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Academic-Year French Program Leader 2017-2018

Posting Information

Posting Information

Position Title Academic-Year French Program Leader 2017-2018
Position Type CLV Seasonal - Academic Year
Employment Status Seasonal
Number of Months 10
General Employment Period

academic year (approximately one weekend or one-week program)

General Work Schedule (days of week)

weekends or long weekends or weeks (Thursday or Friday through Sunday) (Sunday through Saturday)

General shift hours


Minimum Salary $350 - $700 minimum, depending on length of program and qualifications
Job Summary/Basic Function

The program leader of a Concordia Language Village is responsible for the program development and implementation of an academic-year program offered by the Villages. This includes planning and implementation in the areas of program, staff, budget and public relations, and interacting with the support staff from the facilities and operations areas at the Villages. The program leader is responsible for implementing a program that reflects the mission of Concordia Language Villages. She/he is a member of the Language Community and, as designated, joins the Village Leadership Council. The program leader reports to the senior director of Concordia Language Villages and to the administrative team as a whole.
1. 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.
A. Be an active and visible member of your program when in session.
B. Implement program details that model or enhance the current initiatives in the Language Advancement Plan and the Language Villages Strategic Plan.
C. Develop and implement a linguistically and culturally appropriate learner-centered program for the Village, working in consultation with the Language Community, including the creation or procurement of necessary materials.
D. Develop or maintain the educational program and schedule, incorporating the optimum level of language and cultural involvement within the philosophy of Concordia Language Villages. Continue to enhance and assess the efficacy of program delivery.
E. Ensure that the Village program is operated in accordance with the standards of the American Camp Association (ACA), and in agreement with the policies of Concordia College and Concordia Language Villages.
F. Ensure evaluation of the Village program by villagers and staff on a regular basis.
G. Consult with the senior director or appropriate administrator on issues and questions of program needs and policy and program implementation.
H. Promote the health, safety, and well being of all participants.
I. After each program, or on an annual basis, write a report for purposes of program review, and, as applicable, assessment of progress on Language Advancement Plan.
J. As requested, attend Village Leadership Councils for the purpose of collaborating with program leaders of similar programs, professional enrichment, and working within the larger Language Community.
K. As requested, participate in professional development specifically for program leaders, typically via telephone or other virtual means.
2. Staffing
A. Be an active and visible member of your program including staff supervision, interaction, and instruction of villagers.
B. Make timely hiring arrangements and communicate accordingly with the director of staff development.
C. Orient staff before commencement of the program, and carry out ongoing staff training throughout the session.
D. Promote the health, safety, and well being of all staff members.
E. Develop and maintain collegial relationships among all staff, including support staff, for a productive working atmosphere at the Village that promotes the mission of the Language Villages.
F. Assign and delegate staff responsibilities.
G. Conduct regular staff meetings for purposes of communication, logistical planning and educational improvement of the program.
H. Provide effective guidance and leadership to staff while in program and conduct a meaningful review of staff member’s contribution to the program at the end of each program.
I. Implement Concordia Language Villages policies and procedures and coordinate disciplinary action if necessary per Program Leader Handbook guidelines.
J. Foster staff connection to the program throughout the year for purposes of staff retention and staying connected to the organization.
K. Actively recruit required staff.
L. Serve as the primary liaison between the Village staff and the Language Villages office and the responsible administrators.
3. Operations/Program Support
A. Be a steward of your Language Village site, resources, and relationships.
B. Oversee general operation of your Language Villages program.
C. Ensure effective and timely communication between your Village program and the Language Villages support staff team(s).
D. Monitor and adhere to budget outlines prepared for the program relating to program expenditures and staffing.
E. Monitor condition of the facility and communicate safety and program needs as appropriate to facilities, health and risk management staff and Language Villages administrators.
F. Coordinate all opening and closing procedures of your village. Ensure smooth transitions and communication with preceding and ensuing programs.
4. Public Relations
A. Be an ambassador for your program and Concordia Language Villages.
B. Represent the Concordia Language Villages program and philosophy as requested by the directors and as a part of Concordia College.
C. Foster personal or written contacts with participants and all other possible partners interested or involved in the program.
D. Welcome and provide guidance for Village visitors interested in learning about the program.
E. Promote Concordia Language Villages on a professional level.
F. Support the development of materials and content for publications, web site, and promotional initiatives

Essential functions of the program leader position are listed below. Essential functions are the fundamental job duties or tasks that the program leader 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 a program leader. 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).*
1. Auditory
A program leader must possess auditory ability to monitor and assess the needs of his/her Village program. This includes but is not limited to:

A. Hearing and interpreting information a staff member or client is communicating verbally, in both English and the target language.
B. Communicating over the phone in both English and the target language.
2. 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:
A. Observing and assessing individual(s) behavior(s), especially those salient to staff and participants.
B. Observing and assessing program activities for its reflection of program objectives.
C. Observing and assessing non-verbal communication signals reflective of both English and the target language.
D. Reading and understanding printed documents in both English and the target language.
3. Motor Function
A program leader 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:

A. Moving from place to place within the village while carrying various objects.
B. Attending and participating broader organizational meetings such as with the Language Community and the Village Leadership Council.
C. Responding effectively in emergency situations.
4. Communication
A program leader must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with clients, program and support 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:

A. Explaining village policies and practices.
B. Documenting assessment, action and responses of staff and clients to incidents as well as routine Village activities.
C. Reading and assessing client, staff and program literature.
D. Giving an accurate report of requested information to peers and administration.
E. Effectively hiring, orienting and coaching a staff team to provide the program.
5. Emotional Health
A program leader must possess the emotional health required for full use of his/her intellectual abilities including the ability to:
A. Prioritize competing demands; focus and maintain attention to necessary tasks.
B. Function in stressful circumstances; deal with the unexpected (e.g., client crisis).
C. Separate own needs and experiences in order to maintain objectivity and a client-centered program.
D. Adjust to changing circumstances.
E. Handle the strong emotion of others while controlling personal responses.
6. Behavioral
A program leader must possess the ability to establish and maintain appropriate professional relationships. Factors included in this requirement are the ability to:
A. Act ethically.
B. Exercise sound (rational) judgment.
C. Be compassionate.
D. Develop mature, sensitive and effective relationships with clients and the CLV community.
E. Complete all responsibilities attendant to the dean’s functional role.
7. Interpersonal Skills
A program leader must be able to effectively interact with individuals and groups respecting social and cultural diversity. This includes but is not limited to:
A. Negotiating interpersonal conflict (conflict management skills).
B. Directing the activity of others through communication processes.
C. Communicating sufficiently to direct the interaction of others in written and oral forms.
D. Influencing the actions of others.

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

• Fluency in French 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
• B.A. degree required, with advanced degree preferred
• Minimum age of 25 (American Camp Association Standard)
• Ability to perform the essential functions of the program leader position (see job description)
• Availability for all 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

Preferred Qualifications

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

Position Opening Date 09/07/2017
Position Closing Date 06/01/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
Screening Begins 09/07/2017
Special Instructions to Applicants
Employment Contingencies Background Check , Motor Vehicle Record Investigation
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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you able to perform the essential functions and responsibilities of the job for which you are applying?
    • yes
    • no
  2. * What is your native language?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * In what other languages are you proficient?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Do you have a valid United States driver's license?
    • yes
    • no
  5. * Are you willing to drive a Village vehicle (car or van), knowing that a motor vehicle check that includes your driving record will be done?
    • yes
    • no
  6. * You must upload a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, as well as your education and experience that qualify you for it. It would be helpful if you uploaded a resume or CV, as well, although this is not required. Indicate your understanding.
    • yes
    • no
  7. * Regarding references, I understand that -if I have never worked for Concordia Language Villages, I must provide names, email addresses and other information for at least two reference writers -if I have worked for CLV, but on my first day of employment there will have been a break of 12 months or more since my last day of employment, I must provide contact information for reference writers -if I have worked for CLV with a break of fewer than 12 months between first day of employment and last date of employment, I do not need new references.
    • I must upload information about reference writers
    • I do not need to upload information about references

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Other Document