Assistant Director, Arabic Program

Tucson, AZ
Jan 06, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



Sch Middle E/N African Studies

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The Assistant Director staff position will provide administrative and academic support to a variety of grants under Prof. Sonia Shiri. The position will be responsible for the day-to-day execution of grant programming including the supervision of the grant-related academic staff and the administrative staff positions coordinating the grant activities. The position will manage proposal writing preparation and grant financial reporting. They will be the unit liaison to the Marshall Business Center and provide overall program management of the Flagship, Project GO, and Jumpstart. They will ensure the programs and their academic and administrative staff effectively plan, train and execute with close adherence to funding agency, university and college policies and procedures.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

Primary duties include:

  • Support the Director with coordinating the implementation of the day-to-day activities of the programs by the academic and administrative teams in order to meet grant requirements and linguistic and cultural proficiency goals.
  • Oversee the academic and administrative coordination of the summer intensive Arabic programs and other grant-related summer programming.
  • Manage academic matters pertaining to students in all programs. This includes:
  • Proficiency and application evaluation of program applicants (PGO domestic and overseas, Jumpstart, Overseas summer and capstone Flagship, and Flagship)
  • Planning and execution of personalized learning and individualized pathways for Flagship, PGO and Jumpstart students
  • Coordination of Arabic Oral Proficiency Interview proficiency testing and rating based on ACTFL/ILR scale
  • Conducting and coordinating other credit-by-exam and placement assessment and liaising paperwork with relevant UA offices
  • Oversee academic outreach/recruitment efforts on campus and in high schools
  • Articulation within the programs and with high school or overseas partners, dissemination of program best practices to other Flagship and PGO programs.
  • Manage grant proposal preparation efforts including planning curricular articulation and discussing programming terms with overseas partners in Morocco, Jordan, Egypt and elsewhere; manage financial matters and liaise with the coordinators, the business office, and funding agencies where appropriate.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Arabic Linguistics, Applied Linguistics or related fields, or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Arabic Linguistics, Applied Linguistics or related fields



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:


Job FTE:


Work Calendar:


Job Category:

Academic Administration

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:

$60,000 - $65,000

Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Academic Program Mgmt

Job Function:

Academic Administration

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:


Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Dr. Sonia Shiri, Associate Professor & Director of Arabic Flagship and Project Go
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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