Position summary: This Director leads the Professional Learning and Research Department, with broad oversight of TESOL's professional learning programming. The Director is accountable for program and product development, promotion, quality control, administration, financial planning, and management of these programs. The Director has significant association management responsibilities, serving as the Staff Liaison to the Research Professional Council (RPC), and working closely with the Professional Development Council (PDC) and Communities of Practice leadership.
Responsibilities: TESOL Professional Learning & Research
Plan, coordinate, and/or oversee, in conjunction with the PDC, department staff, and other staff as appropriate, TESOL’s diverse line up of professional development offerings, including in-person and online education programs, certificate programs, and the TESOL Resource Center, and professional learning programs directly administered by TESOL staff at the TESOL International Convention.
Initiate and oversee the development and implementation of new programs.
Lead marketing efforts for professional learning programs, in coordination with the director of marketing and marketing manager.
Monitor and initiate on-going performance improvement of existing programs.
Evaluate, in conjunction with appropriate committees, department staff, and other staff as appropriate, all professional learning programs and products for educational and cost effectiveness.
Monitor trends in the ESL/EFL profession, stay abreast of the latest technology used to provide educational programming, and carry out periodic professional learning needs-assessments using both qualitative and quantitative methods.
Research, develop, and manage appropriate educational grant projects and related non-convention revenue opportunities for TESOL.
Explore, develop, manage, and/or oversee additional education-related special projects or grants, as directed by and in conjunction with the Executive Director.
Ensure that departmental activities remained aligned with TESOL strategic plan.
Develop and oversee the budget for all TESOL’s professional learning and research programs.
Supervise Professional Learning and Research Department staff.
Serve as staff liaison to the Research Professional Council, and additional task forces as assigned.
Provide oversight to TESOL staff who work with the Professional Development Professional Council and Communities of Practice Leadership.
Oversee maintenance of records, meeting coordination, mailing lists, participation of top experts, and communication of new information for the Research Professional Council, Professional Development Professional Council, and Communities of Practice.
Work with TESOL staff to research, explore, and introduce new networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities for TESOL members.
Oversee TESOL virtual seminars and serve as moderator.
Create and maintain the TESOL Pool of Experts
Oversee International Association for Continuing Education and Training accreditation process and maintenance.
Carry out other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
Supervisory Responsibilities: The Director supervises three department staff members.
Special Requirements of the Position:
Master’s degree in TESOL or related educational field required.
Minimum of 10 years of professional experience, including a balance of association-related education program management and ESL/EFL teaching or related education program management experience. Experience with both ESL and EFL teaching contexts and global project management strongly preferred.
Extensive experience in educational program development and national and international event and/or project management, including how to effectively facilitate learning through diverse program formats.
Experience with or interest in working for a not-for-profit global education association.
Excellent writing, public speaking, research, interpersonal and intercultural communication, strategic thinking and planning, and membership/customer service skills.
Knowledge of another language besides English and experience living or traveling abroad preferred.
Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel; ability to learn basic Web site and database management tools.
Experience and strong interest in developing and managing online learning opportunities and Web resources to support the professional development needs of members worldwide.
Ability to effective supervise staff and oversee department functions, including budget planning.
Required to lift heavy objects: No Required to travel: Yes, local travel to periodic meetings and training. Travel in the U.S. to TESOL’s annual convention and other meetings as assigned. Periodic international travel for TESOL events.
About TESOL International Association
For more than 50 years, TESOL
International Association has been
providing community to educators,
researchers, administrators, and
students in the ELT field. With more
than 12,000 members representing
160 countries, and more than 100
worldwide affiliates, TESOL offers
you the opportunity to be part of a
dynamic professional community
and join in TESOL’s mission to
advance excellence in English language teaching.