English Language Specialist

Apr 05, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Northeastern University

English Language Specialist

Requisition Number: STFR004464

Division/College: College of Professional Studies

Location: Boston Main Campus

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time


The Global Student Success (GSS) English Language Specialist is part of a comprehensive team whose aim is to provide holistic English language, academic, and cultural support services and outreach to all international students across all colleges, in all programs, and at all levels at Northeastern University. The English Language Specialist assists in daily operations of the International Tutoring Center (ITC) by conducting tutorial appointments, providing administrative oversight, setting and achieving goals, and acting as a liaison between GSS and students, faculty and staff. S/he maintains accurate database and records and supports students through both one-on-one meetings and group meetings to help students access academic and non- academic resources on campus, online and in the community. The English Language Specialist offers an objective analysis of students' English language abilities and assists in skill development and refinement for preparing for success in the United States and university environment. Additionally, s/he manages the ITC spaces by ensuring all students are greeted and checked in for appointments, as well as maintaining a neat and orderly space. The English Language Specialist prepares and revises materials, such as program guides, handouts, and online communications including email and website. Additionally, the English Language Specialist actively reaches out and collaborates closely with instructors, other departments, and colleges to ensure a coordinated approach to student success.

The English Language Specialist participates in the development, planning, and implementation of various English as a Second Language support services and resources and GSS programming. Additionally, the English

Language Specialist participates in research and projects that further extend GSS services; these could include (but are not limited to) coordinating workshops, class visit presentations, developing special events, teaching specialized courses, or representing GSS and the ITC at student resource events. The English Language Specialist should take proactive steps to improve communication to, and between, students, tutors and staff as well as take an active role in enhancing the existing systems and reporting mechanisms to better serve GSS' students. The English Language Specialist should serve as students' advocate and liaison to internal and external constituencies and as an agent for change necessary to promote success for international students, while maintaining the mission of Global Student Success, NU Global, and Northeastern.


Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of experience teaching or tutoring English at the post-secondary level. Master’s degree or higher preferred in a related field (i.e. TESOL, Linguistics, English, or Speech Pathology). Demonstrated experience working with international students and second language learners and sensitivity to their distinct needs. Previous experience in higher education is preferred. Strong organizational, analytical and interpersonal communication (both verbal and written) is necessary. Computer skills and experience in working with databases and student management systems is necessary. Ability to learn and effectively utilize the College and University-level computer systems in day-to-day student support is necessary. Ability to work well with a variety of personalities and to juggle many activities simultaneously, take initiative, follow through with projects and to work as an integral member of a team is necessary.

The Global Student Success English Language Specialist should be culturally sensitive and aware of issues pertaining to international students, including language limitations, adjustment issues, academic overload, international student’s perceptions of authority figures, and difference in educational systems.

Additional Information:
This position requires a criminal background check.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: [email protected]

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.


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