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USC International Accelerator Program Assistant Academic Director


Date 2016-06-17 22:06:51 Location : North America


About Us

The USC International Accelerator Program (IAP) is a partnership between the University of South Carolina (USC) and Shorelight Education. The mission of the program is to immerse first-year 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.


Job Overview

Reporting to the Academic Director of the IAP, with dotted-line reporting to the Managing Director and the University Academic Chair, the Assistant Academic Director (AAD) is responsible for working with the university's administrators, academic support staff, and faculty members, and for organizing effective student support in areas of English for academic purposes, tutorials, and progression through the program.

The successful candidate is a skilled academic manager who can successfully implement IAP English- language, academic curricula, and support services for international students. The primary responsibility of this individual is to ensure the delivery of a high-quality academic experience for all students in the IAP. The AAD works with the University Academic Chair, Academic Director, and appropriate university entities to ensure the quality of this specialized academic program, and provides attention and guidance to program students. The AAD possesses the interpersonal skills to work closely with a range of administrators, students, and faculty and is also a strong team player, who participates in both academic and student services initiatives.


Key Responsibilities

Supervise and manage academic program logistics, including timetabling, resource preparation, classroom allocation, and day-to-day operations
Implement and monitor student retention processes, academic tracking, student accountability, and university probation procedures
Participate in continuous evaluation and improvement of the English for Academic Purposes curricula and instruction through faculty observations and course evaluations in collaboration with the Academic Director
Work with units on campus including academic departments, curriculum committees, university assessment and writing centers, and the on-campus Intensive English Program (English Programs for Internationals), to ensure appropriate scheduling of courses, tutoring sessions, and assignment of instructional and academic support staff for the IAP
Analyze data and report on the progress and satisfaction of the students' achievement of objectives, including progression through the program and degree completion at the University of South Carolina
Assist with maintaining academic program quality and standards of the University of South Carolina and its accrediting bodies, and ensure continuous evaluation and improvement of the curricula across courses and programs
Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Master's degree and a minimum of three years of experience in higher education, language school management, TEFL/TESOL, or related field
Experience working with international students – overseas experience preferred
Record of exceptional interpersonal, communication, presentation, and negotiation skills
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, sensitivity, and diplomacy, particularly with non-native English speakers
Demonstrated international outlook
Demonstrated understanding of class management tools, including databases, Microsoft Office programs, course management systems, and various forms of media to support an interactive and student-centered classroom experience
Experience working within an educational collaboration and/or complex organization Eligibility to work in and travel freely to and from the United States without sponsorship

Application Process

To apply for this position, please visit the Shorelight Careers page to submit an application with a resume and cover letter.


USC IAP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.