Course Director, International Development

Verto Education
  • Location
    Portland, Oregon
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 04

Position description


Verto Education is on a mission to support students to connect to the world, sharpen their minds, and discover themselves by making education abroad a foundational and accessible part of a four-year college education. Verto Education creates unique and affordable international education programs that foster personal growth, academic excellence, and cross-cultural learning. Through Verto, students can study abroad for the first semester or year of their undergraduate career, while still earning college credits to keep them on track to graduate in four years. 

Verto offers serious academics, delivered experientially. Courses include hands-on projects, field trips, and community-based learning. We prioritize small classes, individual attention, and strong relationships between faculty and students. Verto courses and credits are endorsed by 46 partner universities, including top 50 academic institutions like Case Western Reserve and William & Mary.

Course Director, International Development

The Position

This position combines the roles of Course Director and Field Instructor as this person will both design and deliver the International Development Course for Verto students on our Latin America semester.

Before the semester begins, you will be responsible for the design of the course syllabus, creating course objectives and learning outcomes that align with Verto’s mission and are consistent with the expectations of our school of record, Richard Bland College. You’ll build out high-level lesson plans, assignments, and assessment rubrics in addition to helping with course set-up in Canvas. You’ll work with Verto’s in-country teams to ensure the course content comes alive in the location(s) where the course is offered. You may help to hire an additional field instructor(s) for this course. 

In early February, you will help train and prepare the other field instructor(s) for your course. During the semester, which begins February 22, 2021, you will teach the course to two cohorts of students for 4-weeks at a time. Each cohort meets 10 hours a week, which includes in-class instruction and experiential learning outside of the classroom. Working with our in-country partners, you’ll help bring the course content to life for students through hands-on projects, meetings with expert guest speakers, and community-based initiatives. 

You’ll also meet remotely with the other instructor who will also be in the field with students, ensuring they have what they need to be successful. You’ll provide instructor feedback and coaching. It is your responsibility to ensure the course is delivered consistently across instructors.

International Development

International development as a sector claims it is creating a better world. In this course, students examine a wide range of development theorists from around the world. By interrogating each author’s assumptions, the class aims to understand the underlying values of various approaches to development. Throughout, the class will reflect on how each author defines and pursues justice, equity, and sustainability in their theory and work. We’ll pay particular attention to how culture and positionality influences perspective and values.

This course takes place in a 4- week intensive block while students are in Costa Rica on the Costa Rica & Domincan Republic Semester. There is an existing syllabus for this course that would benefit from some revisions and deeper contextualization to the program experience.

Job Qualifications

  • Education:
    • PhD in International Development or International Relations*

*This is a requirement of our school of record and there will be no exceptions. 

  • Experience:
    • Minimum of four years of experience in college-level curriculum design and teaching. 
    • Experience overseeing teacher professional development and coaching.
    • Experience creating course materials using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.
    • Experience creating experiential curricula and facilitating experiential education with proven success.
    • Experience living or working in the countries on the itinerary is preferred.
  • Requirements:
    • Professional working proficiency in English.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Able to be flexible and adapt to challenges as they arise.
    • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Knowledge of the subject in the local and regional context of the program locations.
    • Ability to receive and apply feedback.
    • Patient, enthusiastic, analytical, and solutions-oriented.
    • Appreciation for and proven record of successfully working with students of diverse economic, racial, cultural, and educational backgrounds.
    • Passion for discussion-based learning and helping students make meaning of their experiences.
    • Understands the value of experiential education and travel for young people.
    • Eager to learn from colleagues and enjoys open collaboration and teamwork.

Location/ Working Conditions

  • This position is based in a remote setting. Instructors may be required to live in close quarters with other instructors such as in a shared apartment. 
  • You’ll be expected to attend occasional overnight trips with students where your living accommodations and schedule may differ from typical conditions. 
  • The work pace is continually fast-paced and work is required for more than 4 hours at time.
  • Due to the nature of this position, there is low in-person supervision from managers. 
  • Travel is required up to 100% of the time in-country. 
  • The environment in which the job is performed outside may include exposure to extreme temperature, noise, heights, or other hazards. 


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