Student Affairs Manager, Cambodia

Posted by: The School for Field Studies

Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Position Title:
Student Affairs Manager (SAM)

Program Focus:
While there are high levels of biodiversity in the lower Mekong, conservation efforts are only just beginning and environmental policies have yet to be fully developed. Cambodia and Vietnam, both newly emerging post-conflict nations with growing economies, are engaged in aggressive development. Each country’s path toward prosperity will have distinct yet profound effects on the natural and cultural landscapes of the region and the livelihoods of rural residents. Drivers of environmental change in the lower Mekong – whether urban expansion, tourism, or climate change – will influence the development trajectories for current and future generations. A fundamental focus of this program will be identifying these drivers and ways to mitigate the damage to natural systems while maintaining human livelihoods.

This position will be based primarily in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Each semester will have extended expeditions to other locations in Cambodia as well as Vietnam.

Program Schedule:
This is an academic year contract position starting early-August 2016 and ending mid-May 2017. The position is required to attend a one-week training at the SFS Headquarters in Beverly, MA, August 1-5, 2016.

Reports to:
Center Director

Duties & Responsibilities
Under the oversight of the Center Director, the SAM, as an individual and as a member of the Center faculty/staff team, will assist in the following areas:

Student Affairs:

  • Deliver in-country orientation and ongoing training to students in the areas of community building, critical thinking, cross-cultural issues, conflict resolution, self-awareness, communal living, and health and safety
  • Act as a resource to students on their program-related and personal needs
  • Facilitate communication within the student group and between staff and students
  • Preemptively monitor and address individual student and group attitudes and behavior
  • Keep the Center Director informed of potential problems
  • Participate in resolving group management issues and student discipline problems
  • Facilitate establishment and support of student committees

Safety & Risk Management:

  • Take responsibility for the safety of all program participants
  • Adhere to, actively model, and enforce all school-wide and Center rules and polices
  • Coordinate incident reporting system and on-site safety audits
  • Ensure that incident information and reports are provided to SFS headquarters
  • Submit a Risk Management Plan to SFS headquarters prior to field trips
  • Participate in the review and revision of Center risk assessment and management plans
  • Coordinate the Center’s emergency plans, including for evacuation and fire safety
  • Recommend and review policies and procedures needed to manage risks
  • Coordinate the safety and health portions of the on-site orientation
  • Maintain all land-based medical kits and safety supplies

Community Outreach:

  • Work with Center faculty/staff to develop and implement community outreach activities
  • Arrange recreational programming for students within the local community
  • At all times, work to ensure good relations between the Center and local community
  • Organize and facilitate guest speakers from the community

Program Support:

  • Coordinate and communicate scheduling of program to students as needed
  • Participate in training activities for new Center staff prior to and during the program
  • Provide periodic reports, marketing materials, and student input to SFS headquarters
  • Participate in preparation of final reports and Center field preparation guide revisions
  • In cooperation with other Center staff and as delegated by the Center Director, provide day-to-day coordination of interns
  • Participate in planning activities prior to program start and in review post-program
  • As requested by the Center Director, assist with other logistical, group management, and administrative tasks

Daily Center Life:

  • Live on-site for the duration of each program period and take meals with students
  • On a rotating basis, take responsibility for Center-specific staff of the day duties
  • Ensure that all staff understand the responsibilities of the staff of the day role
  • Take part in, and occasionally lead, Center upkeep projects, social, and field activities
  • Serve as Center caretaker during program breaks as requested by the Center Director
  • Drive standard transmission vehicles as needed

Required Qualifications

  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification required by start date (SFS reimburses up to a cap)
  • B.A./B.S. required
  • Significant experience living, working, or studying internationally and high emotional and cross-cultural intelligence
  • Extensive group and student facilitation experience or background in experiential educational programming
  • Experience with crisis and risk management
  • Accustomed to working long hours in remote environments with limited resources
  • Ease with living communally and using shared facilities
  • Accustomed to working long hours in remote environments with limited resources
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and live on site at the field station with a small team of permanent staff and group of US undergraduate students
  • Participate in the residential campus activities and community outreach
  • At all times, work to ensure good relations between the SFS and the local community
  • Clean driving record and ability to operate manual transmission vehicles

Preferred Qualifications:

  • EMT and/or WEMT certification
  • College-level study of international education
  • Experience living, working, or studying in Cambodia or Southeast Asia
  • Familiarity with navigating medical resources in developing countries
  • Background in wilderness, travel, or tropical medicine
  • Residential affairs experience in higher education

Salary, travel, and health insurance reimbursement. On-site room and board provided.

Via:: Idealist