India Country Director

Global Citizen Year
Deadline for Applications
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Global Citizen Year is a non-profit social enterprise forging a new educational pathway for America’s emerging leaders. By immersing a diverse corps of fellows in developing countries during a “bridge year” after high school, we prepare them for success in college, careers and our global economy. We envision a world in which this “bridge year” becomes a common expectation and opportunity—transforming education, and unleashing the potential of our next generation as social innovators and global citizens.

To learn about our history and our program, visit us at


Global Citizen Year seeks an entrepreneurial and ambitious professional to lead our team and program in India.  S/he will develop and oversee the program in its inaugural year, lead a team of talented and new employees, deepen our local networks, and continue to lay the foundation for significant growth in the years ahead.

The India Country Director will be a resourceful and seasoned international development and/or education professional with a passion for translating the Global Citizen Year program model in the Indian context. S/he will bring a broad, cross-sector network and experience working/living across Indian and American cultures.  Additionally s/he will have a successful track record designing and building programs, hiring and managing high performing teams, overseeing complex operations, and bridging local realities and global organizational strategies.

This position reports directly to the Vice President of Programs, and will manage a cohort of Team Leaders and a support staff person.


The India Country Director will:

1.      Spearhead strategy and partnerships for sustainable growth in India.
•       Develop and implement a successful pilot, and position our program it to scale over the next 3-5 years.
•       Build and manage a network of in-country relationships to support high-quality programming and future growth.

2.      Build and lead a high-performing, local team.
•       Lead all local hiring processes to recruit, train and retain top talent for in-country posts.
•       Define roles, evaluate performance, guide learning and promote a strong team dynamic among India country team.

3.      Develop and oversee local operations and risk management.
•       Develop and oversee efficient in-country operations and budget processes to ensure local compliance and sustainability.
•       Monitor and analyze local risks to Fellow and staff safety and security and continually strengthen local Risk Management Systems.
•       Manage in-country Emergency Response Protocols and lead the local response in any emergency involving Fellows or staff.

4.      Deliver an exceptional program experience for all stakeholders.
•       Manage local team (staff and partners) to select, train and monitor all apprenticeship placements, homestay families, and community advisors.
•       Ensure high quality training for Fellows throughout the in-country portion of the program.
•       Develop, formalize, and monitor adherence to MOU’s with local partners.
•       Administer ongoing program evaluation.

5.      Provide leadership on organization-wide initiatives.
•       Act as primary liaison between the India program and the US home office in Oakland, CA translating organization-wide initiatives into local programming.
•       Represent Global Citizen Year as appropriate through local networks and forums.

You thrive when you’re building something new. You are most proud of the systems and initiatives you’ve started and the impact they continue to have, even after you handed over leadership. You’re looking for your next creative challenge.

You are well connected in India and have serious leadership experience. Ideally, you will have lived in both India and the US for at least 2 years each, be fluent in Hindi and English, with proficiency in one or more local languages, and have 5-10 years of international leadership experience within the business, education or NGO sector.

You understand the importance of local and global strategies working together within one organization. You are a systems thinker, committed to translating Global Citizen Year’s global culture and values effectively within the Indian context.

You lead from a strategic place, always keeping the big picture and long-term vision in mind. You can visualize what a program/operation will look like at scale, and can garner and manage the resources needed to get there. This includes building a team, managing a budget, and administering program operations.

People and organizations are lining up to partner with you. You excel at building strong relationships and are able to forge and maintain alliances across cultural, social, and institutional lines with local and international partners.

Successful candidates will also possess the following characteristics and skills:

•       Mission-driven: Demonstrated commitment to the goals and vision of Global Citizen Year.
•       Resourceful self-starter: Displays an entrepreneurial spirit and thrives in a fast-pace, start-up environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and rapid change; and is able to troubleshoot independently while continually building capacity and improving processes.
•       Analytical project manager and skilled financial manager: Ability to analyze information effectively to stay on top of multiple projects, plan backwards and anticipate obstacles.  Ability to confidently use financial information and hard data for decision-making – realizing goals in a cost-effective manner.
•       Exceptional people-manager: Personable professional who is culturally sensitive and has experience building and leading diverse teams, empowering team-members, and driving toward results and accountability.
•       Cross-cultural savvy: Able to adapt communication styles to diverse audiences and bridge institutional contexts, between India and the US, for optimal coordination and decision-making.
•       Adventurous and active: Comfortable staying in modest settings, enjoys adventures and outdoor activities.

The following are a plus:
•       Familiarity with American teens: Experience and skill working with American adolescents (ideally 17-19 year age group).
•       Education: Advanced degree in international development, public administration, education and/or business administration.
•       Certified as Wilderness First Responder:  Experience and skill in assessing injuries and illnesses in a remote setting and in making emergency response decisions.


Compensation: Competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and comprehensive benefits package
Location: Pune, India
Start date: Open until filled

To apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter on our website: In your cover letter, please indicate how you learned of the opening and provide 3 professional references (including direct supervisors and direct reports), your salary requirement, your current location, and the date you would be available to begin fulltime work in India.

Deadline: We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. The review will continue until the position is filled.

Global Citizen Year is an equal opportunity employer, and we strive for our staff to reflect the diverse community we serve. Applicants who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.