Adelphi International Assistant Academic Director
Adelphi International is a partnership between Adelphi University and Shorelight Education. The mission of the International Accelerator Program is to immerse international students in the academic and cultural life of the university, help them integrate into campus life, and provide the support that increases their academic successes and likelihood in obtaining their degrees.
The Assistant Academic Director (AAD) manages a team of instructors and oversees the delivery of academic programs to a diverse group of international students in an Intensive English Program (IEP) and an International Accelerator Program (IAP). Reporting to the Academic Director with dotted-line responsibility to the Academic Chair and working with the national academic affairs team, the AAD will provide professional support and development, including observations and performance reviews, hiring new staff, ensuring the timely and effective delivery of all products and services, and communicating regularly with academic team members about developments within the IEP and IAP.
The IAP includes two or three semesters of advanced English-language and study skills, acculturation, and general education courses prior to the start of a university degree program. IAP students polish their academic English-language and study skills and earn university credits before going directly into a bachelor's degree program or into a master's program. The IEP combines intensive English language instruction and support with academic skills enhancement and acculturation for students who wish to study at a U.S. university but must first improve their English-language ability by one or more CEFR levels before progressing into the accelerator program.
- Lead the teams of IEP and IAP instructors
- Stay current with the latest developments and best practices in ESL/EFL pedagogy, curriculum development, testing, and teaching
- Advise on the selection and/or preparation of supplemental teaching materials (including textbooks, websites, multimedia resources and self-created materials) for international students at specified CEFR levels (A2 to B2+)
- Stay current on all local, state, and federal regulations, including visa requirements, pertaining to the legal instruction of international students in the United States
- Maintain up-to-date records of student grades and attendance on the IEP and IAP databases in accordance with I-20 visa requirements and all other relevant regulations
- Work closely with the University Registrar to devise class schedules for students across programs
- Oversee the academic support services for students across programs and advise students, as needed
- Conduct regular observations of instructors in the classroom, keeping accurate and complete records and communicating the results, as directed
- Conduct annual performance reviews of instructors, as directed
- Ensure that instructors foster a communicative, student-centered classroom environment, in which student interaction is encouraged and facilitated
- Ensure that instructors produce and follow lesson plans that reflect effective teaching strategies and meet the individual needs of students
- Collect and organize records of all formative and summative student evaluations, and produce reports summarizing student results, as directed
- Ensure that all students receive a certificate indicating the level they have achieved prior to completing their studies in the IEP
- Provide opportunities for staff development and professional training, and participate in same when appropriate
- Act as a positive ambassador for Adelphi International
- Comply with Shorelight Written Information Security Policy, and all other Shorelight Information Security Policies and Procedures
- Take responsibility for any Shorelight assets assigned to you
- Promptly report any security events, incidents or weaknesses to Shorelight Security
- Master's degree in TESOL, applied linguistics, higher education managements, or related field required
- Demonstrable knowledge of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, language-teaching methodologies, assessment, and curriculum/lesson planning; TEFL certifications (CELTA, DELTA, Bridge, or Oxford) preferred
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), and the can-do statements at each CEFR level
- Minimum of 3 years of experience managing ESL teachers
- Minimum of 3 years of teaching general and academic English to L2 learners
- Overseas experience or experience teaching in multicultural/multilingual classrooms desired
- Ability to work in a diverse environment and exhibit cross-cultural competence and understanding
- Proven customer service skills and demonstrated work ethic
- High energy level and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
- Demonstrated problem-solving, decision-making, and creative-thinking abilities
- Demonstrated tact, patience, and diplomacy, particularly with non-native English speakers
- Evidence of having a hands-on approach to academic delivery, student service, and business growth
- Demonstrated understanding of class management tools, including databases, Microsoft Office programs, course management systems, and forms of media to support an interactive and student-centered classroom instruction
- Exceptional interpersonal, communication, presentation, and leadership skills
- Competence in a foreign language preferred
- Eligibility to work in the United States without sponsorship
To apply for this position, please visit the Shorelight Careers page to submit an application with a resume and cover letter.
Adelphi International is an Equal Opportunity Employer.