International Program Coordinator

Basic Information

Date posted: 09/27/2021

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Posted by: Overbrook School for the Blind

Salary: Competitive Salary and Benefits Package reflective of training and experience

Contact Information


6333 Malvern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19151


More Details


Required Education and Experience:  A Bachelor’s degree and prior experience in the international field.  General knowledge of the educational and technological needs of persons who are blind or visually impaired.

Additional Minimum Qualifications

  • Comfort with navigating travel to and in developing nations as a sole traveler
  • Possesses high degree of cultural competence
  • Proficient use of Word or Google office management platforms for developing documents and spreadsheets
  • Comfort and skill in providing formal presentations and generating annual reports
  • Effective interpersonal communications and strong oral, written and presentation skills
  • Initiative and ability to work independently, and as a team member or leader as required. Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong strategic, organizational and analytical thinking skills
  • Such other combination of education, experience and skills as the CEO/Executive Director deems prudent

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3+ years’ experience administering and overseeing programs in the international field
  • 3+ years’ experience in the field of blindness and in-depth knowledge of assistive and educational technology applications
  • Master’s degree in the field of special education, international relations or a related field
  • Familiarity with Southeast Asia and its cultures
  • Conversational skills in a language common to Southeast Asia is helpful
  • Base of operations on the Overbrook campus (Philadelphia) is preferred but not mandatory

Physical Requirements: These physical demands are representative of those necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the International Program Coordinator position. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the job.  The employee is required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel and crouch.  The employee must sit for long periods (up to 22 hours) on lengthy international flights. The employee must lift and carry 20 lbs. General conditions in developing countries that differ markedly from the Philadelphia region may alter these physical requirements.

Expected Hours of Work: Day-shift primarily, but at times significant work will occur during the waking hours of time zones within Southeast Asia and other global regions.  Frequent overnight travel is necessary.

Additional Duties: This document does not contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the International Program Coordinator.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Job Description

Position Title:                    International Program Coordinator

Date Modified:                    September 2021

FLSA Classification:           Exempt

Reports To:                        CEO/Executive Director

The Mission of Overbrook School for the Blind (OSB) is to develop and deliver education that enhances the options available for persons with visual impairments, including those with additional challenges, so that they have the greatest opportunity to experience active and fulfilling lives.

Organizational Description: OSB is a dynamic and multi-faceted organization centered around the operation of a private non-profit school for ages 3 to 21.  In addition to operating a renowned school for the blind for 180 enrolled students at its historic Philadelphia campus, OSB is among a handful of schools for the visually impaired throughout the world actively involved in international programming.  The Nippon Foundation, based in Tokyo, Japan, has funded the Overbrook-Nippon Network for Educational Technology (ON-NET) program which brings access to education and employment to persons with visual impairment through assistive technology in nine developing countries in Southeast Asia. The program is supported by a substantial endowment.

In addition to school and international operations, OSB manages expansive birth to 3 services in multiple counties and oversees an international program that serves nine developing countries in southeast Asia.  OSB provides support to the Overbrook Friedlander Programs (OFP), a distinct and separate non-profit that administers residential and day programs to adults with disabilities, several of whom have dual sensory impairment.  Additionally, OSB provides itinerant services by Teachers of the Visually Impaired to students in local school districts and charter schools.  Since 1832, OSB’s has generated a legacy of innovation in service to children who are blind or visually impaired in large measure because of hiring and retaining innovative leaders, which will no doubt be pivotal in coming years.

Essential Functions


  • Partners with the CEO/Executive Director in identifying potential partner organizations who could further the work of the ON-NET program
  • Conceives of and participates in feasibility determinations for expanding international work into other regions
  • Works with the Executive Director to promote and implement sound short and long-term strategies.

Direct Oversight of Project Implementation

  • Consults with partner organization representatives to tailor their submissions of project proposals to align with funding requirements of the ON-NET program
  • Reviews proposal submissions for compliance with ON-NET program requirements; makes recommendations for revisions; makes recommendation to the Executive Director for approval and issuance of a letter of agreement
  • Consistently monitors in-country project implementation and confirms project monies are being utilized for their intended purposes
  • Makes practical suggestions to partner organization for program improvements and expansion; offers constructive program evaluation feedback
  • Checks financial reports from the project partners and sends final figures to the OSB Business Office


  • Makes presentations to board committees, fellow administrators and friends of the school to promote awareness and support of the School’s international program
  • Performs all administrative support tasks, such as making travel arrangements, responding to inquiries, arranging study-tour visits, document preparation and record-keeping
  • Performs basic-level budgeting and financial management tasks that promote the prudent use of program funds. Makes annual recommendations to the Executive Director for budget allocation and program improvements
  • Prepares and submits an Annual Report to the CEO/Executive Director for final review and submission to the funding partner(s).

  External Relationships

  • Acts as the single-point-of-contact for program administrator of the funding organization(s) supporting program operation

Works closely with the Chief Executive Officer of the International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) to develop collaborative programs and activities for non-governmental organizations