Job: Education & Volunteer Manager

7/31/15 – Education & Volunteer Manager
Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC), Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sarah P’s comments:  For librarians with or without an MLIS who would like to gain international NGO experience here is an opportunity for a wide ranging experience which, though listed as a volunteer opportunity, is paid a small salary.  Here is a link for reviews of this non-profit and they also have a tour company which has good reviews as well.


Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC) is seeking a full time Education & Volunteer Manager in Siem Reap, Cambodia to start on September 1, 2015.

Founded in 2005, JWOC is a US registered nonprofit organization based in Siem Reap, Cambodia with an operating budget of $200,000 per year. JWOC’s mission is to provide programs that reduce poverty levels, increase educational and economic opportunities and empower both our recipients and supporters, thereby inspiring ongoing social change. Our programs are University Scholarships, Free Classes, Clean Water, Microfinance and Community Support. JWOC is unique in our approach as our 75+ university scholarship students also serve as the volunteer teachers and staff that make our other programs possible. We are thus able to not only assist directly with the cost of their education, but also to build on their potential and to develop their working skills, experience, teaching and leadership capabilities more broadly.

JWOC’s operating income is raised through individual and corporate gifts, grants, and donations from volunteer groups. The Free Classes Program provides more than 45 classes to over 1,000 adults and children in the surrounding communities.

Job Description:
The Education & Volunteer Manager (EVM) reports directly to the Managing Director (and indirectly to the Executive Director), and has overall responsibility to ensure development of the Free Classes Program and volunteer initiatives:
Responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive strategy to provide quality educational opportunities; and
Maintaining standards of teaching and training with local staff and Free Classes students of all ages.

This position relies heavily on independent initiative and motivation to provide as many quality educational opportunities as possible to Cambodian students and staff. The EVM will be responsible for running, improving and managing activities at JWOC’s extra-curricular community school. The position directly manages two direct reports, with a total staff of 35 full-time, part-time and volunteer teachers. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Managing and developing JWOC’s Free Classes Program including class schedules, testing, materials, new initiatives and class observations;
Organizing and running workshops for various training initiatives for staff and scholarship students;
Overseeing JWOC library activities and the professional development of the Librarian;
Staff management and developing appropriate training for professional growth;
Coordinating closely with the local staff, including the Free Classes Manager and Librarian, to ensure effective overall management and implementation;
Finance and administrative duties related to the program, including input to reporting and submitting monthly budgets;
Participating in appeal and media efforts, working closely with the Fundraising & Communications Manager;
Volunteer management, contact and orientation for foreign groups and individuals, including matching their abilities with appropriate activities at JWOC; and
Serving as the JWOC Child Protection focal point, providing training to new staff and volunteers on applicable laws, practices and codes of conduct.

Bachelor’s degree (relevant field preferred);
Highly developed training skills, especially with EFL speakers;
Native level English oral and written communication skills;
Demonstrated analytical skills;
Ability to conceptualize and develop new training/learning resources;
Concern for detail and accuracy, with a professional and efficient approach;
Strong interpersonal and team-building experience in a multi-cultural setting;
Excellent organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines;
Experience working in low resource settings;
NGO experience, preferably in Southeast Asia;
Experience working with and/or managing volunteer programs; and
Experience living and working overseas.

JWOC provides a local experience for international staff, and pays a salary that covers living expenses. The EVM will also be considered for periodic performance based bonuses. JWOC provides local health insurance from an international healthcare provider. The selected candidate is responsible for all costs associated with traveling to Siem Reap. The selected candidate will undergo a background and reference check before being offered a contract. The contract is a full time position for 15 months with the possibility of extension. Remuneration is $915 per month. The work week is 5-1/2 days per week. Start date is September 1, 2015.

How to apply:

Interested parties should send an updated CV and cover letter including contact information for three referees to Please include “Education Manager Position” in the subject line. All application documents must be in English. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until August 14, 2015.

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