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 Program Director, Latin American Studies Program - San Jose, Costa Rica

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Posted by: Council for Christian Colleges & Universities 
Hiring entity type: Educational Svcs. 
Work authorization: Not Specified for Costa Rica
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: 401(k) -
Health Insurance -
Paid Vacation -
Relocation: Relocation assistance provided 
Position functions: Management - Director
Management - General
Management - Senior
Non Profit
Travel: Up to 25% 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Spanish - Fluent
Minimum education: Masters Degree 
Minimum years experience:
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: Cover letter required
Job code: / Latpro-3561717 
Date posted: Aug-10-2017
State, Zip: Costa Rica, Zip not provided


The Latin American Studies Program (LASP) in San Jose, Costa Rica invites applications for a Program Director to provide leadership and direction for the educational, student development, residential life, and administrative components of the program. LASP has a thirty-year history of excellence in experiential education and extensive support networks throughout Latin America. It is one of nine off-campus programs operated by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and is supported by a Washington, D.C.-based administrative team.

The Council is a professional association of 180 campuses in 20 nations whose mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our member institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth. The Council coordinates professional development opportunities for administrators and faculty, manages U.S. based and international off-campus student programs, provides public advocacy for Christ-centered higher education and manages cooperative efforts among its member campuses (

Core Responsibilities:

• In collaboration with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, provide a distinctive identity and vision for LASP that is consistent with the CCCU vision for off-campus programs.
• Oversee the development and implementation of academic programs that are appropriate to the Latin American context, attractive to CCCU member schools, and provide for optimal enrollment.
• Function as the primary officer responsible for LASP operations, including:

o Personnel
o Budget and finances
o Facilities and equipment
o Community relations

• Provide academic instruction and oversee academic operations such as curriculum design, syllabi, grading, experiential learning activities, etc.
• Oversee programs and activities that enhance a Christ-centered learning community and foster students’ spiritual and emotional development.
• Oversee a regular cycle of assessment and adjustment of courses, curricula, and program activities.
• Supervise LASP staff members and assist their ongoing professional development.
• Collaborate with the Director of Enrollment and Campus Relations in maintaining a current Emergency Response Plan and training staff appropriately.
• Partner with CCCU staff in student recruitment and in maintaining effective communications with CCCU member campuses.
• Maintain a regular communication process with LASP alumni.
• Participate in regular communication and collaborative decision-making with the VPAA, the Chief Financial Officer, and other CCCU program directors.
• Collaborate with the VPAA in the preparation of a self-study document every six years that serves as the basis of a program review by the Student Academic Programs Commission.
• Maintain scholarly engagement in one’s academic discipline.
• Other duties as assigned.


Persons applying for the position should:
• Hold a Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in a field relevant to Latin America.
• Demonstrate a commitment to Christ-centered higher education and the mission of LASP and the CCCU.
• Be fluent in Spanish language and have significant experience living in Latin America.
• Have a minimum of three years of experience in higher education teaching and administration.
• Be detail-oriented, organized, and flexible.
• Demonstrate excellent communication and management skills.
• Be familiar with standards of good practice for study abroad, especially concerning crisis management.


•     Salary and benefits are competitive and appropriate to the level of the position.

•     A house is available near the LASP facility and may be negotiated as part of the contract.

•     Full-time, twelve-month contract with four weeks of vacation.

Application should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume, as a separate attachment
  • A statement of your Christian faith

Other requirements include:

  • Ability to work for long periods of time at the computer
  • Ability to live in San Jose, Costa Rica

Application process: 

Applicants should submit materials online through the posting online.  Review of applications will begin Monday, August 21 and continue until the position is filled. No paper applications or phone calls please.


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