Assistant Director for Special Programs
VA Tech - Virginia

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Reporting to the director of the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute, the assistant director for special programs is responsible for the overall operation, management, and coordination of a number of the Institute's testing, academic preparation courses, summer group programs, contract programs, cross cultural training programs and other special programs as assigned. Responsibilities include organizing all facets of assigned programs; hiring and training of all program staff and faculty; coordinating in-service and pre-service trainings; observing and evaluating instructors; developing new programs and courses; creating, updating, and reviewing program information and informational pieces guidelines, policies, and procedures. As part of the VTLCI's academic leadership team, the assistant director is expected to stay current on professional literature and present at professional conferences, meetings, and seminars. He/She also teaches as enrollment warrants and substitutes for classroom teachers when necessary. One program that specifically may be assigned to the assistant director is the Humphrey Fellows Program. When managing this program, the assistant director is responsible for delivering a quality program in accordance with the accepted proposal; teaching the Humphrey Seminar; supervising assigned program staff; organizing the program schedules, events, trips, and speakers; coordinating housing options; ensuring the well-being of program participants; troubleshooting adjustment issues; fostering good university and sponsor relations and operating within approved budget and standards. Position may require overseas travel for servicing international programs or student recruitment. Occasional teaching along with attending and/or coordinating workshops may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in TESL, Applied Linguistics, International Education, or a related area - Prior experience in program administration, teacher training, or serving as an instructor in a higher-education environment - Supervisory experience - Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with constituencies within and outside the university to ensure program goals are met - Demonstrated ability to interact and work effectively with a diverse student population - Experience with public speaking and giving public presentations
Preferred Qualifications

  • Considerable experience as an instructor in an intensive English program in a higher education environment - Professional activity in TESOL and/or other affiliate groups - Experience with computer-assisted language learning - Proficiency in a second language - Extensive experience overseas living or studying abroad - Ability to adapt well to unexpected situations and re-prioritize assignments according to changing circumstances - Ability to multitask and successfully complete multiple projects at the same time - Demonstrated experience writing project proposals - If Master's degree is not in TESL, equivalent Master's degree with TESL related certificate highly preferred. - Excellent communication, writing, database, time management, and organizational skills - Demonstrated commitment to student success
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