Reports to Manager of Selection and Placement. Places individuals from Latin America and the Caribbean in graduate programs in the United States and other countries. Participates in the selection of program applicants by reviewing applications and conducting interviews. Researches and targets appropriate programs of study, ensures all necessary requirements for admission are completed, works with universities to assure admission and obtain tuition assistance. Researches costs and establishes annual budget for grants. Initiates contact with new institutions regarding grantee placement and relationship with Laspau. Serves as conduit of information within Laspau to ensure the smooth and timely flow of information to appropriate staff members, clients and grantees on current situations relating to grantees' placement. Travel within the United States and abroad may be required. Performs other related duties as required. This position handles approximately $2,000,000 in annual scholarship funding and has discretion and independent judgment in making decisions regarding placement.
Laspau is a nonprofit organization affiliated with Harvard University and governed by an independent, inter-American board of trustees. LASPAU designs, develops, and implements academic and professional exchange programs on behalf of individuals and institutions in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. While most of these efforts are devoted to graduate-level exchanges, undergraduate and professional non-degree programs also form part of Laspau's scope of activities. The organization is unique in its strong regional focus, administrative expertise, and foundation in the Harvard community. More information on Laspau can be found on our web page at http://www.laspau.harvard.edu/
Salary Grade: 055
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
Bachelor's degree and two years of related experience required.
Master's degree and fluency in Spanish (spoken & written) preferred. Familiarity with U.S. university graduate education and the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, and experience with Latin America and international students preferred. Good judgment and excellent organizational, communication (written & spoken), and interpersonal skills essential. Experience with Windows XP and Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) preferred. Knowledge of US higher education institutions, and previous work with sponsoring agencies highly desirable.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
About Harvard University LASPAU: Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. T...he University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.