The Saudi Young Leaders Exchange Program (SYLEP) is multi-phased leadership experience for 36 Saudi university students (ages 20-25) and 4 U.S. university students. Phase 1 is a 3-week U.S. program. Phase 2 involves implementing learning through an innovative project they design while in the United States.
SYLEP participants will cultivate an entrepreneurial profile through development of workplace and personal effectiveness competencies, in addition to polishing the soft skills necessary for career success.
Over the course of their U.S. stay, participants will engage in stimulating trainings and experiences while interacting with Americans (volunteers, host families, and community leaders). They will gain skills in leadership, creative program design, critical thinking, and community engagement while deepening their respect and appreciation for diversity. Participants will divide into subgroups to visit different U.S. cities (Pittsburgh, PA, Blacksburg, VA and Austin, TX), where they will experience that city’s entrepreneurial environment and spend a weekend living with American host families. Upon their return home, they conduct follow-on projects in their home communities or university campuses, supported by Legacy International.
- June 28 – 3 - Staff Orientation & joint planning (in Bedford, VA and Washington, DC) (Possible, additional "remote" orientation in June.)
- July 5 – U.S. student “Cultural Ambassadors’ arrive (Washington, DC)
- July 6 – U.S. Cultural Ambassadors Orientation. Saudi students arrive (Washington, DC)
- July 7-13 - Orientation & Leadership Clinic (Washington, DC)
- July 14 - 22 - Community Immersion (Pittsburgh, PA; Blacksburg, VA; or Austin, TX)
- July 23– 27 – Innovation Summit (Washington, DC)
- July 28 - Departures & Staff Team Wrap-up
- July 31-August 4 - Documentation & wrap up (remote work, part time, as needed)
The Trainer / Trip Leader works as part of a team to facilitate a group of 36 Saudi & 4 U.S. university students ("Cultural Ambassadors") through Legacy's experiential leadership training, serving as group facilitator, trainer, mentor and process monitor throughout U.S. program. This is a full time position, including weekends and evenings, requiring staff to be in residence with participants. (Some regional travel outside the DC area required. Applicants residing outside the Washington, DC area are welcome to apply. Housing provided during program orientation and program delivery.)
- Guide Saudi participants as they develop a vision of themselves as leaders and build skills in leadership, brainstorming, decision making, creative thinking, and project planning and implementation.
- Work with U.S. Cultural Ambassadors as they develop skills as culturally-sensitive peer mentors while enhancing their own entrepreneurial profiles.
- Inspire participants to continue taking an active role in their home communities and university campuses.
- Collaborating with the Project Director to adapt and deliver curriculum on topics of leadership development, cross cultural understanding, project planning, entrepreneurship, and workplace competencies to enhance career opportunities.
- Plan / lead debriefs, learning games, "team challenges", individual and group mentoring sessions to maximize learning.
- Facilitate interaction within the Saudi group and with U.S. counterparts through formal and informal interactions, site visits, presentations and discussions.
- Escort participants during the "Community Immersion" week, monitoring and facilitating their learning process.
NOTE: Three Facilitators/Trips leaders will be hired. One of these staff will begin work in mid-May (date and work load to be determined) to support planning in the weeks leading up to the entire staff team meeting in late June.
- Previous experience as a trainer or teacher in: leadership, career readiness and entrepreneurial competencies
- Previous experience working with university students
- Proven expertise in developing lesson plans / training sessions
- Previous experience guiding young adults during travel programs or in community service volunteer / leadership programs preferred.
- Interest in history and culture of the Middle East. Preference for candidates with previous travel experience in the Middle East.
- Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, keep group on schedule, and make appropriate adjustments as needed
- Ability to lead and moderate discussions and reflective activities
- Ability to mentor others and facilitate creative, self-motivated learning
- Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university. (Equivalent post-secondary coursework, training, and experience acceptable.)
- Stamina and ability to work long, active hours
- 1st aid & CPR certified (Legacy will cover certification cost if not certified at time of hire.)
- Minimum age: 26
- U.S. Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S.
Terms: Salary negotiable; based on experience. (Typically starts at $2300 for the 4-week period). Accommodations and meals provided by Legacy International. (As this is a temporary position, no health care or leave benefits provided.)
Send cover letter & resume to Leila Baz, HR Coordinator. Please note "SYLEP" in subject line.
Email: [email protected]; Fax: 540-297-1860.
Application deadline: April 10, 2017