Assistant Director of Intercultural and Language Learning

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Position Information

Position Information

Job Posting Number S00783
Position Title Assistant Director of Intercultural and Language Learning
Department Center for Global Studies
Job Category Staff Posting
Position Type Full-Time
Position Details

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.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Experience facilitating social-cultural adaptation

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

Preferred Qualifications

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

Management Competencies Not Applicable
Competencies Creativity and innovation, Functional/technical skills, Interpersonal skills/savvy, Oral communications, Organizational skills, Patience, Presentation skills, Project management, Respects diversity, Written communications, Commitment to sustainability
Special Instructions to Applicants

Application Closing Date is March 30, 2020

Additional Information

Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University

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