Assistant Director for Innovative English for Transformative Learning Program Near Bangkok

Job Type

Full Time
Contract

Published

08/12/2018

Start Date

11/01/2018

Application Deadline

10/15/2018

Address

Near Bangkok
Nakhon Nayok
Thailand

Description

Position Available as Assistant Director for a Transformative Learning English Language Program


Introduction


The Institute for Transformative Learning of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB Institute) is seeking a person who can teach English, mentor students, and provide strong support to the director of an innovative English for transformative learning program. Please see a description of the program, entitled School of English for Engaged Social Service (SENS), below and at www.inebinstitute.org.


We Are Looking for Candidates Who Have the Following Qualities, Interests, and Skills:


  • Excellent English language skills, either native or near-native.
  • Ability to express kindness and tolerance in relationships with others, and who consider these to be core ethical values.
  • Ability to think about the overall growth and development of the students and the work team, and capable of providing thoughtful (but not necessarily professionally trained) attention to not only academic but also emotional, relationship, and broader life issues.
  • Ability to engage in honest self-inquiry as well as to genuinely offer and receive support within the context of a community of learners. A strong candidate would have an interest in and openness to learning and engaging in peer listening/peer counseling practices, which will be introduced in the course.
  • Teaching experience, and especially language teaching experience. Such experience is highly desirable, though in some cases a candidate’s very strong qualities as a compassionate leader and mentor might make up for the lack of such experience.
  • Ability to create and implement lesson plans that engage students deeply in the learning process, and that empower the students to become self-directed learners. (We have three years of lesson plans to work from.)
  • An interest in combining the teaching of English language skills with a variety of other life and intellectual skills, such as critical thinking, social analysis, understanding identities and oppression, responding to climate change, and others.
  • Energetic and in good health, prepared for the demands of a rather intensive course.
  • An interest in Buddhism and other religious traditions and experience with meditation is desirable, but not essential.
  • Experience and understanding of contemporary NGO and activist worlds would be beneficial but not essential.


Periods of Work Expected


  • The period of full-time work extends from November 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019 (six months), and may be renewable.
  • Must be available to start no later than: November 1 - 15 of 2018.
  • The School of English for Engaged Social Service course itself runs from January 6 – April 3, 2019.
  • The course is a residential course, which means that the Assistant Director must be able to live on site (one and a half hours from Bangkok) and travel on field trips with the group. Most but not all weekends are free; at the same time, the ability to be available for occasional mentoring and assistance on some weekends is desirable. While we prefer that you stay on site for some weekends, level of interaction with students on weekends would be up to you.
  • It is possible (and desirable) that the Assistant Director for this course would be able to continue on a part-time and/or full-time basis as a contributor to other INEB Institute programs.


Submission of Applications


  • Please send a statement of interest and CV to director@inebinstitute.org, along with three references.
  • Deadline: October 15, 2018 or until the position is filled. Preference will be given to early applicants.


Key Features of the Program


The INEB Institute’s three-month SENS course aims to develop the qualities necessary for compassionate leadership at a time of growing crisis and uncertainty. For leadership to be compassionate and clear-minded, we believe it must be grounded in a strong sense of connection with oneself, with the earth, with immediate others, and with local, regional, and international communities. The ability to think freely and develop confidence in one’s views and capacities are also essential. These qualities can be developed through training and the adoption of carefully selected personal disciplines and practices. The kind of student we ideally seek to reach is a young adult from Asia who has already shown some commitment to work for the common good through practices of personal and social transformation. Such commitments and practices have been at the core of INEB’s identity as an international network since its inception.


Working with a small group, we aim for depth of learning and experience in a number of areas. The most significant of these are:


  • Self-awareness, self-confidence, and full access to one’s own learning potential.
  • Awareness and sensitivity to others, and the skills and motivations needed for mutual support and cooperation.
  • Skills of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing English.
  • Self-directed, freely chosen, and mindful leadership.
  • Interpretive, critical thinking, and social analytical skills.
  • Awareness of global crises—climate change, social inequality, violence, and lack of voice—and their local manifestations, as well as the many signs of hope that are now emerging around the world.
  • Awareness of the personal dimensions of efforts towards social change.


These areas are overlapping, and each has a subset of further skills or capacities that enable them. For example, the skills of awareness and sensitivity to others, mutual support, and cooperation, require a subset of skills that includes the ability to verbally appreciate others, the ability to listen with attention and respect as well as to keep confidentiality, the willingness to inquire into and accept cultural, ideological, and personal differences in an atmosphere of respect, and the willingness to trust and to share one’s personal thoughts and feelings in appropriate settings.


To accomplish these goals, the program uses a complex orchestration of:


  • Regular and sequentially organized classroom work in English and other areas.
  • Workshops by national and international level trainers in a number of areas (e.g. Power Analysis, Non-Violent Communication, Peer Counseling, and so on).
  • Field trips to observe and interact with intellectuals and community leaders in Thailand as examples of leadership, creativity, and social service.
  • Personal and small group tutoring.
  • Time for reading, writing, and communal watching of films.
  • Collective work to maintain the classroom and other areas.
  • Sufficient rest.


The SENS 2019 program will take up the theme of: Interfaith Understanding towards Peace and Sustainability. To engage this theme fully, we will seek to build a very diverse cohort of students from around Asia and beyond.

Benefits

Compensation for the position of Assistant Director for the School of English for Engaged Social Service 2018 is negotiable and will depend on qualifications, perceived likelihood of making a significant contribution, experience, and degree. It is very likely that compensation will be far lower than would be expected for an academic position in North America, Europe, or Japan. However, while the course is in session, the Assistant Director will receive free room and board, and free work-related travel. In addition, it is expected that the experience will be profoundly gratifying in ways that a normal academic position might not be.

One Assistant Director highlighted these benefits:

  • Workshops and training related to peer counseling
  • Increased knowledge related to socially engaged Buddhism and social issues in Southeast Asia through the course, workshops, field trips, and sometimes through meetings and conferences.
  • Participating in workshops on power analysis, four noble truths etc.
  • Support and training in different teaching methods and feedback styles

Level of Language Proficiency

The only language required is English. Level of mastery of English must be excellent in all skill levels. Must be capable of providing critiques and suggestions on students' English writing. A master's degree level of use of English in interpreting texts, understanding the language of social science and pedagogy, articulation in speech and writing, and in critiquing writing is required, but we recognize that some individuals without an MA may have an equivalent level of skills.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply

director@inebinstitute.org
http://www.inebinstitute.org

  • Please send a statement of interest and CV to director@inebinstitute.org, along with three unrelated references.
  • We will contact candidates we view as potentially having a good fit with this program for an interview online.
  • Applications will be accepted until October 15, 2018, or until all positions are filled.

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