Director, Applied English Center - 10445BR

Director, Applied English Center

Department: 
Applied English Center
Location/Division: 
Lawrence
Reg/Temp: 
Regular
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The University of Kansas seeks a Director to provide leadership and vision for all operations of the Applied English Center. We are interested in candidates whose experience and scholarship focuses upon culturally responsive approaches that are conscious of diversity and equity perspectives in order to support the administration of programs in Intensive English, special short-term language and culture programs, as well as curricula and outreach for the academic purposes for English. The Director position also manages the daily operations of the center; represents the center on campus, nationally and internationally; engages in strategic planning and entrepreneurial development projects; is a core member of the International Programs leadership team; and provides leadership related to the University’s policies and programs related to English proficiency.

For additional information regarding The University of Kansas Applied English Center access this link https://international.ku.edu/aec-director-search.

Job Description

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS

40% - Development, Capacity Building, and Outreach
  • Collaborates with academic and administrative units across the university and program leadership within International Programs and the AEC to develop programs that meet KU’s objectives and further strengthen the university’s mission, international reach, and reputation for excellence;
  • Develops and implements a strategic plan for the AEC that supports the mission of the University as a whole, and International Programs, in particular;
  • Continually ensures staff and faculty alignment with university and center needs and works to maintain staffing efficacy and appropriate allocation of effort in an ever-changing context;
  • Identifies opportunities for curriculum development and reform and leverages the center’s expertise to realize new curricular opportunities;
  • Continually monitors field trends and needs to ensure policies and process remain updated, new policies and processes are developed and implemented, and innovations in the field are adopted to ameliorate challenges;
  • Ensures that professional development opportunities are available to faculty and staff and that staff and faculty have an opportunity to give back to the field;
  • Monitors competitive externally funded program opportunities and assembles appropriate teams to develop proposals and submit successful bids;
  • Develops partnerships and maintains regular contact with outside agencies, universities, non-profit organizations, federal program offices, and other non-governmental programs for the development of English programs tailored to the needs of their constituencies;
  • Engages in exploratory travel within the U.S. and abroad to promote and build awareness of AEC capacities and engage in the development of partnerships that result in new student pipelines.

40% - Center Administration and Management
  • Oversees all aspects of curriculum development, instruction and evaluation; including the intensive English program, English for Academic Purposes programs, short-term programs, and contracted courses;
  • Oversees the recruitment, hiring, training, and evaluation of AEC instructors and staff;
  • Oversees all aspects of daily operations
  • Oversees all aspects of the enrollment processes
  • Ensures Associate Directors have the support and resources they need to manage their respective areas and identify areas of synergy and collaboration across AEC domains;
  • Monitors AEC processes and procedures for language testing and placement in AEC courses and ensures policies are both up-to-date and applied consistently and evenly;
  • Directs AEC compliance and appropriate reporting according to Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) standards;
  • Ensures excellence in AEC student services through liaison with university departments and other units such as International Admissions, Undergraduate Advising Center, New Student Orientation, Student Affairs, the Office of the First Year Experience, International Student Services, and the Office of the University Registrar;
  • Manages the AEC budget, participates in the annual International Programs budget processes and provides financial and activity reports to the Associate Vice Provost for International Programs;
  • Works with AEC faculty and staff to identify and address student academic and non-academic issues with clear action plans;
  • Counsels students who are up for dismissal from the AEC for academic performance or non-academic misconduct.

10% - Serves on AEC and university committees, as needed

10% - Participates actively in state, regional, national, and international professional organizations

Required Qualifications

  1. Master’s Degree: Teaching English as a Second Language, Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, or related applied language acquisition field;
  2. 5 years of progressive management and/or leadership experience in a university or college-affiliated intensive English program or a university/college academic department or school specializing in Teaching English as a Second Language, Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, or related field;
  3. 5 years of relevant experience in teaching English as a Second Language, Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, or related field;
  4. 7 or more years of supervisory experience;
  5. 3 years of experience with budget planning and management, as evidenced by the cover letter;
  6. Demonstrated scholarly contributions, as evidenced by publications, presentations, and career progression;
  7. Excellent communication and writing skills and strong command of the English language, as evidenced by the cover letter and other application materials;
  8. Ability and willingness to travel in the U.S. and abroad, as indicated in the cover letter.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. preferred: Teaching English as a Second Language, Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, or related applied language acquisition field;
  2. Experience working with governmental and non-governmental educational sponsoring agencies that support student enrollment in English language programs;
  3. Experience representing and recruiting students to an English language program;
  4. Grant writing and grant management experience;
  5. Experience living and/or teaching outside the U.S.A.;
  6. Leadership experience in regional and/or national professional organizations, related to the field.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Review of applications will begin on January 2, 2018 and will continue until position is filled. Interested persons should complete a KU online application and attach a cover letter, a résumé or curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For additional information regarding The University of Kansas Applied English Center access this link https://international.ku.edu/aec-director-search.

Review of applications will begin January 2, 2018 and will continue until position is filled.

Contact Information to Applicants

Dr. Joe Potts, International Programs, 785-864-6161, jpotts@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $100,013; Commensurate with Experience

Application Review Begins

02-Jan-2018

Anticipated Start Date

01-May-2018

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
10445BR
Department:
Applied English Center
Location/Division:
Lawrence
Reg/Temp:
Regular
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Application Review Begins:
02-Jan-2018
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