2018 Leadership positions are closed!
Leaders must be passionate about education, cross-cultural exchange, and leadership development for youth and young professionals. As part of the US-Brazil Connect leadership team, they are responsible for leading or co-leading a team of 4-7 US-Brazil Connect Fellows. Each team is assigned to a different site in Brazil. As US-Brazil Connect site leaders, they are responsible for:
- Working in a “creative partnership” with the central US-Brazil Connect staff;
- Overseeing their team of US-Brazil Connect Fellows;
- Representing US-Brazil Connect to their designated Brazilian partners;
- Traveling to Brazil for 3-4 weeks in the summer;
- Connecting online and in-person with Brazilian high school students.
Leadership positions are part-time, temporary contract positions. They are organized into an orientation phase and 3 program phases:
- Orientation Phase: approximately 25 hours, including a 2-day leadership weekend workshop (February-March)
- Phase I: Approximately 10-12 hours per week (March-May); a two-day fellows’ weekend workshop
- Phase II: 3-4 weeks full-time in Brazil in Phase II (June or July)
- Phase III: Approximately 8-10 hours per week for 6 weeks in Phase III
Apart from 2 full-weekend workshops and 2-3 evening leadership meetings each month during Phase I, Phases I and III also involve primarily distance-based work via Facebook, Google Hangout, and other online applications. Successful leaders have come from a variety of professional and experiential backgrounds and many people have been capable of balancing this position with a full-time regular job.
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Strong leadership skills required, including demonstrated experience leading groups
- Highly organized with strong multi-tasking skills and attention to detail; interest in coordination, logistics and details
- Experience teaching English as a Foreign Language or English as a Second Language is required; may substitute 3+ years of teaching youth if no ESL/EFL experience; training experience preferred
- Strong interest in using own skills and experience to support the leadership and teaching skills of a team of US Fellows in their work with Brazilian students
- Desire to connect and work with young American adults and Brazilian teenagers
- Energetic team player with ability to create an inclusive environment
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
- Ability and interest in using a variety of technologies including Facebook, Google (Drive, Hangout, etc.), and Symbaloo
- Flexibility and desire to travel to Brazil (3-4 weeks during summer)
- High tolerance for ambiguity and change
- Strong intercultural communication skills
- Responsible, reliable, and dependable
- Intercultural experience and experience with international exchange programs preferred
- Ability to anticipate problems before they arise and problem-solve in a timely manner
- Ability to recognize own scope of responsibility and know when to escalate relevant issues to Program Director
- Ability to attend all US-Brazil Connect workshops and the Denver-based bimonthly meetings in person (not via distance)
- Portuguese language skills are an asset, but are not a requirement of this position
Leaders will receive a leadership payment from US-Brazil Connect. US-Brazil Connect covers the cost of the airline ticket to Brazil and a Brazilian visa. While in Brazil, all meals, lodging in a hotel, local transportation and health insurance are also covered.