Director for SIT First Year, Panama: Climate, Environment, and Energy

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As both an accredited academic institution and an international NGO, we offer the best of theory and practice to individuals and institutions in 162 countries. We are guided by our core values of community, intercultural understanding, social inclusion and justice, and sustainability. We believe that our work, grounded in our experiential approach to learning, helps people become the best version of themselves. By offering opportunities for people to learn about and experience the world, and develop their skills, confidence, and understanding, we create leaders who effect positive change in their communities and around the world.




Panama City, Panama


USD$45,000 -$50,000

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Director for SIT First Year, Panama: Climate, Environment, and Energy
Reports to: Office of the Provost
Salary Range: $45,000 -$50,000 per annum, prorated
Anticipated Start Date: March 2024, program launch in Fall 2024
Term of Employment: full-time, initial term of 9 months, renewable
Apply by Application reviewed on a rolling basis, Priority Deadline: November 1, 2023
Base of Designation/Remote Eligible: Panama City, Panama
Conditional on: Applicant’s legal right to work and reside in Panama
To Apply: Submit your letter of interest, as well as a CV (including the contact information of three professional references) to

School for International Training (SIT) invites applications for the position of Director for SIT First Year Panama: Climate & Environment. The director has overall responsibility for managing all aspects of the living-learning experience in their assigned location for SIT First Year. In this capacity, the director hires and supervises local support staff and faculty, collaborates with local and global colleagues, liaises with central operations and support services, communicates with senior leadership in academic and student affairs, advises students, and represents the program to external stakeholders and the general public. The director is expected to teach up to 3 credits per semester. Alternate or additional teaching and programming opportunities may arise over the course of employment depending on qualifications, performance, and availability. Such opportunities may be treated as an in-load substitution of work (similar to a course release) or as an overload.
SIT strives to be respectful of, and compliant with, local labor and employment laws. When circumstance warrant, the academic director will have a local employment contract through an affiliated local entity or as determined by SIT. The position is full-time for the entire contract period.

Program Leadership & Curriculum Integration: Ensure inclusive academic excellence in the delivery of the academic program and achievement of learning outcomes. Duties include:
● Program Development & Delivery: Adhere faithfully to the program design, learning outcomes, curriculum, and pedagogy in the planning and organization of the semester program.
● Program Partnerships: Build and sustain a network of experts, organizations, and community partners to support curricular and co-curricular program components, including internships.
● Program Coherence: Organize and coordinate course calendars and overall program calendar to:
○ strengthen the linkages between various academic components
○ optimize experiential place-based learning opportunities
○ integrate co-curricular activities and wellness practices to enhance student learning
○ streamline logistics to ensure the smooth implementation of the academic program

Teaching & Learning: Ensure the quality of instruction and support for student learning through oversight of a well-qualified faculty and academic staff. Duties include:
● Faculty Onboarding and Supervision: Recruit, train, support, and evaluate faculty members involved in teaching within the learning community in collaboration with local colleagues and relevant SIT departments. Hire guest lecturers to teach on the program.
● Faculty Collaboration: Work with faculty to integrate course content, assignments, and projects that promote interdisciplinary learning and critical thinking.
● Instruction & Advising: Teach up to 3 credits with full responsibility as faculty of record.
● Academic Policies: Communicate and implement academic policies, seeking clarification from SIT central offices and/or senior leadership as necessary.
● Inclusive Learning Environment: Foster a collaborative and supportive environment among faculty, staff, students, and community partners.

Program & Operations Management: Effective and ethical management in compliance with local laws and regulations and in consultation with and support from SIT’s Office of Global Operations. Duties include:
● Staff Supervision: Recruit, mentor, supervise, and evaluate local support staff with appropriate support from Human Resources, General Counsel, and Office of the Provost & Dean of Faculty. Establish and maintain a positive, inclusive environment with clear policies and expectations.
● Budget Management: Negotiate cost-effective program services, allocate resources effectively and ethically, and submit accurate and timely expense and financial reports through official systems and standard protocols.
● Communication: Maintain open channels of communication with local and global stakeholders through meetings, email and other communication tools, and standard reporting on program information, student outcomes and achievements, medical and other incidents involving students. Understand and implement emergency communication protocols.
Student Success and Well-being
● Monitor and address any academic challenges or barriers students may encounter.
● Collaborate with Central and program staff and faculty to provide academic support and resources to students in learning communities.
● Active involvement in promoting student health, safety, and well-being.

Other duties as assigned, such as serving on periodic SIT task forces or learning communities in collaboration with other faculty

Required Experience/Education
● Terminal degree (e.g. PhD) in a field relevant to the program theme (Climate & Environment).
● University teaching experience with First Year students and familiarity with US higher education system and its students.
● Full professional working proficiency in English (ILR-4, C2) and professional working proficiency in Spanish (ILR-3, C1).
● Academic and practical knowledge of Panama.
● Experience studying or working in an intercultural/international setting.

Required Skills
● Excellent leadership, listening, communication, organization, and computer skills.
● Excellent intercultural skills to communicate effectively with students, host communities, and program partners.

Required Competencies
● Familiarity with experiential education.
● Demonstrated commitment to supporting access, diversity, equity and inclusivity in higher education.
● Ability to collaborate cross-functionally and to establish rapport with a diverse population of students, faculty, staff, colleagues, and other constituents.
● Must be able to work successfully in a remote team environment and comfortable using a variety of technologies and virtual platforms.
● Demonstrated ability to support and connect students experiencing emotional, mental, or socially challenging situations in a new environment with appropriate resources.
● Must be able to meet the physical demands of this position.

● Demonstrated leadership experience in General Education, First Year programming, Honor’s Programs, or Learning Communities
● Strong understanding of student development theory and best practices in higher education.

The nature of the Director for SIT First Year position is such that they may be called upon during irregular hours to deal with emergencies. Responding to urgent program or student needs off-hours is a regular part of the duties of an academic director. For the duration of the program the Director for SIT First Year is to remain in-country and physically at the program site or with the student group and will be reachable by mobile phone on an emergency basis.

SIT programs are situated in urban as well as remote locations where accommodations may be rudimentary, and accessibility limited. Some aspects of the program may require physical exertion such as, but not limited to, occasionally driving, walking, as well as remaining stationary for long periods. Depending on the theme of the program there may be excursions in rugged terrain which may require, but are not limited to, activities such as hiking, climbing and/or water-based sports.

SIT undergraduate and graduate programs in all disciplines utilize a decolonial approach to curriculum, decentering Western modes of knowledge production, creation, and dissemination while elevating the ideas and work of local and regional scholars, activists, NGO practitioners, artists, and community members. SIT places an equal commitment on the creation of inclusive teaching and learning environments which welcome students from all identities and neurodiverse ways of learning. SIT learning centers across the world are committed to building and implementing sustainability practices to leverage carbon footprints and contribute to the well-being of the communities where they are immersed.

The program themes vary from development and social change to arts, environmental studies, post-conflict transformation, health, and human rights. All SIT programs emphasize field study while examining critical global issues in keeping with the broader organizational missions of peace and social justice. SIT’s educational model focuses on cultural immersion as its primary heuristic component and uses theories of decolonial experiential education to inform its curricula and augment student learning.
We invite you to learn about SIT’s mission and values.

SIT brings the first semester and year of college to global destinations for a unique immersive and intercultural learning experience. Students live in university-approved residences or homestays and engage in an integrated, experiential curriculum supported by co-curricular programming. SIT First Year is designed around high-impact practices proven to support a successful college career and optimum time to graduation. With studies focused on themes central to the global moment: Identity & Human Resilience, Climate & Environment, and Global Health & Well-being, SIT First Year provides highly transferable courses and a choice of electives that allow students to shape their experiences while developing core college success skills.

In SIT’s signature approach, students learn from experts, practitioners, and other community members while gaining skills through collaboration, mentorship, and individual exploration. Through small cohorts, thoughtfully crafted field programs and a globe-spanning foundation to a liberal arts education, SIT First Year students become part of a learning community abroad, build intercultural relationships, and develop critical perspectives and analytical skills as they explore together.

For more than 90 years, World Learning Inc. is a thriving global organization made up of The Experiment in International Living, the nation’s most experienced provider of international education through exchanges for high school students; School for International Training, offering accredited undergraduate programs through SIT Study Abroad and internationally focused master’s degrees through SIT Graduate Institute; and World Learning, a global development and exchange nonprofit organization.

School for International Training (SIT) was founded in the early 1960s as a training center for the first Peace Corps volunteers. For nearly 60 years, SIT has prepared students to be effective changemakers and global citizens through experiential education focused on the world's most critical global issues. SIT Study Abroad offers accredited summer and semester undergraduate programs in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as comparative programs on multiple continents. SIT Graduate Institute offers global and hybrid certificates, master's, and doctoral degrees. SIT programs are grounded in experiential learning, cultural immersion, decolonial and inclusive approaches, and strive to develop sustainable practices across its learning centers. We believe in developing respectful partnerships with local communities and seek to make accessible to our students the richness of local expertise and knowledge systems.

World Learning |
World Learning has worked to create a more sustainable, peaceful, and just world. World Learning’s education, development, and exchange programs help people find their voices, connect with their communities, strengthen the institutions that form the backbone of a democratic society, and build relationships across cultures. With World Learning’s support, these emerging leaders tackle critical global issues like poverty, conflict, and inequality.

The Experiment in International Living |
The Experiment in International Living is the nation’s most experienced provider of international education through exchanges for high school students. For more than 90 years, The Experiment has empowered young people to step off the beaten path, experience the world as a classroom, immerse themselves fully in another culture, and build the knowledge and skills needed to confront critical global issues.

An organizational commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.

We are a globally diverse community of staff, faculty, board members, alumni, students, and participants who believe that inclusive and equitable practices are at the heart of a peaceful and just world. Each of us strives to honor diverse voices and lived experiences, examine our own biases and privileges, actively work to address inequities in our structures, and foster a community of open dialogue. We are committed to acting with accountability, transparency, reciprocity, authenticity, and empathy.
World Learning is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/veterans/ADA employer, committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

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