Centre Manager, American Corner
American Corners are the first places to visit when you have questions about the United States. The goal of each Corner is to provide general, substantive and accurate information about the United States to interested parties. Materials in the American Corners cover a wide range of subjects pertaining to the United States, such as its policies, society, education, and culture.
Under the general supervision of the Director of the CcHUB, the Centre Manager of the American Corner in Lagos, Nigeria coordinates, plans, organizes and directs the activities of the corner. The Centre Manager serves as the liaison person between the Library and the U.S. Consulate in Lagos as well as local institutions such as businesses, universities, schools, and organisations with an interest in the United States.
The Corner is an American-style cultural centre and cooperative learning environment designed to increase mutual understanding between Nigeria and the United States.
The corner offers programs/activities in five core areas: EducationUSA advising, English language learning, cultural and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs, alumni engagement, and information about the U.S. The corner also offers resources, such as books, films, games, “maker space” equipment and Internet access.
You will be expected to demonstrate the ability to make the Corner a centre of creative engagement between young Nigerians and Americans, a place where innovative and creative activities happen on a regular basis, and where visitors will feel comfortable and welcome. He/she will demonstrate the ability to initiate and sustain a broad program of activities, including but not limited to: student clubs, EducationUSA advising, English language training, film screenings, lectures, workshops and seminars, digital engagement, and “maker-space” activities with a variety of tools and equipment where users can cultivate STEM skills through hands-on learning experiences.
This position is full-time, working on a varying schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends.
- Education: University degree required.
- General knowledge of U.S history and politics, values, society, culture, and education. Experience studying in the United States or holding ECA alumnus/a status is an advantage.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
- Experience with customer service, administration, and logistics.
- Experience working with youth audiences.
- Experience with online and digital technologies preferred.
- Strong teamwork skills.
- Skill in prioritizing work assignments to handle multiple tasks; ability to adhere to tight deadlines.
- Ability to assess community interest in American topics.
- Ability to plan, organize and carry out wide variety of programs that promote the Corner and its resources to target audiences.
- Ability to plan and maintain a budget and accurate records.
- Ability to prepare written reports and correspondence in English.
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural setting and sensitivity to diverse cultural backgrounds.
- An “entrepreneurial spirit” that can identify and follow up on additional sources of in-kind support for Corner activities.