Subject: Job posting: Executive Director, ACMS

American Center
for Mongolian Studies
Job posting: Executive Director, ACMS
The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) seeks an entrepreneurial Executive Director who can lead the development of new programs and projects to support the organization’s mission to further academic studies and exchanges with Mongolia and Inner Asia.

The Executive Director is responsible for leading strategic planning and oversight of the programmatic and financial activities of the organization. The Executive Director will ideally be located in North America (with the potential to be based at University of Pennsylvania), and have experience working with government and non-government funders, including the US Government, foundations and individuals, to develop new programs and resources through grant writing and fundraising. The Executive Director will oversee the development and implementation of an annual budget and ensure that all reporting requirements are met. The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors, and oversee the Resident Director located in Mongolia and any North American staff members. The Executive Director will assist with membership outreach and the development and implementation of ACMS and partner programs in close cooperation with the ACMS Ulaanbaatar office.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:
  • Experience as a leader in a non-profit or educational organization.
  • Experience and demonstrated success with grant writing, program development and program implementation.
  • Experience developing and implementing a fundraising campaign.
  • Experience developing and overseeing budgets, financial reporting and the administrative aspects of running a non-profit organization.
  • Experience working with a higher education institution or associated organization.
  • An appropriate academic degree.
Ideal starting date: July 1, 2017. Work location and terms will be determined on an individual basis. There is a potential to be based at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where the ACMS currently maintains its US office.

Applications, nominations and inquiries should be sent to:

Applications should consist of a letter detailing the candidate’s qualifications and any salary or work location and term requirements, along with a c.v. and any supporting material, such as evidence of previous success in related roles. Review of applications will begin on June 1 and continue until the position is filled. Short-listed candidates will be asked to provide a list of references.

The ACMS does not discriminate in employment on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, disability status or religion.

The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) is a private, non-profit educational organization that represents a consortium of over 30 academic institutions active in the field of Mongolian Studies along with individual student and scholar members. The ACMS is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers ( and maintains offices at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The ACMS supports all fields of academic study, and serves as a central meeting place for Mongolian and international academics. Since its founding in 2001, the ACMS has raised more than $3 million from government and foundation sources to support research, resources and programs, including fellowships, conferences, training workshops, a research library and programs such as an effort to document and preserve the cultural heritage of Mongolia. For more information about ACMS and its activities, please visit

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