  • Experience working in a youth center, cultural center or library setting
  • Participation on a U.S. State Department-sponsored exchange program to the U.S. is an advantage
  • Experience with or interest in learning creative technologies
ADS POSTING DATE:            February 21-28, 2017
SELECTION PROCESS:                   February 28-March 07, 2017
ANTICIPATED START DATE March 15, 2017
ANTICIPATED SALARY: Commensurate to qualification of selected candidate.
HOW TO APPLY
The application packet consists of two parts:
1) Application
Cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for two references.
2) Supplemental Questions
Please respond to the questions below.
  1. Do you have experience working with teenagers in a library setting or another informal or formal environment? If so, please describe.
  2. Do you have experience with creative technology hardware, software and related tools, such as 3D printers, audio and video production software, or other creative technology tools? If so, please describe.
  3. Please describe any experience you have recruiting, training and supervising volunteers.
  4. Based on your experience, what are 2-3 factors that are important to developing a successful program involving youth? Please briefly explain that rationale for your recommendations.
Please send all above materials by email to: aucahrm@gmail.com
Applications will be accepted until 4PM on28 February 2017
MUSONERA STEVEN SEMUGESHI
HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR
Tel: 0788462625

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