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AATF Seeks Applications for Executive Director

The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) is seeking a new Executive Director. This position is a full-time job. The initial appointment will begin on July 1, 2022, and continue for a term of three years to June 30, 2025 with the option of renewal.

Salary commensurate with background and experience.

Interested persons should submit the following by the deadline date:

  1. Complete curriculum vitae.
  2. Personal statement of interest in the position
  3. Five letters of recommendation

All of these documents must be received by March 15, 2022, and emailed to Eileen Walvoord at eileenwalvoord@gmail.com.

The Executive Council search committee will make a decision by April 2022, and the president will communicate the committee’s recommendation to the Executive Council for final approval in May 2022.

Overview of the Executive Director position

The Executive Director should possess or be able to acquire quickly the necessary linguistic, personal, interpersonal, managerial, and leadership qualities and skills to be an effective, persuasive, creative, and proactive presence in leading the AATF. This position requires a person who

  • understands the association, its present goals, and its vision for the future;
  • has the skills to manage a professional association of over 8,000 members;
  • can manage the association in a fiscally responsible manner;
  • can search for funding sources beyond income from annual dues;
  • can devise and implement strategies to recruit new members;
  • can support and enhance the study of French and Francophone studies at all levels of instruction;
  • can expand opportunities for members to grow professionally;
  • will be an advocate and spokesperson for the AATF to French teachers and other groups, as well as to the general public;
  • has a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our association.

Qualifications for the position of Executive Director

1.  Professional background

  • An MA or PhD in French or French/Francophone studies;
  • Knowledge of current world language pedagogy and research;
  • Active participation in the AATF and other world language associations;
  • Recognized professional status as exemplified by research, publications, consulting, workshop and conference presentations, committee leadership, advocacy work;
  • Experience teaching French at the K-12 or university level;
  • Experience serving on world language association boards at the local, state, or national level;
  • Experience organizing conferences, conventions, workshops, or student travel programs.
  1. Strong interpersonal and public communication skills
  • Native or near-native fluency in French and in English; both in speaking and in writing;
  • Public speaking skills;
  • Ability to network with other associations and agencies, including but not limited to other world language associations, lobbyists, American and Francophone government representatives, and funding agencies;
  • Ability to work cooperatively and positively with the AATF president, Executive Council members, commission chairs, editors of AATF publications, the director of the Grand Concours, and all AATF members/volunteers and staff.

3. Business skills and experience

  • Computer literacy, budgeting, accounting, and, if possible, legal knowledge and marketing skills;
  • Managerial skills for the effective operation of National Headquarters and for selection, training, evaluation, and supervision of staff;
  • Ability to work with vendors, suppliers, and other business contacts who would like to work with the AATF;
  • Ability to keep the AATF budget solvent and work with the Endowment Fund Manager to ensure the financial health of the association;
  • Ability to negotiate contracts with hotels and suppliers, as needed.

The candidate selected may continue operation of the national headquarters at its current location or can establish, with the approval of the Executive Council, the AATF Headquarters at a new location.

Questions may be addressed to Eileen Walvoord at eileenwalvoord@gmail.com.

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