Augsburg University's Center for Global Education and Experience (Augsburg CGEE) invites applications for a Guatemala Program Director, with a proposed start date in August 2021. (This position is located in Guatemala).
About Augsburg CGEE: Augsburg CGEE delivers high-impact, experiential, social justice-oriented global learning experiences for universities, high schools, non-profit organizations, businesses, churches, and others. Augsburg CGEE's pedagogy is influenced by popular education, as well as other critical, experiential, feminist, Indigenous, and decolonial pedagogies that foment transformation. The goal of all of our global learning programs is to amplify the voices of marginalized people, and to empower learners to work for personal and social transformation.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
The Guatemala Program Director ensures the delivery of a variety of high-quality, safe educational programs and services in Guatemala, especially with Indigenous communities in Guatemala, in order to meet the University's core goal of "engaging as an anchor institution at Augsburg sites around the world" so that learners "will live and work as citizens dedicated to a better world." This position requires a person with a background to teach university-level courses and to maintain strong connections with a diverse array of local communities, civil society organizations, government entities, individuals, etc. that serve as resources for different educational programs for diverse participants. The Guatemala Program Director must have demonstrated commitments to social justice pedagogies, experiential education, and intercultural learning.
Respond to needs for educational programming in Guatemala. This includes the form of semester programs, custom programs, or virtual courses or encounters in accordance with Augsburg CGEE pedagogy and best practices.
In addition, this includes facilitating students' intercultural learning, leading group reflections, and designing and leading exercises that integrate theory and practice.
Work in collaboration with relevant counterparts at Augsburg CGEE, ensuring the financial sustainability of operations in Guatemala through appropriate budget management and involvement in student/participant marketing and recruitment efforts.
Oversees risk management (health and safety protocols) for all programming, service providers (lodging and transportation).
Oversees visits in Guatemala, including educating students/participants about health and safety practices while in Guatemala and ensuring emergency on-call support.
Develop and maintain reciprocal partnerships with local communities, civil society organizations, government entities, and individuals throughout Guatemala to support community and programming needs.
Help bridge cultural differences and similarities between host communities and visiting groups.
Master's degree in relevant field required.
Three(3) to five(5) years of relevant experience.
Experience teaching at the university level preferred--experience teaching in study abroad programs a plus.
Comfort and ability to work in a "non-traditional" work environment which often includes working long hours and on weekends, and facilitating groups in multiple locations throughout Guatemala.
Ability to translate and interpret between English and Spanish is required. Ability to translate and interpret between English and one or more Mayan languages preferred.
Practical and theoretical background in experiential education, social justice-oriented pedagogies, and/or intercultural learning.
Attentiveness to group dynamics and ability to navigate differences involving race, gender, class, and culture.
Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a diverse work environment.
Ability to work effectively in a team environment and work independently with little supervision.
Ability to reason/analyze, maintain confidentiality, and demonstrate patience and understanding.
Show initiative, organize workflow, simultaneously manage tasks related to multiple educational programs, and handle frequent interruptions.
Attention to detail, accuracy, and precision.
Among the distinctive features of the university are its deep dedication to civic and community engagement, robust undergraduate research programs, and a strong belief in the integration of liberal arts and professional studies across all programs. The University's commitments to our urban context and the world beyond it are enhanced through the work of four signature centers: the Christensen Center for Vocation, the Center for Global Education and Experience, the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, and the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work. All faculty members are encouraged to develop significant, experiential learning opportunities in collaboration with one or more of these centers through curricular and co-curricular programming in our main campus in Minneapolis, as well as our satellite site in Rochester, MN, and academic centers in Central America and Southern Africa. Faculty members also design and offer Study-Away programs across all fifty states.
For more than a decade, Augsburg's commitment to intentional diversity has been reflected in the student body as Black, Indigenous and other students of color have to comprise more than 70% of the student body. The emerging interdisciplinary Department of Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies builds on this foundation to further diversify our academic curriculum and co-curricular programs. We do this work out of historical and contemporary obligations rooted in our ethical and intellectual commitments to prepare our diverse student body for a cosmopolitan world.
Augsburg is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, or any other protected class. Successful candidates will have demonstrated abilities working in an academic community committed to intentional diversity. Candidates are thus encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate these competencies. Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply.
Applicants MUST submit the following documents:
Professional references will be requested at a later date.
Augsburg University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate degrees to more than 3,500 students of diverse backgrounds. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1 and is characterized by strong teaching in small classes.
The University's Mission
Augsburg University educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community that is committed to intentional diversity in its life and work. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings.
Located in the heart of the Twin Cities, Augsburg’s main campus surrounds Murphy Square, the oldest park in Minneapolis. The University of Minnesota West Bank campus and the University of Minnesota Fairview Medical Center are across the street from Augsburg, with the Mississippi River and the Seven Corners theatre district just a few blocks away.
The 23-acre campus consists of a mix of historic and newer buildings that reflect the contemporary needs of the academic pr...ograms. Augsburg’s newest signature academic building, the Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion, opened for classes January 8, 2018. In addition to its Minneapolis campus, Augsburg has a location in Rochester, Minnesota, and maintains international sites and staff in Mexico, Nicaragua, and Namibia.