French Philadelphia: The French cultural & historical presence in the Delaware Valley
Lynn Miller & Annette H. Emgarth
Photography by Emmanuel Pierre Gee
The French presence in Philadelphia has contributed treasures and beauty to the cityscape, furnishing tangible evidence of the historical and philosophical ties between France and the United States, ties that date from the birth of our nation and continue to the present day.
Available in English or in French.
A letter from our President
Martine Chauvet plans to retire as Executive Director of the Alliance Française de Philadelphie in August 2017. Martine has headed the Alliance Française for over 30 years. During her tenure, the Alliance has grown from a three-to eight-classroom school with 1200 students and from 5 to 22 instructors. Cultural programs have blossomed with an array of interesting lectures, wine and food evenings, programs with other organizations in the city and our Bastille Day Celebration. Most recently, Martine has presided over the transformation of our headquarters on Walnut Street into a beautiful, modern space for learning and celebrating French culture.
The Board of Directors plans to honor Martine’s many years of outstanding leadership and accomplishments with a variety of activities this year. Our website will provide updated information on our plans. Please join us for our final farewell on the evening of July 14th, our annual Bastille Day Celebration. What better way to honor her devotion to the Alliance and bid her a wonderful new life in retirement!
The Board of Directors is currently considering its options with respect to Martine's successor and hopes to have that person in place for the start of the school year in September 2017.
President of the Board
French or francophone native
Proficiency in English (spoken and written).
Must have the legal right to work in the United States.
Schedule flexibility: May work on Saturdays and evenings.
Experience in teaching and/or school administration highly desired.
Attend and prepare for board meetings and committee meetings
Proficiency in computer skills including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) and a willingness to learn other programs maintained by the organization, website updating, knowledge of social media
Knowledge of teaching techniques and materials adapted to French as a second language.
Prepare schedules for Center City and Bryn Mawr campuses
Create new classes sometimes with instructor’s help
Hire new instructors – manage 25 instructors
Help with registration – give placement tests
Overview buying of books and supplies
Be present in some evenings on the first week of classes and Saturdays
Meet with instructors
Prepare Immersion classes (find themes, caterer, provide supplies, welcome students and instructors)
Schedule and prepare new and recurring events for the year
Write quarterly newsletter
Search and contact possible lecturers
Prepare for event; buy and prepare what is needed for reception
Bastille Day (Chair the committee, find space, fund-raising, find new donors for silent auction and raffle. Maintain good relations with previous donors. Promote event, oversee design of the invitation. Follow up with every partner of the event)
FUNDRAISING AND MARKETING
Do some fund-raising for events
Publicize events on social media, write press releases
Meet with heads of other organizations, networking
Attend annual meeting of the Delegation Générale
Attend events of other French organizations at least once a year.