ABOUT THE PROGRAMS: International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) at the University of Minnesota has the opportunity, through its Short Term Programs division to conduct a short-term study abroad program November-December, 2011 for undergraduate students from Oman. Participants in the program will attend lectures, make field visits and participate in small group discussions. Generally, this program will explore current English language immersion, U.S. American culture, cross-cultural competencies, academic skills needed for study in a U.S. university, and the overall study abroad experience. 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 graduate students to work as student mentors or administrative support. Most positions will require a commitment of approximately 15 - 25 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 These positions are to begin As soon as Possible! to engage in program preparation and training Positions will end in mid-late January 2012 to allow for program wrap up and review.
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
The hours are to be paid at the hourly rate range of approximately 15.10/hour, with the average weekly hours depending upon the position. The total number of hours for the responsibilities of the positions will vary and shall not exceed the estimates below without prior permission. These projects are short term and as a result, do not include any benefits.
Responsibilities may include:
- Logistical tasks such as airport pick-ups and drop-offs and event planning. These tasks may include driving a program vehicle
- 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:
- Coordinating guest speakers and making any necessary final arrangements including AV and all other logistical needs
- Developing discussion questions for students
- On days when guest speakers will not be present, provide course content, select readings, provide lecturettes and facilitate activities and discussions
- 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 Prefer 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 ability and willingness to complete U of MN 15 passenger van training Ability to work well under pressure and flexibility to deal with last minute programming changes Preference may be given to applicants interested and available to work with one of our spring 2012 semester programs.
Brief description of the programs UMECI:
U of M English and Culture Immersion Program. This semester's program is for Omani Students: November 1-December 23, 2011. ISSS and the Minnesota English Language Program will host a program for 31 students from Oman. The focus on the program will be English, U.S. culture, and skills to succeed in U.S. higher education.
- Position start date: As soon as possible
- The actual program begins October 27th, and ends December 20th, 2011, with the positions likely to end around January 31st, 2012 (exact date to be determined), with the bulk of the program work hours to occur between October 20th and December 23rd, 2011.
- The hours for this position between October 20th and December 23rd are expected to average 15-25 hours/week.
- The total number of hours for the responsibilities of these positions shall not exceed 300-350 hours over the course of the position without prior permission.
- Interest and experience working with students studying the field of Teaching English as a Second Language and/or participating in a study abroad program preferred.
Act quickly! Positions will be filled on a rolling basis. Applications will be evaluated as they are received, and continue until all positions are filled. 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 October 17-Dec. 23, 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, d) any time restrictions you may have during the programs, and e) your interest and availability to work as staff on one of our spring 2012 semester programs. If you have any questions, please contact Jon DeVries at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-625-3128.
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