Field Program Director - Illinois

Program Director (Field)
Cultural Care Au Pair
Work from home-based office, Illinois

About Cultural Care:

We help young adults from around the world make the impressive commitment to spend a year living away from family and friends to care for young children in an American host family. We also help support American parents in their search for a unique childcare solution where they welcome this young person from overseas into their home as a member of their family. This program takes a village to pull together and that’s where our team comes in.  We are a worldwide organization based in more than 20 countries.  Employees get excellent benefits (including a great discount for your own au pair childcare) and we focus on having lots of fun along the way.  Beyond loving what we do, we are a solid group. The average tenure of our US staff is 6 years – and increasing!  We are now about 50% based in our Boston and Denver offices and 50% field based.

About the role:

The program director team is the largest group of the field-based teams at Cultural Care. They directly manage a team of independent contractors and are fully responsible for the management of the region they cover, with a heavy emphasis on conflict resolution and mediation. It’s like running a small town every day; lots of interesting stories, not for the faint of heart but the wins are way worth celebrating.  Some people say they are making a difference. We truly are. Every day.

We are looking for a superstar candidate to grow our team. This is a truly unique and diverse role in which your aptitude for active listening, conflict resolution, keeping details straight and executing on a strategy are all equally important. There are even some sales elements in here. You will be responsible for goals and growth within your region. There are many different parts to the role, all of them important, all of them competing for your attention. Sound overwhelming? It can be. If you’re the type that thrives on a challenge, we’re looking for you.

Some things about you:

  • You think strategically but know how stay on top of your details.
  • When we look up multi-tasking, your picture is there.
  • Difficult conversations, conflict resolution and high-pressure situations excite you.
  • You are resourceful; “I have no idea” is not in your vocabulary.
  • Your communication and customer service skills are in a dead heat for first place.
  • You are a leader, not a follower. Quite literally for 5 years or more.
  • You’ve (finally) learned how to mentor, coach and teach others to fish rather than doing it all yourself.                                                    

Some nitty gritty:

As we mentioned, it’s a work from home role. The expectation there is that you have the space, a computer, hard drive memory & high-speed wired internet connection to work from home.  We do a rotating Saturday schedule and on-call schedule so you can expect to occasionally work on the weekends and evenings during the year.  There are also 2-3 times a year where you will have travel opportunities.

There are a lot of benefits beyond dress code that a work from home role brings. You know, daily homemade lunches, no commuting road-rage. And you can be home for that 4 hour window that the cable company gives you. Having said that, our field-based positions are full-time 9-5:30 jobs (or longer depending on your workload that day) where the phones will be ringing and Skype will be jumping. Home based?  Yes. Flex-time? Not so much. Still, the dress code is easy and the coffee is as good as you make it.

About EF Education First:

We’re 43,500 small. We’re teachers and students, creatives and analysts, visionaries and doers. We are 120 nationalities—and counting. Together, we open the world through education, breaking down barriers of language, culture and geography all over the world. Over the past 50 years, our mission has grown to include a diverse range of programs that give millions of students of all ages the freedom and confidence to explore the world through language, travel and academic opportunities. Follow us on LinkedIn or check out to learn more about our amazing team, products, and customers.

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EF Education First is the world leader in international education. At EF, everything employees do is centered around the company’s mission: opening the world through education. Since it was founded 50 years ago, EF’s language learning, educational travel, and cultural exchange programs have helped people of all ages and nationalities become citizens of the world.

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