The American Cultural Association of Morocco is seeking applicants for the position of Center Director for the American Language Center (ALC) and the Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF).The Center Director is responsible for managing the center in all aspects, including financial and operational management, overseeing the academic program, teacher recruitment, training and evaluation and cultural and community initiatives.
Management & Leadership
Oversee the organizational structure and decision making process with the ALC, ALIF and American Bookstore.
Articulate policy and workflow, ensuring effective communication and implementation of ALC and ACA policies.
Manage language and study abroad programs of ALIF, including overseeing programmatic and administrative logistics for hosting international students with ALIF administrative team and teachers.
Recruit and manage staff and teachers for the ALC and ALIF, including native English-speaking teachers.
Cultivate relationships in Morocco and abroad, in promoting and expanding the network for ALIF and Arabic language learning in Morocco and international education and exchange.
Foster positive working relationships in a diverse workplace, with teachers and staff, extending to the community.
Innovate and promote new initiatives, being attentive to different marketing and promotion techniques in the community, including actively using the ALC and ALIF’s social media, blog and website.
Oversee the physical premises of the ALC and ALIF.
Financial & Reporting
Oversee the annual budget process for the ALC and ALIF, with the ACA comptroller.
Complete annual audits and desk reviews with the ACA external auditors.
Submit timely and accurate quarterly reporting and budgeting and meet financial goals.
Update financial reporting with Quickbooks and registration program.
Prepare reporting on center statistics, demonstrating comprehension and attention to details such as enrollment and registration numbers, class size, tuition, salary scales.
Submit monthly bank reconciliations and quarterly book inventory reports and financial backups for review.
Curriculum & Pedagogy
Review and adapt course curricula, book and resource selection and grading system for English and Arabic classes annually.
Oversee the academic calendar and terms for each year.
Define expectations for student learning, focusing on student-centered learning.
Organize regular teacher observations, co-teaching, teacher mentors and training process and subsequent evaluations.
Motivate teachers and staff, in part through identifying opportunities for teacher and staff professional development and training, including participation in conferences and workshops.
Cultural Events & Community Service
Ensure active student and center life through participation in cultural and community service activities.
Work with ACA cultural team to program diverse cultural activities, including hosting international guests for concerts, art exhibitions and workshops.
Plan local community service initiatives, partnering with local non profit organizations and collaborate with ALCs on larger projects, like the ALC Face-Off or regional debates.
Encourage student run clubs, engaging teachers and staff in overseeing administration and organization.
Oversee the English Teaching Internship Initiative (ETII), training future Moroccan English teachers through a developed program, working with local and national ETII coordinators.
Oversee the ALC-ALIF Bookstore, including sourcing new and unique titles and materials and organizing workshops and activities to encourage reading.
*Other responsibilities to be determined.
The ideal candidate for ALC Fez & ALIF Director position should have a minimum of four years experience in international administration and supervisory experience, along with thefollowing qualifications:
an MA or MS in TEFL or related degree
a minimum of intermediate Arabic; a communicative level of French a plus
computer literacy, including familiarity with financial and school management software
EFL/ESL classroom experience
experience in the field of international education, preferably with student exchange or study abroad programs
interest and experience in cultural programming and community service activities
a high degree of cultural sensitivity and experience living/working in Morocco or a similar country (strong preference for candidates with Morocco-specific and ACA-specific experience)
ability to work harmoniously with both Moroccans and non-Moroccans
excellent planning, organization, interpersonal and liaison skills
ability to establish and maintain relationships and the ability to quickly make new contacts in the world of international education both locally and internationally
About American Cultural Association
The American Cultural Association (ACA) is the not-for-profit, bi-national parent organization of the American Language Centers (ALC) in Morocco, which teach English as a foreign language, engage in community service initiatives and promote cultural exchange between the peoples of Morocco and the United States. The ACA is involved in various activities including English and Arabic language instruction, teacher training, and a variety of cultural and community service activities at our centers.
In the 1950s the ALCs were founded founded by the United States Embassy with the purpose of teaching English as a foreign language. From the 1950’s to present, the ALCs in Morocco have multiplied from just one center and bookstore in Rabat to now 12 centers located around the country in Agadir, Casablanca, El Jadida Fes, Kenitra, Marrakesh, Meknes, Mohamedia, Oujda, Tangier, and Tetouan. In addition, in 1983 the Arabic Language Institute in Fez was created at the ALC Fes. ALIF teaches both Colloquial Moroccan Arabic as well as Modern Standard Arabic to visiting students from around the world. The ALCs are a first choice for English language learners in Morocco and our student body repres...ents every facet of Moroccan culture in both age and background and also includes people of other nationalities who may live and work in Morocco.