Welcome to the International History Bee and Bowl’s Asian Division Job Application Website

Apply before march 20!

Please read through this website in full. When you are ready to apply, fill out the registration form below and follow all of the instructions carefully. The deadline for submissions is March 20, 2016. Candidates selected for the next stage will be notified by March 25.

First, a Bit More About Us…

The International History Bee and Bowl (IHBB) is the international counterpart to the National History Bee and Bowl (NHBB), which was founded in June 2010 by David Madden. In its second year, NHBB expanded overseas as we both had contacts at international schools in Paris and Shanghai and David’s soon-to-be fiancée, Nolwenn, was herself French, and was looking for an internationally-focused job. For the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years, Europe remained the primary focus of IHBB, but in the summer of 2013,  we (David and Nolwenn) spent three months traveling across Asia visiting schools and kicking IHBB Asia into high gear. We held our first Asian Championships in May 2014 in Hong Kong, and our second at the JW Marriott Resort and Spa in Khao Lak Thailand in June 2015. Then, in July 2015, we launched the International History Olympiad in Williamsburg, VA which about 50 students from throughout Asia (111 total from around the world) attended. Simultaneously, we’ve been growing and developing our tournaments in Canada, Australia, Europe, and especially in the USA (where the majority of all tournaments are still held).


Why We Need Someone in Asia Full-Time

As you might imagine, with all of these expansions, we need additional full-time staff to keep our tournaments running and running well. Our tournaments in Asia have now reached the point where the enrollment numbers justify having a full-time staff member based in Asia, who will travel throughout Asia to recruit and coordinate tournaments.

In 2016-17, we expect to have tournaments in China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Nepal, and the UAE, and our first-ever tournaments in India. We are also potentially interested in launching tournaments in Qatar and the Philippines. Additionally, we are also growing rapidly in Australia and New Zealand, and will need your help with that as well. In subsequent years, we are interested in starting tournaments in Israel, Mongolia, Indonesia, Brunei, Bangladesh, Vietnam, the Maldives, and elsewhere. Ultimately we would like to be running events in every country in Asia (though North Korea and Syria can wait a bit…) for millions of students. Your help is needed to make this vision a reality.

What We Expect of You

The majority of your time would be spent setting up visits with new schools and then traveling to meet with social studies teachers and administrators to explain our programs in the hope that their school will compete in our events. This is how IHBB’s Asian Division has been built, one school at a time, over the past five years. We will train you in how to find schools, contact them, and do a successful visit and follow up.

Aside from that, you will need to stay in daily communication with us about your activities, be quick to respond to emails on all matters, and keep track of all expenses. Once or twice a week, you will likely then direct a tournament with anywhere from 25 to 250 students and teachers in attendance. We will train you in how to do this as well – it can be stressful at times, but it’s lots of fun. Ultimately, what we need to see from you is that:

a) You are capable of handling the work and doing it well.

b) Your work financially justifies itself (translation: we’re better off with you than without you).

c) We enjoy working with you and can trust you to represent IHBB professionally even when you’re on a different continent from us.

What You Can Expect From Us

For the 2016-17 school year, the position will be a provisional one. We need to ensure that you are able to do the job well, and that you are interested in an extended commitment (i.e. at least 2 additional years) beyond the first until we offer a permanent employment offer. From July 2016 through June 2017, we will cover your travel in full and a lodging and meal allowance, so that all of your expenses are covered.

We will also provide a basic stipend to cover things like health insurance and personal expenses that aren’t directly work-related. What you would earn on top of that would be dependent on how many new schools you recruit and how many tournaments you direct. Each new school involved in our tournaments can be extremely valuable to us over the long-term, as schools tend to come back year after year. So we will compensate you generously based on your recruiting and tournament directing skills.

If you can prove to us that you are able to recruit and direct well, and the job seems to be a good fit for both you and us, then we will naturally give you a significant raise upon becoming a permanent employee after the end of the first school year. Looking even farther down the road, we are likely to have further positions available in the years to come in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the US, so if you eventually wish to transfer out of Asia but remain involved elsewhere in the world, that would likely be possible.


How the Application Process Works

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