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Career Story: College Language Program Administrator

College Language Program Administrator

Job Title: Business Operations Manager

Type of Company: Jewish education, concentration in Hebrew Language

Education: BA, Economics, UMass-Boston •• MBA, Clark University

Previous Experience: 30 years of relevant business experience in high technology and higher education.

Job Tasks: I am responsible for all business, operational and financial aspects of the NETA Program Office at Hebrew College. (NETA is a Hebrew language initiative targeted at students in grades 7-12. It operates under a grant from the AVI CHAI Foundation administered by Hebrew College.) We work with some 120 schools in the United States, parts of the former Soviet Union, Israel, South Africa and Australia. The program provides related curricular materials, including student textbooks, teacher guides, language CDs, instructional DVDs and student tests. The program also provides extensive teacher training at the graduate level, along with in-school consultations during the school year.

Our annual operating budget is approximately $2.4 million and I am responsible for all financial transactions and related reporting. I am also responsible for all liaison-related activities associated with NETA schools, Hebrew College and the AVI CHAI Foundation in the areas of finance and operations. My typical tasks include approving and monitoring the program's finances, including revenue and expense transactions. I also serve as the program's human resources manager.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is that I am involved in an educational enterprise -- in teaching kids to be fluent in a very tough language. There is evidence to support the belief that fluency in more than one language contributes to students' success in other subjects..

The toughest part of my job is elevating my own level of fluency.

Job Tips: It is my strong opinion that a person's work needs to involve either making something (making humans doesn't count), fixing something (fixing humans does count) or teaching something. You also need to pursue a job that provides more than just an income; there needs to be some level of self-satisfaction from the endeavor. My own work requires a basic understanding of business finance, as well as good communications skills.

Additional Thoughts: For the first time in many years, I truly enjoy my work. This is a secret I wish I had learned earlier.

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