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DANK Haus Education Director

Job Responsibilities 

The Education Director oversees all management and operations for the DANK Haus Language Program which includes a small Weekday and Saturday Kinderschule, Adult language program and Summer camp / language classes. 

In addition, the Director will be directly responsible for:

  • Curriculum development

  • Classroom management, & evaluation skills

  • Conducting instructor observation, evaluation, and guidance

  • Evaluating curricula, teaching methods, and programs to determine their effectiveness

  • Working with a variety of delivery formats & pedagogical technologies

  • Growth of the institute as defined by enrollments, revenues, etc.

  • Recruiting and hiring instructors including contract negotiations and staff oversight

  • Managing the departmental budget

  • Participating in professional development opportunities 

  • Attending required committee meetings (monthly Education committee, monthly board of directors meeting, and extra school functions)

  • Work collaboratively with Director of Marketing and Events, Museum and Development Director and facilities staff

  • Performing other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluent German Language Skills (B2/C2 Level)

  • Minimum of three years teaching German as a Second Language 

  • Teacher Certification

  • Some administrative experience including supervisory skills in an intensive German program

  • DSD I and II Pruefer Zertifikat 

  • DCFS Knowledge / Experience

  • Superior oral and written communication skills in English and in German

  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills, initiative, and teamwork

  • Demonstrated collaborative skills

  • Motivational capabilities

  • Conflict resolution skills

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, student-oriented environment

  • Computer and technology skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook

  • Experience with online teaching platforms 

  • Ability to relate well to students & parents

  • Planning, analytical, and budgeting skills

  • Marketing skills

  • Must pass a background check

Time Commitments

This is a full-time 40hr/wk position.

*Please note: The director is expected to periodically attend language school programming outside of traditional working hours (e.g. Saturday mornings and weekday evening classes) or be on call during these events.  The director is encouraged to flex his/her hours accordingly in order to accommodate that requirement.  


This is a salary position compensated at $50,000 to $70,000 per year depending on experience. Benefits include health insurance, dental coverage, vision, life insurance and 401K retirement program enrollment

If interested in this position, please send cover letter and resume to

German American Cultural Center

4740 North Western Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60625

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center does not discriminate based on race, color, sexuality, national origin, sex, disability or age.
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