The Assistant Director MUR-ELC provides specific support for the day-to-day operations of the ELC and related programs on all Regional campuses. Additionally, the Assistant Director participates in the marketing and development of the ELC and its programs. Diversifying and expanding the ELC’s IEP student population is part of the job description. Being a positive team player is an essential element of the position. The Assistant Director is expected to be creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial to position the ELC as a market leader.
Performs those activities listed in the Miami University Human Resources Handbook as appropriate and applicable.
If necessary, plans, organizes, and provides instruction in up to 3 classes per academic term in only the English language to meet the MUR-ELC Program curriculum goals. Instruction must be consistent and coordinated with best practices and in line with the overall instructional pedagogy of the MUR-ELC Program so that students meet and exceed learning objectives and the requirements necessary to enter U.S. higher education institutes as efficiently as possible.
Leads planning, development and implementation of MUR-ELC orientations of new cohorts (generally, fall, summer, and spring). During orientations, working evenings and weekends will be required.
Develops and implements learner-centered lesson plans utilizing a broad range of appropriate best-practices techniques and strategies addressing all aspects of communication that develop each student’s ability to read, write, speak, and listen in content areas at levels ensuring learners meet or exceed learning targets allowing MUR-ELC Program participants the best opportunity to meet their academic English language goals as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Leads administration of academic and language assessments for the purpose of evaluating incoming students’ skills and learners’ progress in meeting academic learning targets and progress in English language acquisition. Maintains complete and accurate records of students’ progress and evidence of growth and progress (attendance, goal-driven assignments, participation, engagement, college skills, etc.).
Conducts faculty observations and provides constructive feedback for professional development and enhancement of learner experiences.
Regularly engages faculty in professional development training experiences to further strengthen and enrich the knowledge base of MUR-ELC Program as a whole.
Develops a professional, supportive, and positive learning environment that includes academically rigorous and attainable objectives and goals. Encourages learners to take ownership of their education by advocating responsibility, enhancing motivation, clearly communicating expectations, and integrating challenging instructional strategies and objectives.
Develops and leads cross-cultural training sessions for faculty of mainstream courses.
Makes himself or herself available to learners as necessary to assist with goal-driven assignments, speeches, presentations, and writing assignments. Provides positive and meaningful feedback to learners.
Advises ELC/ELL students on regular college course selection.
Develops instructor and learner responsibilities, rules, and regulations and adheres to and implements those policies, rules, and regulations regarding the MUR-ELC Program and all related programs respectively.
Assists in development of marketing materials, strategies, and generation of entrepreneurial ideas for the MUR-ELC Program. Assists in administration of marketing – domestic and international.
Participates in various committees across campuses and promotes collaboration among departments and various University and community stakeholders.
Establishes and sustains stakeholder communication channels and relationships on campus and in the community.
Represents the ELC at various stakeholder conferences - domestic and international.
Plans, develops and attends extracurricular activities and events for MUR-ELC Program learners. Extracurricular activities at times will require evening and weekend hours. Additionally, some overnight trips will require traveling for several days.
Serves as a role model for other MUR-ELC team members promoting positive attitude and understanding that the IEP field has specific challenges and requires a high degree of flexibility.
Posts on MUR-ELC’s SNSs (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, WeChat, etc.)
Understands that additional duties and responsibilities may be added at a later date. The Assistant Director will be notified beforehand.
The Assistant Director MUR-ELC will possess a master’s degree in TESOL (or a derivative). In lieu of the master’s in TESOL, a master’s degree (in any field) with extensive global educational/training experience in higher education and/or corporate education with an English language element and a combination of three or more of the following will suffice:
Master’s degree in language related field
TEFL or TESOL certificate (120 hours)
5 or more years of ESL/ELL classroom experience
5 or more years of experience living and teaching in a foreign country in the ESL environment
5 or more years of experience developing and publishing ESL related materials
5 or more years of experience teaching online or use of LMS platforms in ESL-related courses
5 or more years of experience working with young learners and adults from diverse backgrounds
(experience can be gained concurrently)
Proficiency of Microsoft Office and Google docs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs)
Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, presentation)
Working knowledge of SNSs, LMSs, and MOOCs
Excellent ability to understand and use English grammar terms
Proctoring experience or knowledge of various English language assessments (TOEFL IPT, TOEFL iBT, TOEFL PBT, IELTS, iTEP, ACT)
Ability and experience in developing in-house language assessment instruments
Experience in developing, implementing, and assessing curricula
Experience developing and leading staff and faculty training sessions
Willingness to learn web site or SNSs development and content generation
Passion for global education and working with multi-cultural groups
Entrepreneurial spirit in the development of short courses and specialized seminars as related to the ESL, IEP, ELL, ESP fields
Miami University, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with smoke- and tobacco-free campuses, is committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities.