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Chinese (Mandarin) Summer Dean

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Request a recommendation letter from each of at least two people. You will be required to upload a CV or resume and a cover letter. You do not have to complete the "activities you can lead" section of the application.

Posting Information

Posting Information

Position Title Chinese (Mandarin) Summer Dean
Position Type CLV Seasonal - Summer
Employment Status Seasonal
Number of Months 2
General Employment Period

Five weeks in the summer (June-July)

Must be available for Village Leadership Council meetings in Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 3-5, 2017 and Mar. 16-18, 2018.

General Work Schedule (days of week)

seven days per week

General shift hours

residential position

Minimum Salary commensurate with education and experience
Job Summary/Basic Function

The dean of a Concordia Language Village is responsible for the overall operations of the summer program of the individual Village. This includes planning and implementation in the areas of program, staff, budget, operations and public relations. The dean is responsible for implementing a program that reflects the mission of Concordia Language Villages. The dean is a member of the Language Community and Village Leadership Council; the person is responsible for the development and implementation of the Language Advancement Plan with other summer dean(s) of the same language, as applicable; the academic-year program leader, as applicable; and other Language Community members. The dean reports to the appropriate group director of Concordia Language Villages and to the administrative team as a whole.

a. Program – Work in a productive, collegial relationship with your language community group to enhance and further the development and implementation of a strong language and cultural program.
1. Be in residence and an active and visible member of your Language Village.
2. Initiate or continue development and implementation of a Village Improvement Plan that models or enhances the current initiatives in the Language Advancement Plan and the Language Villages Strategic Plan.
3. Initiate or continue development and implementation of a linguistically and culturally appropriate curriculum for the Village working in consultation with the Language Community, including the creation or procurement of necessary materials. Continue to enhance and assess the efficacy of that curriculum.
4. Develop or maintain the educational program and schedule (including a credit program) incorporating the optimum level of language and cultural involvement within the philosophy of Concordia Language Villages.
5. Attend Village Leadership Councils for the purpose of organizing summer programs, strategic and long-range planning and professional enrichment.
6. Ensure that the Village program is operated in accordance with the standards of Advanc-Ed and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the American Camp Association (ACA), and in agreement with the policies of Concordia College and Concordia Language Villages.
7. Ensure evaluation of the Village program by villagers and staff on a regular basis.
8. Consult with the Language Village administrators on issues and questions of program needs and policy and program implementation.
9. Promote the health, safety, and well being of all participants.
10. Keep current with professional development in the areas of immersion based language education, target language and culture specific matters, and child and youth development in order and to implement best practices within the Village.
11. Write a yearly final report for purposes of program review, and assessment of progress on Village Improvement Plan and Language Advancement Plan.
b. Staffing
1. Be an active and visible member of your Language Village including staff supervision, interaction, and instruction of villagers.
2. Review all program and applicable support staff applications and make timely hiring arrangements with Language Villages staffing department.
3. Direct the implementation of staff orientation before commencement of the program and carry out ongoing staff orientation throughout the session.
4. Promote the health, safety, and well being of all staff members.
5. Develop and maintain collegial relationships among all staff for a productive working atmosphere at the Village that promotes the mission of the Language Villages.
6. Serve as the primary liaison between the Village staff and the Language Villages office staff and administrators.
7. Assign and delegate staff responsibilities.
8. Conduct regular staff meetings for purposes of communication, logistical planning, and educational improvement of the program.
9. Conduct or arrange for regular performance appraisals of all staff members.
10. Implement Concordia Language Villages policies and procedures and coordinate disciplinary action if necessary per Dean Manual guidelines.
11. Foster professional development and growth among staff members.
12. Foster staff connection to the program throughout the year for purposes of staff retention and development.
13. Actively participate in the staff recruitment process.
c. Program Support: Finance, Operations, Facilities, Health And Risk Management
1. Be a steward of your Language Village site, resources, and relationships.
2. Oversee general operation of your Language Villages program.
3. Ensure effective communication between your Village program and the administrators and managers who support programs.
4. Keep inventory of and submit orders for curricular materials, store items, foreign currency, office supplies, and other program needs according to established timelines.
5. Be active in the determination and management of a budget. Monitor and adhere to budget outlines prepared for the summer program relating to program expenditures and staffing.
6. Know your site and partner with program and facilities administrators and facilities personnel to optimize your enrollment and programming opportunities.
7. Monitor condition of the facility and communicate safety and program needs as appropriate to facilities, health and risk management, or other Language Villages administrators.
8. Ensure the coordination of program and support staff.
9. Coordinate all opening and closing procedures of your village. Ensure smooth transitions and communication with preceding and ensuing programs.
d. Public Relations
1. Be an ambassador for your Village and Concordia Language Villages.
2. Represent the Concordia Language Villages program and philosophy as requested by administrators and as a part of Concordia College.
3. Foster personal or written contacts with parents and all other possible partners interested or involved in the program.
4. Welcome and provide guidance for Village visitors interested in learning about the program.
5. Promote Concordia Language Villages on a professional level through exposure in the academic or other relevant communities.
6. Support the administrative team in developing materials and content development for publications, web site, and promotional initiatives.

Minimum Qualifications

• Fluency in Mandarin Chinese and English
• Commitment to the importance of immersion language and culture education
• Knowledge of effective teaching strategies and methodologies for second language learning
• Strong organizational and management skills
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Commitment to collaborating with the other summer dean and the academic-year program leader and other members of the Japanese Language Community in the development and implementation of the Japanese Language Advancement Plan
• B.A. degree required, with advanced degree preferred
• Minimum age of 25 (American Camp Association standard)
• Ability to perform the essential functions of the dean position (see job description)
• Availability for all orientation and session dates
• Eligibility to be employed legally in the USA; assume responsibility and costs for any visa requirements
• Residency in United States for at least the first two years of position
• Sympathy with the mission of a liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Essential functions of the summer dean position are listed below. Essential functions are the fundamental job duties or tasks that an employee (the dean) must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation. These are statements of performance or ability necessary to fulfill the core or essential functions of the job of summer dean. These statements describe what it takes to do the job, without stipulating how. The list of essential functions is a supplement to the position description (and the position vacancy).*

a. Auditory – A dean must possess auditory ability to monitor and assess the needs of his/her Village program. This includes but is not limited to:
1. Hearing and interpreting information a staff member or client is communicating verbally, in both English and the target language.
2. Communicating over the phone in both English and the target language.
b. Visual Acuity – A dean must possess visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary to carry out the dean’s job description. This includes but is not limited to:
1. Observing and assessing individual(s) behavior(s), especially those salient to staff and youth development.
2. Observing and assessing program activities for its reflection of program objectives.
3. Observing and assessing non-verbal communication signals reflective of both English and the target language.
4. Reading and understanding printed documents in both English and the target language.
c. Motor Function – A dean must have sufficient motor function, neuromuscular strength and coordination to effectively perform the activities required of a dean. Examples include but are not limited to:
1. Moving from place to place within the village while carrying various objects.
2. Attending and participating in Deans’/ Village Leadership Councils.
3. Responding effectively in emergency situations.
d. Communication – A dean must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with clients, family members and staff in both English and the target language. This includes expressive and receptive modes of verbal, nonverbal and written communication. Examples include but are not limited to:
1. Explaining village policies and practices.
2. Documenting assessment, action and responses of staff and clients to incidents as well as routine Village activities.
3. Reading and assessing client, staff and program literature.
4. Giving an accurate report of requested information to peers, parents and administration.
5. Effectively hiring, orienting and coaching a staff team to provide the program.
e. Emotional Health – A dean must possess the emotional health required for full use of his/her intellectual abilities including the ability to:
1. Prioritize competing demands; focus and maintain attention to necessary tasks.
2. Function in stressful circumstances; deal with the unexpected (e.g., client crisis).
3. Separate own needs and experiences in order to maintain objectivity and a client-centered program.
4. Adjust to changing circumstances.
5. Handle the strong emotion of others while controlling personal responses.
f. Behavioral – A dean must possess the ability to establish and maintain appropriate professional relationships. Factors included in this requirement are the ability to:
1. Act ethically.
2. Exercise sound (rational) judgment.
3. Be compassionate.
4. Develop mature, sensitive and effective relationships with clients, families and the CLV community.
5. Complete all responsibilities attendant to the dean’s functional role.
g. Interpersonal Skills – A dean must be able to effectively interact with individuals and groups respecting social and cultural diversity. This includes but is not limited to:
1. Negotiating interpersonal conflict (conflict management skills).
2. Directing the activity of others through communication processes.
3. Communicating sufficiently to direct the interaction of others in written and oral forms.
4. Influencing the actions of others.

  • Provision of essential functions helps assure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Preferred Qualifications

• Previous leadership position at Concordia Language Villages or in a similar language immersion environment, preferred
• Ability and willingness to make a several-year commitment, at a minimum, to the dean position (contingent on all parties agreeing to continuation), preferred
• Master’s or other advanced degree, preferred

Position Opening Date 08/21/2017
Position Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Screening Begins 10/02/2017
Special Instructions to Applicants

Request a recommendation letter from each of at least two people. You will be required to upload a CV or resume and a cover letter. You do not have to complete the “activities you can lead” section of the application.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Have you previously worked in a summer position for Concordia Language Villages?
    • yes
    • no
  2. * Are you able to perform the essential functions and responsibilities of the job for which you are applying?
    • yes
    • no
  3. * Will you be at least 25 years old when the position begins? This is an American Camp Association standard.
    • yes
    • no
  4. How did you hear about Concordia Language Villages?
    • Current or former villager (indicate who below)
    • Current or former staff member (indicate who below)
    • Website
    • Recruitment visit at school
    • Family member or friend (indicate who below)
    • Professor or teacher (indicate who below)
    • Other (indicate below)
  5. (How did you hear about Concordia Language Villages, part 2) Please be specific. Indicate source or name(s) if referred by someone.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document