Concordia Language Villages

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WORK

AT THE

VILLAGES

Share your passion for language and culture with the next generation and beyond by working with us! Concordia Language Villages hires both year-round and seasonal staff. Year-round roles include administration, culinary arts, maintenance and more. Seasonal roles work directly with our villagers throughout the year, in both virtual and overnight programs in northern Minnesota. Summer staff applications open in December. Download our employment opportunities flyer to learn more about Village employment.

SUMMER

positions

AT THE VILLAGES

Teachers and Counselors

Practice and expand your skills in one or more of our Village languages. Credential teachers can earn clock hours and documentation or professional development.

Health and Wellness

Keep our villagers and staff safe and healthy. Learn cross-cultural competency by living and working in a cultural and language immersion environment. No language experience required.

Culinary Arts

Produce culturally accurate food for thousands of villagers and staff. Develop and expand your culinary skills in sauce making, baking, sautéing and dish washing in a commercial kitchen. All skill levels welcome and no language experience required. Click here to learn more!

Support Staff

Become a lifeguard, business manager, transportation assistant or more. Demonstrate confidence, problem solving, creativity and flexibility! No language experience required for most positions.

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Danish Language Village
Education Through Demonstration
French Language Village
Small Group Instruction
Chinese Language Village
Outdoor Learning
Italian Language Village
Cultural Culinary Arts
Italian Language Village
Focused Language Instruction
Spanish Language Village
Collaborative Cultural Activities
French Language Villages
Creating Lasting Memories
French Language Village
Teaching Through Music
Swedish Language Village
Learning Language Through Song
Spanish Language Village
Practicing Language Through Performance
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Dietrich Fellowship

Named for David Dietrich Oprava, a three-time credit villager and eight-year staff member at Waldsee, the German Language Village, the Deitrich Fellowship is an annual merit-based $25,000 award given to a current staff member of Concordia Language Villages who has shown exceptional dedication to global citizenry and language education and is a passionate, compassionate leader of others. Inspired by the experiences of Dietrich and his dedication to travel and service, this Fellowship hopes to inspire staff members by giving them the opportunity to explore the world and gain valuable experiences, insights and skills that will learn will benefit not only the Villages, but ideally the whole world.

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J-1 Visas

We welcome staff from all over the world. If you are outside of the United States and wish to work with us, you must be at least 18 years old and obtain a J-1 Visa. As a government approved institution, we will send you the forms necessary to receive eligibility for J-1 Exchange Visitor status specifically for working at Concordia Language Villages. J-1 Visas apply only to those working as language instructors and counselors—our Exchange Visitor Program does not authorize us to hire culinary staff, healthcare staff or support staff from outside the United States. For additional questions about international employment, download our International Staff FAQ.

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OUR STAFF

LOVE

CAMP

We asked recent staff members, “What do you love about working at Concordia Language Villages?” Here’s what they had to say.

"CLV, especially Skogfjorden, is home"

The Language Villages, especially Skogfjorden, is home. It’s a place where people from many countries, cultures and backgrounds come together with a common goal. We embrace and celebrate our differences of language and background.

Kirsten (Eli) | Norwegian Language Village

"It’s a privilege to work and learn with them"

The people at Concordia Language Villages are great. The staff and students are an interesting mix of native French speakers, professional teachers, students, world travelers and medical providers. It’s a privilege to work and learn with them.

Catherine (Cati) | French Language Villlage

"I love working here because it’s...unlike anything else"

I love working here because it’s...unlike anything else. If you go to a country, it's not locals' job to help teach you the language. But with our immersion environment, it *is* every staff member’s job. I fell in love with our immersion model as a camper and…I get to give the next generation of language learners that experience, too.

Paul (Adrián) | Spanish Language Village

"I loved being surrounded by people who were interested in my language and culture"

I loved being surrounded by people who were interested in my language and culture. I grew as an educator to various age groups and neurotypes. I learned how to tailor lessons to various circumstances. My team was incredible and so were the campers.

Seth (Emil) | German Language Village

"Working here is a differentiator in my life!"

Working here is a differentiator in my life! Diversity and respect get along very well! The Villages are a melting pot of different nationalities, which helped me understand my own culture even better. I am quite proud of having Concordia Language Villages on my background!

Jacaria (Jaci) | Portuguese Language Village
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Featured Jobs

Assistant Cook
Location:
Bemidji
Status:
Full-time
|
January-December
Language:
Any
Department:
Culinary Arts
We’re looking for reliable and upbeat applicants to join us at Concordia Language Villages to work full-time. As an assistant cook, you will follow culturally authentic recipes, adjust based on special requests and work with a diverse group of staff under the direction of the Kitchen Coordinator. You will present food that is not only delicious and cooked to the specifications for the meal but that is safe and fresh as well. Willing to Train
Director of Operations & Administrative Services
Location:
Bemidji
Status:
Full-time
|
January-December
Language:
Any
Department:
Operations
The Director of Operations and Administrative Services at Concordia Language Villages provides leadership to a comprehensive site and services plan for our primary site in Bemidji, Minn. This role is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of our 850-acre residential campus, as well as approximately 25 full-time staff, summer seasonal staff and over 175 buildings. This position manages multiple departments, including facilities management, facilities maintenance (preventive and deferred), renovation and restoration, custodial services, food services, events and health & safety. The Director of Operations and Administrative Services plays a crucial role in the strategic oversight of the site, ensuring the smooth functioning of the main site and protocols that provide a safe experience for participants and staff in accordance with American Camp Association standards. Embody the mission of Concordia Language Villages and actively support the Village’s initiatives. Maintain a coordinated relationship with Concordia College’s Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services. Design and manage the staffing and organizational structure needed to support key site service areas, including food service, distribution center, maintenance and custodial areas. You will coordinate with other entities as needed. Develop and manage the operations department budget, including forecasting and fiscal year oversight.
Executive Chef and Manager of Culinary Arts
Location:
Bemidji
Status:
Full-time
|
January-December
Language:
Any
Department:
Culinary Arts
This position carries the overall responsibility for the Culinary Arts Department. This person coordinates food production in all of Concordia Language Villages kitchens by proactively hiring, training and managing personnel, training chefs and cooks, menu planning, developing and managing annual budgets, and cooking in kitchens as needed to mentor staff and assist with food production. This position is also charged with streamlining process and procedure regarding overall food service within Concordia Language Villages.
Sous Chef/Cook
Location:
Bemidji
Status:
Full-time
|
January-December
Language:
Any
Department:
Culinary Arts
Primary responsibilities include being a member of highly effective team which researches and creates recipes and menus that produce culturally authentic and culturally immersive food, sometimes leading a team, and continuing on a path of continuous professional growth.
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Job Openings

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Arabic Summer Camp Business Manager
Location:
Bemidji
Status:
Seasonal
|
July-August
Language:
Arabic
Department:
Programs
Under the direction of the camp (“Village”) dean, Business Managers assist the finance and human resources departments by ensuring expense records are kept and hiring documents are completed. This position is also the first point of contact for parents when contacting the Village about their child. Applicants for the Business Manager position must be at least 21 years of age. Applicants 18+ are invited to join us as an Assistant Business Manager. Working with the Business Manager, this position will take on similar responsibilities as needed.
Arabic Summer Camp Counselor
Location:
Bemidji
Status:
Seasonal
|
July-August
Language:
Arabic
Department:
Programs
Under the direction of the camp (“Village”) dean, counselors teach the target language and culture to summer camp participants. We have a variety of positions involving different levels of leadership including senior counselors and junior counselors.
Arabic Summer Camp Junior Counselor
Location:
Bemidji
Status:
Seasonal
|
July-August
Language:
Arabic
Department:
Programs
Under the direction of the camp (“Village”) dean, junior counselors teach language and culture to summer camp participants. Applicants 16-17 are invited to apply for the opportunity to be at camp while also building your resume. Applicants 18+ are invited to check out our Counselor position.
Arabic Summer Camp Program Leadership
Location:
Bemidji
Status:
Seasonal
|
July-August
Language:
Arabic
Department:
Programs
Under the direction of the camp (“Village”) dean, leadership staff members will, in the target language, plan and lead cultural programs, implement educational curriculum and be a leader & mentor to staff and camp participants. We have a variety of different leadership positions including Team Lead, Credit Curriculum Facilitator, Two-week Facilitator, Adventure Day Camp Coordinator and Assistant Dean.
Arabic Summer Camp Teacher
Location:
Bemidji
Status:
Seasonal
|
July-August
Language:
Arabic
Department:
Programs
Under the direction of the Credit Facilitator, you will plan, teach and assess language classes in the target language.
Assistant Cook
Location:
Bemidji
Status:
Full-time
|
January-December
Language:
Any
Department:
Culinary Arts
We’re looking for reliable and upbeat applicants to join us at Concordia Language Villages to work full-time. As an assistant cook, you will follow culturally authentic recipes, adjust based on special requests and work with a diverse group of staff under the direction of the Kitchen Coordinator. You will present food that is not only delicious and cooked to the specifications for the meal but that is safe and fresh as well. Willing to Train
Chinese Summer Camp Business Manager
Location:
Bemidji
Status:
Seasonal
|
June-July
Language:
Chinese
Department:
Programs
Under the direction of the camp (“Village”) dean, Business Managers assist the finance and human resources departments by ensuring expense records are kept and hiring documents are completed. This position is also the first point of contact for parents when contacting the Village about their child. Applicants for the Business Manager position must be at least 21 years of age. Applicants 18+ are invited to join us as an Assistant Business Manager. Working with the Business Manager, this position will take on similar responsibilities as needed.
Chinese Summer Camp Counselor
Location:
Bemidji
Status:
Seasonal
|
June-July
Language:
Chinese
Department:
Programs
Under the direction of the camp (“Village”) dean, counselors teach the target language and culture to summer camp participants. We have a variety of positions involving different levels of leadership including senior counselors and junior counselors.
Chinese Summer Camp Junior Counselor
Location:
Bemidji
Status:
Seasonal
|
June-July
Language:
Chinese
Department:
Programs
Under the direction of the camp (“Village”) dean, junior counselors teach language and culture to summer camp participants. Applicants 16-17 are invited to apply for the opportunity to be at camp while also building your resume. Applicants 18+ are invited to check out our Counselor position.
Chinese Summer Camp Program Leadership
Location:
Bemidji
Status:
Seasonal
|
June-July
Language:
Chinese
Department:
Programs
Under the direction of the camp (“Village”) dean, leadership staff members will, in the target language, plan and lead cultural programs, implement educational curriculum and be a leader & mentor to staff and camp participants. We have a variety of different leadership positions including Team Lead, Credit Curriculum Facilitator, Two-week Facilitator, Adventure Day Camp Coordinator and Assistant Dean.
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Contact our Employment team at clvhr@cord.edu.

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faqs

Here are Frequently Asked Questions about Concordia Language Villages programs. If your question is not addressed here, please visit our FAQ page or contact us.

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