CLS Job description Summer Coordinator

Program Name: Cornell Law School Paris Summer Institute

Job Title: Program Coordinator

Location: PARIS

Time of employment: 4-5 weeks in the summer (mid June-mid-July)

Type of employment: French Independent Contractor (Auto-entrepreneur/Prestataire de services)

Program Coordinator must have appropriate work authorization to work in France

Application deadline: February 15, 2018.

Cover letter and CV (as well as questions and expressions of interest) should be directed to Monique Benesvy :

Cornell Law School, in collaboration with the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, is seeking a program coordinator for their annual Paris Summer Institute, a four-week summer program held in Paris, France. The program coordinator, under general supervision and in partnership with a co-director based at Cornell University, facilitates the coordination and on-site implementation of the program in Paris. This position is full-time for 4 weeks with up to five hours per month in the months leading up to the program’s start in June. Interested candidates should have a minimum of a bachelor’s (or “licence”) degree and 2-5 years of relevant professional experience. Candidates should be fluent in both English and French, be able to work well with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, have strong communication and organizational skills, and have familiarity with US higher education.

The Paris Summer Institute is a four-week academic program in international and comparative law.  The Institute is co-sponsored by Cornell Law School and the Sorbonne Law School at the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and is fully accredited under the American Bar Association.

Every year, the Institute welcomes a select group of 50-80 law students from around the world to study law in the heart of Paris.  Students take advantage of the strong international faculty, expansive English-language curriculum, and unique cultural and professional offerings.

The Program Coordinator is an independent contractor who must be capable of working under very general supervision. The Program Coordinator is a full-time position for four weeks in the summer ;  in addition, the Program Coordinator must also be available to work up to five hours/month from March until June with additional hours in June in preparation for the Institute.  The Program Coordinator must assist students and faculty with health, housing, travel, culture, sports, and weekend excursions.

Under the direction of the Vice Provost for International Affairs at Cornell University and the Co-Director of the Cornell Law School–Paris Summer Institute based at Cornell, the Program Coordinator coordinates the work of the Paris office and handles the various relationships with French officials at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Duties include:

Program Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a liaison between the Cornell Law School (CLS) and the Sorbonne Law School at the Universite Paris I – Pantheon-Sorbonne (Paris I)
  • Serve as the primary on-site representative of CLS Paris Summer Institute.
  • Recruit University of Paris 1 and Paris 2 students as well as Sciences Po students by making several presentations promoting CLS-PSI each spring.
  • Schedule and lead coursework-related field activities (ie. visits to the French National Assembly, Senate, Sorbonne…). Organize and accompany students on optional tours of Paris and the surrounding area; select and contract with guides, as needed. Draft daily memos for student guidance and program activities while Institute is in session.
  • Coordinate à-la-carte language courses
  • In an emergency and or crisis situation, the Program Coordinator must serve as after-hours emergency contact and assess the safety and location of students and faculty.
  • Supervise and mentor a student intern from the U.S. or France


Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Obtain housing resources
  • Coordinate classroom reservations, receive course materials and office supplies stored at Paris I. Purchase equipment for program in Paris, as requested
  • Secure venues for the opening and closing receptions
  • Prepare accounting of all bank transactions and petty cash disbursements for reconciliation by Summer Institute. Act as translator with banks and other entities
  • Wrap up the Summer Institute’s on-site administration after program end and provide a Program Report

Academic Support Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with the CLS Registrar office to receive exam coversheets, rosters and grade sheets. Review exam sheets for accuracy
  • Proctor examinations and coordinate the FEDEX mailing of final exams with the CLS Registrar
  • Maintain confidentiality surrounding student registration, grades, and well-being

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Required bachelors or “licence” degree with 2-5 years of relevant professional experience or the equivalent
  • Must have native or near-native fluency in both English and French
  • Ability to work well in a team and effectively manage multiple competing priorities
  • Familiarity with U.S. higher education, with issues in international education or study abroad setting. Previous experience living, studying or working in both the U.S. and in France
  • Must possess excellent communications skills (both written and oral) and ability to develop effective working relationships and collaborate with a wide variety of faculty, staff, students, and government officials. Must have strong listening and interpersonal skills.
  • Must possess excellent organizational and data management skills, attention to detail, and the ability to demonstrate proficiency with various computer programs such as Outlook Calendar, Word, Excel and Access or related software. Demonstrate ability to use social media appropriately and creatively for business purposes

Salary/honoraria to be discussed





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