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Sister Cities of Nashville

Director of Student Programming

Sister Cities of Nashville


Job Summary

Sister Cities of Nashville is hiring a part-time Director of Student Programming to manage educational programming including in-person student exchange programs, virtual student programming, and the Academic Ambassadors program.

Our In-Person Student Exchange program is a two-week engaging and immersive exchange experience.  Our outbound program sends Nashville high school students abroad to several of our partnering Sister Cities in Argentina, France, Germany, and other countries depending upon opportunities and schedules.  In turn, our inbound exchange invites student groups from several of our partner cities at different times throughout the school year for a roughly two-week period to stay with host families and explore Nashville. Students engage with program staff and SCN board members throughout the year in preparation for the exchange programming.

Sister Cities of Nashville strives to provide opportunities for peer-to-peer connections between students and educators in our community and our partner cities worldwide.  Our virtual programs include Peer-to-Peer Language Acquisition, Project-Based Learning, book clubs, science exchanges, and even civic exchanges.  These programs are designed in partnership with educators to fit their curriculum and classroom needs.  The Director of Student Programming seeks to facilitate and maintain these connections, along with providing support once connections have been made.

The Academic Ambassador program is comprised of dedicated educators within the Nashville area at both public and private schools.  These educators have committed to partner with our organization to promote programming and help recruit students to participate at all levels.  The Director of Student Programming manages these relationships, providing support and resources to our partner educators throughout the year.

Organization Overview

Sister Cities of Nashville is a non-profit organization with the mission of connecting the people of Nashville to the people of the world through mutual respect and understanding.  SCN promotes economic development and global understanding by assisting and encouraging citizens to link with communities throughout the world. A major emphasis of the organization is providing school students with the opportunity to expand their education through the student exchange program and direct connections and collaborations with peers in our sister cities across the world. SCN currently has 9 sister cities in 8 different countries across the world.

Job Responsibilities

This position is part-time salaried at an average of 20 hours/week with the exception of student exchanges (approximately 8 – 10 weeks a year) where duties and responsibilities increase to meet workload. This position works with leadership and Board of Directors on all aspects of student programming.  This position also engages with many community leaders and educators and must be able to balance and nurture those relationships. The Director of Student Programming will manage educational programming including in-person student exchange programs, virtual student programming, and the Academic Ambassadors program.

Key Activities & Specifications:

  1. Responsible for inbound and outbound in-person student exchanges including marketing, recruitment, registration, coordination, logistics, preparation, and management
  2. Responsible for virtual student exchanges including marketing, recruitment, registration, coordination, preparation, and management
  3. Responsible for maintaining relationships with and supporting Academic Ambassador program, a partnership with educators at Nashville area schools to promote programs and exchanges to students
  4. Chair of the Student Exchange Committee
  5. Shared duties of research and writing of grants, when applicable
  6. Responsible for maintaining contact lists and relationships with hosts, student ambassadors, driver volunteers, and organizations that partner with our student exchanges and programming
  7. Shared responsibilities for staffing and recruiting volunteers for festivals and community events
  8. Help redevelop and re-implement SA-NEXT program with student exchange/program alumni, formerly the Youth Advisory Board
  9. Responsible for accurate and complete tracking of community engagements for the purpose of reporting and grant funding

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the position. Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by management. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.


Undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience is required.

Must have a valid driver’s license, good driving record, and be able to pass a background check.

Must have experience in managing student exchanges or equivalent types of activities and possess the ability to meet deadlines, problem solve, and work well under pressure.

Good organizational, interpersonal, and excellent oral and written communication skills are required.

Must be able to prioritize and handle projects from start to finish.

A working knowledge or openness to learn current technology-based communication platforms (Zoom, Teams, WhatsApp, WeChat, etc.).

Must be comfortable interacting with a variety of cultures and English language skill, and ability to adapt to non-English speaking environments. Foreign language skills are a plus, but not required.

Experience working with multiple stakeholders in a variety of capacities is a plus.

Additional Information


  • Part-Time Salaried
  • 20 hours/week average
  • Flexible schedule
  • Work remotely aside from meetings, school visits, and during active exchanges


How to Apply

If interested, please email resume and cover letter to Sarah Lingo at


  • Date Posted: January 10, 2023
  • Type: Part-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture
  • Start Date: 03/01/2023
  • Salary Range: 20,800
  • Working Hours: 20 hrs/wk average