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Senior Academic Advisor, Arabic

The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs and the largest school of international affairs in the United States. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world. In the January/February 2012 issue of Foreign Policy, the Elliott School of International Affairs’ undergraduate and master’s programs were ranked among the top ten international affairs programs in the United States by the Teaching, Research and International Policy (TRIP) survey.

This experienced position guides students in Arabic language acquisition through one-on-one Arabic language practicums and advising on course of study as well as co-curricular programs and opportunities. This position provides guidance to students from orientation through graduation including university policies and procedures, goal setting, academic planning, course selection and off-campus immersion/overseas study opportunities. The position will communicate with faculty leadership of GW’s Middle East Studies Program to prepare students for the Arabic proficiency exam, update plans of study for Elliott School Middle East Studies students completing their foreign language requirement, and advise on Arabic language related programming.

The Senior Academic Advisor will be responsible for scheduling and administering one-on-one Arabic tutoring sessions for GW students enrolled in the Middle East Studies BA and MA programs. They will also meet with students to develop individual plans of study to ensure students are on track to meet their degree program’s language requirement in Arabic. In addition, the advisor will meet with students to gauge their current proficiency levels in order to clear them to register for the exit exam, which is administered by GW’s Arabic department. The position will be part-time and have access to benefits. Must clock-in/clock-out and cannot exceed 20 hours/week. However, hours can be unbalanced week-to-week (5 hours one week and 35 the next).

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Arabic-language tutoring
  • Advising and creating language plans of study with students
  • Administering placement exams in advance of approving students to register for exit exam
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

The Arabic advisor must be proficient in Modern Standard Arabic, rating at the advanced high or superior level on the ACTFL scale in speaking, writing, listening, and reading.

Preferred Qualifications:

Successful applicants will have two years of experience in Arabic tutoring or group instruction, and be able to work independently. Professional training and/or graduate level coursework in Arabic language pedagogy is preferred but not required.


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