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Director, English Language Programme Surrey International Institute

Date 2013-06-12 07:06:33 Location : Asia:China

Responsible for: English language faculty

Job Summary and Purpose

The key purpose of this role is to provide leadership of the English language faculty and maintain the integrity of the curriculum to ensure SII students are able to meet relevant IELTS targets set by the University of Surrey and are adequately prepared to effectively study in a university-level English language learning environment.

Main Responsibilities/Activities
To support the Dean and Associate Deans in the facilitation of strategic or tactical plans and the meeting of any associated targets.
To provide regular reports on nominated activities to the line manager.
To provide academic leadership maintaining the integrity of the accredited curriculum in line with the programme specifications, module descriptions and university policies.
To provide academic leadership in quality assurance and enhancements in the delivery of the English language programme.
To develop a vibrant learning culture that is considerate of students' educational backgrounds and that embraces a nurturing, cheerful and stimulating environment.
To foster a professional academic culture amongst staff that is tolerant, progressive and engaged in scholarship.
To support and assist the "Blue Wings Club" - the English language student group - to develop extracurricular activities that contribute to student members' development.
To represent the faculty and students at various Boards and Committees, as detailed below.
To build esprit de corps amongst staff and encourage organisational citizenship behaviours.
Actively engage in English language teaching.
Developing and maintaining a mentor programme to support junior staff.
To support Learning and Teaching by:
Ensuring a systematic peer evaluation of teaching is implemented each semester with the purpose of developing staff and improving the quality of teaching.
To develop staff development plans in accord with the Institute's objectives.
Developing teaching methods and progressive development of modules taking into account the quality of the programme.
Monitoring of student progression rates and attendances and responding where needed to maximise both.
Ensuring student assessments are reasonably distributed across the semester.
Ensuring the marking of assessments is completed within set timeframes and constructive feedback is provided to students in line with marking rubrics.
Sustaining and developing professional expertise and maintaining the requirements for registration with the appropriate body.
To undertake pastoral care of students
Using listening, interpersonal and pastoral care skills to deal with sensitive issues concerning students and provide support. Appreciating the needs of individual students and their circumstances. Acting as personal tutor and giving first line support. Referring students as appropriate to services providing further help.

To engage in scholarship by:
Continually updating knowledge and understanding in the field or specialism. Extending, transforming and applying knowledge acquired from scholarship to teaching, research and appropriate external activities.

To support voluntary research activities by:
Providing leadership on the development of research within the school.
Encouraging staff to undertaken research on key areas of interest to the school, either as an individual or within a team and based on a thematic plan.
Attending appropriate conferences for the purpose of disseminating research results or for personal development.
Publishing original research in appropriate journals or other media, as appropriate.
To contribute to the efficient management and administration of the School by:
To provide line management for faculty members.
Effectively and equitably organising staff workloads to cover the schools' requirements and which ensure work diversity and are considerate of staff development.
Assisting the Registry Office in the planning of the relevant schedules and timetables necessary for the provision of the English language programme.
Assisting the Registry Office in the planning of examinations and ensuring the provision of Chief Invigilators and invigilators, as needed.
Reporting of all student performances to the Registry office.
Assisting Human Resources with any matters pertaining to staff.
Other tasks relevant to a leadership role.
Person Specification

The post holder is expected to have:
A PhD in applied linguistics or related
Experience in teaching English language programmes, preferably with exposure to international students whose first language is not English
Evidence of management experience in dealing with university administration
Experience in a university leadership role, preferably as a head or deputy head of department or school
Experience in programme management
Membership to relevant professional association/s
Relationships and Contacts
Associate Deans, Chairs of Committees and Boards, Librarian, Head of Student Affairs, Head SII Administration, Registrar, HR Manager

The post holder will be a member of various SII Committees and Boards as may be relevant to their administrative duties. These include:
Board of Studies
Board of Examiners
Learning and Teaching Committee
Student Liaison Committee
Special Requirements
The post holder is expected to work outside normal office hours as necessary.
The post holder is expected to be sensitive and responsive to expatriate staff needs and welfare and report recommendations to enhance quality of work life for expatriate postings.
The post holder is expected to represent the Faculty for ceremonial, celebratory, team-building and representative events, as requested by the Dean of SII or Line Manager.
All staff are expected to:
Positively support equality of opportunity and equity of treatment to colleagues and students.
Help maintain a safe working environment by following SII policies and procedures.
Undertake such other duties within the scope of the post as may be requested by your Line Manager.
Dalian City
Dalian is located on the Liaodong Peninsula in northeastern China. Dalian lies in the warm temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere, and has a continental monsoon climate. The area experiences all seasons, but the temperatures in both summer and winters are not extreme.

The relatively clean air and low cost of living have brought a growing numbers of expatriates to Dalian. Responding to demand, the city offers a wide selection of pubs, clubs, KTVs malls, and shopping centers. The city offers a diverse range of leisure activities in its park, beaches, sports centers and leisure spots.

Dongbei University of Finance & Economics
Dongbei University of Finance & Economics (DUFE), founded in 1952, is one of the leading universities in Dalian and North-eastern China in the areas of finance, economics, management and tourism.

Global Institute of Management & Economics (GIME) is an institution dedicated to providing an excellent education both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for international and local students. GIME has a dynamic multicultural teaching team comprised of staff from the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Germany and other counties with diverse academic and professional backgrounds.

Surrey International Institute (SII) is a Joint Sino-Foreign Cooperative School set up by Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE) and the University of Surrey (UoS) in the UK. SII was approved in 2007 by the Ministry of Education and currently has over 1700 students enrolled in business and tourism management programmes. The structure of the programmes follows a 2+2 format whereby students complete the first two years of a DUFE business programme while concurrently studying English and then, on meeting performance criteria and an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.0 or more in sub-categories, can continue into the final two years of the relevant University of Surrey programme. The newly revised and expanded English language curriculum is scheduled across the initial two years, though continued support is provided in the latter years. Key targets include preparing students to effectively study in an English learning environment at university level and to pass the IELTS tests for entry into the UoS programmes.

Application Procedure
To apply, please send your CV, cover letter and 2 reference letters to via the Apply button below. For further questions on the advertised positions, please contact her.

Ms. Catherine ZHAO
HR Officer
Room 318, International Education Office