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Academic Director

(appointment at relevant faculty rank)

SIT Study Abroad Tunisia and Italy: Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean

Reports to: Provost & Dean of Faculty

Salary Range: USD $50,000.00 - $56,000.00

Anticipated Start Date: July 1st, 2024

Term of Employment: Full-time, 1 year renewable

Apply by: May 30th, 2024 (applications reviewed on a rolling basis)

Base of Designation: Tunis, Tunisia

Conditional on: Program enrollment and applicant’s legal right to work and reside in Tunisia

To Apply: Please visit the World Learning employment website at https://worldlearning.applicantpro.com/jobs/3341928
submit your letter of interest, as well as a CV (including the contact information of three academic references).

School for International Training (SIT) invites applications for the position of Academic Director (appointment at relevant rank) of its semester-long program located in Tunis, Tunisia in the theme of Politics and Religious Integration in the... Mediterranean. SIT is an accredited institution of higher education with a campus located in Vermont, USA. The program follows the SIT semester program model, with two semesters per year that coincide with the fall and spring semester calendar at US universities. Candidates are strongly encouraged to visit this program’s web page before they send their application materials. Fall 2024: Tunisia and Italy: Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean - SIT Study Abroad

We invite you to learn about SIT mission and values here: https://www.worldlearninginc.org/about- us/mission-and-values/

About SIT Programs

SIT undergraduate and graduate programs in all disciplines utilize a decolonial approach to curriculum, decentering Western modes of knowledge production, creation, and dissemination while elevating the ideas and work of local and regional scholars, activists, NGO practitioners, artists, and community members. SIT places an equal commitment on the creation of inclusive teaching and learning environments which welcome students from all identities and neurodiverse ways of learning. SIT learning centers across the world are committed to building and implementing sustainability practices to leverage carbon footprints and contribute to the well-being of the communities where they are immersed.

The program themes vary from development and social change to arts, environmental studies, post-conflict transformation, health, and human rights. All SIT programs emphasize field study while examining critical global issues in keeping with the broader organizational missions of peace and social justice. SIT’s educational model focuses on cultural immersion as its primary heuristic component and uses theories of decolonial experiential education to inform its curricula and augment student learning.

About SIT Full-Time Faculty

SIT full-time faculty are employees who have been appointed to faculty rank position through a rigorous international, national, or regional search process. The appointee must meet or exceed academic standards. These standards include possession of appropriate degrees from recognized academic institutions or the equivalent in professional experience; demonstrated excellence in teaching/training; research and publications in industry recognized media; experience managing and supervising staff; and potential for significant contributions to the field and to World Learning/SIT. When relevant and in consultation with their supervising dean, a faculty in the undergraduate division may lead a summer program, chair or co-chair a graduate program or oversee a custom or short-term program. Decisions about additional assignments are made jointly in consultation with SIT Provost & Dean of Faculty and while taking into consideration the overall workload of the faculty during the academic year.

SIT strives to be respectful of, and compliant with, local labor and employment laws. When circumstance warrant, the academic director will have a local employment contract through an affiliated local entity or as determined by SIT. The position is full-time for the entire contract period.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The academic director is responsible for the design, planning, delivery, and supervision of the academic program offered by SIT at its assigned program location in consultation and support of SIT departments including the Office of the Provost & Dean of Faculty, Global Operations, Human Resources, and Office Student Health, Safety, and Well-being. Overall responsibilities include:
• ensuring inclusive academic excellence of the program in line with SIT's academic policies
• creating an inclusive & safe learning environment for students, staff, and local faculty
• managing the program site and supervision of local staff, budget planning and oversight, and financial reporting
• representing SIT at the program location and developing and maintaining positive relationships with SIT and local partners

The academic director must remain current in their areas of expertise and familiar with in-country issues and practices in higher education. Academic directors are expected to be active members of the SIT community, giving service to the institution, and acting as a thought leader in institutional initiatives.

Key Responsibilities:

Academic Management
• General management and oversight of program delivery of the undergraduate program in collaboration with SIT Office of the Provost & Dean of Faculty, Office of Global Operations, and Office of Student health, Safety, and Well-being.
• Teaching one three-credit course or equivalent, serving as faculty of record for the other courses, hiring guest lecturers to teach on the program, advising the students on their Independent Study Projects, and, when applicable, working with the internship coordinator to ensure the highest quality experience for the students.
• Curriculum development and academic oversight in consultation and support from the Office of the Provost & Dean of Faculty and in accordance with SIT policies.
• Designing and delivering the students' on-site cross-cultural orientation and teaching components of the thematic and project-based courses, in their areas of expertise, as appropriate;
• Designing and coordinating an experiential educational experience including in and out of the classroom activities. Facilitating the linkages between and among each of these various components and program excursions.
• Generally guiding and advising students in both their cross-cultural learning processes and academic experiences including the Independent Study Project and, when applicable, internship, thus serving as
• Conducting the program review and academic evaluation at the end of the program and incorporating feedback to enhance program academic quality.
• Serving as thought leader by maintaining an active agenda of research and knowledge production and publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Program & Operations Management
• Managing program administration and operations in compliance with local laws and regulations and in consultation with and support from SIT’s Office of Global Operations.
• Collaborating with the World Learning Human Resources, Legal Counsel, and Office of the Provost & Dean of Faculty in recruitment and termination decisions regarding program support staff.
• Maintaining regular communication including submitting detailed and timely reports to various departments, including Human Resources, Office of Global Operations, and Office of the Provost & Dean of Faculty.
• Serving as a liaison between SIT students and local national and program partners.
• Supporting the Office of Global Operations in negotiating and maintaining updated agreements with local partner organizations as needed.
• Participating, when requested, in the writing and editing of program materials, advertising materials, catalog copy, country information.
• Serve as in-country entity representative for compliance purposes as required.
• Negotiating cost-effective program services and managing the program budget.
• Supervising local program staff, including mentoring, training, and regular performance evaluations.
• Participating in SIT training and faculty workshops as required.

Student Health and Safety and Well-Being
• Playing a critical role in providing and connecting students to relevant support services locally and in collaboration with SIT Office of Student Health, Safety, and Well-Being.
• Serving as point person for students on medical, personal, and security concerns in collaboration with SIT's Office of Student Health, Safety, and Well-Being and local staff.
• Providing care to the students and, in consultation with SIT Office of Student health, Safety, and Well- Being, directing them to appropriate resources for emotional and mental health support;
• Maintaining up-to-date program contingency plans, based on current and reliable information concerning health and safety risks of the local environment.
• Communicating emergency procedures and protocols to student participants, program staff, and homestay families.
• Providing culturally appropriate strategies and advice to maximize safety and well-being.
• Providing an inclusive learning and teaching environment for all students.

Serving on periodic SIT task forces or learning communities in collaboration with other faculty

Other duties as assigned.

The nature of the academic director job is such that they may be called upon during irregular hours to deal with emergencies. Responding to urgent program or student needs off-hours is a regular part of the duties of an academic director. For the duration of the program the academic director is to remain in-country and physically at the program site or with the student group and will be reachable by mobile phone on an emergency basis.

SIT programs are situated in urban as well as remote locations where accommodations may be rudimentary, and accessibility limited. Some aspects of the program may require physical exertion such as, but not limited to, occasionally driving, walking, as well as remaining stationary for long periods. Depending on the theme of the program there may be excursions in rugged terrain which may require, but are not limited to, activities such as hiking, climbing and/or water-based sports.

REQUIREMENTS

Required Experience/Education:
• Terminal degree (PhD, MFA, or equivalent) in Political Science, History, Religion or European Studies, or a discipline related to the program theme.
• Academic and practical knowledge of Tunisia
• Advanced proficiency in English and French writing and speaking
• Legal right to work and reside in the location where this position is offered

Required Skills:
• Effective communication skills
• Computer literacy
• Excellent intercultural skills to communicate effectively with students, host communities, and program partners.
• A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, including the ability to interact with a culturally and ethnically diverse population of students, faculty, and staff from around the world, and to understand and support different lived experiences including but not limited to first generation and non- traditional students, international students, veterans, students with disabilities, and low-income families.

Required Competencies:
• SIT faculty must be attuned to the educational philosophy and expectations of SIT and possess both commitment to academic excellence and the personal leadership qualities required by the program. Among the latter are cultural sensitivity and adaptability; empathy; intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm for challenge; tact and diplomacy in working with students from the United States and local nationals and students; organizational ability; budget management skills.
• Experience working successfully in a remote team environment and comfortable using a variety of technologies and virtual platforms.
• Proven ability to be flexible, collaborative, and patient plus a sense of humor.
• Proven ability to create an inclusive learning space for students and staff.
• Demonstrated ability to use empathy and authenticity to support and connect students experiencing emotional, mental, or socially challenging situations in a new environment with appropriate resources.
• Must be able to meet the physical demands of this position.

Preferred Requirements:
• Applications are encouraged to submit a portfolio of original or collaborative media or communications pieces; portfolios can be submitted as a document with a list of links or as part of the CV/resume

THE WORLD LEARNING INC. FAMILY

For more than 90 years, World Learning Inc. has been a thriving global organization made up of The Experiment in International Living, the nation’s most experienced provider of international education through exchanges for high school students; School for International Training, offering accredited undergraduate programs through SIT Study

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Abroad and internationally focused master’s degrees through SIT Graduate Institute; and World Learning, a global development and exchange nonprofit organization.

SIT | sit.edu

School for International Training (SIT) was founded in the early 1960s as a training center for the first Peace Corps volunteers. For nearly 60 years, SIT has prepared students to be effective changemakers and global citizens through experiential education focused on the world's most critical global issues. SIT Study Abroad offers accredited summer and semester undergraduate programs in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as comparative programs on multiple continents. SIT Graduate Institute offers global and hybrid certificates, master's, and doctoral degrees. SIT programs are grounded in experiential learning, cultural immersion, decolonial and inclusive approaches, and strive to develop sustainable practices across its learning centers. We believe in developing respectful partnerships with local communities and seek to make accessible to our students the richness of local expertise and knowledge systems.

World Learning | worldlearning.org

World Learning has worked to create a more sustainable, peaceful, and just world. World Learning’s education, development, and exchange programs help people find their voices, connect with their communities, strengthen the institutions that form the backbone of a democratic society, and build relationships across cultures. With World Learning’s support, these emerging leaders tackle critical global issues like poverty, conflict, and inequality.

The Experiment in International Living | experiment.org

The Experiment in International Living is the nation’s most experienced provider of international education through exchanges for high school students. For more than 90 years, The Experiment has empowered young people to step off the beaten path, experience the world as a classroom, immerse themselves fully in another culture, and build the knowledge and skills needed to confront critical global issues.

An organizational commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.

We are a globally diverse community of staff, faculty, board members, alumni, students, and participants who believe that inclusive and equitable practices are at the heart of a peaceful and just world. Each of us strives to honor diverse voices and lived experiences, examine our own biases and privileges, actively work to address inequities in our structures, and foster a community of open dialogue. We are committed to acting with accountability, transparency, reciprocity, authenticity, and empathy.
World Learning is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/veterans/ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce
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