Placement Manager - Cambridge Office

Placement Manager

Cultural Care Au Pair

Cambridge, MA

Please include a Cover Letter with your application.

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 live with an American host family. Cultural Care Au Pair is a designated program sponsor under the U.S. Department of State’s federally regulated au pair program. We provide support and program management during this exchange year. Cultural Care has recently celebrated 25 years of bringing families and au pairs together. We are a worldwide organization based in more than 20 countries. 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 Placement Manager role is super dynamic, working with host families during that special window of time between when they register for our program and when they select their au pair. You will listen to their (sometimes short, sometimes long) list of criteria, and guide them through this very important decision, which will directly affect their lives over the next year or more. You will talk to parents every day about their families, their schedules, their personalities, and their hopes for an amazing cultural exchange experience. If you can connect with people quickly, as well as follow up with a sense of urgency and desire to help, you will be great at this job. We guarantee lots of interesting stories!


This is a truly unique and diverse role in which your aptitude for active listening, problem-solving, keeping details straight and hitting weekly goals are all equally important. Your consultative approach and “soft” sales expertise will come in handy. You will be responsible for hitting goals within a defined region. Time management is essential as you keep track of your families and their needs. 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 are competitive and love hitting goals.
  • You are adept at organizing multiple competing priorities
  • While others are bogged down in the reactive, you find ways to be proactive.
  • You truly love talking to people and are excited by the idea of helping them ease the chaos in their lives.
  • Challenge and high-pressure situations excite you – you’d much rather be crazy busy than bored.
  • 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 not one to shy away from a difficult conversation.
  • While we will provide the training, you come with the emotional maturity and life experience to coach families on issues of childcare.


Some nitty gritty:

This job requires some Saturday work (4-6 times/year) and our team does have a peak season where, to hit your targets, you will find that extra hours may be necessary. You will be invited to travel to our au pair training school in NY once within your first year of employment and, shortly thereafter, will be invited to travel to an international Cultural Care office. Sometimes we celebrate hitting goals and honoring overseas visitors with evening dinners and events. We also have opportunities to dress up like superheroes and 90’s Rockstars, and attend Disco-themed parties. If you have a problem with this, you should think twice before applying. Our “over-the-top” culture permeates everything we do.


A few of our benefits:

  • Monthly base salary and bonus potential
  • Market-leading health insurance options with Harvard Pilgrim
  • 3 weeks paid vacation (1st year), followed by 4 weeks (2nd year)
  • 25% company match for your 401(k) plan with Fidelity
  • Complimentary in-house language classes


Cultural Care Au Pair is a division of EF Education First, the world leader in international education. Founded in 1965, EF’s mission is to open the world through education. To date, EF has helped millions of people learn a language, discover the world or earn an academic degree. For more information, visit http://www.ef.edu/careers.


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