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Country Director


Siem Reap, Cambodia


Full time

Report to:

CKS President


Annual compensation commensurate with experience.

Application Deadline:

Open until filled

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), the American Overseas Research Center in Cambodia, is based in Siem Reap, with a branch office in Phnom Penh. CKS promotes research and scholarly exchange in the social sciences, arts, and humanities between American, international, and Cambodian scholars through a variety of programs focused on Cambodia and its region.

Job Description

CKS is seeking a motivated Director committed to our mission to expand knowledge and understanding of Cambodia and Southeast Asia in Cambodia and abroad by supporting students and scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

As an ambassador for CKS, the director will introduce CKS to college students and scholars in Cambodia and abroad at colleges, universities, and academic conferences. They will also meet and liaise with foreign and domestic government institutions, granting institutions and other donors, and with faculty members and leaders within institutions of higher education in Cambodia and the US. They will oversee the Center as a whole while supporting programs and initiatives, outreach and communications, staff administration, and budget management.

Major Responsibilities: Leadership, management, and administration.

CKS seeks a committed leader who can plan, implement and evaluate its long-range mission, in collaboration with its Board and President and provide effective high-level representation of CKS to key audiences in-country and internationally including donors and partners. The ideal candidate will be passionate about Cambodian and Southeast Asian studies and committed to expanding knowledge in these areas both within Cambodia and Southeast Asia and further abroad. The individual will take a hands-on approach, working collaboratively with other members of staff to meet the needs of CKS’s programs, initiatives, and everyday functions.

The Director reports directly to the President, who, in turn, reports to the Board. The Director represents CKS in Cambodia and is accountable for in-country work. The position is located at CKS’s main offices in Siem Reap, Cambodia.


Grants & Fundraising

  • In conjunction with the CKS US office, the Director will undertake fundraising, including grant writing and reporting; outreach efforts; maintaining current grants and donations and soliciting new ones.
  • Networking with Cambodian scholars and institutions, and solicitation and administration of grants



  • Supporting program development and oversight
  • Outreach to colleges and universities, and other institutions
  • Working with the Head of Programs to deliver an active program of conferences and workshops
  • Oversight of translation/publications program


Staff Management & Administrative

  • Oversight of all outgoing communications and activities within the Center
  • Developing/monitoring the annual budget
  • Reporting to the President and the Board
  • Hiring, supervising and developing staff to be successful in their roles
  • Staying abreast of current Cambodian labor and business laws and keeping MOU with ministries up to date
  • Monitoring and ensuring the safety and security of CKS staff, property, and grounds
  • Library oversight


  • Commitment to CKS’s mission
  • Graduate degree(s) in the social sciences or humanities, preferably a PhD.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Khmer
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities, organize workload, manage competing demands, meet deadlines, and achieve ambitious goals
  • Strong leadership initiative, flexibility, professionalism, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work closely and effectively with a diverse, independent, international Board, and experience working with professionals in a diverse multicultural environment navigating cultural sensibilities with staff, leadership, and all constituents
  • Solid understanding of higher education, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, and experience in administration of academic programs and conferences
  • Familiarity with Cambodian and Southeast Asian Studies
  • Demonstrated ability to draft and monitor budgets
  • Experience in fundraising, grant writing, and reporting
  • Desire and ability to travel overseas for conferences, board meetings, and other events.
  • Google Workspace and Microsoft Office skills required
  • Commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Familiarity with US Government grants
  • Strong public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Working knowledge of Cambodia Labor Law


Competitive Compensation Package

How to Apply: Interested applicants should apply online. Applications will be reviewed as received.

  1. A cover letter setting forth your interest in the position, including a description of relevant academic, research, and administrative experience, showing how these meet the needs of the position.
  2. CV
  3. Writing sample demonstrating your English language skills.
  4. Be prepared to provide three (3) references who are knowledgeable about and who can best comment on your qualifications. If you are a finalist for the position, we will request voice and email contact information, as well as the current time zone of your references. We prefer one past manager or professor, one peer, and one subordinate.


CKS does not discriminate based on gender, national origin, age, or religion.

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