Position Description: This position is a member of CARD and is an integral part of the ACTFL team. The Workshops Coordinator uses innovative methods and approaches to offer and develop world language proficiency and performance professional learning workshops and tester/rater training. This position actively and energetically contributes to the formation of the intellectual vision and scope of ACTFL CARD’s Workshops and Rater Readiness Program.
Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:
Program Coordination: Oversees ACTFL CARD professional learning and training initiatives related to the concepts of proficiency and performance along with ACTFL assessments (e.g. OPI, ACTFL WPT, OPIc, AAPPL).
Coordinate professional learning workshops for K-16, government, and clients worldwide, along with rater readiness workshops (as needed) to maintain ACTFL tester/rater levels
Coordinate a team of consultants to staff the program’s manpower requirements
Develop, maintain, monitor and adhere to timelines and budget.
Demonstrate good judgment, professionalism, sound application of subject matter expertise
Show responsiveness in support of the ACTFL mission
Curriculum and Materials Development:
Work with CARD team to develop novel approaches to workshops based on sound pedagogy, teaching methodology, systematic data analysis and identified testing trends
Develop learning materials with attention to sound assessment, methodology, and learner engagement principles as well as by applying tested instructional design theories and practices
Facilitate development and delivery of workshops in formats including face to face, blended and/or online settings
Review, develop and maintain a library of standardized workshop materials to ensure a uniform and consistent workshop participant experience
Administration: Plans and coordinates administrative activities that lead to the productive organization of the ACTFL Workshops and Rater Readiness Program
Administer all aspects of the Workshops and Rater Readiness Program from scheduling, sourcing sites, contracting consulting services, and pre-registration to on-site logistics and post-evaluation review
Financial Management: Serve as an ethical steward of ACTFL funds. Manage budget for the Workshops and Rater Training Program, monitor expenditures monthly, quarterly and annually with adherence to the annual budget, invoice clients for services rendered, receive, verify and process consultant invoices, develop an annual budget, communicate effectively with the Finance Department
Communication & Data: Facilitate data-driven decision-making through a meticulous collection of program records, authoring of reports, and communicating about program activities, needs and requirements; Engage in proactive communication strategies with co-workers employing an understanding of how the Workshops and Rater Training Program relates to the certification and quality assurance processes.
Marketing: In collaboration with the Director, markets program events via social media and other settings; manage relevant website pages, authors announcements, press releases, etc.
Other: Participate in additional activities as needed. For example:
Participate in the annual ACTFL Convention each November
Oversee (and travel to) Winter and Summer Institutes
Actively engage in the World Language/ESOL professional community
Coordinate with ACTFL staff and consultants on various project components
BA in language, linguistics, education or related field (MA preferred) and 3-5 years of experience required
Attention to detail
Proficiency with Microsoft suite and project planning software
Excellent customer service skills
Commitment to ACTFL mission
Availability to travel up to 30% of the time, including some nights and weekends
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,500 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.
Since its founding (in 1967), ACTFL has become synonymous with innovation, quality, and reliability in meeting the changing needs of language educators and their students. From the development of Proficiency Guidelines, to its leadership role in the creation of national standards, ACTFL focuses on issues that are critical to the growth of both the profession and the individual teacher.
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