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Course Director | Modern Latin America

Verto Education

Verto Education is an innovative new way for students to start their college career. Through Verto, students can study abroad for the first semester or year of their undergraduate career, while still earning college credits to keep them on track to graduate in four years. Verto also partners with over a dozen colleges, including High Point, James Madison University and the University of Oregon, to give students an admission decision and facilitate their transition on campus upon completion of a semester or year abroad.

Verto’s mission is to empower every student to spend impactful time abroad during their college career, and graduate with a better understanding of themselves, and the world around them. Verto Education is accredited through Mills College in Oakland, CA and partners with Rustic Pathways for all program operations.

Course Director, Modern Latin America, Verto Education

As a Verto Course Director for Rustic Pathways, you will be in charge of designing and overseeing the execution of a freshman level semester-long course in Modern Latin American History for Verto students traveling to Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. The Course Director serves as the Faculty of Record at Mills College and will be in charge of designing the curriculum, training the teaching staff, and overseeing the delivery and grading of the course remotely. This is a contracted position where weekly hours and responsibilities vary according to the academic cycle. Please see below for more details regarding the anticipated timeline and breakdown of responsibilities. While the Course Director position is anticipated as a part-time contracted position for the 2019-20 academic year, there is significant scope for the position to turn into full-time employment for the 2020-21 academic year as Verto grows in scale. Significant opportunity exists to have an impact on the trajectory of programming and curriculum at Verto for the right candidate.

Scope of work and timeline

  • April: Build on existing Course Descriptions to write Course Syllabus and Rubric with cyclical feedback and review from Verto Education and Mills College.
  • April/May: Collaborate with Rustic Pathways to identify in-country experiential opportunities which align with the course to include in the program itinerary.
  • May/June: Participate in the final hiring and screening of Verto’s Field Instructors.
  • May/June: Write Field Instructor's Resource Guide (lesson plans).
  • June/July: Plan training modules on course content for Field Instructors.
  • Early August: Participate in training of Field Instructors.
  • September to December:
    • Biweekly meetings with Field Instructors to provide coaching and guidance on content delivery.
    • Oversee grading of assignments.
    • Possibility of field visits depending on necessity and availability.
  • Possibility of extension into Spring Semester running from February - May 2020.

Qualifications

Education:

  • PhD in History or Latin American Studies.
  • Other academic qualifications accepted where a PhD is not a universally recognized terminal degree in the field of study.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 2-4 years of experience in college-level curriculum design.
  • A demonstrated record of coaching graduate students in teaching freshman level courses.
  • Experience delivering a curriculum and facilitating experiential education with proven success.
  • Experience living or working in the countries on the itinerary is preferred.

Requirements:

  • Professional working proficiency in English.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of how to apply themes from Latin American History to in the local and regional context of the program locations.
  • Ability to receive and apply feedback.
  • Patient, enthusiastic, analytical, and solution-oriented.
  • Ability to follow through with Verto Education specific documentation practices.
  • Commitment to promoting diversity in cultures and experiences.
  • Passion for discussion-based learning and helping students make meaning of their experiences.
  • Understands the value of experiential education and travel for young people.
  • Eager to learn from colleagues and enjoys open collaboration and teamwork while working remotely.
  • Able to maintain excellence under pressure and ever-changing conditions.
  • Able to follow organizational protocols while working independently.

Work and Environmental Conditions

This position is designed to be successfully completed remotely. However, applicants residing in program locations are encouraged to apply.

You will be working in an innovative educational model where you will need to be comfortable operating a non-traditional university context.

If you are interested in teaching these courses directly on the program but do not meet the requirements for the Course Director position, please consider applying for the Verto Education Field Instructor positions posted online.

Location

  • Virtual/ Remote
  • Candidates residing in program locations are encouraged to apply.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Verto Education and Rustic Pathways are Equal Opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

If an applicant needs reasonable accommodation when applying for an open position, please email careers@vertoeducation.org

This application will close on April 15th. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

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