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ISSS Short Term Programs Positions Posting

ABOUT THE PROGRAMS:
International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) at the University of Minnesota has the opportunity, through its Short Term Programs division to conduct several short-term study abroad programs during the Spring 2011 term for individuals from around the globe. Participants in the programs will attend lectures, make field visits and participate in small group discussions. Generally, these programs explore current U.S. American culture, cross-cultural competencies, language immersion and the overall study abroad experience. Specific programs may also focus on a thematic area such as U.S Culture, US higher education, or leadership. Specifically designed for participants who are in the midst of studying abroad, these programs seek to equip international students and scholars with strategies that will assist them in successfully approaching, understanding and evaluating their language and cultural learning processes and experiences. These programs also seek to inform participants about life and culture in the United States by directly engaging them in interactions with citizens from a variety of backgrounds. Throughout the programs, participants will actively participate in a mixture of discussions, presentations, outside visits, reflective writings, workshops, and related projects.

STAFFING OVERVIEW:
We seek to hire several undergraduate and graduate students to work as student mentors or administrative support. Most positions will require a commitment of approximately 15 - 20 hours per week. There will be some additional required training (see below).

All programs require weekend or evening commitments. Past evening and weekend activities have included outdoor and indoor experiences in Northern Minnesota and attendance at various community events, as well as attending airport arrivals and departures. While dates and times would be set in advance, mentors who accept one of the open positions must be willing to participate in activities which occur outside of the standard Monday - Friday workweek.

Start and End Date
• Position is to begin on or about December 1, 2010, with an average of 10-20 hours/week through December 23rd for program preparation
• Candidates must be available Full time the week January 10-14 (including the evenings and overnight January 12-13) for program preparation and additional required training
• Preference may be given to candidates available the week of January 3-7 for program preparation
• Position will be part-time (average 15-20 hours/week) beginning January 18th for program delivery and wrap up
• Position end point will depend upon the program assigned to you (this will range between March 31st and June 15th)

Additional Training Date
• Candidates must be available for required office training. You will be asked your availability for this training if you are invited to an interview
• Wednesday December 8, 1-3 p.m. - 15 passenger van training

Pay Rate
The hours are to be paid at the hourly rate range of $8.50-15.10/hour, with the average weekly hours from 15 to 20 hours/week. The total number of hours for these responsibilities of the position shall not exceed 180-400 hours over the course of the position without prior permission. These projects are short term and as a result, do not include any benefits.

Responsibilities
Responsibilities may include:
• Logistical tasks such as airport pick-ups and drop-offs and event planning
• Facilitating small group discussions and reflection/discussion sections with participants from multiple countries
• Attending site visits as well as program events in the afternoons, evenings, and weekends
• Maintaining and updating program budget, including meeting budget goals
• Maintain a valid U.S. or Canadian driver's license
• Completing University of Minnesota 15 passenger van training
• Creation of program binder and other participant materials
• Accompanying participants on visits to business, government, educational and non-governmental agencies. These visits are designed to augment the learning that takes place in lectures and discussions
• Assisting instructors in coordinating all classroom activities for course or presentation components of the program. This includes:
o Coordinating guest speakers and making any necessary final arrangements including AV and all other logistical needs
o Developing discussion questions for students
o On days when guest speakers will not be present, provide course content, select readings, provide lecturettes and facilitate activities and discussions
o Attend lectures as assigned
• Assisting in ongoing and final program evaluation and reporting
• Assist in coordinating and facilitating participant orientation and program wrap-up
• Coordinate field trips (including trips to Northern Minnesota and other out of town locations) and make necessary arrangements for all other logistical needs (possibly including transportation needs)
• Other duties as assigned

Required Skills
• Interest and experience in the topic of intercultural education and/or leadership
• Knowledge of U.S. institutions and culture
• Group facilitation skills with non-native speakers of English
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to communicate effectively with other staff members
• Ability to work well independently and also as part of a team
• Current US or Canadian Driver's license and the ability and willingness to be trained to drive a 15 passenger van
• Ability to work well under pressure and flexibility to deal with last minute programming changes
Brief description of the programs

1) RIEA (Russia International Education Administration) Program. This program offers 10 Russian International Education Professionals an opportunity to learn more about international education in the context of the U.S. Each of the 4 weeks of the program focuses on a particular theme:
1. Internationalization of the campus and curriculum;
2. International Student & Scholar Services;
3. Learning Abroad; and
4. A capstone week.
o The actual program begins January 20th, and ends February 19th, 2011, with the positions likely to end around April 1st, 2011 (exact date to be determined), with the bulk of the program work hours to occur between January 3rdth - February 19th, 2011.
o The hours for this position between January 20th - February 19th, 2010 are expected to average 20 hours/week. The total number of hours for the responsibilities of the position shall not exceed 200 hours over the course of the position without prior permission.
o Interest and experience in the topic of international education, including international student advising and counseling, learning abroad advising and administration, and strategies for internationalizing a campus are strongly desired.
o Candidates with interest in Russian culture and higher education and ideally some proficiency in the Russian language are encouraged to apply.

2) Education for a Global Citizen (EFGC): The EFGC program is an intensive undergraduate program that explores current U.S. American culture, cross-cultural competencies, language immersion and the overall study abroad experience. This program seeks to equip international students with strategies that will assist them in successfully approaching, understanding and evaluating their language and cultural learning processes and experiences. The program also seeks to inform students about life and culture in the United States by directly engaging students in interactions with citizens from a variety of backgrounds. Highlights of the program include:
1. Weekly Academic Field Programs integrated into the English and Culture course materials
2. Classroom time focusing on U.S. Culture and Intercultural Competence and Communication
3. Weekly small discussion groups
o The actual program is anticipated to begin January 25th, and end May 27th, 2011, with the positions likely to end around June 15th (exact date to be determined).
o Depending upon the size of the group, the total number of hours for the responsibilities of the position shall not exceed 400 - 500 hours over the course of the position without prior permission.

3) Intensive English & Culture Course for Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University Students (APU): For the past several years, APU has been sending groups of students to the University of Minnesota for intensive English and cultural immersion programs. ISSS partners with the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) to provide an experiential learning program which is integrated with and builds upon the ESL classroom component of the program. This year we are expecting a group of 14 undergraduate students (typically primarily Japanese) for a 6 week program that will take place in February and March. Highlights of the program include:
1. Weekly Academic Field Programs integrated into the English and Culture course materials
2. Classroom time focusing on U.S. Culture and Intercultural Competence and Communication
o The actual program is anticipated to begin February 6th, and end March 19th, 2011, with the positions likely to end around April 15th, 2011 (exact date to be determined), -including working over the U of MN spring break.
o The total number of hours for the responsibilities of these positions shall not exceed 250 hours over the course of the position without prior permission.

4) The Study of U.S. Women's Leadership: A five week - long program for 20 undergraduate participants. The goals of the program are to:
1. Examine the history of women's participation in public, non-profit, and private life in the U.S. and efforts to engage women worldwide.
2. Explore the issues faced by women leaders in the state of Minnesota as well as the global linkages among women leaders.
3. Learn to appreciate the role that culture and context play in shaping leadership styles open to women both in the U.S. and in the participants' home countries.
4. Develop project management skills appropriate in the U.S. context and adaptable to women's home countries.
5. Create friendships among their fellow participants and among other students, guest speakers, and community members that will last beyond this time in Minnesota.
6. To understand and experience the diversity in the U.S. in terms of socioeconomics, ethnicity, and gender. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the Academy for Educational Development.
o The actual program is anticipated to begin January 28th and end March 2nd, 2011, with the positions likely to end around April 15th, 2011 (exact date to be determined).
o The hours for this position between January 28th - March 2nd, 2011 are expected to average 10-20 hours/week. Depending upon the position, the total number of hours for the responsibilities shall not exceed 200 - 300 hours over the course of the position without prior permission.
o Interest and experience in the topic of leadership, particularly women in leadership, are strongly desired.

TO APPLY:
Please submit a cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae to apply for these openings. Please indicate in an attachment to your cover letter a) your availability for all weeks November 29, 2010 through June 15, 2011, b) if you are at least 19 years old, c) whether you hold a valid U.S. or Canadian driver's license and are willing to train and drive a 15 passenger van, and d) any time restrictions you may have during the programs. Although we will consider you for the full pool of positions, in your cover letter, please indicate the program(s) in which you have the most interest.

For questions or to apply:
Leah C. Brink
brink169@umn.edu
612-625-4184

PRIORITY DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, November 17th, 2010!!!

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