Academic-Year French Instructor for Adult Programs

Concordia College

United States

August 1, 2021


Posting Information Position Title Academic-Year French Instructor for Adult Programs

Position Type CLV Seasonal - Academic Year Employment Status Seasonal Number of Months 1 General Employment Period

Adult Weeks and other residential programs including adults during the academic year.

General Work Schedule (days of week)

Instructors typically arrive 2 days prior to the start of the program for orientation and planning.

General shift hours

Instruction time varies throughout the day; this is an intensive learning/working environment that requires up 10-14 hours per day of engagement with students/staff in a residential setting, in a remote area in northern Minnesota.

Minimum Salary $500 per week, plus room and board. Job Summary/Basic Function

French Language Instructor for Adult Programs: A. Work under the direction of dean and designated leadership staff members as part of the teaching team. B. Work in a productive, collegial relationship with CLV colleagues to develop, implement and ensure a strong immersion program. C. Be an active, facilitative and visible staff member and colleague. D. Lead and assist with activities as assigned. E. Participate in large-group and small-group formats; assume leadership of a program element as appropriate. F. Create a safe environment in which participants feel accepted by staff and peers. G. Motivate participants to engage actively in French and francophone cultural activities.

General Expectations of Staff: A. Be familiar with and abide by specific policies set forth in the policy statement. B. Promote the health, safety, and well-being of all staff members and participants. D. 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. E. Speak the target language with participants and staff members as much as possible.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Essential functions of the this position are listed below. Essential functions are the fundamental job duties or tasks that the staff member 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 staff member. 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 .

1. Auditory 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.

2. Visual Acuity Must possess visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary to carry out tasks outlined in the job description, including: A. Observing and assessing individual(s) behavior(s), especially those salient to colleagues and participants. B. 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 Must have sufficient motor function, neuromuscular strength and coordination to effectively perform the activities required of the job. Examples include but are not limited to: A. Moving from place to place within the village while carrying various objects. B. Responding effectively in emergency situations.

4. Communication Must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with participants, 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.

5. Emotional Health Must possess the social and emotional health required for full use of his/her intellectual abilities in an intensive community-based, isolated learning environment, 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. F. Focus on personal self-care and balance those needs with those of the position, leading and guiding an intensive working experience conducive to facilitating a positive learning environment for students and staff.

6. Behavioral Must possess the ability to establish and maintain appropriate professional relationships, which includes 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 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 towards supporting the success of the iso-immersion experience. • Provision of essential functions helps assure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Minimum Qualifications

• Superior (at minimum) proficiency in the target language/dialects and Advanced (minimum) proficiency English • Commitment to the importance of immersion language and culture education • Teaching license or certificate or teaching experience. Knowledge of effective teaching strategies and methodologies for second language learning in an immersion setting for adults. • Good organizational and management skills • Good oral and written communication skills • B.A. degree required, with advanced degree preferred • Eligibility to be employed legally in the USA; assume responsibility and costs for any visa requirements • Sympathy with the mission of a liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Preferred Qualifications

• Advanced degree, preferred • Understanding of and experience with language proficiency rating scales like the ILR and the OPI ● Previous leadership position at Concordia Language Villages or in a comparable language immersion environment

Position Opening Date 08/01/2021 Position Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Screening Begins 08/01/2021 EEO

Concordia College will not discriminate against or harass any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, sex, religion, national origin, age, veteran's status, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, public assistance status, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, or any other legally protected status.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please request recommendation letters from at least two people and furnish contact information, including an email address. Please upload a resume or CV and a cover letter.

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Supplemental Questions

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  • Are you able to perform the essential functions and responsibilities of the job for which you are applying?
  • yes
  • no
  • What is your native language?
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • In what other languages are you proficient?
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Do you have a valid United States driver's license?
  • yes
  • no
  • 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?
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  • no
  • How did you hear about Concordia Language Villages?
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  • Documents Needed to Apply

    Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References
  • Optional Documents

  • Other Document
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
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