IHP Trustees’ Fellow
Reports to: Program Director
The position of the Trustees’ Fellow provides an opportunity primarily for alumni of SIT and IHP/Comparative programs to serve as group leaders and traveling facilitators for one of SIT’s comparative theme-based, study abroad programs. Fellows work closely with Traveling Faculty and Country Coordinators to successfully deliver programs. Trustees Fellows will travel with the student group and accompany traveling faculty during one or two semesters on one of the following programs:
Beyond Globalization – ten months, one position (spanning two semesters)
Cities in the 21st Century- six months, two positions (fall and spring)
Health and Community- six months, three positions (one in fall and two in spring)
Human Rights – six months, two positions (fall and spring)
Climate Change – six months, two positions (fall and spring)
1. Pre-departure program preparation:
• Work with program staff to develop orientation and wrap-up sessions, establish student responsibilities, and coordinate group living arrangements.
• Plan team-building activities.
• Compile medical information for students and call to check in with each of them.
• Work with the Program Directors and Dean on evaluation protocols and implementation, as well as reporting and planning.
• Assist program staff with administrative work and preparations for the program launch.
2. Traveling Facilitator:
• Facilitate communication between students and staff.
• Assist Country Coordinators and students with logistical planning and implementation; ensure students and faculty are informed about program schedule and travel details; help ensure students are accounted for during vacations, travel periods, and field trips; facilitate the resolution of any issues related to accommodations; review country schedules and advise faculty/coordinators on program developments; facilitate student self-management and monitor division of student responsibilities.
• Facilitate program evaluations.
3. Resident Advisor
• Monitor students’ physical and mental health and obtain medical assistance when necessary. Accompany students to doctors when appropriate. Maintain records tracking student health, medications and concerns.
• Contribute to the creation of a strong learning community by facilitating sessions on group check-in, community health, peer relationships, student responsibilities, student needs and other issues as they arise.
• Provide non-academic guidance to students. Serve as a point of contact for student concerns. Monitor student morale and keep faculty and coordinators apprised of any issues that might need to be addressed. Maintain written record of student issues and incidents.
• Serve as role model. Exhibit exemplary attendance, interest and engagement in program, demonstrate respect for hosts and fellow travelers, take initiative for furthering own learning, and maximize opportunities for group learning and reflection.
• Assist with optional activities when possible to enhance group health and learning experiences.
• Represent program in communications with students and in other exchanges.
• Anticipate need by being proactive in addressing potential issues.
4. Teaching Assistant
• Actively participate in classes, field trips, faculty/coordinator meetings and program synthesis sessions.
• Work with faculty to determine how best to contribute to courses.
• Serve as a point of contact and advisor for student concerns about academic assignments.
• Archive program materials (i.e., readings, handouts, assignments, lecture recordings, and exemplary student work) to maintain a library of resource materials.
• Assist faculty with photocopying and other academic duties as appropriate.
5. Other duties as assigned
• Fall-Start Programs: Full-time work beginning August 1st 2013, with attendance at annual faculty-coordinator meetings and training sessions in July 2013.
• Spring-Start Programs: Full-time work beginning December 1st 2013, with attendance at annual faculty-coordinator meetings and training sessions in July 2013.
• Demonstrated experience in leadership and team-building.
• Effective communication, active listening and facilitation skills for working with a diverse group of 30+ college students in a physically and emotionally demanding cross-cultural setting.
• The confidence, experience and maturity to assume a position of mentor and role model, demonstrating how to make the most of the study abroad experience.
• Risk management skills, basic knowledge of travel health and safety practices and an ability to respond effectively to difficult situations.
• Ability to relate well and work cooperatively with a diverse team of co-workers.
• Cultural sensitivity, diplomacy and an ability to adapt to new and challenging environments.
• Academic training, experience and/or demonstrated interest in the program theme.
• Excellent record-keeping and reporting skills with an ability to organize, plan, and execute a variety of logistical tasks.
• Applicants with advanced degrees (in progress or completed) or other post-college experience are encouraged to apply.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
To apply: Please visit the World Learning employment website at http://www.worldlearning.org/268.htm. Please note: a resume and cover letter are required for consideration. The cover letter should include a statement of interest in the position and clearly specify two semester/program preferences you are interested in being considered for. Please also include the names of three references and their contact information. For alumni of IHP/Comparative programs, one of these may be a former faculty member or classmate. All application materials should be submitted no later than March 15, 2013 for all 2013-2014 positions. Finalists will be interviewed by telephone and/or in person. Final selection will likely be made by mid-April.
Benefits: This is a salaried position and hired applicants are eligible to enroll in World Learning’s comprehensive benefits program (including 403b retirement plan and health/dental/vision insurance). Other benefits include: air travel to and from work site(s); room and two meals per day provided during the program; and travel accident, medical evacuation, and repatriation insurance.