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[CAT] Estem buscant una persona per incorporar-se a l’Institut de Recerca Urbana de Barcelona (IDRA) per fer tasques de homestay coordinator i program runner role com a part de l’equip formatiu de la nostra línia de Global Education i aprenentatge situat. I per fer tasques de coordinació logística de l’Escola de l’IDRA, l’espai de formació i activitats públiques de l’Institut. La nova incorporació combinarà les dues activitats per tal de poder garantir una jornada completa.
A continuació es descriu el perfil professional, en Anglès, i les condicions laborals que s’ofereixen. Si voleu optar a la plaça, heu d’enviar el currículum i una carta de motivació a firstname.lastname@example.org. La Data límit és el 18 de gener.
[ENG] We are looking for a person to join the Institute for Urban Research of Barcelona (IDRA) to perform the tasks of homestay coordinator and program runner role as part of the training team of our Global Education and situated knowledge line. And to do logistical coordination tasks of the Escola de l’IDRA, the training space and public activities of the Institute. The idea is for the person to combine the two activities in order to be able to guarantee a full working day.
Below is a description of the professional profile, in English, and the working conditions offered. If you would like to apply, please send your CV and a letter of motivation to email@example.com. Deadline is 18 January.
The Barcelona Institute for Urban Research (IDRA) has a vacancy in its Global Education and international programmes department. We are seeking someone to join our team in the role of Homestay Coordinator and Program Runner Role. The person will form part of a tight-knit local team providing an excellent Study Abroad experience for students on undergraduate academic programs in Barcelona.
IDRA partners with The School for International Training (SIT) to provide a training programme defined by the principles of experiential learning, radical pedagogy, mutual exchange, critical thinking and a commitment to a more egalitarian world. More about SIT here.
SIT is an educational organisation founded in 1932 with the goal of promoting global justice, experiential learning, and improving understanding across cultures and nations by sending US-based students abroad to live with local families and expand their worldviews. More about SIT here.
A new group of undergraduate students will be returning to Barcelona for the 8th edition of the IHP Cities in the XXI Century: people, planning and politics and the 5th edition of the IHP Food Systems Agriculture, Sustainability & Justice that aims to explore social justice in urban environments.
Through experiential learning, critical urban theory, and comparative analysis students learn to interrogate the technical rationalities of formal planning processes, and debate the appropriate roles of government, business, social movements, and individuals in addressing critical urban issues. In addition to learning from and with the visiting faculty member, students learn from local faculty and staff in each city, and engage with in-country scholars and professionals; public servants and policy makers; civil society actors such as NGO managers and social movements leaders; and homestay families. A significant component of the learning experience entails excursions to sites of interest in the study of contemporary urbanisation dynamics in each city.
We are looking to fill the positions as Homestay Coordinator and Program runner role for both programs, from February 1th to May 31th and from October 1th to December 31th. We are looking for candidates who can overlap both positions at an average of 37,5 hours per week in a flexible schedule to be defined collaboratively based on the program schedule and an “on-call” system to cover possible student emergencies or medical needs.
One of the ways IHP students experience the context of their host country is through homestays. These provide added perspectives on issues being studied in the program, as well as opportunities to improve language skills and deepen their cultural understanding. During the homestay, students become a member of a local family and share in its daily life. This opportunity facilitates immersion, providing an essential context for academic learning and is thus fundamental to IHPs experiential learning approach.
IHP designs its homestays to reflect the full diversity of the community, partnering with families who represent a variety of occupational, economic, and educational levels. Homestay placements are arranged by a local coordinator who screens and approves each family for suitability. We base our program in the Sants neighbourhood, so an ideal Homestay Coordinator is familiar with the area as we hope to have students stay with families as close as possible to our desired classroom space–Lleialtat Santsenca.
The Homestay Coordinator is the liaison between the host families and the IHP program representative – Country Coordinator. They are expected to deal with any queries / concerns / logistics as well as payment to the homestay families while the students are in country, as well as set the ground for a smooth transition of students into host families when they arrive in country.
Hosts need to be contacted well before students arrive to check if there are any concerns or issues that may need to be addressed (for example: a host family not being able to host for unexpected reasons). The Homestay Coordinator would also meet with all hosts together weeks before students arrive in country to talk over the program, what is expected of them and practical logistics such as when and where they will fetch their students once the students are in country.
Choosing which students stay in which homestays is done in collaboration with the Country Coordinator and travelling faculty who have experience with the particular group of students and their inter-student dynamics. Hosts will be informed by the homestay coordinator of their students before the students arrive as well as any special requirements (such as food allergies) that their students may have.
The Homestay Coordinator is expected to not only manage any coordination with the host families while the students are there, but this person would also be expected to locate suitable, reliable families (as above) and together with the Country Coordinator select a pool of families suited for the program. We have already a list of homestays that have participated in prior programs. The Homestay Coordinator will also liaise with the hosts regarding any events or farewell dinners involving the hosts and students.
In short, the Homestay Coordinator role should not require daily managing of host families either before, during, or after the students are in the country. It requires someone who has a network, is proactive, responsible, available and cognizant of the needs and values of both IHP and host families. It requires someone who can create, develop, manage and sustain relationships with host families in the understanding of the essential role homestay families play in IHP programs, as well as our goal of creating meaningful, positive connections and contributions between IHP and the communities in which we operate
- February: review all materials for the Homestay Coordinator position and contact the list of homestay families that are part of our existing network. Draft a plan together with Country Coordinator (CC) for increasing our homestay family network and begin advertising/recruiting/circulating digital applications (application deadline February 15); review applications received to see if recruitment plan needs adjusting
- February-March: conclude interviews with all host family candidates (goal is securing at least 18-20 qualified host families… although we will ultimately sign contracts with 9-10 of them); have all host family information organised in a spreadsheet; review host family candidates with CC and make determination about which ones we will use this semester and then notify families.
- February: Develop a spreadsheet with final host families (including full contact info) and a map of where they are all located
- Early March: host a meeting with the CC in Barcelona for all participating host families to review expectations/answer questions; send final check-in emails/calls to all participating host families; work with Student Support and CC to pair students with host families
- March. 10th-April. 12th: Meet students during welcoming days and check in with host families and students after they’ve been placed together;
- March. 12th-April 20th: Review feedback from student evaluations about their homestay pairings; conduct check-ins with homestay families to get their feedback/suggestions and determine which families are a good match for future semesters
- April-midd May: meet students during welcoming days and check in with host families and students after they’ve been placed together;
- 12th May: Review feedback from student evaluations about their homestay pairings; conduct check-ins with homestay families to get their feedback/suggestions and determine which families are a good match for future semesters.
The IHP Program runner role forms part of a tight-knit local team providing an excellent Study Abroad experience for students on undergraduate academic programs in BCN. IHP students are not homogenous – they come from different US-based universities, have different academic backgrounds and are often in different stages of their undergraduate careers. Some may come onto programs with prior knowledge, training or experience of the program theme, while for others IHP programs are the first time they engage with the subject matter. Much work is done during the program to build all students’ knowledge and experience within the relevant field of study, as well as to make the programs function effectively and efficiently. The Program Runner supports this process.
Program runner role join our students on site visits across Barcelona, especially when we split our students into smaller groups to visit multiple locations in one day. Program runner role support basic logistics and travel needs in addition to providing paraphrasing language interpretation into English. Program runner role are typically closer in age to our students and can also notify them about social or activist opportunities outside of the classroom setting.
Program runner role will be called on to support language interpretation between our students and both Spanish and Catalan speakers who may be presenting a lecture or leading a site visit. Program runner role should have substantial fluency with English and be able to effectively communicate between all parties using the consecutive (and not simultaneous) interpretation method.
To sum up, the role involves various responsibilities. Firstly, Program Runner is central to both the operations and student-facing work of the local program. Operationally, they support the implementation of the program logistics, including but not limited to, setting up or preparing classrooms, site visits, and other activities. They participate in planning sessions with the rest of the team, and generally support the Country Coordinator in the academic delivery of the program. Where required they may sometimes also be required to disburse stipends where necessary as well as follow up with service providers – such as transport and accommodation – to ensure timeous and quality services. In terms of their student facing role, the Program Runner help to manage the students’ daily activities through taking part in orientations, debriefs, classes, site visits, community building sessions, rural stays and other activities. In brief, the Program Runner brings their deep knowledge and experience of the location and program theme, becoming an important point of reference or reflection for the student group and learning community.
- Partake in classroom activities, lectures and site visits
- Assist one “Case Study” research group of 6-8 students to help arrange meetings with local organizations and leaders working on city planning, transit and climate-change related policies and support language interpretation needs. Attend students Case Study presentations.
- Provide practical assistance and language support to individual students during a once-a week “autonomous research” block of time
- Help students in need of medical attention as needed, including taking students to clinics/hospitals and arranging services (may overlap with afternoon work hours and in emergency case during evenings).
- Set up and prepare classroom spaces
- Support students to be orientated and safe in the program locations
- Assist in problem solving logistical challenges when they arise
- Manage any classroom / location refreshments, snacks or food
- Support the Country Coordinator and Program Assistant in their tasks
- To run errands including but not limited to taking students to doctor, buying equipment, printing, lifting staff or students where necessary.
- Attend the opening dinner / orientation and closing appreciation dinner
- Other duties as assigned
The person will also join the Escola de l’IDRA team and will give support coordinating the logistics of the Institute’s training and public activities area.
Also, the employed person will be in charge of managing the office space (purchasing and supplying office supplies, taking care of repairs and maintenance, etc.)
What is offered:
- Working day of 37.5 hours per week (mostly face-to-face).
- Gross annual salary of € 25.133,39€
- Duration: indefinite Contract
- A work and service contract as a full time worker
- Date of incorporation: Immediate
- General conditions are subject to negotiation.
- High command of the English language, written and oral (accredited in some way).
- A relevant level of study or deep experience in the field of study (urban studies, food systems)
- Experience working with undergraduate students. Experience with US-based students is preferable and also experience in the Global Education sector.
- Available during the times outlined.
- Respectful, responsible, and reliable.
- Engaging and excellent communicator
- Strong organisational and admin skills.
- Must be able to meet the physical, emotional maturity, mental health, demands and possess the personal qualities (patience, adaptability, collegiality, cross-cultural competence, and organisation) needed to be part of an intensive, team-oriented study abroad program that covers four countries in one semester.
- The ability and desire to support and communicate with students throughout the study abroad experience both in and outside of the classroom.