Are you passionate about understanding other cultures and learning languages? Do you love fostering this same passion in students through creative programming? Do you believe that languages are one of the keys to intercultural understanding? Such traits are crucial for the success of Wesleyan’s Fries Center for Global Studies, a unit committed to collaborating with all members of our community to advance the knowledge, language and intercultural skills, self-awareness, and empathy needed for responsible participation in our increasingly interdependent world.
Reporting to the Director of the Fries Center for Global Studies, The Assistant Director is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing high-impact intercultural initiatives aimed at campus internationalization, in part through the lens of language learning.
The position works closely with colleagues in the Fries Center for Global Studies and collaborates with Wesleyan language faculty and Wesleyan student groups to further build culture and language-based communities of practice across campus.
Primary responsibilities include:
Facilitate workshops for students, faculty, and staff on intercultural competency and engage in intercultural competency assessment
Develop, oversee, and evaluate learning outcomes for the Global Engagement Certificate program
Collaborate with campus partners to put on campus-wide intercultural and international events such as International Education Week, Power of Language Conference, and Wes and the World Photo Contest.
Collaborate with the Office of Study Abroad to facilitate pre-departure and reentry workshops
Organize and mentor student organizations and host activities aimed at fostering regular and meaningful interaction of international and U.S. based students; organize programming for Freeman Scholars and Davis Scholars
Collaborate with relevant staff in orienting and advising Wesleyan’s international students and coordinate programming on matters related to cultural immersion; co-chair the International Student Advisory Board
Collaborate with campus partners to promote and highlight language learning, including working with faculty through the Language Collective and the Deans’ Office regarding current and incoming students
Develop and adopt tools and strategies for identifying proficiencies and tracking activities in languages other than English, and work with the Registrar and Institutional Research to monitor, track and assess growth in this area
Collaborate with the Director of Language Resources and Technology in implementing instructional opportunities for languages not regularly taught at Wesleyan.
Collaborate with relevant staff and faculty colleagues to facilitate and support the social-cultural adaptation of the Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs)
Other duties as assigned.
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Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant professional experience involving intercultural education with at least one years’ experience in higher education or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
Proficiency in a second language with a demonstrated interest in the relation between language, culture, and identities
Effective problem-solving skills and demonstrated ability to take initiative
Experience supporting, creating, and conducting programming and workshops
Excellent working knowledge of MS Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Ability to work some evening and weekend hours
Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact collegially with individuals of different backgrounds
Master’s degree in a relevant field strongly preferred
A minimum of five years’ experience in event or program planning
Experience supervising students or other staff
Experience with IDI (intercultural development inventory) and/or IES (intercultural effectiveness scale)
Experience living or studying abroad
Internal Number: S00783
About Wesleyan University
MissionThe Fries Center for Global Studies is committed to helping all members of the Wesleyan community achieve the knowledge, language skills, and sensitivity each person will need in order to exercise effective and responsible citizenship in an increasingly inter-dependent world.VisionOur emphasis on intercultural communication, experience, and knowledge reflects the value we place on adaptability, compassion, and cultural self-awareness with respect to the world beyond our borders. These qualities and practices put Wesleyan’s liberal arts program at the forefront of global education and are the hallmark of responsible global citizenship.Goals & StrategiesThe Fries Center for Global Studies pursues it goals by drawing on resources at hand: the Wesleyan curriculum, faculty, student body and staff; the Office of Study Abroad; the Office of Fellowships; the Language Resources and Technology Center. Our strategies are designed specifically to:Identify and expand opportunities for students and faculty wishing to pursue a global perspective in the field of their choice;Offer the support needed for each department, program, center, and college to develop global perspectives in accorda...nce with its own aims and in partnership with other academic units;Provide a forum for inquiry and debate concerning the pedagogies and administrative strategies best suited to the cultural demands of the contemporary world;Help students transcend disciplines while coordinating their curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular experiences in accordance with the demands of a global education;Increase the mobility of the Wesleyan student body and faculty in support of a more vibrant cross-cultural debate and in accordance with the needs and goals of each academic unit;Increase the vibrancy of global discussions on campus through facilitating visits to campus by scholars, artists, and public leaders from around the world;Promote relevant partnerships with peer institutions in the United States and with targeted institutions abroad;Promote collaborative teaching and research across disciplinary and cultural boundaries;Develop curricular opportunities that will allow students to develop a global education tailored to their needs and aspirations.