Job Title: Intercultural Engagement Consultant

Full Time/Part Time: ½ to 1 FTE

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Posting Type: Concurrent

Department/Program: Office of Internationalization  

Description of Position:

The Office of Internationalization is seeking a faculty member to join the team implementing Langara’s Internationalization strategy. This individual has respect for all people, regardless of culture, language, religion, ethnicity, or other characteristics and a strong commitment to maintaining and improving Langara’s high standards of teaching, learning, and student support. The Intercultural Engagement Consultant works as an integral part of Office of Internationalization in a collegial environment to plan, develop, and implement internationalization for faculty, staff and students. The successful candidate will possess excellent intercultural, communication, facilitation, interpersonal, leadership, and organizational skills. This position requires a high degree of flexibility and the ability to effect change.

This position reports to the Director of Internationalization and will help to move Langara’s Internationalization Strategy forward; foster intercultural awareness and understanding among faculty, staff, and students; help faculty integrate intercultural practices into curriculum; support faculty, staff, and students’ efforts to promote intercultural understanding; and provide support for global engagement at Langara. The Intercultural Engagement Consultant position requires a highly motivated, dedicated, and enthusiastic individual who will work collaboratively to implement this strategy across Langara.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support implementation of Langara’s Internationalization Strategy
  • Provide leadership and coordination in collaboration with colleagues of the Internationalization team in identifying and applying intercultural awareness, competence, and understanding.
  • Working closely with the Teaching and Curriculum Development (TCDC) team, support departments and individual faculty and instructional staff in adopting pedagogical approaches and choosing the effective instructional strategies, activities, and assessment techniques to foster intercultural awareness in the classroom
  • Provide training, tools and resources for faculty, staff and students to work effectively with culturally diverse learners
    • Identify and promote effective approaches to intercultural learning.
    • Research and recommend appropriate tools for assessing and developing intercultural and global competence.
    • Develop and facilitate workshops and user-friendly documentation.
    • Work collaboratively with relevant Student Services departments to facilitate learning opportunities for students.
  • Participate in the development and delivery of resources, seminars, courses, or workshops to increase intercultural awareness and understanding and to build intercultural competency
  • Provide consultation support and coaching for faculty, staff, students and administrators in a variety of situations that may arise due to cultural or linguistic differences.
    • Assist and support faculty, staff, and students in dealing with cultural adjustments.
    • Help provide awareness, education and tools that may bridge cultural differences, mediate conflicts, and facilitate resolution.
    • Create ways for faculty and staff to increase intercultural support for students.
    • Assist in bridging cultural gaps between faculty, staff, and students on academic expectations.
  • Enhance communication and develop strong working relationships among instructional and support units.
    • Liaise with Langara student service teams such as Co-op & Career Development Centre, Counseling, Accessibility Services, Office for Student Engagement, International Education, Library & Learning Commons, Services for Indigenous Students, Indigenous Gathering Space, Student Conduct & Judicial Affairs, and Teach and Curriculum Development Centre
  • Enhance communication and develop strong working relationships with local, national, and international stakeholders
    • Identify, create, and develop intercultural engagement opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to develop global citizenry with external and internal stakeholders
  • Stay informed about intercultural developments through list serves, publications, and conferences.

Required Qualifications:     

  • Masters’ degree in an appropriate discipline such as intercultural communications or in a related field.
  • Minimum five years’ teaching experience with diverse learners.
  • Five years’ experience teaching and developing curricula.
  • A combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Knowledge of Langara’s organizational structure and relationships among International Education, student support services (for international and all students), TCDC, academic departments, and Continuing Studies.
  • Proven ability to work with internal (Langara) colleagues in a collegial manner.
  • Proven track record in the development and coordination of professional development opportunities for colleagues
  • Intercultural experience
    • Demonstrated cross-cultural sensitivity and adaptation skills.
    • Demonstrated experience working and / or living in various cultures.
    • Experience with circumstances related to cultural integration and intercultural communication.
    • Knowledge of different cultures and integration issues.
    • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, interests, and abilities.
    • Experience working with Indigenous and international leaners and communities
  • Previous experience advising or facilitating
    • Experience in advising, teaching, or counseling adults of diverse backgrounds.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and team work skills, especially the ability to work with culturally and ideologically diverse staff, faculty and students within the Langara context.
    • Ability to use tact and discretion to deal with or settle complex requests or situations.
  • Outstanding leadership and organizational skills
    • Experience initiating and managing multiple projects within the Langara context.
    • Ability to organize and prioritize workload and to work in complex and/or sensitive situations.
    • Ability to manage a wide range of responsibilities in a timely manner.
    • Commitment to continuously developing professional knowledge and skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to communicate and connect with diverse groups at various levels.
    • Demonstrated ability to write concise reports and facilitate communication and group learning.

Start Date: As soon as possible

Salary Range: Salary placement is on Langara instructors’ salary scale in accordance with qualifications and experience.

Employee Group: LFA

Application Information: Please forward your resume and cover letter, no later than 4:30pm of the closing date to “Apply Here”.

Competition No.: F045-19

Deadline: July 15, 2019

We thank you for your interest and advise that only those shortlisted will be contacted. Langara is committed to enhancing our diverse workforce.

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