Job: AIFIS Seeks Executive Director (US-Based)

The American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) is seeking to fill the position of Executive Director. The U.S. Executive Director of AIFIS oversees the management of the organization, works with the Board of Directors to see that AIFIS activities contribute effectively to its mission, and works with the Treasurer of the Board to ensure that AIFIS’s assets are well managed. This role is U.S.-based and can be remote (with an in-person option in Ithaca, NY).


Program Development, Oversight and Management

• The Executive Director leads the coordination effort – with the AIFIS Board, Indonesia Country Representative, consortium members and other relevant partner – to develop programs that meet the goals of the organization. These include, but are not limited to the following: fellowship programs, symposia and conferences, workshops, in-country orientation for American students and scholars.

• AIFIS Executive Director oversees the implementation of AIFIS’s programs and coordinates the work of all staff in the U.S. and Indonesia

Grant Writing and Administration

• The Executive Director manages the preparation for AIFIS’s grant proposals. The Executive Director is responsible for the preparation and submission of all reports to funding agencies and maintain correspondence with donors and potential funders.

• The Executive Director is responsible for exploring new funding opportunities and, with approval from members of AIFIS Board, can propose program areas for funding support.

Office Coordination, Administration and Operations

• Planning and preparing for the annual meeting of the AIFIS board of directors;

• Providing oversight on contract compliance and fulfillment;

• Ensuring that AIFIS’s consortium members are up-to-date;

• Submitting requests to the Association for Asian Studies for meeting space for AIFIS’s annual board and consortium meetings.

General Outreach and Communications

• Responding to inquiries about the organization from faculty members, fellows and scholars;

• Managing AIFIS website and social media accounts, coordinating work with a web designer as needed, and with AIFIS’s staff in Indonesia;

• Ensuring regular communication with the AIFIS Board of Director and its consortium and affiliated members.

Qualifications and Experience:

• Graduate degree, or equivalent, with proven experience in managing projects and grants from federal agencies, private foundations and donors;

• An interest in promoting scholarly exchange between American and Indonesian researchers; and supporting academic research of American scholars and advanced students working in Indonesia;

• Ability to work collaboratively with donor agencies, government officials, academic communities in the U.S. and Indonesia and familiarity with the American and Indonesian university systems;

• Fluency in Bahasa Indonesia and English, with advanced editorial skills;

• Familiarity with principles of project management and program finances.

Application Requirements:

• A cover letter and resume, focusing on the applicant’s response to the job

description (qualifications, past employment, etc.)

• Names and contact information (emails and telephone numbers) for two references

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The review of applications will begin on June 20th and continue until the position is filled. To be considered, please send your application to

The American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) is a member center of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). AIFIS is a consortium of 34 American universities and colleges that contribute to the development of Indonesian Studies in the U.S. Its main goals are to promote the study of Indonesia in the U.S., foster scholarly exchange between American and Indonesian scholars, promote educational and research efforts by U.S. scholars in Indonesia, facilitate visits by American scholars to Indonesia and support scholarly activities. Learn more at