McColm & Company (McCO) supports the Area Studies Division at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State by providing essential Area Studies training to State Department and USG personnel and contractors. McCO issues this call for CVs for subject matter expert instructors to serve as Course Coordinators for the following courses.
Brazil and the Southern Cone
Central America (Area Studies in Language)
Mexico (Area Studies in Language)
Southern Cone (Area Studies in Language)
The purpose of these courses is to deliver foundational knowledge to foreign-affairs professionals to carry out their responsibilities working in or on the identified region or sub-region.
The courses are designed to provide participants with an overview and critical understanding of the contemporary landscape and long-term dynamics in the regions or sub-regions, especially those issues that most affect relations with the United States. The course involves invited subject matter experts drawn from the State Department, think-tanks, academia, international organizations, and the diplomatic community. Course segments cover U.S. relations with the sub-region, intra-regional dynamics, history and issues of historical memory, government and politics, demographic, societal and economic institutions and performance. The seminars combine short lectures, class discussions, media, and participatory activities such as debates and oral presentations in class, and is supported by readings and student research projects.
The deadline for submissions is TBD at 5pm. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted and interviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, early/immediate applications encouraged.
DUTIES & REQUIREMENTS
These courses will temporarily be delivered remotely, online, due to COVID-19 and occur throughout the year. Each course is five days in length, some consecutive and some spaced out over a series of weeks.
The Course Coordinator is expected to:
Manage, organize, and conduct the course. (Remotely until further notice, then in the classroom at the FSI campus according to evolving operating status)
Make substantive lecture presentations as part of the course in the areas of their own expertise and be prepared to substitute for any scheduled speaker or other activity in the event unforeseen circumstances prevent that speaker/activity from being presented as scheduled. Introduce guest lecturers, lead class discussion, and present study materials.
Deliver the course using a variety of dynamic facilitation and instruction techniques that will ensure effective learning in an online classroom environment, such as presentations, facilitated class discussions, group exercises, and self study and reading materials and other teaching methodologies, as appropriate. Some course activities will be in both English and Spanish.
Identify qualified guest speakers from government, academic, NGO, and other fields, as appropriate, for approval by the Chair. Manage and invite guest speakers to whom an honorarium may be paid.
Select appropriate course materials in both English and Spanish, when relevant, for student use. Ensure that course materials, including power point presentations, are well maintained with up to date information prior to each course delivery.
Meet remotely with the Area Studies Chair in advance of delivery (approximately 5-7 hours), daily during delivery, and once to undertake an after-action review of the most recent courses and discuss course planning and revisions for any future deliveries.
Ensure course delivery adheres to Area Studies instructional design and delivery pillars and is responsive to technical guidance from the Area Studies Chair and Leadership.
Ensure course materials use FSI provided templates and branding formats for a consistent classroom experience across the Division.
Coordinate with the Area Studies support staff to ensure that the online classroom has been set up and adequately programmed/resourced.
Ensure that the course evaluations are electronically distributed by the Program Assistant and that all students complete the evaluations.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
PhD preferred; Master's degree required.
Evidence of substantive expertise and recognition as an expert on one or more countries and on the region as a whole, as evidenced by a combination of published works, media appearances, past teaching or professional training experience, and/or professional experience living/working in the region.
Evidence of experience with instructional design, professional training or academic teaching and delivery of engaging training for experienced, adult learners, including demonstrated evidence of dynamic and interactive instruction approaches and capabilities. Experience designing and delivering online courses is an advantage.
Ability to work independently, under deadline pressure, with diverse teams, and effectively liaise with multiple State Department and USG personnel for course inputs.
Ability to provide print-ready course materials that are free of grammatical errors and contain consistent formatting, using FSI provided templates.
Must be available to fulfill pre-established course schedule according to FSI requirements. Presence during 100% of all class days is required.
Expert in Microsoft Office - PowerPoint, Word, Excel.
Experience or familiarity with online/remote learning platforms.
About McColm and Company
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