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August 21, 2013

South Asia Outreach and Campus Program Coordinator, University of Chicago


The University of Chicago's Southern Asia strength is built around two related bodies: a federally-funded Title VI South Asia Language and Area Center (SALAC), and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS) made up of faculty across the University who share teaching and research interests in Southern Asia.

The focus of COSAS, which is supported through a University endowment, is to support and implement faculty and student academic and research projects that broadly encompass the study of South and Southeast Asia.

SALAC is designated as a South Asia National Resource Center (NRC), supported by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

SALAC and COSAS work to enhance opportunities available to scholars both in the United States and in South and Southeast Asia and to foster intellectual and scholarly communication and inter-disciplinary collaboration among the students and faculty at the University of Chicago and the wider Chicago and Southern Asian Studies communities. To these ends SALAC and COSAS sponsor a variety of activities including colloquia, workshops, conferences, public lectures, film series, cultural events, and other programs that promote understanding of the cultures and societies of South and Southeast Asia.

Unit Job Summary

South Asia Outreach and Campus Program Coordinator: Supports the work of two related bodies: The Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS) and the South Asia Language and Area Center (SALAC) at the University of Chicago. Reports to, and works closely with, the Associate Director for the Committee on Southern Asia Studies and the South Asia Language and Area Center.

Plan and implement South Asia Outreach Educational Project programming and projects as defined in the South Asia Language and Area Center's USED Title VI grant. Primary responsibilities include planning and implementing workshops and conferences for K-12 teachers, as well as for the general public; preparing, publishing and mailing a semi-annual Center newsletter; managing an email-based public informational listserv; developing and updating resource materials for the Center's web site; overseeing and developing the collection in the Center's film/DVD lending library; coordinating specials projects in public education upon request; and working with other cultural, educational, and community organizations interested in developing their South Asia events and programming.

Coordinate campus-based workshops and conferences initiated by University faculty members and students; planning for, and setting up campus exhibits related to COSAS; coordinating a weekly tea for students and faculty members; and assisting faculty members as requested with other campus-based projects. Program planning and implementation for both areas is frequently done in cooperation with outside educational and cultural organizations and with other University centers and offices including, among others, the Center for International Studies, other Title VI Language and Area Centers and the University of Chicago International House.

This is a benefits eligible, part-time, 22.5-hour position.

Bachelor's degree required. Master of Arts degree preferred.

At minimum, one year of experience with a not-for-profit organization required.


Knowledge of the South Asia region or a background in South Asian studies required.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and PowerPoint) required.
Proficiency with the internet and a variety of internet search tools required.
Ability to interact positively and collaboratively with a varied set of individuals required.
Ability to maintain confidentiality required.
Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends required
Willingness and ability to initiate and implement ideas independently required.
Excellent writing, editing skills, and communication skills required.

Knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop or other graphic design program preferred.
Knowledge and prior use of Dreamweaver preferred.
Ability to maintain web pages preferred.
A background in education, curriculum development, or program planning preferred.
Familiarity with the University and the city of Chicago preferred.

Posted by sjadrich at August 21, 2013 11:14 AM


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