International Cultural Exchange Services is a leading company in International High School Exchange. ICES is a non-profit company that works with students coming from abroad to study in the United States for a semester or school year. Students are high school aged (14-18), and stay with a host family during their stay. They attend local public high schools, are involved in activities and sports, and enrich the communities in which they live in. ICES is looking for individuals with the skills and mindset to help promote ICES’s mission and help accomplish the companies’ goals.
Position: Local Coordinator / 1099 Independent Contractor
Location: Local coordinators work remotely and are able to work with students and families within a 120-mile radius of their home address. We are currently looking for coordinators in the following cities (surrounding areas as well) Kalamazoo, Portage, Battle Creek, Niles, and Benton Harbor.
Position Summary: Local coordinators are responsible for the placement and supervision of a set amount of students each school year. The amount of students that each local coordinator works with, is a mutual agreement between the local coordinator and the Field manager or Regional director at ICES. Local coordinators work closely with Field Managers to find and implement methods that are successful in finding qualified host families. Local coordinators are responsible for provide an in-home interview and orientation to all qualified host families. During the school year local coordinators are responsible for the direct supervision of all students they have placed in their local area. Supervision of students requires monthly check in’s with all host families, students, and the school where the students are placed. Monthly checks can be conducted on the phone, but must be conducted in person once a semester.
· Recruit and vet host families willing to volunteer to take part in promoting ICES’s mission for exchange students (who have already been selected on the program)
· Act as a cultural ambassador within your community
· Raise awareness and promote the benefits of cultural exchange to community leaders and the media
· Abide by all Department of State rules and regulations
· Build strong working relationships with local high schools
· Work with youth from all over the world
· Help people make new connections and add value to your community
· Counsel and provide students and host families with guidance if issues arise
· Provide an orientation to the host family before the student arrives
· Provide an orientation to the student shortly after arrival
· Plan an activity each semester for the students
· Complete paperwork that requires coordinators to be sufficient in the use of technology
· Complete on-line trainings and be present on weekly conference calls
· High school diploma required (associate degree in education field or similar preferred)
· The minimum age requirement for all local coordinators is 25 or older
· Have a strong belief in cultural exchange and a passion for making a difference in people’s lives
· Possess strong problem solving skills
· Valid driver’s licenses
· Must be able to pass a criminal background check
· Desire to create opportunities for youth
· Willingness to invest in your local community
· Enjoy building new relationships and be comfortable with public speaking
· Demonstrate strong problem solving and mediation skills
· Must be able to network in your community and promote the mission and goals of ICES
· Proficiency with computers (must have internet, scanner, and printer)
· An understanding of basic technology is a must
· Experience working with various cultures and backgrounds (previous experience as a local coordinator or host family is ideal)
· Strong time management skills and the ability to work independently
Training: Local Coordinators need a variety of skills. ICES provides training in networking, recruiting host families, and how to build relationships with families and schools. Local coordinators area also trained on how to handle counseling and mediation with students and host families. The trainings at ICES help local coordinators to grow personally and gain valuable professional skills. Local coordinators will also work together with the support of a team, and have access to an online data base of valuable resources.
Compensation: Each student placement and supervision earns compensation and travel opportunity. ICES appreciates the time and dedication that local coordinators bring to cultural exchange, and that is why ICES wants Local coordinators to grow professional and discover new cultures as well.
Application Process: It is essential that Local Coordinators deliver the high-quality and support that ICES is known for. Please email Regional Director Andrea Lundin at email@example.com a current cover letter and resume (make sure to highlight any international experience you have had in the past). *Review of applications will begin immediately.