Program Coordinator – Admissions Section
Actively recruiting participants from rural communities whose activities, goals, and values align with the overall vision of ARI is critical for ARI to achieve its mission of building an environmentally healthy, just and peaceful world. To create a healthy, diverse and resilient learning community through ARI’s Rural Leaders Training Program, each year the Admissions Section seeks both to broaden their reach outside of ARI as well as engaging the entire ARI community to participate in the recruitment process. Admissions staff and volunteers support all ARI’s programs to create a welcoming environment for ARI’s participants and build a community of learning.
Scope of Responsibility:
The Admissions Program Coordinator serves as a full-time staff member in an organization that designs and facilitates innovative training in leadership, sustainable agriculture and community development for grassroots leaders from around the world. This position involves multi-faceted duties that require leadership, good communication skills, improvisation, versatility, and kindness.
At ARI, participants are not just subjects who study and learn, but essential messengers who tell us the realities of rural lives of the world and who are co-creators of the training. After participants graduate from ARI, they become a vital asset because they will send and spread the messages and learning of ARI to the world. The future success of ARI hinges on the quality of the participants recruited each year.
The Admissions Program Coordinator reports directly to the Curriculum Manager and collaborates with a diverse network of staff, volunteers, supporters, churches, and non-profit organizations to recruit exceptional participants for ARI training, strengthen ARI graduate networks, and support ARI’s programming.
The ideal candidate is responsive to community needs while holding high admissions standards that align with ARI’s core values. They should possess strong written and verbal communication skills, in English (ARI’s common language), embrace diversity and equity, and collaborate well with many different people from different backgrounds.
Recruitment and Admissions Management (70%):
- Develop realistic recruitment goals and effective recruitment strategies in collaboration with ARI staff. Engage at least 135 organizations in recruitment activities; deliver 55 completed application to screening committees and assist them to select at least 30 final candidates.
- Developing recruitment materials (both print and online).
- Perform office and administrative tasks to track and manage applications, facilitate the screening process and support candidates in their preparations to arrive at ARI.
- Develop work plans and budgets and manage Admissions Team activities to achieve those goals. Manage the work of section volunteers and Training Assistants.
- Tracking and reporting performance objectives.
- Communicate with partners, churches, non-profit organizations and others to identify recruitment opportunities. Strengthen recruitment materials.
- Manage participants’ passport and visa matters, and travel to and from ARI.
Assisting Graduate Outreach (15%)
- Support Graduate Outreach initiatives.
- Help plan, and host seminars and workshops led by graduates and their organizations.
- Communicate with graduates and help manage and update ARI’s graduate databases.
- Identify and help develop training opportunities for potential recruitment agents.
ARI Training, Community Support (15%)
- Facilitate classes that support ARI’s training. Coach and mentor select participants.
- Draft reports and articles for ARI publications, including brochures, newsletters, journals, annual reports, and
- Participate in daily Foodlife work on the farm as well as various community events.
- Applicants agrees on Asian Rural Institute’s Mission
- Almost all the communication in this section is in English. Therefore, a high English communication proficiency is required.
- Proficient using Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint). Proficiency with SMS platforms and CMR software such as Little Green Light.
- Priority will be given to those who is over the age of 25 and under the age of 45, and who can make a long – term commitment.
- Education: Bachelors degree
- Work Experience: prefer to have several years
- Overseas experience in Asia, Africa, the Pacific or Latin America.
- Experience in ARI.
- Experience working in diverse communities.
- Experience managing staff and volunteers.
- Experience with curriculum design, experiential education, and reflective practice.
- Experience with and understanding of religious tradition.
- A person whose age is under 40 and can work long-term
- ARI’s foundation is rooted in Christianity, and most of the staff and participants are Christians. ARI prefers applicants who can relate to and work well in such a place.
- Agricultural / Rural Experience
- Japanese communication skills are advantageous to communicate with Japanese Embassies Ministries regarding visa and immigration procedures.
ARI’s salary is based on the salary scale of public high school teachers in Japan.
Medical: Japanese Private School Insurance.
Relocation assistance available to qualified applicants.
Pension available to qualified applicants.
Additional home leave for overseas applicants.
- A current Curriculum Vitae
- Statement of motivation (less than two pages)
- Letter of reference from an employer, volunteer organization, church or similar.
Ms. Kaori Sakuma, ARI General Manager, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Deadline：July 31, 2019（please email documents by this date）
Work start date: August 1, 2019 (negotiable)
Asian Rural Institute
442-1 Tsukinokizawa, Nasushiobara