Join us on a mission to build the world’s best Leadership Center on Southeast Asia!

We are hiring an Operations Manager to join the YSEALI Academy at Fulbright University. We are a young department with a mission to inspire, educate and connect the future leaders of Southeast Asia. Over the past 2 years, we have educated over 200 young professionals to be better leaders in entrepreneurship, tech & innovation and public university. Our community features world-renowned scholars, Nobel Laureates, entrepreneurs and leading policy makers, and we are connected to a thriving network of over 200.000 young Southeast Asian professionals.

This is an exciting time to join the YSEALI Academy as we are expanding our team and develop strategies to scale impact over the next 5 years. Please see below for more information on the role.


YSEALI Academy Operations Manager


Position Title: YSEALI Academy Operations Manager

Reports to: YSEALI Academy Director

Deadline: Open until filled

Date Posted: 12th October 2022

Employment Type: Full-time

Number of recruits: 1 (one)

Help us reimagine the University.

We are Fulbright University Vietnam (“Fulbright”), Vietnam’s first independent, non-profit, liberal arts university. We are an expanding international team of educational innovators, with deep roots in Vietnam, strong political and financial backing, and connections to educational institutions around the world. We believe in the power of collaboration, transdisciplinary thinking, and risk-taking, and we understand that effective education requires putting students at its centre. Globally integrated but deeply embedded in Vietnamese society, Fulbright is dedicated to providing a world-class education, utilizing the latest advancements in institutional design, teaching, learning, technology and other fields to create an institution that is both innovative and globally relevant. Importantly, Fulbright is committed to serving Vietnamese society through rigorous research and responsible civic engagement.

Our flagship campus will be located in Saigon Hi-Tech Park, in Ho Chi Minh City (District 9). Until phase 1 of campus construction is completed in Summer 2022, we are located at Crescent Plaza, Tan Phu, in Ho Chi Minh City (District 7).

We are seeking a YSEALI Academy Operations Manager to join YSEALI Academy. The position is expected to report directly to the YSEALI Academy Director.

What is the YSEALI Academy?

Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the U.S. government’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN community.

The YSEALI Academy is a department at Fulbright University Vietnam that was established in 2020 by YSEALI  in collaboration with Fulbright University Vietnam. You can think of us as a Think Tank within Fulbright! Our long-term mission is to become Southeast Asia’s Flagship Institute for leadership and executive education. We have been pursuing this  mission through our flagship seminars on public policy, technology & innovation, and entrepreneurship. These seminars bring together the most hopeful talents from ASEAN & Timor Leste in the spirit of growth, inclusivity and friendship. Since our inception in 2020, over 200 talented individuals from across 11 Southeast Asian countries have been selected to become YSEALI Academy Fellows, and have been educated, inspired and mentored by CEOs of large corporations, renowned scholars and public figures including Nobel Laureates. As a young department within Fulbright University, the YSEALI Academy operates similar to a startup, with a dynamic team and mindset that is striving to scale our impact for the years to come.

About the Role

The Operations Manager works directly with the Director of YSEALI Academy to provide support for the ongoing development of the academy. The Operations Manager will lead all internal operations within the team, and provide strategic input to the long-term growth of the academy. Since our mission is to promote leadership in the whole of Southeast Asia, we strongly encourage applications from all ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste.

  • Provide support to the Director on strategy and budget

  • Oversee and manage overall operations of the team

  • Manage a team of 3-4 Program Officers on logistics

  • Coordinate between internal and external vendors to determine timeline, funding limitations and possible process to accomplish KPIs

  • Provide guidance and supervision to the Program Officers in planning, organizing, and implementing seminars to YSEALI Academy Fellows

  • Work closely with the U.S. State Department

  • Work closely with industry leaders and experts in technology and innovation, public policy, and entrepreneurship

  • Do risk assessment for operations and logistics and develop mitigation plans as required

  • Support the development of partnerships with international and regional higher education institutions to build a community of scholars

  • Working effectively with the broader Fulbright team, including faculty and staff to secure support for the YSEALI Academy to establish a strong academic unit within FUV, and support the establishment of FUV more broadly.


Education and experience

  • At least Master’s degree 

  • At least 5 years of work experience in higher education institution, bilateral and multilateral institution, international NGO, domestic or foreign private sector in the field of education

  • Project management qualifications highly desired, e.g. PMP, AMP, PRINCE2 etc.

  • Track record of managing teams of at least 5 people

  • Knowledge of civic contracts is a plus

  • International work and life experience highly desired


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent leadership, management, and communication skills

  • Sharp problem-solving skills, familiarity with systems thinking, design thinking

  • Strategic thinker and entrepreneurial mindset

  • Alignment with Fulbright University Vietnam’s mission and a passion for technology and innovation, public policy, and entrepreneurship

  • Fluency in English is a must

  • Fluency in another Southeast Asian language is a plus, but not required

What we offer

  • The opportunity to shape the growth of a world-class leadership department with a focus on Southeast Asia

  • A fun, smart, innovative and dynamic team

  • Flat hierarchy and inclusive work culture

  • A network of supportive colleagues within and outside YSEALI Academy

  • Competitive salary and high-end insurance schemes

  • Generous annual leave entitlement

  • Opportunity to be one of passionate team members who share the same belief in the transformative power of education and see the unique opportunity in creating a new department and a new university

  • Long-term growth of your own leadership capabilities and career prospects

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and resume to The position will remain open until filled.