Position Function: Responsible for the supervisory and educational leadership for MSU is English Language Institute (ELI). Responsible for managing the policies, procedures, and curriculum to ensure students are learning in the intensive program, whether as full-time English as a Second Language (ESL) students or as MSU students and faculty. The position includes the responsibilities of managing the staff, working with students, scheduling classes, developing curriculum, organizing cultural activities, fulfilling emergency procedures, working on immigration needs, and handling facility operations. Achieving operational and academic excellence requires working collaboratively with ELI faculty and MSU departments who are looking to help international students in their academic goals.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
Recruits and retains high quality students to matriculate into MSU.
Assures the safety, well-being, and education of all the ELI’s international students, serving as the academic advisor and emergency contact.
Serves as coordinator for all curricular and program needs for the ELI’s eight levels, such course objectives & guidelines, textbook selection, evaluations, scheduling of classes & labs, curriculum trends, noncredit tuition rates, academic calendars, and marketing.
Facilitates the orientation and placement of all ESL students, including testing, services, immigration requirements, and academic advising of all ESL students.
Supervises ELI’s staff and hire & train teachers for ESL curriculum and courses, which rotates on a quarter system and involves quarterly class evaluations, monthly grade reports, and teacher curriculum evaluations.
Serves as the campus contact and advisor for departments and MSU students taking ESL classes, including acting as advisor to undergraduate & graduate students taking ESL courses, knowing MSU’s language requirements, testing international graduate students, coordinating class observations, and serving as a resource for departments.
Serves as Designated School Official (DSO)/immigration advisor for the ELI, as the Center is listed as a separate campus according to the Student Exchange and Visitor Program.
Coordinates, develops, and budget short-term language programs.
Oversees and/or facilitates cultural, service, and outreach events for students, including Conversation Partners, Conversation Connections, day & weekend trips, and other cultural opportunities for international students.
Develops and manages ELI recruiting and pathways, English for Academic Purposes or other ESL-based training, short-term programming
Performs related duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in English, TESOL, Linguistics, Language or related field AND 3-5 years related experience
Preferred qualifications: Ph.D. degree or equivalent experience
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
• Knowledge of achieving or maintaining ESL accreditation • Knowledge of curriculum development, training and supervising ESL faculty • Ability to recruit a diverse student population through creative uses of ESL programming • Strong Interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. • Skill in the use of computers, preferably in a PC, Windows-based operating environment. • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. • Program planning and implementation skills. • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities. • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals. • Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.
About English Language Institute, Mississippi State University
The English Language Institute at Mississippi State University (MSU) offers international students an intensive English language program, more than 20 hours per week of English language instruction, in a traditional southern setting. We want to help you learn English and get involved in the community so that you can get a degree at MSU or go back home with the advanced English skills and USA cultu...re experiences to advance your career.
The English Language Institute exists to provide high-quality intensive English instruction enabling students to achieve their individual goals.