Job Opening Starting June 2009 - ACMS Resident Director Mongolia

america center for mongolia studiesThe American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) is seeking a Resident Director for its Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia office. The ACMS is a non-profit, non-governmental educational organization that supports the development of Mongolian Studies and academic exchanges with Inner Asia. The ACMS is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) with primary funding from the US government, private foundations and member institutions and individuals. The ACMS defines Mongolian Studies to include all academic fields as they relate to Mongolia and the Inner Asian region.

The ACMS Resident Director is responsible for the management of the ACMS Ulaanbaatar office, staff and programs, and the development of new programs, partners and funding sources. The position is primarily administrative, but requires an ability to work effectively with international and Mongolian academic institutions, scholars and students. Experience in the US higher education system through study or work and experience working or studying in Mongolia or Inner Asia is required.

The position is salaried and full-time, with a basic housing and benefit allowance. Short-term research and personal leaves are negotiable.

The responsibilities of the ACMS Resident Director include:

  • Overseeing the financial accounting and management of the ACMS operations in Mongolia, including management of the ACMS staff;
  • Development and oversight of ACMS programs in Mongolia, including the ACMS library, intensive Mongolian language program, fellowships, internships, speaker series, conferences and other initiatives;
  • Facilitating the research activities of international scholars and students in Mongolia, including providing logistical support, helping locate partner institutions and scholars in Mongolia, and helping to disseminate research and experiences both locally and internationally;
  • Maintaining a friendly, cooperative and productive relationship with the US Embassy and other international organizations in Ulaanbaatar and seeking ways to develop scholarly programs and exchanges in cooperation with these organizations;
  • Building relationships and programs with Mongolian academic institutions, scholars and students;
  • Writing and editing publications including the ACMS newsletter, promotional materials, grant proposals and reports;
  • Oversight of the ACMS website and on-line programs and resources;
  • Developing new programs and projects.

Qualifications for the position include:

  • A Masters Degree is required, a PhD preferred
  • Experience living, working or studying in Mongolia or Inner Asia
  • A graduate degree or teaching experience at a US university
  • Administrative and managerial experience strongly recommended
  • Financial accounting experience preferred
  • Mongolian language ability preferred

Application materials required include:

  • A cover letter that summarizes your interest in the position and relevant experience
  • A current c.v. with contact information
  • A list of three references. References will only be contacted for short listed candidates.

Please submit your application as an email attachment to:

Application screening will begin February 1, 2009, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The Resident Director will ideally begin duties by June 2009.

For more information on the position, please email:

For more information on the ACMS, please visit our website:

The ACMS does not discriminate in employment on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, disability status or religion.

ACMS Mission Statement:

The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) is a non-profit educational organization that supports the development of Mongolian Studies and academic exchanges with Inner Asia. The activities of the ACMS include the development of academic resources, student and research support and the fostering of academic partnerships in all fields of study related to Mongolia.

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