We currently have TWO director positions open at ESLI.
Edwardsville, IL (ESLI at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)
Louisville, KY (ESLI at Sullivan University)
ESLI: Building a better global community by connecting people and cultures through international language study.
To uphold the mission of ESLI through leadership, instruction, advising, and providing student services
To oversee the intensive English program and function as liaison between the university and ESLI corporate headquarters.
To promote quality instruction for multicultural adult ESL students through the hiring and supporting of qualified, dedicated TESOL professionals
To provide support for students from varied cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds
To collaborate with instructors to build and evaluate assessments and assignments supportive of the ESLI curricula and mission
Position Duties Include:
Carry out the mission of ESLI, including developing and administering the core ESLI program and ancillary programs, meeting the needs of students, instructors, and other stakeholders, and creating a shared vision with the academic leadership team.
Generate and maintain collegial, productive attitudes with and among members of the academic team.
Acknowledge contributions of team members and subordinates.
Create a safe climate for team members to openly and supportively discuss any issue related to the team’s success.
Develop strengths in team members and subordinates.
Provide constructive feedback to employees in areas in which they wish or need to develop.
Closely listen to ideas and feedback of team members, even when those ideas are in conflict with one another.
Consider the ethical consequences of decisions made on behalf of ESLI.
Understand the issues faced by instructors, students, and stakeholders, and work to meet their needs.
Motivate and enable team members to meet their goals and achieve their full career potential.
Remove obstacles for team members in order for them to achieve their goals.
Provide educational, emotional, and professional support to instructors, students, stakeholders, and the academic team.
Model the values of ESLI in interactions and daily work.
Set goals for the local team that align with the overarching goals of the academic team and that help carry out the mission of ESLI.
Program Planning, Administration, and Evaluation
Create feasible class and term schedules that serve instructors, students, and the company with appropriate class sizes and times each term.
Plan, attend, and participate in all departmental and committee meetings.
Regularly make use of email to interact with colleagues, students, and administrators.
Work with the Senior Director Academics and the Curriculum/Assessment Committees for the purpose of implementing adopted texts and supplemental materials for classroom use and participate in the review of course materials, including textbooks, assignments, assessments, and learning management systems using feedback from colleagues, students, and administrators, and research from the field of TESOL and assessment.
Order textbooks and auxiliary materials on a regular basis, including texts used for professional development and review, items and materials used in the classroom, and items requested by the instructors.
Maintain an ESLI library of resource materials by documenting and sharing each item available for review or use.
Maintain and purchase technology for instructors and office, including managing contracts with outside service providers.
Coordinate the creation and completion of standardized assessments, including final exams and university-mandated assessments.
Maintain and manage student payment and records, including monitoring student insurance, university payments, and other student records according to the guidelines outlined in the ESLI employee handbook.
Maintain the ESLI student database, including tracking student payment, entering in personal and academic information, and logging placement and academic success data, each term according to the guidelines laid out in the employee handbook.
In conjunction with the Senior Director of Academics lead in the local development, review, and assessment of program curricula, assessments, activities, and student services.
In conjunction with the Senior Director of Academics lead in the local coordination and maintenance of accreditation requirements, including planning and review of curriculum, policies, and standards.
Overall, maintain an office and work environment that is functional for employees and students.
Faculty Recruitment, Assessment, and Development
Hire and train educated, dedicated faculty members and lead them by creating and facilitating goal-oriented teamwork.
Plan, initiate, and train new teachers on policies and procedures, expectations for instructors, and student services.
Guide instructors in their use of appropriate methodology specific to the fields of TESOL, pedagogy, and adult education in instruction.
Monitor and check syllabi, grades, and instructor lesson plans as needed.
Ensure that instructors are using the ESLI-approved learning management system daily to post syllabi and assignments, assign homework and assessments, track grades and attendance, and communicate with students and colleagues.
Create and facilitate teamwork amongst faculty members through teambuilding activities and events, meetings, and continual communication.
Where applicable, coordinate, observe, monitor, and report on the progress of TESOL student teachers.
Where applicable, create a list of, train, monitor, and report on the progress of volunteer student tutors.
Conduct regular evaluations of faculty through course observations and annual evaluations and classes through student evaluations using ESLI policies and procedures.
Lead and support instructors in combining courses among levels and differentiating instruction.
Substitute for instructors who are absent.
Teach dedicated classes when enrollments dictate.
Student Services and Focus
Route incoming program applications to the appropriate office, check progress of applications, and expedite shipment of I-20s to agent/student.
Communicate regularly with admissions coordinators about the status of applicants and their paperwork.
Admit and test students each term using the ESLI-approved placement exam, and place them based on their appropriate score in the correct ESLI level using the ESLI student database.
Conduct the registration and orientation of students using the ESLI student database and ESLI-approved learning management system.
Plan and organize all academic excursions, including field trips, orientation events, and student pick-ups.
Lead and manage instructors’ advising by compiling advising lists, dividing students among instructors for advising and monitoring student progress during the term. Additionally, lead teachers through coaching and professional development on how to advise and interact students from multicultural backgrounds.
Mentor students, both current and prospective, by providing academic and immigration advising and referring students to appropriate locations when outside assistance is needed.
Lead in the creation of courses and student lists, monitor student success and teacher usage, and generally maintain the ESLI-approved learning management system.
Serve as liaison between ESLI and host university officials by holding regular meetings with departments.
Maintain relationships with university departments and representatives, headquarters, and visiting agents.
Promote campus activities and amenities through various social media outlets (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) in concordance with the Marketing and Recruiting team.
Local Compliance Coordination
Conduct regular reviews of the university, including dates, rates, programs offered, and deadlines, and reviews of the local program.
Adhere to all immigration laws and regulation through sound DSO practices and by reading SEVP notices and attending relevant trainings.
Using the SEVIS system, issue I-20’s for prospective students, update current student records in the system, and transfer student records when necessary.
Adhere to the federal, state, and university requirements related to FERPA, Title IX, copyright, and other legal mandates, including participating in trainings, applying knowledge in the classroom and in student interactions, and leading teachers to complete and apply the knowledge in their classrooms and interactions.
Adhere to all standards put forth by ESLI’s accrediting bodies (CEA in the U.S.; PTIB and Languages Canada in Canada) by meeting report deadlines, coordinating with the Senior Director of Academics, and alerting Headquarters of any issues.
Professional Development, Goal Setting, and Growth
Develop, maintain, and monitor a project unique to the program that adds to the overall success of the company.
Complete at least fifteen hours of professional development with a focus on publications and presentations.
Under the leadership of the Senior Director of Recruitment and Marketing, travel overseas to work in conjunction with assigned university to recruit new students for assigned university (contingent upon timing, availability of funds, and interest).
Set and meet annual goals that are measurable, achievable, and connected to professional growth.
Minimum Education Requirements:
Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Master’s Degree in related area and specialized training in all of the following areas:
language teaching methodology, the nature of language/languages (e.g., introduction to linguistics), the structure of English (e.g., syntax, phonology, morphology, discourse), second language acquisition, intercultural communication (e.g., sociolinguistics, cross-cultural studies), and/or practicum experience
NAFSA F-1 training, beginner, intermediate, and advanced
PhD or Ed.D. in English or TESOL, Education, or Educational Leadership
Teaching experience, preferably at university level with ESL adult learners
Prior experience working in an office setting; preferably experience working as a staff member in a school setting
Prior experience in hiring and training personnel to teach students at varying levels of proficiency and from different cultures
Prior experience leading groups of educators and students
Ability to relate to students from varied cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds
Ability to apply interpersonal and communication skills in collaborative settings with local and company-wide colleagues
Ability to review, evaluate, and apply goals, objectives, and student learning outcomes through a variety of assessments that have been reliability and validity tested
Ability to lead groups of teachers toward the common goal of overall program and student success
Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person and on the telephone and make presentations
Ability to drive and possession of a reliable vehicle
Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard
Vision sufficient to read various materials
Sitting for extending periods of time
Reasonable ability to endure lengthy air travel
Lifting and carrying objects up to 50 pounds
Work Schedule: 8:00 – 5:00 M-F; 12-month contract with 3-weeks paid vacation per year.
Salary variable for campus location and qualifications of applicant.
Additional Salary Information: Salary variable for campus location and qualifications of applicant.
About ESLI - English as a Second Language International
ESLI’s mission is to improve the English language skills of international students and prepare them for academic success in North American universities.