Ukrainian Language, Culture and Regional Studies Instructor, Mansfield Center DCLCP



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The Mansfield Center’s Defense Critical Language and Culture Program (DCLCP) is one of the top language training centers in the nation. DCLCP provides intensive language and culture training for members of the U.S. military and other government agencies through a congressionally funded grant through the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO).  The position is located at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; future other locations are possible dependent upon mission requirements or as determined by the Director of DCLCP.

The Ukrainian Language, Culture, and Regional Studies Instructor assists in the development of curriculum and instructs intensive language and culture courses delivered in person and over video-teleconferencing (VTC).  While classes are in session, the language instructor is responsible for 5-6 hours of teaching per day and 2-3 hours per day for lesson preparation, classroom management, administration, and supplementary curriculum development.  When courses are not in session, the language instructor develops course materials for publishing and for in-class use.  The language instructor is also responsible for providing assistance to the Lead Instructor in the design of course curriculum and syllabus.

The instructor must be fluent in Ukrainian language and demonstrate a high level of proficiency in English.  The instructor may be required to take an Oral Proficiency Interview and score superior in Ukrainian and advanced in English prior to selection.

The instructor must have a high level of knowledge in current teaching methodologies and be comfortable with teaching through technology using Video-Teleconferencing (VTCs), Smartboards, and iPads.  Instructors must be able to work productively in a group (team teaching, active coordination, extensive collaboration) and in an independent mode.  The instructor must be able to create and follow syllabi without oversight.

The Ukrainian Instructor of Language, Culture and Regional Studies will teach not only the language, but also teach cultural and regional studies courses in the target language or in English. Topics may include but are not limited to the geography, history, literature, natural resources, economy, government, ethnicities, etc. of Ukrainian-speaking areas.

The position is located at Ft. Bragg, NC for in-person teaching; future other locations are possible dependent upon mission requirements or as determined by the Director of DCLCP. Due to instruction conducted at multiple training sites, some travel may be required.

Position Details

  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment, and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Located at Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree, preferably in Ukrainian (language and/or literature) or linguistics (applied linguistics is preferred).
  • Experience in instructing Ukrainian language and culture.
  • Experience in curriculum development for Ukrainian language materials.
  • Ability to create and follow syllabi without oversight.
  • Knowledge of current teaching methodologies and practices in the classroom and experience utilizing advanced classroom technologies.
  • Ability to work productively within a team and independently.
  • Applicant may be required to take the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) before final selection; must score superior in Ukrainian and advanced in English.
  • Possess valid work authorization for the U.S.
  • Ability to pass a Criminal Background Investigation.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience in intensive language instruction, particularly in a military or government setting.
  • Ph.D. in a related field.

About the Defense Critical Language/Culture Program (DCLCP) at the Mansfield Center and UM

The Defense Critical Language and Culture Program (DCLCP), Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana, is dedicated to providing superlative language and cultural training for Department of Defense customers. Our instructors and staff develop and present comprehensive language and regional studies/cultural awareness courses, courseware, and supporting materials designed to support national security mission needs.

The University of Montana is flagship, research institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.  The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always”; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment.
In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran’s Preference.
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.
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How to apply

Priority Application Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023 by 11:59 pm (MST)

Complete applications received by this date will be considered for this position. To receive full consideration, candidates are required to submit all of the following materials.

Please submit the following application materials** via the UM Jobs portal and by clicking “New Resume/CV” button.  Please do not apply through*.

Screening begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Complete applications must include:

  • A letter of interest addressing the required experience and qualifications for position.
  • A current resume/CV listing education and describing work experience.
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

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The University of Montana is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified minorities, Vietnam era veterans, and women. This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ preference in accordance with state law

Nestled in the heart of western Montana’s stunning natural landscape, the University of Montana is a place where top-tier students, educators and researchers from across the country and around the globe come and thrive. UM is located in Missoula, Montana’s second-largest city with a population of 80,000 residents. The University draws a diverse population to Missoula and helps cultivate an educated, engaged and vibrant community.