International Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality

Homestay Coordinator

The homestay coordinator will work closely with program staff, and under the direction of the academic director (AD), to organize and administer the homestay component of the Program.  The responsibilities of the homestay coordinator will be to recruit, screen, and prepare families to be homestays for our students, and to solve problems which arise during the homestay, in consultation with the AD and program staff.

Location/Program: Amsterdam Centrum, The Netherlands

Required Education and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent;
  • Experience working with college-aged students from the United States;
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working in an educational or non-profit setting, preferably in a position of responsibility for students’ well-being and safety;
  • Fluency in Dutch and English.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with cross-cultural issues and cultural adaptation;
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity;
  • Excellent communication and social skills;
  • Ability to match students with the appropriate homestay families;
  • Good organizational skills – must be able to manage multiple assignments simultaneously;
  • Be flexible and demonstrate sound work ethics;
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team;
  • Demonstrates the capacity to manage changing priorities and ambiguity while remaining calm and controlled;
  • Communicates a “can do” attitude and positive outlook, minimizing negative behaviors;

Specific Responsibilities

  • Identify and screen homestay families according to program/SIT policies and regulations;
  • Ensure that Homestay Family Information sheet is always up to date and that updates are provided to AD;
  • Match students and families in collaboration with AD;
  • Maintain confidentiality and sound judgement in managing student and homestay family issues;
  • Conduct homestay orientation and training of homestay families once a semester;
  • Conduct homestay briefing and orientation with students;
  • Visit all homestays before each term and at least twice while students are in the home;
  • Be available to students and families as point person for any homestay problems;
  • Deal with emergencies in homestays as they arise in collaboration with the AD;
  • Promptly communicate any homestay changes or concerns to the AD;
  • Create pre- and post-program action plan for homestay portion of the program including homestay evaluations and feedback to families at end of semester;
  • Create database of backup families available and work with the AD to develop a strategy for rotation of families;
  • Organize events relevant to the homestay including, preliminary meeting, student transfers to homestays, and farewell dinner.

Contract and salary:

Competitive salary, 20-24 hours per week. Preferred start date of 1 or 15 September.

To apply, send cover letter and CV to jana.byars@sit.edu with the subject line, “Homestay Coordinator”

We especially welcome applications from those targeted by religious prejudice, racism, homo-, bi- and transphobia, and ableism.

 

 

 

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