About the YSEALI
The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is a signature program of the United States State Department that provides professional development and exchange programs to emerging leaders civil servants, business owners, and leaders in academia and the nonprofit sector.
The goal of YSEALI is to promote youth human capital development and strengthen ties within ASEAN and between the US and ASEAN nations.
YSEALI currently has more than 145,000 active members across the region.
With rapid urbanization and industrialization, a young demographic, widespread digitization, growing access to quality education and rising female empowerment, Southeast Asia is destined for tremendous growth.
However, among these opportunities also lies a number of challenges ranging from climate change to poor governance. If left unaddressed, this will inevitably curb the region’s growth.
Thus, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, Fulbright University Vietnam is proud to launch the YSEALI Academy to prepare, equip, and empower the next generation of Southeast Asian Leaders to effectively tackle the region’s most pressing challenges.
Therefore, Fulbright University Vietnam is seeking a visionary and dynamic leader with a global and Asian outlook and a notable record of teaching and service to serve as the Director of the YSEALI Academy at Fulbright University Vietnam, a five-year initiative funded by the U.S. Department of State.
YSEALI Academy at Fulbright University Vietnam is a joint initiative between the United States State Department and Fulbright University Vietnam to deliver 16-20 high-quality professional training seminars over the next five years to rising leaders ( Fellows ) across Southeast Asia on topics related to technology & innovation, public policy and entrepreneurship.
These seminars will address regional challenges from regional perspectives, feature leading regional and US based experts in industry and academia, and involve individual and group-based, experiential learning activities designed to create lasting professional relationships between Fellows of different nationalities and foster skills which can be applied in Fellows’ careers.
In addition, YSEALI Academy will work with Fellows to build a robust, Fellows-led alumni community to sustain sharing and partnership around seminar topics between Fellows, and to support Fellows to take advantage of other regional and US-provided opportunities in extending ideas incubated at YSEALI Academy.
The Director will have the opportunity to shape, define, and manage the mission and vision of the Academy while developing its reputation as the region’s premier leadership training hub.
The Director will also recruit, mentor and develop a leadership team for an ambitious strategy that will introduce innovative teaching and programming that will connect, convene, and catalyze young leaders across Southeast Asia.
The Director will be able to tap resources at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the University of Texas, and other leading universities interested in Vietnam’s and Southeast Asia’s development.
It is expected that s / he will organize a survey course on Southeast Asia that could be taught and used as a recruiting tool.
The class could bring in other experts electronically to give a taste of the scope of the effort.
The Director will work adeptly and collaboratively with senior administrative leadership, as well as with other academic and administrative leaders and must be committed to transparent communication.
The Director will also lead the strategy for identifying and recruiting leaders across all 10 ASEAN member nations and Timor-Leste.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Director will also serve as Dean of the academy and play a vital role in recruiting, mentoring and retaining a diverse group of full time and visiting faculty who are committed to teaching and leadership development.
The academy will also draw expertise from a number of visiting faculty who will consist of industry leaders and experts in entrepreneurship, technology & innovation, and public policy.
Core to FUV is the value placed on a liberal arts education and applied learning. The Director will play a significant role in developing a high-quality curriculum that is delivered with innovative and cutting-edge teaching methods to adequately prepare and engage the next generation of ASEAN changemakers and leaders.
The Director will lead the Academy as an internationally significant center of leadership training and practice in entrepreneurship, technology, public policy, and the arts by launching initiatives that reflect a diversity of ideas and cultures within the region.
A major part the YSEALI Academy is the support and network it provides to program alumni. The Director will lead the strategy to build a robust Fellows-led alumni community to enable Fellows to take advantage of regional and US-provided opportunities to support their ideas incubated at the YSEALI Academy.
The vibrant communities across Southeast Asia provides a rich source of opportunity for collaboration and integration of Fulbright’s work in a broader context.
The Director will serve as catalyst and promoter of partnerships and connections across ASEAN member nations and Timor-Leste to the mutual benefit of Fulbright students, faculty, staff, and its broader community.
Fulbright University Vietnam is creating a new vison for education. The Director will represent Fulbright with high visibility nationally and internationally and collaborate across disciplines and borders to promote and strengthen its educational and societal impact.
The Director will be a creative, engaged, and transparent leader who thrives in a shared governance environment and works effectively within a highly diverse community of students, staff, and scholars.
S / he will be a decisive, results-driven leader with a collegial, team-oriented working style, and open and nimble in adjusting to emerging needs or shifting priorities.
Candidates across Southeast Asia are encouraged to apply.
Education and experience
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities