International Debate Education Association (IDEA) (www.idebate.org) TWO POSITIONS AVAILABLE Application Deadline: Monday, 21 March 2005 IDEA is an independent membership association of organizations and individuals that support debate (a formal contest of argumentation between two teams in which one team supports, while the other team opposes, a given proposition), human rights and civic education worldwide. IDEA is registered in the Netherlands as a not-for profit membership organization. IDEA provides assistance to debate and educational institutions worldwide. 1. DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR Job Title: Development Director Reports To: Executive Director of IDEA SUMMARY: IDEA is seeking a full-time Development Director who will build policy and financial support for projects operated by IDEA and/or its members, from European sources, including the European Union, Dutch government, other national governments, and private foundations in Europe. The Development Director would work in the Netherlands and be willing and able to work with IDEA’s Director of Training and Curriculum and Dutch-based staff. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES * Work cooperatively with IDEA’s staff and its members to develop and implement a plan for encouraging government and other financial support for their projects. * Develop contacts and relationships within European governments and institutions, non-governmental organizations, and international institutions, as well as foundations and private funders that further the objectives of the office. * Represent the projects and programs of IDEA to potential funders and supporters in Europe. * Research European foundations and government programs that might fund or support IDEA’s international programs. * Manage correspondence that effectively describes the ideas and work of IDEA. * Prepare and submit reports to donors on grants and donations received. * Understand IDEA project budgets and finances in order to explain and interpret them to potential supporters and funders. QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, the Development Director must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the experience required: * A university degree in a relevant area; * Experience with EU and European Commission fundraising; * Experience in preparing proposals for various European Union funding organizations; * Experience in managing grants, including reporting; * Experience with corporate fundraising; * Experience in representing an NGO to government and business leaders; * Experience in corresponding via letters; memorandums and reports with senior- level government and business officials. LANGUAGE ABILITY The Development Director must be able to read, write, and speak English and Dutch proficiently. Another major European language is desirable. 2. PROJECT COORDINATOR Job Title: Project Coordinator of the International Debate Education Association (IDEA) Reports To: Executive Director of IDEA SUMMARY: IDEA is seeking a full or part-time coordinator for a three-year curriculum development and teacher training project funded primarily by the European Commission’s Comenius Program. The Project’s goal is to train teachers in what IDEA calls “deliberative education”, a student-centered method of teaching that employs active teaching methods, like debate, in the classroom. Based in the Netherlands, IDEA will be working with partners in Estonia, Lithuania, and Slovenia. The Project Coordinator will be the primary contact person with the European Commission and will coordinate the development of the publications and training materials for the Project. A candidate seeking full-time employment would work in the Netherlands and be willing and able to work with IDEA’s Director of Training and Curriculum and Dutch- based staff on ongoing or new projects. A candidate seeking part-time employment would work preferably in the Netherlands, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovenia or Belgium. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES * Coordinate the preparation of teacher’s manual on implementing “deliberative education” (i.e. active learning, student participation, critical thinking) in the classroom; * Coordinate the preparation of 6 subject guides relating to the teachers’ manual (English as a foreign language, financial literacy, geography, history, philosophy, social studies/civic education); * Prepare training program for teachers’ manual and subject guides; * Coordinate with IDEA and its partner organizations re: progress, finances, and reports; * Design and oversee external project evaluation. QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, the Project Coordinator must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required: * Experience in education and curriculum development; * Experience in working in a multi-cultural environment; * A graduate level degree; * Familiarity with interactive teaching methods; * Excellent communication skills; * Ability to work independently; * Willingness to travel. LANGUAGE ABILITY The Project Coordinator must be able to read, write, and speak English proficiently. Dutch or another major European language, preferably German or French, would be an asset. INTERNATIONAL DEBATE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (IDEA) Since 1994 IDEA has introduced debate to secondary schools and universities throughout Central and Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union, Central Asia and Haiti and continues to grow throughout the world. IDEA currently has members in 40 countries. IDEA develops civic education and human rights curricula and works closely with educational institutions (ministries of education, teacher training institutes, and educational colleges). IDEA organizes trainings for teachers and educators in debate education and interactive methods of working with young people. IDEA also runs educational events for secondary school students: workshops, competitions and forums. IDEA also offers trainings in communication and advocacy for other profession groups (NGO personnel, human rights advocates) and community leaders. To find out more about IDEA’s activities, please visit www.idebate.org APPLICATION PROCEDURE All interested candidates must send applications by e-mail to Marcin Zaleski at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Applications should include: * A curriculum vitae, * A letter of intent, * Contact information for a minimum of 2 references, and * Salary requirements. 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